FAW Trophy fixtures for Saturday, September 23rd (2pm):

FC Porthcawl v Merlins Bridge

One of the tricky aspects of the FAW Cup is facing sides from leagues of an unknown quantity – and Merlins Bridge do that tomorrow.

FC Porthcawl play in the Port Talbot League Premier Division, and The Wizards will know little about their hosts given they are only in their second full season since being formed.

For what it is worth, Bridge should go in with more match practice, having played four league fixtures and a Senior Cup match already this year – whilst Porthcawl’s only clash was a 3-2 home win over Tata Steel last week.

Nathan Thomas saw his side hammer Lamphey in the Senior Cup last week and Bridge are unbeaten thus far domestically, and will not want to lose momentum here.

Having said that, with the size of their squad this season, I expect one or two changes from the visitors.

Goodwick United v Rockspur

Last week’s Senior Cup defeat to West Dragons would have hurt The Phoenix Boys badly, and the management team of Wayne and brother Chris O’Sullivan will not want to another trophy bid disappear in round one here.

Goodwick have had early season injuries, with Rhys Dalling another to join the list last week – but unavailability is part and parcel of local football and their squad should have enough depth to cope.

On paper, they will fancy their chances at home to a Rockspur side that has lost three of its opening five league matches in the top flight of the Swansea Senior League.

Indeed, their last two games, at home to St Josephs and Penlan Club respectively, have seen them lose 6-1 and then 4-1, so they head to Phoenix Park seemingly searching for form.

Hakin United v Pencoed Athletic

Like Goodwick, Hakin host a team who have begun their own league season in patchy form.

Pencoed Athletic won their opening two games of the season in the South Wales Alliance Premier Division – but have since gone three without a win, including two defeats.

The Vikings were made to work hard at Camrose last week before progressing in the Senior Cup, and that contest, as well as their league defeat the previous week at West Dragons, at least means they will be anything but complacent tomorrow.

Kristan Bennett’s men will be without Adam John, who was sent off last week, but should Nicky Woodrow and co click going forward, will be confident of progressing here.

Senior Cup Round One (2pm):

There are 12 outstanding Senior Cup ties tomorrow, as Division One sides Milford United and Pennar Robins seek a first win of the campaign in their home clashes against Division Two opposition.

Milford host Saundersfoot Sports, who drew their last league game 2-2 at Hakin 2nds - before their season was halted temporarily by the brain freeze of Activity Wales officials on the day of Saundersfoot Triathlon.

The Sports have nothing to lose and the home side will be under pressure, with boss Adrian Hutchings knowing any kind of win is a must in order to kick start his side's season.

Similarly, Pennar need some momentum from their home game with Prendergast Villa.

The Villa have had a reasonable start in Division Two with seven points in four games, while The Robins have scored just once in their four league defeats.

The home side will want to take the chance to get the ball in the net and a win on the board, for confidence if nothing else, but the visitors are likely to have a real go at Bush Camp.

Another side in need of a result is Herbrandston, at home to neighbours St Ishmaels.

Both teams are looking for form - as Herbie have just three points, and Tish four, in Divisions One and Two respectively.

And both go in on the back of poor home defeats last Saturday, and while Oliver West's men should have the edge at home, this one could be a real battle.

Last season's runners up, Clarbeston Road, know the value of a cup run - and I expect them to go all out against another Division Two side in St Clears.

Matthew Ellis and his side have come into form after a difficult start to the season, and it will be tough for a St Clears team with two league wins and three losses to their name thus far.

But they did show an ability to score goals in wins over Solva (6-3) and Saundersfoot (5-1) and again, will go in knowing there is little pressure on them.

Monkton Swifts host Hundleton in another Division One v Two game, with The Swifts going in on the back of a 5-0 win at Herbie.

Hundleton meanwhile, won 4-2 at Johnston last time out, and they will be up for what is effectively a local derby (of sorts) at Monkton Lane.

The Swifts start favourites, but I fancy they will be made to work hard if they are going to progress.

You feel Llangwm's priority will be Division Two survival this season, but they are still a rare banana skin for Narberth, who have come into form with back to back wins after a tough start.

The home side will relish a rare chance to have a go at a top flight side, and the visitors will have to keep their focus and composure to get through a tricky tie.

Division Three side Manorbier will have their work cut out at home to Angle.

The hosts have won two and lost two of their first four games, while Angle have slipped somewhat with two straight league defeats after a flying start.

But if they play to their capabilities, you'd think the visitors will return to winning ways here.

It is leaders v leaders at Kilgetty, who host Neyland.

With 12 points from 15, The Nomads have blended youth and experience well in the opening weeks of the season, but they face a home side with an identical league record at the top of the second tier.

They will see this as a great chance to have a go at home against a top flight team, and the visitors, for who Geraint Rees continues to impress, will have to be switched on to avoid an upset.

It could go either way at Letterston when they host another Division Two team in Solva.

They have already met in the league, with a Jack Jones hat trick helping Solva to a 6-3 win, but the home side have picked up since then and with Aaron McQuillan in form, have won three league games on the bounce.

Division Three side Broad Haven are at home to Johnston.

And the home team, third in the table with three wins from four, will think they have a big chance against The Tigers with just two points to their name in four matches.

Furthermore, the visitors may be depleted after having three men sent off last week, and this appears a very tricky trip for them.

Fishguard Sports are third in Divison Two, and will be expected to progress at home to a Pendine side seventh in the league below.

But The Seagulls can at least travel without expectation weighing on them, and will maybe hope the home side take their eye off the ball with their main priority sure to be promotion.

Lawrenny v Cosheston completes the round.

Lawrenny are struggling early on in Division Two, languishing second from bottom, while Cosheston are flying the flag for Division Five after beating Pembroke Boro 4-1 in the Preliminary Round last week.

They have also won their only league game so far, 7-1 against Milford Athletic 2nds, and at the very least, expect them to battle against bravely against another side who will want to get a win under their belts to take back into their league form.

Manderwood Pembrokeshire Football League fixtures for Saturday (2.30pm):

Division One:

Carew v West Dragons

The only Pembrokeshire top flight clash of the day, and it's an intriguing one.

The Dragons lost two of their opening three league games, against Merlins Bridge and Goodwick, and immediately their title credentials were written off by many.

They have since responded in style - showing both quality and a tough mentality to beat champions Hakin 2-1, before winning by the same score at Phoenix Park in the Senior Cup.

With other sides not playing, now Steve Allen and Lee Palmer have the challenge of ensuring their squad keep up their new found momentum in a tough away clash.

The Rooks started the campaign in style with three straight wins, before a disappointing defeat at Neyland.

Little can be read into their 8-0 cup win over Milford Athletic last week, but at least they took the chance to return to winning ways, with Zac Rowell grabbing a hat trick.

Carew need not worry about relegation, but if they are to take the step from becoming a mid-table side to one challenging the big boys - these are the kind of games they need results in.

Division Two:

Merlins Bridge II v Hakin United II

Division Three:

Broad Haven v Carew II

Clarbeston Road II v Manorbier United

Narberth II v Pennar Robins II

Pendine v Goodwick United II

West Dragons II v St Florence

Division Four:

Angle II v Llangwm II

Lamphey Ii v Fishguard Sports II

Neyland II v Monkton Swifts II

Solva II v Pennar Robins III

St Clears II v Broad Haven II

St Ishmaels II v Kilgetty II

Division Five:

Carew III v Milford United III

Hundleton II v Camrose II

Johnston II v Lawrenny II

Pembroke Boro II v Letterston II

Saundersfoot Sports II v Milford Athletic II