LINDSAY ANFIELD has paid tribute to the hard work behind the scenes at York City Knights on what is a huge weekend for the club.

Not only are the ladies preparing to travel to Leigh Sports Village to face St Helens in the Challenge Cup, the men are gearing up to host Swinton Lions in the 1895 Cup on Sunday.

A win at the LNER Community Stadium would send the men's side to a final date at Wembley on Saturday, July 17.

A win at Leigh would send the ladies home with their first-ever Challenge Cup trophy.

"It's been a really busy couple of weeks. It's all hands to the pump," the Knights Ladies' new director of rugby Anfield commented.

"There's not many staff at York but the people who are there are 100 per cent committed to the club and making sure everything gets done as professionally as possible, which I've been really impressed with.

"It's taken a weight off me compared to the last couple of Challenge Cup finals where I've spent the weeks building up worrying about ticketing but the club have just completely taken that off me.

"I know the men haven't had a great set of form over the past month but they're going to embrace the challenge at the weekend, and they've got a massive carrot at the end of that game.

"It's just great for the club."