CAERNARFON Town and Porthmadog meet for the fourth time this season today with both clubs desperate for points.
Caernarfon, stranded at the foot of the table, need to string together some favourable results, while mid-table Porthmadog are pushing for BBC-FAW Premier Cup qualification.
The previous meetings between the Gwynedd neighbours in league and cup produced two wins for Porthmadog and one draw.
Town’s manager Steve O’Shaughnessy said: “The last two games were closely contested and our players are in a better frame of mind now, after our win at Airbus UK.
“What we want against Porthmadog is to get off to a good start, to pick up an early goal perhaps, and then relax a bit, because the players have been under too much pressure for weeks.”
Porthmadog counterpart Viv Williams said: “While we have been doing well in the cups, we need to adapt that form to our league campaign.
“Those other derbies with Caernarfon were back in August and October, which was a long time ago, and this one means a lot more to both clubs.”
Town plan to introduce recent midfield signing Paul Addow, from Vauxhall Motors, as well as scoring ace Steve Bowes, who has hit 30-plus goals for Cymru Alliance club Prestatyn Town.
Bowes has been secured on second-club forms from Bangor City, where he spent two months but was not used.
Porthmadog’s squad will be boosted by the return of Clayton Blackmore, ineligible for Welsh Cup action, and left winger Les Davies, after a one-match ban.