IT'S El Classico once again this weekend!

Not Real Madrid v Barcelona in La Liga, but Gresford hosting local rivals Llay in the Premier Division.

On the El Classico description, Llay skipper Tom Crewe said: "I think that's a term that Gresford came up with!

"The games are competitive, but they're played in a good spirit.

"We are strong this week - it's the strongest we've been all season!"

Things are finally looking a bit more positive for Llay following a testing summer so far.

They took two points from their trip to unbeaten leaders Menai Bridge last time out and Crewe said: "I think it's the first time where we have scored over 200 this season, which is disappointing in the first place.

"We batted really well, but our standards weren't good enough in the field."

Two dropped catches meant hopes of a third point fell by the wayside from the perspective of Llay, with concentration levels not the best.

However, Crewe added: "It's a bit of a plus we are competitive."

Jack Billington is back for Llay tomorrow, as is Tom Parry.

Remaining behind the stumps is 63-year-old Colin Peers, who has really impressed this season.

"He's done fantastic," added Crewe.

"I'm playing him on merit.

"He's taking to Joe Howell and apart from Ben Roberts, he must be the fastest bowler in this league."

Gresford's top order batting didn't function as planned in last weekend's 14-run loss to Northop.

"We were missing a couple of batsmen and we were only saved from a heavy defeat by the lower order," said skipper Matt Thompson.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, he added: "Regardless of how either team is doing, it's always a close game.

"We won't take them lightly."

Llay's showing at Menai Bridge is a timely reminder of their capabilities and Thompson added: "I saw that.

"Hopefully it's not against us that their fortunes turn!"

Chris Ellwood and Gareth Bell will return to the Gresford ranks.

Tough away days just keep on coming for third-placed Northop.

Just six days after spending a sweltering Sunday in Newport for a Welsh Cup quarter-final, Northop pay a visit to one of the favourites for the title.

Elwy Grove Park is their destination for a match-up with defending champions St Asaph, who are second.

Reflecting on the cup quarter-final, Halkyn captain Bart Ryan Beswick said: "A great experience for us all and a massive thank you to our supporters for travelling down, it was a great day!"

Elsewhere, Mochdre are at home to Pwllheli in a key relegation tussle, with the visitors desperate for a win.

Division Two: Bethesda v Mochdre 2nds; Carmel & District v Gresford 2nds; Caernarfon v Mold 2nds; Hawarden Park 2nds v St Asaph 2nds; Northop 2nds v Bersham; Ruthin v Menai Bridge 2nds.

Division Three: Brymbo 2nds v Buckley 2nds; Connah's Quay 2nds v Abergele 2nds; Denbigh 2nds v Bethesda 2nds; Mynydd Isa and Maeshafn v Gwersyllt Park 2nds; Pwllheli 2nds v Ruthin 2nds.

Division Four: Bersham 2nds v Hawarden Park 3rds; Halkyn 2nds v Corwen; Llandudno 2nds v Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nds; Llanrwst 2nds v Carmel & District 2nds.