Weston-super-Mare make the short trip down the M5 to College Way on Saturday afternoon to face Bridgwater & Albion in the quarter-finals of this season’s Renault Somerset Cup, kick off 3pm.
This will be the 13th meeting between the two sides in the competition and both clubs know that league status counts for nothing when it comes to local bragging rights going in to the festive period.
The sides have met in four Somerset Cup finals with the honours shared, the last being in 2007 at Wellington when Weston won 33-7. Bridgwater won 38-10 at Burnham-on-Sea in the first round of this season’s competition while Weston had a bye.
Having lost 9 of 14 league games so far this season Bridgwater have struggled but they have won their last three home matches including last weekend’s 36-16 win over North Dorset to take them out of the relegation zone.
Bridgwater have named an unchanged starting line-up while Weston have moved Ross Bennett to scrum half, Harry Jones comes in at full back with James Arnold starting on the left wing.
There is still one outstanding first round tie to be played between Hornets and Wellington which will take place on December 29 as will the quarter-final tie between Old Redcliffians and Taunton.
The winners of the first round tie between Hornets and Wellington will be away to Cup holders North Petherton in the quarter-finals on a date to be advised along with the other match between Clevedon and Bristol Harlequins.
Bridgwater & Albion (home v Weston-super-Mare, 3pm): Stuart Heal; Garryn Basson, Rob Allen, Ollie Dunn, Tom King; Dominik Griffin, Roger Drabble; James Bryant, Matt Hastie, Christian Preece, Rob Thompson, Matt Northey, Nick Spellissy, Mitch Windsor, Dan Kemmish (capt). Reps: Gavin Knight, Rob Prescott, Doug Page-Symonds, Sam Russell, Joe Stradling, Will Kerry, Nick Francis.
Weston-super-Mare: Harry Jones; Marc Oupoh, Sam Smee, Sylvan Edwards, James Arnold; James Mackay, Ross Bennett; David Swann, David Burge (capt), Phil Hobbs, Harry Somers, Ash Russell, George Sparks, Kevin Hobbs, Paul Morrissey. Reps: Steve Donegan, Craig Withers, Shaun Eaton, Andy Glen, Chris Young, Luke Blizzard.
Weston United, who slipped to their first defeat last weekend at Gordano after six victories in a row in the Tribute Somerset Premier, will be at home to North Somerset neighbours Winscombe in a match re-arranged from November 24
Weston United (home v Winscombe, 2.30pm): Carl Fletcher; Matt Burns, Dave Steele, George Kimmins, Paul Sprague (capt); Dan Lomax, Ollie Trott; Dave Price, Dave Bird, Mark Matthews, Simon Hudson, Aaron Collins, Merv Down, Matt Deacon, Tom Main. Reps: Jake Whatley, Stuart Board, Jon Filer.
In the Tribute Somerset 2 North league, Weston Athletic are away to Old Culverhaysians who are just three points above them in the table after both sides lost their games last time out,
Weston Athletic (away v Old Culverhaysians, 2.30pm): Zac West Gall; Rob Blackborow, Ollie Caton, Darren Hancock, Henry Monelle; Darren Burns, Dan Prime; Darren Wheatley, Grahame Hill (capt), Blain Bryant, Will Hunt, Laszlo Noszkay, Darren Doughty, Adam Fisher, George Wright. Reps: Rich Frost, Kavon Young, Rich Bishop.