IT’S the big one in Division One North tomorrow.

Local bragging rights and crucial league points will be up for grabs as Wrexham host Mold in the match of the day. Both sides have had their struggles since gaining promotion last season, but the pair have opened their year in fantastic fashion.

Mold beat third-placed Bethesda 23-18 to move to within two points of safety, while Wrexham stretched their winning run with a 61-7 triumph at Dolgellau.

Skipper Jack Harrison, who scored two tries in that match, said: “Saturday was pleasing, but there will still be lots of aspects to work on, which I think is a good thing.

“We all know what playing Mold means and there’s been some really tight and exciting games in recent times, this weekend will probably follow suit. We come into it off the back of a couple of good results, while Mold will take a lot of confidence from the Bethesda win.

“It’s going to be a battle up front, who can get on the front foot to let the backs have a crack. Hopefully we can stick to what we’ve been doing well and it will pay off for us.”

Mold head of performance Oli Heald said: “It’s a trip we are familiar with and we know they will be brimming with confidence from recent performances, but we go into the game after a very good performance against Bethesda.”

Mark Padgett and Dafydd Pritchard are both back for Mold and Heald added: “The reality for us this weekend is that the opposition isn’t really that important, we know they are a dangerous attacking team, but what is important for us is backing up last week’s performance and if we can do that, it will put us in a good place moving into the second half of the season.”

Leaders Nant Conwy host COBRA tomorrow, while second-placed Llandudno pay a visit to Llangefni.

Ruthin and Bala travel to Bethesda and Caernarfon respectively, while tonight, Pwllheli are at home to Dolgellau.

Shotton Steel defeated one of the main challengers for the Division Two North title recently and they’ll be looking to do something similar tomorrow.

The Steelmen, who beat leaders Denbigh 17-12 in their last match of 2023, have home advantage against second-placed Colwyn Bay.

Other fixtures: Abergele v Rhyl & District; Bro Ffestiniog v Welshpool; Nant Conwy 2nds v Denbigh; Newtown v Bangor.

There’s a big weekend at the top of Division Three North East, with second-placed Bro Gwernant hosting leaders Machynlleth.

Llangollen-based Bro go into the match following last weekend’s hard-fought 15-5 derby win over Rhosllanerchrugog.

Team boss Huw Evans said: “It was a real test of character to the team. Rhos put us under an enormous amount of pressure in the last 10 minutes and each player stood up and put in the tackles. We were down to 14 men for 20 minutes of the game and Rhos tested our defence to the max and thankfully we held strong.

“We now have a group of lads that are fighting for their starting place, so the intensity in training is now helping the team out on the pitch. A mention to Josh Edwards, starting at six for the first time, he put in a massive shift with and without the ball.”

Flint and Mold Seconds welcome Wrexham Seconds and Denbigh Seconds respectively, while Rhosllanerchrugog go to Ruthin Seconds. Bala Seconds host COBRA Seconds.