Students ready to test Ebbw Vale
SIX games in and pacesetters Ebbw Vale and Bargoed show no sign of cracking in the Championship.
The leading pair have won all of their games and have dropped just one bonus point apiece.
Neither will want to be the first to blink ahead of what promises to be a tasty clash at Bargoed Park on November 3.
The Steelmen, who were given a stern test by spirited Blackwood last week, face what could be a challenging encounter at Cardiff Met.
The students can be a dangerous side – evidenced by their record of three wins and three bonus point defeats.
Nonetheless, Ebbw will fancy their chances of victory and will hope that Blackwood, who haven’t won since opening day, can do them a favour against Bargoed.
The Glan-yr-Afon Park outfit were beaten 32-17 by the Steelmen on their own patch last weekend but can take spirit from their performance. They led early in the second half and will need similar determination on the short trip to Bargoed.
Basement outfit Pontypool’s search for victory goes on but they will have few better chances than this afternoon’s home encounter with second-from-bottom Whitland.
The west Walians are also winless, although they did manage to scramble a draw from their visit to fellow strugglers Glamorgan Wanderers.
Pooler suffered another blow this week when prop Dan Matthews followed captain and fellow front row forward Jamie Jeune in heading for Newport.
It was always going to be a hard season for Pontypool and with an inexperienced squad they won’t get too many chances to enjoy a victorious afternoon... but this is a golden one.
Newbridge sit in third and are attempting to keep pace with Ebbw Vale and Bargoed.
They bagged five points against Pooler at the Welfare Ground last week and bid for a sixth win from seven games when they travel to Bridgend Athletic today.
Other fixtures: Beddau v Bonymaen, Glamorgan Wanderers v Narberth, Llanharan v Tata Steel.