WREXHAM head coach Alan Jenkins says his Wrexham side are relishing theirs status as title contenders this season.

The Bryn Estyn Lane side return to action after a three-week fixture break looking to bridge the six-point gap on Division Two leaders COBRA.

In a vital double-header, today’s home clash with Dolgellau precedes Thursday’s reverse fixture against the fourth-placed Gwynedd side.

Dolgellau remain outside contenders for the title with three games in hand on their rivals, and Jenkins insists his players are enjoying this season’s battle for honours.

He said: “Being in contention at this time of the season is a much more exciting situation to be in than being mid-table and the squad is reacting well to it.

“The break has helped us get some of the injured lads back on the pitch. We’re still missing a couple but we should be somewhere near full strength.

“We’ve trained well over the break with good numbers turning up and there’s competition for places now which gives an edge in training.

“Dolgellau are a good team who have given us tough games over the last couple of seasons so we’re expecting a tough couple of games this week. They’re only six points behind us and will be out to gain ground on us, so victory is hugely important obviously.

“We’re looking forward to reasonable weather this weekend so we can move the ball around and have an entertaining, winning, game.”

Pacesetters COBRA head to Rhyl today, while Abergele host Bangor, Nant Conwy seconds go to Colwyn Bay, and Llanidloes entertain Welshpool.

Flint coach Aled Davies has challenged his in-form side to retain focus in the ‘business end’ of the Division Three campaign.

Back-to-back league victories have lifted the club men into the top four places and Davies has targets an even stronger end to the season.

Speaking ahead of today’s home clash with second-placed Machynlleth, he said: “We need to keep up the performance levels of our wins against Shotton and Menai Bridge.

“With six games left to go, the first team’s focus is six wins and to chase as many bonus points as possible.

“If other results go in our favour, the last few weeks could really hot up

“We have been plagued by injuries all season but I’m pleased with the lads who have stepped up.

“They are now cementing their right to stay in the 1st team squad which is great for the here and now but also the future.

“Mach won’t be an easy game.

“The boys’ defence and fitness has been outstanding the last few weeks, but we will need to further improve.

“Mach have been a ‘ monkey on our back’ in previous seasons and I am wanting a win, so we can push on.”

Leaders Shotton Steel will look to recover from their alarming loss of form after three successive league defeats.

Dave Connolly’s Steelmen host strugglers Mold seconds, who have collected just one victory all season.

Rhos host Denbigh seconds, while Pwllheli seconds visit Holyhead.

Division One action sees basement side Mold travel to Llangefni, pursuing an elusive away victory.

Relegation now looms large for the Chester Road club after a difficult 2018/19 campaign which has yielded just eight points from 12 fixtures to date.

Llangefni’s recent form has been dismal too, with the Anglesey side heading into the clash in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

Unbeaten leaders Llandudno visit fourth-placed Bala, Bro Ffestiniog host second-placed Pwllheli, Denbigh face Bethesda while Caernarfon head to Nant Conwy.