GOING through another league campaign unbeaten would be a major achievement for Pontypool, but there is no questioning what the club’s number one priority is, according to Matthew Jones.

Pooler have already wrapped up the Championship title and are now just three wins away from matching last season’s remarkable 100% record of 22 consecutive victories.

However, player-coach Jones and the rest of the squad know a far greater reward awaits them if they can triumph in next month’s play-off to gain promotion to the Principality Premiership.

The date, venue and identity of their opponents for that game have yet to be finalised.

Bedwas occupy the play-off spot, but Bridgend are only two points adrift with as many matches in hand, while Llanelli, who have one fixture left, could still get pulled back into the danger zone.

Speaking to the club’s official website on the possibility of successive unbeaten seasons, Jones said: “Our bread and butter is achieving promotion through the play-off game, but it is nice to have these potential bonuses.

“No matter what competition you’re playing in, or who you are, you want to win every game.

“We will do everything we can to achieve another unbeaten league season, but if we don’t, we don’t.

“Our main priority is to achieve promotion to the Principality Premiership.”

In beating Bedlinog 19-16 last weekend Pooler set a record for consecutive victories in the Championship, eclipsing the 43-game sequence of Ebbw Vale from 2012-2014.

The scoreline may suggest Pooler weren’t at their rampaging best, but Jones was much happier with the team’s display following their 38-21 success against the same opponents the previous week.

“We tried to play a lot more, but execution at times let us down,” added Jones.

“It was an improvement on the home game, and we need to keep moving forward, keep building momentum and work hard in training again this week.”

After going to Tata Steel tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm), Pooler host relegated Rhydyfelin next Wednesday and Trebanos three days later.