GWENT clubs will be keen viewers of the televised evening game at Brewery Field after another crucial afternoon in the Principality Premiership relegation scrap.

Bargoed and Cross Keys looked doomed to the drop but Bedwas really have to do what most have managed this season by bagging five points against bottom club Neath.

They head to the Gnoll for another must-win game after triumphing against fellow strugglers Bridgend in a home thriller last week.

Bedwas are currently in the play-off spot and aim to put the heat on Llanelli, who are two points above them after a game more, and the Ravens, who are three back with two fixtures in hand.

Coach Stefan Sankala keeps changes to a minimum with Rhys Hutcherson starting at tighthead, Lewis Bowden comes into midfield and Deon Smith, the Dragons’ Wales Under-20s international, slots in on the wing.

Keys need an unlikely upset at Llandovery if they are to force their way into the scrap for safety.

After a tough week in which the management committee asked for donations so that the club can finish the season, head coach Morgan Stoddart has to rally the troops.

Keys beat Llandovery at Pandy Park in December but it will be a much tougher task at Church Bank.

Captain Damian Welch makes a welcome return to the second row in the bid to upset the fourth-placed Drovers.

Prop Gary Carpenter, hooker Ellis Shipp, scrum-half Dan Babos and wing Rory Budina also come into the XV that lost heavily at Aberavon last week.

Bargoed are in the same boat as Keys despite a fine win against Swansea last week.

The Bulls are looking to finish with a flourish before returning to the Championship and have won three of their last four.

They travel to Ebbw Vale, who are playing for placings and battling Newport to be Gwent’s top team.

The Steelmen sit fifth after last weekend’s disappointment at Carmarthen Quins and start a run of three games at Eugene Cross Park.

Wales Under-20s centre Anuerin Owen returns to the Ebbw XV.

The Black and Ambers need to respond to a nightmare display against Pontypridd at Rodney Parade on Sunday when they host champions and leaders Merthyr.

Craig Warlow’s men were hammered 46-7 by Ponty and their fiercest rivals, second-placed Cardiff, will be hoping for a favour in the tense title tussle.

Newport stunned the Ironmen 30-28 in December but are hindered in their bid for a double by a lengthy list of absentees, with Joe Bartlett captaining the side from lock and a heavy burden on Geraint O’Driscoll at fly-half.

Bedwas (at Neath): T Benjamin, D Smith, A Williams, L Bowden, J Rees, J Scrivens, L Crane, S Cochrane, M Dacey, R Hutcherson, C Hudd, J Davies, J Richards, J Armitage, N Hudd (captain). Replacements: A Rees, T Devine, R James, G Allen, D Rogers, R Harries, J Chilcott, D McIntosh.

Cross Keys (at Llandovery): I Burgwin, R Budina, L Andrews, T Loots, W Cunliffe, J Botica, D Babos, G Carpenter, E Shipp, S Hoskins, T Lampard, D Welch (captain), J Thomas, C Johnsey, G Price. Replacements: TBC

Ebbw Vale (v Bargoed): D Haymond, D Howells, D Franchi, A Owen, P King, R Jones, D Jones, L Garrett, J Franchi, R Sevenoaks, K Parker, A Sweet (captain), R Clarke, L Evans, L Young. Replacements: R Francis, R Jones, M Davies, C Regan, D Rubasniak, S Ireland, D Langdon, S Thomas.

Bargoed (at Ebbw Vale): C Jones, D Dyer, B Nightingale, D Humphries, A Norton, J Prosser, J Leadbeater, J Lavender, W Langley, A Gardner-Key, G Edmunds, B Morgan, L Johnson, G Rogers, L Blacker (captain). Replacements: M Bancroft, J Purcell, A Gibson, A Coupe, M Thomas, R Buckley, M Kavanagh, R Morgan.

Newport (v Merthyr): J Morris, S Summers, C Smith, J Wright, A Evans, G O’Driscoll, G Watkin, L Smout, H Palmer, G Harris, J Bartlett (captain), D Partridge, A Mann, J Reid, J Skinner. Replacements: D Preece, M Prosser, T Piper, M Burgess, M Reed, R Buckland, T Pascoe, D Thomas.

Fixtures: Bridgend v Llanelli, Ebbw Vale v Bargoed, Llandovery v Cross Keys, Neath v Bedwas, Newport v Merthyr, Pontypridd v Carmarthen Quins, RGC 1404 v Aberavon, Swansea v Cardiff.