HEAD coach James Ford is pleased York City Knights have been drawn at home again in the 1895 Cup - but is keeping his sights on the league for now.

York will welcome Betfred Championship rivals Batley Bulldogs to Bootham Crescent the week commencing June 24 for the quarter-final tie after seeing off Newcastle Thunder in the second round.

Batley, meanwhile, booked their place in the last eight with a 38-18 win over strugglers Rochdale Hornets.

A trip to Wembley is tantalisingly close for the Knights, who are just 160 minutes away from a date in the capital.

But, with a league clash at home to second-placed Toulouse Olympique tomorrow, the high-flying Knights have other tests on their mind.

Ford said: "All our focus and attention now is on Toulouse, getting our prep right and on getting two more league points.

"I'm very pleased we're at home," he added of the draw. "We love playing at York.

"We're aware Batley are a tremendous side. It was a very close encounter in last game and we all expect a real tough challenge."

When ninth-placed Batley last came to York, at the start of May, the Knights edged it 28-24. In a contest where the visitors never let York get too far in front, it was Connor Robinson's superior conversion rate that proved the difference as Batley threatened a late comeback.

The lowest ranked side left in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup is League One outfit Doncaster, while the Knights - who sit third in the Championship - are the highest. Sitting just two points behind are Sheffield Eagles - who are Doncaster's visitors - and Leigh Centurions. Widnes Vikings would also be up there, had they not suffered a 12-point forfeit at the start of the season.

Ford, however, says he was not focussing on whom the Knights could dodge or draw.

"A draw is a draw," he said. "You can't have an impact on it. Whoever comes out is who you face.

"We're at home, we can't argue with that. That's a bit of fortune.

"We'll have to perform really well to progress."

The draw in full: Widnes Vikings v Dewsbury Rams, York City Knights v Batley Bulldogs, Leigh Centurions v Barrow Raiders, Doncaster v Sheffield Eagles.