ALAN JENKINS has challenged his Wrexham players to rediscover their defensive solidity ahead of their clash with Bangor at Bryn Estyn Lane this aternoon.

Wrexham returned to winning ways in thrilling style at Welshpool in Division Two last weekend, as tries from Edward Evans, Olly Dodd and Owen Weston helped them claw back a 12-point deficit in a 25-24 success.

Head coach Jenkins was left satisfied with the result, but admits that his injury-hit side will need to be more resilient as they look to keep pace with their Division Two North title rivals.

He said: “Last week was a very close close one, but we showed good character to fight back in the manner we did.

“Welshpool were a better team than last year and gave us a really tough game and it came at a bit of a cost.

“Unfortunately, we added to our injury list again which leaves us a bit short on forwards and we’ll have to reshuffle things a bit.

“It’ll be another couple of weeks before we start to get some back off the injury list, but the physio has probably been the busiest member of our squad so far this season.

“We look to have quite a strong back line available so we’ll be looking to get the ball into their hands and make use of our wide pitch.

“The weather forecast is cold but hopefully not too much rain so we should be able to run the ball as e like to and hopefully cause them some problems

“We’ve been working on options in the wide channels in training and hopefully we can put that into practice on the pitch.

“Defensively we were better last week but still didn’t hit the levels of the first few games, which is where we need to be.

Leaders Newton will look to consolidate top spot with a win at Dolgellau, second-placed Cobra visit Llanidloes, Rhyl head to Nant Conwy seconds, while basement side Abergele host Welshpool.

Following their first round elimination from the WRU Plate, Division one side Mold face a fixture-free weekend.

Flint coach Aled Davies says that frustration can be a motivating factor for his side’s Division Three clash against Mold seconds.

Tries from Jack Evans, Dan Stokes and stand-off Ben Mackriell were in vain for the Cae-y-Castell last weekend as they were edged out in a 25-23 reverse at Menai Bridge.

Davies said: “Frustration probably sums up the match in a nutshell. The losing bonus point softened the blow a little and keeps us in the hunt.

“The resilience and positive mind set in the squad was evident and the boys focus instantly turns to rectifying issues now with a clear focus on the derby against Mold .”

Fourth-placed Shotton Steel resume their league campaign at home to Menai Bridge and can close the gap on fixture-less leaders Denbigh seconds with a victory.

Rhos entertain second-placed Pwllheli seconds, Machynlleth visit Holyhead, while Llangefni host Benllech.

Shotton Steel host Mold in the second round of the Youth Bowl, while in-form Newton host Aberystwyth.