With just three games to go before the West and East Premiership join together, Aberavon (5th - 26 points) travel to Church Bank to take on Llandovery (3rd - 35 points) this coming Saturday in the Principality Premiership West, kick-off at 1:00pm.

The Drovers have won seven of their eleven games in the Premiership West. They won their opening four games as they saw off RGC (31 - 10), Bridgend (31 - 13), Llanelli (19 - 5) and Neath (29 - 15), picking up try bonus points in three of the games. They then narrowly lost 19 - 20 against Aberavon before getting back to winning ways by beating Swansea 32 - 9 and once again picking up a try bonus point. In October, Llandovery lost back to back games as they went down against Carmarthen Quins (12 - 26) and RGC (7 - 24). Earlier this month the Drovers completed the double over Bridgend (31 - 10) and Llanelli (29 - 8) picking up try bonus points in both games. Last weekend, bottom club Neath caused an upset by beating the erstwhile second placed Llandovery at the Gnoll 19 - 5. The Drovers were missing eight players who were away with the Scarlets in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. At Church Bank, Llandovery have won five from five and haven't failed to score a try bonus at the ground this season.

Looking at the West Premiership, in "attack" this season, Llandovery have scored 22.3 points on average per game (ranked fifth) and 3.3 tries (ranked joint 2nd). In "defence" they have conceded 14.5 points on average per game (ranked top) and 1.5 tries (ranked top). Aberavon have scored 25.0 points per game (ranked 2nd) and 3.5 tries (ranked top), and conceded 25.0 points (ranked 6th) and 2.7 tries (ranked 3rd).

Head-to-head, Aberavon and Llandovery have met each other 43 times in the Welsh National League, excluding playoffs, with the Wizards leading the series 29 - 12 with 2 games drawn. At Church Bank, Aberavon lead 12 - 8 with 1 game drawn, and won the fixture 30 - 27 last season.

Looking back to the Autumn of 1999 when the sides met at the ground, the Wizards turned up having lost their first five league games of the season. The Wizards coaches Steve Brown and Roger Powell were under pressure as Aberavon arrived at Llandovery on a Tuesday evening.

Matthew McCarthy opened the scoring in the second minute with a penalty while wing Gareth Davies scored Aberavon's first try twelve minutes in from an interception. Midway through the first half, number eight Richard Morris forced himself over from close range to score the Wizards second try. With a conversion and another three penalties from McCarthy and two penalties by the Drovers outside-half Peter Lloyd, the half-time score was 24 - 6 to Aberavon.

The homeside opened the scoring in the second half when wing Ioan Davies made the most of a poor clearance by Aberavon to score a try converted by Lloyd. However, another two penalties from McCarthy meant Aberavon went into the last quarter 30 - 13 up. Flanker Dafydd Jones scored the Drovers second try, again converted by Lloyd to reduce the Wizards lead to 10 points. However, Aberavon didn't panic like in previous games, and soon scored again when captain Mark Evans went over from lineout ball won by Ian Strang. McCarthy converted to make the score 37 - 20 with just 13 minutes left on the clock. Aberavon then let their control of the game slip a bit with some tired tackling as the homeside scored two further tries, both unconverted, by hooker John Hughes and prop Matthew Monaghan to make the final score 37 - 30 to Aberavon.

The Aberavon team that day was: Gareth King; Gareth Davies, Barry Maddocks, Ian Jones, Paul Bamsey; Matthew McCarthy, Grant Jones; Colin Noon, Jason Hyatt, Marc O'Kelly, Mark Evans (capt), Ian Strang, Damien Neill, Richard Morris, Howard Merrett. Replacements were Chris Kinsey and Stuart Prendeville.

The referee for Saturday’s game will be Simon Rees, aided by Justin Williams and Steve Harwood.