As local rugby returns this weekend, albeit for only one batch of fixtures before another three-week gap for the Six Nations, Newcastle Emlyn are gearing up for one of their biggest challenges of the season in League 1 West.

As they face Felinfoel at home, the Red and Whites are on top of the pile, three points ahead of Llangennech with Felinfoel a further two points adrift in third.

When the rivals clashed in Llanelli back in November the Teifisiders came out on top 13-8 but the result could have gone either way and it could be another tight contest at the weekend.

A 13th win of the campaign for Alex Williams and team-mates would strengthen their promotion hopes and put them in the right frame of mind for the visit to Llangennech on March 21,