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North Wales League: Premier Division title race reaches pivotal stage for Connah’s Quay and Pontblyddyn

THE North Wales League Premier Division title race reaches a pivotal stage this weekend as two of the Flintshire teams tussling for top spot face a derby double-header.

A mouthwatering two days of action begins on Saturday when new leaders Connah’s Quay head to Mold and third- placed challengers Pontblyddyn make their way to Hawarden Park.

The big games keep on coming on bank holiday Monday when the Quay host relegation-threatened Hawarden and Pont entertain 2005 champions Mold.

Sean Steynberg-Wright’s side and Mark Neath’s men are desperate to end Llandudno’s five-year stranglehold on the championship. But whatever happens in the final four matches of what has been a thrilling season, both teams are united in wanting the title to return to Flintshire.

Martin Burger, Quay captain Steynberg-Wright’s leading run scorer, said: “It is ours to lose now as we are the ones at the top.

“The Mold game is the big one for us as I believe the result we get on Saturday will be the result we get on Monday.

“This is the best position we’ve been in the years we’ve been back in the Premier, but if we don’t win it I hope Pontblyddyn do. I spoke to Pontblyddyn’s Glen Chambers recently and the feeling is mutual.”

The Quay took over pole position on Saturday by beating leaders Menai Bridge. Pont boosted their chances with a nine-wicket victory over basement boys Pwllheli on the same afternoon.

Pont skipper Neath said: “We’ll know more by the end of the weekend, but all we can do is win our final four games. If we do that we’ll be there or thereabouts.

“The teams we’re facing this weekend are lower down the table, but there are no easy games in this league. Hawarden need a win and when we face Mold both teams always go for it.

“What we’ve really got to do is beat Hawarden on Saturday and take that momentum into Mold on Monday.”

Second-placed Menai Bridge are at home to fourth-placed Llandudno on Saturday and away to Bangor on Monday.

Defending champions Llandudno, who are still very much in the running for a sixth successive crown, were this week waiting to hear whether their appeal against an 18-point deduction for fielding a banned player has been successful.