JOHN HASELDIN believes Holywell Town are coming face-to-face with the Premier Division title favourites as Mold Alex visit Halkyn Road on Saturday.

The Flintshire rivals clash holding the only two remaining unbeaten records, but with Mold five points better off than Holywell, who do have a game in-hand, Haseldin believes the visitors could be lifting the trophy in May.

“I personally think Mold are favourites for the title,” said the Holywell boss.

“They have some really good individual players and the majority of their squad have been together for a few years now and teams like that are generally hard to beat.”

But Haseldin is relishing the Flintshire derby, continuing: “It’s a derby and we will respect them but nothing changes for us, we will ask the players to be brave, give it their absolute all and leave everything out on the pitch.

“We are enjoying our football and winning games at the moment and we are all fully focused on keeping that going while also looking to improve each week.”

Holywell add Dylan Allshorn, signed on-loan from Flint, to their squad, while Mold boss Mike Cunningham is without Lee Jones, Steve Watkins, Rhys Nash, Kevin Day and Lee Emberton, although Adam Renshaw and Dave Bryan could return.

In control of top spot at the moment are surprise package Rhostyllen, who face Rhydymwyn tomorrow.

Manager Warren Duckett may well be forced into making changes with Steve Jones nursing a knock, but Lewis Clamp, Lee McBurney and Sam Chesters are set to return.

In the Rhyd corner, Harry Massey and Ash Lewis are replaced by Kyle Harte and Sam Davidson.

Llanuwchllyn boss Riki Rowlands will have a full squad to select his starting XI from for the visit of Brickfield Rangers, who will give a debut to Mick Santengelli.

Brickfield, who have seen teenagers Ben Pritchard and Jamie Monk impress in recent weeks, are expected to have goalkeeper Ben Roberts and Kel Davies available.

Cefn Albion are back in league action as they make the trip to newly promoted Castell Alun, who are without Rob Ward, Luke Walker and Dan Woosey, although Dain Smith should feature.

Josh Valentine and Kien Morris face late checks for Cefn, who are boosted by the return of Danny Holland.

Chirk AAA are looking to stop the rot against Llay Welfare and manager Mark Holmes will be boosted by the return of skipper Phil Pearce.

In the opposition camp, Mike Gadie is without talisman Lewis Bickerton and Tom Gobern, but Luke Taylor, Ryan Goodband, Adam Colley and the in-form Tom Wells should all feature.

Corey Smart will face former club Queen’s Park with new side Penycae after joining Ben Heath’s men on-loan from Flint.

Park boss Dave Evans, who is without skipper Tony Jones, said: “Our fans will have to come to terms with Corey Smart being back in our league but playing for another team. We honestly wish him all the best but not necessarily for tomorrow.”

Penycae boss Heath, who is still aggrieved at last week’s debacle against Brymbo, said: “Tomorrow is a ‘six-pointer’ after feeling robbed last week.

“I am delighted to be able to announce that I have signed my mate Corey Smart on loan from Flint. Corey hasn’t had as many starts at Flint as he maybe should have had.”

At Rhos Aelwyd’s new Court Road home, the hosts will try to upset Brymbo. Rhos are boosted by the return of Kian Davies and Jake Simms, while Brymbo are set to name a full-strength side for the first time since August.

Saltney can at last field a team closer to resembling the one they need to compete this season as they take on a full-strength Plas Madoc.

Division One league leaders Hawarden are the only side with a 100 per cent winning record and a clash with Coedpoeth will be a true test of their credentials.

Rangers have almost a full squad with Alistair Taylor, Dan James and Ellis Jones all returning and captain Tom Williams hoping to overcome injury.

Visiting Coedpoeth can call on Andy Griffiths and captain Sion Turner, but Matty Thomas, Mike Taylor and Andy Pryde are doubts as manager Karl Fenlon said: “Our league form hasn’t been brilliant, so we need to put that right with a massive performance.”

Lex XI have Phil Stott available after suspension but manager Jason Whalley will need to give morning fitness tests to Zack Price and Stewart Parry ahead of their clash with New Brighton Villa, who have an injury crisis.

Steve Orsler, Jack Heppleston, Max Quinn and Leigh Griffiths are all unavailable for Villa with Sam Wainwright, Dan Wainwright and Adam Funnell doubtful.

Villa boss Dave Roberts does have Matthew Robinson, Liam Davies, Robbie Davies, Sam Moffatt, Jack Leonard-Gill and Grant Spencer at his disposal, while Lewis Tudor could make his first appearance of the season.

Mynydd Isa are without key players Chris Layne and Mark Atkinson as they face Halkyn and Flint Mountain, while Kieron Taylor, Lee Pritchard and Chris Davis return for Johnstown against Overton.

Johnstown boss Llion Drake said: “We simply need to get a result to kick start our season and after last weekend’s disappointment all of the lads are looking to make amends.”

Cefn Mawr tackle Llangollen while in the Reserves Division Cup, Brickfield Rangers host Rhos Aelwyd and Ruthin go to Llay.

Reserves Division fixtures: Cefn Druids v Gresford; Mold Alex v Corwen; Penycae v Holywell; Brymbo v Ruthin; Llangollen v Overton; Mynydd Isa v Cefn Alb; Rhydymwyn v Coedpoeth. Tonight: Buckley v Castell Alun.

Reserves and Colts: Brymbo vRuthin Town Development; Llangollen Town v Overton; Llay Welfare Colts v Johnstown; Mynydd Isa Spartans v Cefn Albion; Rhydymwyn v Coedpoeth Utd.

Reserves and Colts Division: Airbus v Bala; Cefn Mawr Rgrs v Connah’s Quay Nomads.