WREXHAM coach Alan Jenkins insists it is ‘all to play for’ as the North Wales Division Two title race gathers pace.

A fixture-free weekend for the The Bryn Estyn Lane club saw them slip to third last Saturday, and leapfrogged by in-form Newtown.

Though they currently sit seven points adrift of mid-Wales pacesetters Cobra, Wrexham retain a game in hand on their title rivals

and Jenkins insists his side can afford nor more slip-ups in the second half of their campaign.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Nant Conwy seconds, he said: “We’re half way through the season now and there’s still everything to play for.

“Teams like Nant can beat anyone if they’re on their day so we know we can’t afford any more slip ups.

“COBRA seem to be in the driving seat with Newtown also going well.

“I’d look out for Dolgellau as well. They have games in hand on everyone and could go top if they win them. They’re capable of doing that. We haven’t played them yet so that’s an important couple of games.”

Wrexham ended 2018 with a convincing 38-10 victory against Colwyn Bay, with top scorer Scott Leckie crossing twice to complement further tries from Jamie Weston, Sean Rogers and Christian Burgoyne.

The club now make their competitive return after a two-week fixture break, and Jenkins insists the recovery time afforded to his squad has bolstered his selection options for their first clash of the new year.

He added: “Team-wise we’ve had a reasonable month with more players returning to training from injury than we’ve been losing which is good news.

“We’re able to select from a decent size squad now with a lot of choice in the back row and midfield especially.

“Nant are a very physical, fit team - not the biggest but strong and gritty.

“We beat them 22-0 earlier in the season and took the game to them up front. We’ll have to win that battle again this weekend. That’s what we’ve been working on in training.”

COBRA head to Dolgellau today, while Rhyl host Newtown, Welshpool head to Bangor, and Llanidloes entertain Colwyn Bay.

Mold look set to drop into the second tier next term after a miserable Division One campaign to date.

The Flintshire club have registered a single victory from 10 games this term and remain firmly rooted to the foot of the table.

Their task gets no easier this weekend as they visit an in-form Bala side currently enjoying a five-game winning streak.

Saturday's reduced fixture schedule in the division sees fellow strugglers Llangefni head to Nant Conwy, while Ruthin entertain Bro Ffestiniog.

Division Three title-chasers Shotton Steel are in the midst of an impressive nine-game winning streak and sit just a point behind leaders Machynlleth.

The Steelmen were in rampant mood last week as they inflicted an 87-7 drubbing on struggling Rhos to maintain the pressure on their title rivals.

Head coach Dave Connolly takes Shotton to Holyhead and believes his side are still growing in confidence.

He said: “It does feel like we’re becoming better game by game and that players are taking more ideas on board and producing big performances in games.

“The confidence is growing and it’s great that we’re being more clinical with our try-scoring opportunities now.”

Flint are eager to get back to winning ways against Benllech, following their 45-31 home defeat to loss Holyhead last week.

Head Coach Aled Davies said: “Last week showed that, even with significant changes, we can compete in this league.

“I want a clinical and solid display in front of our supporters this week. With only nine games left this season there are bonus points to chase.”

Rhos host Menai Bridge, while Machynlleth go to Llangefni seconds.