10:23am Friday 2nd May 2014
BLACKWOOD have the chance to avoid a nervy last day by securing their Swalec Championship status at Llanharan tomorrow afternoon, writes Chris Kirwan.
Last weekend's stunning 45-45 draw with Beddau, who were relegated after failing to take the spoils, means that the Glan-yr-Afon Park outfit need just one more point to avoid the drop.
If it's a pointless trip to Llanharan then everything will be on the line when bottom club Bonymaen head to Gwent next weekend.
However, Blackwood will fancy their chances of sealing the deal at the Dairy Field given that they have run in 19 tries in their last three games.
Even a 100-20 defeat wouldn't stop the party starting if they cross the whitewash four times but Blackwood don't want to limp over the line.
"We will be going all out to get the job done before the Bonymaen game and will leave nothing out there," said head coach Matthew Veater.
"But we aren't just going there looking for four tries, we want to win there and fancy our chances given the form we have shown.
"The boys have shown great character to get within reach of safety. They want to finish the job with a win."
Pontypool have enjoyed a fine campaign and finish with a pair of home fixtures, entertaining RGC 1404 tomorrow before Llanharan visit on final day.
The north Walians currently sit in second place but it's not impossible that fifth-placed Pooler could end up as runners-up to Ebbw Vale.
Mike Hook's men won their third game on the spin when beating Tata Steel 38-5 on their own patch last weekend.
Champions Ebbw Vale are two games away from enjoying a perfect season but face a tricky trip to sixth-placed Bargoed, who head into the fixture on the back of a super 36-17 win against RGC 1404.
The Steelmen won the September meeting between the sides at Eugene Cross Park 33-16 after overturning a 13-8 half-time deficit. That tough encounter will mean that there is no complacency from Jason Strange's team.
Newbridge ended their season on Wednesday evening when they lost 10-0 at Bridgend Athletic, a result that means they could yet be leapfrogged by 10th-placed Blackwood.
Tomorrow's other fixtures: Bridgend Athletic v Narberth, Cardiff Met v Tondu.
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