BEDWAS will be boosted by the return of back rowers Nathan Hudd and Jamie Richards when they take on Llandovery at Church Bank tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm).

The duo are available after injury and come back into the fold following last Saturday’s somewhat unconvincing 24-8 National Cup win at Championship side Rhydyfelin.

That win halted a run of four straight losses for Stefan Sankala’s strugglers, and the Bridge Field chief is hoping it can help in the club’s fight to avoid relegation from the Principality Premiership.

This weekend’s battle against the Drovers comes with Bedwas sitting in the rather precarious position of 13th in the league table.

They are level on points with Cross Keys, one behind Llanelli and four adrift of Bridgend, while Swansea’s recent resurgence has seen them move clear of the drop zone.

Llandovery, in seventh, scored a half-century of points when they thumped Bedwas 52-30 in the reverse fixture last September, and they’re unbeaten in five matches in league and cup.

“It was nice to have a break from the pressures of the league,” said Sankala on the Rhydyfelin tie. “The boys could get out and have a go at putting some things together.

“It’s back to business this weekend and it’s going to be a tough journey down to Llandovery, even the better sides find it difficult when they go there.”

He added: “We needed to get Christmas out of the way when our expectations were slightly lower. We know the real business starts now and we’ll be working really hard to get some points.

“If we come from Llandovery having put in a good shift then I’d like to think we’ll get something from the game.

“We’ll have Nathan Hudd and James Richards to boost our ranks this weekend and that is definitely going to help us up front.”