A SELECTION of St Helens amateur rugby league clubs will be in action in national cup matches this month.

Thatto Heath will head to Shevington Sharks while Blackbrook will visit Folly Lane in the first round of the Xamax Under 18s National Youth Cup on the weekend of January 27-28.

Full first round draw draw: Hull Wyke v Ince Rose Bridge, Waterhead v West Hull, Halton Farnworth Hornets v Woolston Rovers, Shevington Sharks v Thatto Heath, Saddleworth Rangers v Orrell St James, Wigan St Cuthberts v Normanton, Hindley v Lock Lane, West Bowling v Wigan St Pats, East Leeds v Chorley Panthers, Stanningley v Eastmoor, Leigh Miners v Hunslet Warriors, Wigan St Judes v Siddal, Folly Lane v Blackbrook, Oldham St Annes v Cadishead Rhinos, Leigh East v Crosfields. Bye: Skirlaugh.

Clock Face Miners, Pilkington Recs and Thatto Heath have all received a bye in the preliminary round of the Xamax Under 16s National Youth Cup.

Full preliminary round draw, ties to be played January 13-14: Stanningley v Cramlington Rockets, Orrell St James v Wigan St Cuthberts, Crosfields v Leigh East, Hindley v Oldham St Annes, Oulton Raiders v Hunslet Warriors, Cockermouth Titans v Latchford Giants, Chorley Panthers v Leigh Miners. Byes: Brighouse Rangers, Clock face Miners, Doncaster Toll Bar, Drighlington, East Leeds, Egremont, Halton Farnworth Hornets, Hull Dockers, Kells, Kippax, Lock Lane, Mayfield Mustangs, Pilkington Recs, Saddleworth Rangers, Seaton, Shevington Sharks, Siddal, Skirlaugh, Thatto Heath, Waterhead, Wath Brow, West Bowling, West Hull, Wigan St Judes, Wigan St Pats.

In the Xamax Under 14s National Junior Cup preliminary round Blackbrook Blues visit Wigan St Cuthberts, Clock Face Miners head to Leigh Miners Gold, Blackbrook Royals host East Leeds while Thatto Heath make the journey to West Bowling A.

Newton Storm receive a bye from the January 13-14 ties.

Full preliminary round draw: Stanley Rangers v Waterhead, Ince Rose Bridge v Dewsbury Moor, Wigan St Cuthberts v Blackbrook Blues, Elland v West Hull, Kells v Rylands, Halton Farnworth Hornets v Leigh Miners, Leigh Miners Gold v Clock Face Miners, Blackbrook Royals v East Leeds, Chorley Panthers v Askam, West Bowling A v Thatto Heath. Byes: Batley Boys, Birkenshaw, Culcheth Eagles, East Hull, Featherstone Lions, Hindley, Latchford Lions, Lock Lane, Methley, Myton Warriors, Newton Storm, Oulton Raiders, Orrall St James, Roose Pioneers, Saddleworth Rangers, Siddal, Skirlaugh, Stanningley, West Bowling B, West Leeds, Wigan St Judes, Wigan St Pats.