25th June 2019, 10:05 | 1895_cup

AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Quarter Final Preview

AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Quarter Final Preview

Eight clubs are just 160 minutes away from Wembley going into Wednesday night’s quarter-finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.

York City Knights entertain Batley Bulldogs in possibly the tie of the round – a match that will be broadcast live on the RFL’s Our League app (Kick off 7.30pm). The Knights, last season’s Betfred League One champions, moved into joint second in the Betfred Championship at the weekend courtesy of a fine 26-12 win at in-form Swinton Lions. York half-back Connor Robinson is in line to make the 100th appearance of his professional career. Opponents Batley will take heart from a determined display at the Halton Stadium, where they pushed Widnes Vikings all the way at the Halton Stadium before succumbing to a 28-22 defeat, and their narrow 28-24 league defeat at Bootham Crescent earlier this season.

The Vikings are at home once more on Wednesday (KO 8pm), with Dewsbury Rams coming to the Halton Stadium Dewsbury Rams on the back of a 40-0 thrashing by Leigh Centurions. Dewsbury will hope to rediscover the kind form that earned them a thrilling 25-24 league win at Widnes in April, but the Vikings will start out as clear favourites to reach the semi-finals.

Leigh Centurions, whose weekend win over Dewsbury also took them into joint second place in the Betfred Championship, play Barrow Raiders at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium (KO 7.30pm). It was a ninth win in 10 games in all competitions, while their opponents haven’t been beaten Leigh away from Craven Park since 2009. But relegation-battling Barrow tore up the form book at the weekend with a 38-16 win at high-flying Featherstone Rovers and will not be taken for granted. 

Flying the flag for Betfred League One, and also having to play away from their home ground on this occasion, are Doncaster who climbed back into the Betfred League One promotion play-off places at the weekend – despite losing 19-18 against Newcastle. Opponents Sheffield Eagles recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since April as they beat basement club Rochdale Hornets in high-scoring 46-24 affair. Kick off at Featherstone’s LD Nutrition Stadium is 7.30pm.

Golden point extra-time will be played in any of the quarter finals that are drawn after 80 minutes

The semi-final draw will be held the following evening, Thursday 27 June, broadcast live on BBC Radio Merseyside during the ‘Try Time’ programme, with the ties scheduled for Sunday 28 July.

The RFL introduced the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup as part of new-look Wembley line-up which also includes the Coral Challenge Cup Final and the traditional Champions Schools Year 7 curtain-raiser. Its introduction gives Championship and League One clubs – and their fans – an additional opportunity to reach Wembley, on top of the established Challenge Cup route. Of the last eight clubs in the draw only Sheffield Eagles have played in a Challenge Cup Final at Wembley during the Super League era (i.e. since 1996).

The draw for the semi-finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup will take place as part of the 'Try Time' show on BBC Radio Merseyside, with the draw being conducted around 6:30pm.