PANTHER PRIDE | A big win for the mountain men tonight has them firmly entrenched in the top eight, ...
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Saturday sees a top of the table clash between the Bridgend Blue Bulls and Aberavon Fighting Irish with the Bulls hoping to improve on their performance v Cardiff Demons last weekend.
Having taken their past two home games to Maesteg and Porthcawl the Bulls return to The Brewery Field where it is hoped a big crowd will turn out to watch the top two teams in the Welsh Conference.
Speaking before the game Aberavon coach John O?Callaghan said ?The scars from our early season mauling against Bridgend have yet to heal but we hope that our young players will have taken some positive lessons from that game and build on some exceptional performances over the past few weeks in what is a team packed with teenagers. However we are under non illusions that the task ahead is a massive one and we are up against probably the best team anywhere in the UK wide conference?.
Bridgend will be strengthened by the return of Nathan Strong, Jon Purnell, Craig Fox and Grant Epton, all of who missed the win over Cardiff.
Meanwhile The Newport Titans host Torfean Tigers at Pil Harriers RFC and both teams will be desperate to get a win and climb into the top three.
Torfaen coach Kevin Weaver has had to deal with numerous injury problems this season and has worked hard to keep his young squad together. However he has been delighted with the form of some of his young guns including the likes of Jessie Farthing and Rob Nash.
The match at Ystalyfera between the Swansea Valley Miners and Valley Cougars has been postponed.
All the players in the Welsh Conference will now have an extra incentive to train hard and play well with the announcement this week that a new professional side is to be based at Bridgends Brewery Field. The Celtic Crusaders will join LHF National League Division Two in 2006 and have aims to reach the Super League.
TODAYS GAMES: (Kick Off at 2:30pm)
Bridgend Blue Bulls v Aberavon Fighting Irish (at The Brewery Field) Newport Titans v Torfaen Tigers (at Pil Harriers RFC)