JAMES CLAYBROOK believes that one victory can “transform” Brymbo’s Premier Division season.

The Wrexham-based outfit are currently in the relegation zone, but just one point separates them from third from bottom Pontblyddyn.

A tough run of fixtures awaits Brymbo, who head to reigning champions Menai Bridge tomorrow, although Claybrook knows that picking up a third victory of the season, sooner rather than later, will provide his side with a huge boost.

“We have a tough run of games but one victory transforms our season and Pont then become the chasers rather than the hunted,” said Claybrook.

Menai Bridge are two points clear at the top of the table as they look to retain their title, Claybrook expecting a typically tough test.

“Menai away is always one of the toughest games of the season,” said Claybrook. “I’d say they are favourites to win the title based on history and experience, but there’s a number that will challenge them all the way.

“All we can do is put in as good a performance we can and see where it’s gets us.

“The side is full of match-winners, we just need a bit of up lift in form and we become a very dangerous side for those at the top of the table.”

Brymbo produced an “encouraging” performance against Bangor last weekend, the second placed side grinding out a three-wicket win.

“It was a lot better performance and with the same fight for the rest of the season there’s no reason we can’t pick up some much needed victories,” added Claybrook.

Martin Burger insists that Connah’s Quay will “not lose faith” in their quest to pull of the Great Escape.

Quay remain without a win after 12 games of the season, a run that has left them 37 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table.

Captain Burger accepts Quay are in a “very difficult” position with 10 games of the campaign remaining, but he’s not ready to throw the towel in.

“We are keeping positive within the club,” said Burger. “We are almost in a position now where it’s very difficult.

“It will be tough to get out of the bottom two, but we will not lose faith until it’s definitely out of our reach.”

Twelve successive defeats is tough for any side to take, but Burger has been encouraged by parts of Quay’s performances.

Even a 156-run defeat to Mochdre last weekend offered Burger reason to be optimistic, Darren Pritchard hitting a half century for the 10-man Quay.

“I can see the team growing,” he said. “Whether it all clicks together in one game this season is the question.”

David Fox, Josh Clarke, Tom Hooson and Pritchard miss tomorrow’s trip to Pwllheli, who are hovering above the drop zone themselves.

There are no such relegation concerns for Northop and Mochdre as they go head-to-head at Flint Road tomorrow.

Northop are chasing a fourth successive league victory as they look to close the 36-point gap to third placed Mochdre.

“We will go into the game full of confidence,” said team manager Dale Harley. “It will be a tough game, but we are in some good form at the moment and we will be ready for Mochdre.”

Matty Williams returns for Northop, who are without in-form left-arm seamer Matthew Mullarkey, Danny Nicholson and Jordan Evans.

Daniel Williams wants to make sure Gresford’s 123-run defeat at the hands of Menai Bridge was “just a blip”.

Gresford went into the clash having secured back-to-back wins against Connah’s Quay and Denbigh, but came unstuck against the reigning champions.

A trip to Llandudno awaits Gresford tomorrow, and captain Williams is looking to get back on track at the first possible opportunity.

“We are looking forward to it,” said Williams. “We have a good record against them in recent times and we have three players back this weekend which puts us close to full strength.

“Hopefully last weekend was just a little blip, because we’ve been playing some good cricket recently.”

Father and son duo John and Gareth Bell return for Gresford, as does Ryan Williams, as the Wrexham-based team look to right the wrongs of last week.

Gresford were bowled out for 103 chasing Menai’s earlier score of 227 for seven, Williams keen to see his side improve if they are asked to chase at The Oval tomorrow.

“We’ve batted first for the last few months, so how we construct a chase is probably something we need to have a chat about,” added the captain.

Pontblyddyn are suffering more than a blip, the Flintshire side suffering a seventh successive defeat at home to Northop last weekend.

But Glenn Chambers and Rhys Jones could return to add experience with bat and ball as Pont come up against a Denbigh side that have lost their last three outings.

Second placed Bangor will be looking to continue their fine form with a home success over St Asaph, who have slipped into the bottom half.

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

Division Two: Brymbo 2nds v Menai Bridge 2nds; Gresford 2nds v Bangor 2nds; Llay Welfare 2nds v Halkyn; Marchwiel and Wrexham v Corwen; Mochdre 2nds v Northop 2nds.

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

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