Pembrokeshire rugby fixtures for Saturday, November 9th (2.30pm):

WRU Championship:

Narberth v Glamorgan Wanderers

Like many sides, Narberth have not played since October 19th when they hammered Cardiff Met and will want to pick up where they left off.

The Wanderers have also not played since then when they won 26-22 at Ystalyfera.

On paper, this one couldn't be tighter with both sides having four wins, and 18 points, from six games.

From the side named before the clash at Maesteg Quins was called off, Rhys Lane and Ianto Griffiths replace Lewys Gibby and Jonathan Rogers as the half backs and Tom Slater is back in the front row.

Tip: At home, Narberth by 6.

Narberth: Nick Gale, Dafydd Pritchard, Joe Hutchings, Jake Jenkins, Elliot Dawe, Ianto Griffiths, Rhys Lane, Daniel Jacobs, Dan Smith, Tom Slater, Jake Baker, Alex Jenkins, Rich Rees (capt), Tom Powell, Roy Osborn. Replacements: Kyle Hamer, Bradley Davies, Steff Phillips, Jonathan Rogers, Lewys Gibby, Josh Davies.

Division One West:

Aberystwyth v Whitland

Whitland ended a run of three straight defeats with that tight win at Crymych last time out, and I envisage a similar dogfight here.

Abe have on just once in six league games but tellingly, one of those games was a draw and the four defeats have been narrow ones. 

The visitors are still missing skipper Marc Jones so Iwan Lewis plays at hooker and Geraint Jones is at full back - with James Stephenson moving into the centre as Josh Thomas is unavailable.

Tip: Whitland by 5.

Whitland: Geraint Jones, Gino Setaro, Alex Codd, James Stephenson, Jonathan Thomas, Nico Setaro, Adam Davies, Aaron Mayne, Iwan Lewis, Michael Ryan, Courtney Bowman, Raff Williams, Scott Buirds, Ryan Morgan, Jack Mason. Replacements: James Lewis, Tom Finucane, Josh Thomas, Ben Kirk, Jamie Thomas.

Crymych v Llanelli Wanderers

That Whitland defeat would have stung Crymych, coach Randal Williams in particular, but they will eye a chance to respond here.

The Wanderers are yet to win and lie rock bottom, although when these two last met back in March it was tight to say the least. The Preseli Men eventually won 10-0 having been scoreless at half time.

Second row Ryan Bean has been one to stand out of late and I expect the home pack to take it to the visitors here.

Tip: Crymych by 12.

Llangennech v Pembroke

Pembroke battled harder than the final score suggested in Felinfoel but this represents a tough trip on the road.

Llangennech lie third and early signs suggest they will be in the mix to go up. Their display last month against Whitland, where they scored seven tries, proved their danger with ball in hand.

So the Scarlets can't afford to be off the boil defensively. They have been nursing a big injury list but this league is unforgiving - and it has given the chance for youngsters to shine with centre Kyran Gray scoring on debut last time out.

Their five games after this include three home matches and two local derbies, and I suspect that is the period they will target to pick up points. Anything gained here would be a bonus.

Tip: Llangennech by 15.

Division Two West:

Fishguard v Carmarthen Athletic

Battles between these two are notoriously tight - and sure enough they will kick off this one with just a place between them.

Athletic are coached by Mike King and like all his sides, will be well prepared, and former Whitland centre Liam Price is likely to feature in the back line.

Fishguard will want to improve on a ragged display at Tenby - although thus far have only named a 17 man squad with other replacements to be confirmed.

Sion Rowlands is back in the centre while there is a start at prop for the promising Will Delaney, and both Scott Riches and Simon James start again in the back row.

One thing is for sure, having popped into the Fishguard clubhouse last Saturday I know there is nothing wrong with their team spirit (or pint drinking).

Tip: Fishguard by 7.

Fishguard: Robbie Jones, Rhys Evans, James Griffiths, Sion Rowlands, Ed Bendall, Mark Jones, Andrew Williams, Ryan McVeigh, Gavin Walsh, Will Delaney, Luke Freebury, Gwil Evans, Scott Riches, Chris Shousha (capt), Simon James. Replacements: Liam Wilkes, Andrew Morrillo.

Milford Haven v Tenby United

A big game for both.

Milford won't be panicking but after a good start to life in this league, they have lost two on the bounce and will want to stop that run here, especially at home.

Jamie Lewis has returned at full back and after more than a year out with injury Jimmy Thomas comes onto the wing, with James Trueman going back to No 10.

Dewi Williams plays on permit in the second row and Zac France-Miller moves back to flanker.

The boot of Harry Rossiter was again instrumental in Tenby edging out Fishguard two weeks ago and again, and winning a close and scrappy affair would have delighted Jonathan Evans. His side are slowly regaining the knack of coming through tight games.

They will now target successive league wins for the first time since the 2017/18 season, and have made a big change in the back line with Ben Pugh going from centre to scrum half. Yannic Parker comes in from Narberth at 13 and his battle with Dan Jenkins will be a thunderous one.

There is no Luke Hansford or Andrew Cooke in the back row though, so skipper Luke Dedman is at 6.

When these two met in the KO Cup they played out a thriller, with Tenby winning 24-22. Again, I can see there being just a single score in it.

Tip: Struggling to pick a winner - but suspect a late score will decide it. Rossiter's recent form with the boot means I'll say Tenby by 2.

Milford Haven: Jamie Lewis, Lee Riley, Dan Jenkins, Dan Birch (capt), Jimmy Thomas, James Trueman, Danny McClelland, Mike Cockburn, Luke Ryan, Adam Rees, Dewi Williams, Zac Davies, Zac France-Miller, Ryan Mansell, Sam Dolling. Replacements: George Evans, Nathan Williams, Gareth Cheshire, James Williams, Brandon Cooper.

Tenby United: Max Brindley, Jack Gooding, Yannic Parker, Lloyd Thomas, Jack Tucker, Harry Rossiter, Ben Pugh, Ethan Morgan, Jim Brace, Rob Luly, Huw Evans, Tom Barrass, Luke Dedman (capt), Harry Bolton, Jack Broadhurst. Replacements: Dan Allen, Jack Brown, Wyndham Williams, Ryan Hill, Joe Owen.

Division Three West A:

Lampeter Town v Aberaeron

Second plays third here and it's a game that could prove crucial in the long run.

Carwyn Lewis starred with four tries last time out for Lampeter in their 104-0 win over St Davids, but that result will mean little against an Aber side who dug deep to win 12-5 at Pembroke Dock on the same day.

The boot of Rhodri Jenkins was again crucial that day, and that factor swings me towards the visitors.

Tip: Aberaeron by 5.

Llangwm v St Davids

A game that tends to be huge for both - on and off the field.

As mentioned above, it has been a tough few weeks for St Davids in terms of numbers and scorelines, although history suggests they'll get themselves up for this.

Llangwm meanwhile, pushed Neyland all the way before going down 29-23 a fortnight ago and with Jo Kiff and Luke Hayman at half backs, carried plenty of threat.

This game is notoriously scrappy but recent results mean The Wasps start favourites.

There will be a poignant feel to this too, with the game doubling up as the first leg of the Johnny James Memorial Cup.

Tip: I'd say St Davids by 70, but thought best to get the views of two neutral pundits here. They inexplicably went Llangwm by 10.

Llanybydder v Haverfordwest

Another important one - especially for The Blues having lost their 100% league winning record in that draw with St Clears.

But they have lost this season against Llanybydder in the Bowl after letting a big lead slip and I suspect Steve Barnett will be hell bent on not letting that happen again.

Full back Rhys Baker has been one of their in-form players this season and The Blues will look to get him in space tomorrow, although once again morning rain is scheduled which could mean a forward dominated dogfight.

Regardless, The Blues have to come through or a blip will turn into a problem.

Tip: Havefordwest by 10.

Neyland v Laugharne

That late Owain Evans try gave Neyland the win over Llangwm last time out but they will need to go up another notch here.

Laugharne are in form and try hat tricks from Will Evans and Tom Jameson gave them an 85-5 win in Tregaron in their last match, and the nature of the fixtures Saturday means they have a chance to close the gap on those above them.

The All Blacks have to stop them playing and up front especially, will be looking to mix it and prevent quick ball.

Tip: Laugharne by 15.

Pembroke Dock Quins v Cardigan

After four straight wins Pembroke Dock were stopped in their tracks by that Aberaeron defeat, but will be fancied to regain momentum here.

Cardigan have just the win over St Davids to show from five matches and appear to be in some what of a transitional period. 

Inevitably, Jack Price has been in scoring form for The Quins and he is again likely to carry the main threat tomorrow - and will be joined by the Luca Trimarco in midfield as he returns to rugby. The Teifisiders will need to close down the space in midfield.

Jack brown ,  Daniel manning , David Moseley and Ieaun Jenkins

Tip: Quins by 20.

Pembroke Dock: Ben Hathaway, J Brown, Gethin Bradney, Luca Trimarco, Jack Price, Tyler Castle, Kieran Machine, J Davies, Carl Williams, Mark Van Rhun, Ben Gibby, Ollie Parsons, Jordan Palmer, Daniel Manning, Hywel Baker. Replacements: Martin Culley, Harry Owen, David Moseley, Nick Drewett, Dan Goodridge, Will Nicot, Ieuan Jenkins.

Tregaron v St Clears

St Clears are now unbeaten in three after that Haverfordwest draw and score four tries there showed their capabilities.

Again centre Shane Morgan had two of them and after digging deep to win in Llanybydder, will be after another solid away performance here.

Tregaron endured a long day against Laugharne two weeks ago and bouncing back from that will take some doing.

Tip: St Clears by 20.