MORGAN Stoddart will be eager for more of the same from his players tomorrow as Cross Keys look to climb into the Championship top five and dent Bargoed’s hopes of catching leaders Pontypool.

Stoddart’s resurgent Keys side made home advantage count last Friday with an impressive 44-7 hammering of relegation threatened Beddau in the only Championship fixture of the weekend.

The victory saw Keys leapfrog Ystrad Rhondda into ninth place, and they could well find themselves further up the table again should the Bulls be put to the sword at Pandy Park (kick-off 2.30pm).

Just six points separate Ystrad Rhondda in 10th and fifth-placed Neath – Keys are three behind the Welsh All Blacks having played one match more.

But with four of Keys’ five games after Bargoed coming against sides currently below them in the standings, they have a real opportunity to be the best of the rest.

Pooler, Bargoed, Bedwas and Cardiff Met will finish the season well clear of the others.

Keys now have four wins in their last five so tomorrow’s all-Gwent showdown should be a lot closer than the reverse fixture in October when Bargoed cruised to a 46-7 success.

Bargoed will be desperate for the win to maintain their outside chance of reeling in Pooler, who go to struggling Trebanos.

The Bulls know only perfection from now until the season’s end is likely to shatter Pontypool’s promotion dream.

Bargoed are 10 points off top spot with a game in hand, but they still have Pooler to play on April 25.

Third is probably going to be the best Bedwas can hope for.

That is where Stefan Sankala’s men find themselves now, two points above Cardiff Met with two matches in hand on the students.

Mid-table Narberth is Bedwas’ destination tomorrow, although all fixtures are in the hands of Storm Dennis.