GLENN CHAMBERS believes tomorrow’s showdown between Pontblyddyn and Brymbo is as big as the infamous clash of three years ago.

But unlike that scrap, this encounter will not decide who survives and which team faces life in Division One next season.

The two teams went head-to-head on the final day of the 2016 campaign with the winner relegating the losing side.

Brymbo won by two wickets on the final ball of the game as a dropped catch allowed the Wrexham side’s batsmen to score the runs they needed to survive at the expense of Pontblyddyn.

Although it’s not quite a winner-takes-all clash, the stakes are high this weekend as the two teams meet at Tan-y-Fron with five points separating second from bottom Pont and Brymbo, who occupy the final place outside the drop zone.

“It’s a massive game and as big, if not bigger, than the one three years ago,” said Pont skipper Chambers.

“A couple of the lads have mentioned the game three years ago, but it has no significance on this one. It’s a big game. We’ve got a full side and I hope they have, because there can be no excuses then from either team.”

With four games remaining after this showdown there is still time for plenty more twists and turns in the race to avoid the drop.

“There are four games left and a lot of points to play for and a lot of cricket still to be played,” continued a calm and composed Chambers. “I couldn’t even tell you how many points there are between us and Brymbo, it’s all about trying to win games of cricket for me.

“Like I’ve said, if we get a win we can finish the season strongly.”

Brymbo captain James Claybrook was of a similar opinion to Chambers, the top-order batsman also believing a win for his side makes life very tough for Pont.

“It’s a massive game for both sides and it will have a big impact on the final standings,” he said.

“But I wouldn’t say it’s quite do or die as a few seasons ago, although it has that feel.

“A win for us, with Pont’s difficult run in, will definitely make life hard for them, and in that respect, it puts a lot more pressure on them.

Dan Parry and Wayne Smith miss out for Brymbo, who recall David Blackwell, while Rhys Jones returns for Pont.

St Asaph, who host Denbigh, will be paying an interest in Pont v Brymbo with Will Ryan’s men just 22 points above the drop zone.

Gresford are looking to dent Mochdre’s title chances with the pressure off. The Wrexham-based side beat Pwllheli to move 37 points clear of the bottom two.

Dan Williams’ men now host Mochdre, who are second, 14 points adrift of leaders Bangor.

“As a team we believe the pressure is off now, and hopefully with safety pretty much assured, we’ll play some good cricket,” said Williams, who returns to the Gresford side along with Matty Cree and Ryan Williams

Leaders Bangor entertain Northop, while Menai Bridge host Connah’s Quay, who could be relegated this weekend, and Llandudno face Pwllheli.

Other fixtures - Division One: Bethesda v Abergele; Carmel and District v Bersham; Dolgellau v Mold; Hawarden Park v Conwy; Llay Welfare v Gwersyllt Park; Ruthin v Llanrwst.

Division Two: Buckley v Menai Bridge 2nds; Corwen v Brymbo 2nds; Mochdre 2nds v Bangor 2nds; Mynydd Isa and Maeshafn v Marchwiel and Wrexham; Northop 2nds v Gresford 2nds.

Division Three: Abergele 2nds v Mynydd Isa and Maeshafn 2nds; Connah’s Quay 2nds v Carmel and District 2nds; Denbigh 2nds v Buckley 2nds; Gwersyllt Park 2nds v Mold 2nds; Pontblyddyn 2nds v St Asaph 2nds; Pwllheli 2nds v Hawarden 2nds.

Division Four: Caernarfon v Bethesda 2nds; Conwy 2nds v Rhewl; Halkyn 2nds v Dolgellau 2nds; Llanrwst 2nds v Llangollen; Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nds v Ruthin 2nds.