Bridgend Ravens host Llandovery at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field on Saturday.
Bridgend have had mixed fortunes over the past fortnight, with an impressive win over Bedwas (28-26) followed by a heavy, but no means embarrassing, home defeat to Irish powerhouse Ulster Ravens (14-40).
Nathan Edwards looks to break through a Llandovery tackler earlier this season.
The fixture provides the perfect opportunity for the Ravens to put a winning run together and push for a mid-table finish.
Llandovery will be buoyed by last weekend’s thumping of Swansea at St Helens, where they ran riot in an exceptional 20-50 win which propelled them up to fifth place in the division.
Historically, the fixture has gone in the Ravens favour. The sides have met 19 times, with Bridgend victorious on 14 occasions to just 5 by Llandovery. In those ties, Bridgend have scored 484 points. The last five meetings between the sides have seen a set of mixed results. The Ravens have tasted victory twice (both in 2008), with Llandovery winning the three encounters since (2011 and two in 2012).
The corresponding fixture last season went the way of the Drovers. Bridgend started brightly with a penalty from Dai Flanagan, but Lee Rees, Mike Evans and Owen Evans scored to give the away side a 3-17 win on a soaking Friday evening at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field.
Earlier this season at Church Bank, Llandovery easily defeated a lacklustre Ravens outfit. Lloyd Peers scored to give Bridgend the lead but Llandovery ran riot before a late interception by Jamie Murphy provided some consolation for Bridgend.
Ben Rose will take heart from Friday’s second half performance against Ulster ‘A’ and their recovery to overcome Bedwas the weekend before. The Ravens have become notorious slow starters and they know they can ill afford to give Llandovery a head start on Saturday. Bridgend will look to these recent performances and a vocal home support to help them secure an eighth league victory this season.
Bridgend Ravens: LWLWL
Llandovery RFC: LWWLW