Aberavon (4th - 19 points) travel to the Brewery Field this coming Saturday to take on Bridgend (6th - 11 points) in the Principality Premiership West, kick off 2:30pm.

At the half way point of the Premiership split, the Ravens have won two of their seven games. They lost their opening three games as they went down at Aberavon (15 - 40), home to Llandovery (13 - 31) and away to Swansea (6 - 22). Since that difficult start the Ravens have won two from four, with both losses from narrow margins. They beat Llanelli 27 - 18 at the Brewery Field in the middle of September before narrowly losing at Carmarthen 28 - 30 a week later, but picking up two bonus points in the process. The Ravens then recorded their second win of the season at the end of the September when they beat Neath 28 - 20 at home. Last weekend they narrowly lost again, this time at RGC with the North Walians winning 18 - 17.

Looking at the West Premiership, in "attack" this season, Bridgend have scored 19.1 points on average per game (ranked 6th) and 2.1 tries (ranked 6th). In "defence" they have conceded 25.6 points on average per game (ranked 7th) and 3.4 tries (ranked 7th). Aberavon have scored 28.6 points per game (ranked top) and 4.0 tries (ranked top), and conceded 25.4 points (ranked 6th) and 2.9 tries (ranked 5th).

Head-to-head, Aberavon and Bridgend have met each other 34 times in the Welsh National League with the Wizards narrowly leading the series 17 - 15 and 2 game drawn. At the Brewery Field, Bridgend lead 9 - 7 with 1 game drawn, with the Wizards winning the last three league fixtures played at the ground.

Looking back ten years to the 2007-08 season the Wizards won 19 - 16 at the ground in a scrappy game. The homeside opened the scoring in the 11th minute when full back Gareth David kicked a penalty. The Wizards got on the scoreboard halfway through the half when centre Liam Gadd went over in the right-hand corner for an unconverted try. Late in the half, wing Dan Connolly scored a try for the Ravens - David adding the extras. However, a Richard Carter try - after an interception - and conversion by Jamie Davies saw the Wizards lead 12 - 10 at the interval.

Bridgend retook the lead early in the second half when David kicked his second penalty of the afternoon, but Aberavon hit back with a try by Steve Davies after a break by fellow wing Carter. Marc Bennett added the extras to give the visitors a six point lead. Although David clawed back three points with a penalty on the hour mark, and the Wizards spending ten minutes with fourteen men as replacement hooker Chris Wells was sin-binned, victory was not to be for Bridgend as the visitors held out for the win.

The Wizards team that day was: Marc Bennett; Richard Carter, Liam Gadd, John Leyshon, Steve Davies; Jamie Davies (rep Ashley Beck), Gavin Hooper; Mike Harris (rep Neil White), Marc Breeze (rep Chris Wells), Paul Breeze (rep Anthony Edwards), Ian Moore (capt), Chris Gittins (rep Andrew Fisher), Justin Tipuric, Richard Morris (rep Robbie Morgan), Chris Davies.

The referee for Saturday’s game is Ben Breakspear, aided by Jason Bessant and Andrew Miles.