ANOTHER Pontypool title procession this season would leave Bedwas head coach Stefan Sankala feeling “bitterly disappointed”.

Pooler, on a 50-match winning streak in the league, are vying to become Championship champions for the fourth time in a row.

They have already made an ominous start to the new campaign, collecting a hat-trick of bonus-point victories to lead Sankala’s men by one point at the summit.

Pontypool’s latest triumph was a 59-5 demolition of former Premiership outfit Neath, the side Bedwas go to tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm).

“Everyone knows what resources they have available to them,” said Sankala of Pontypool. “They’ve been doing what they have done for four or five years now.

“By their own admission, they probably deserve to be up in the Premiership, and they’re doing everything they can to get there.”

When asked if he could see this term being another cakewalk for Pooler, he added: “I would be bitterly disappointed if it was a one-horse race again.

“I expect us, Bargoed, Cardiff Met and Narberth to put up a strong fight and for it to be a good battle in the top half of the table.”

In Neath, Bedwas will be facing a side hurting from such a big defeat, and one eager to react in the right way.

And that may well be a recurring theme for Bedwas this season as all their fixtures are against teams who will have played Pooler the previous week.

“It could be a good or bad thing,” said Sankala. “If a team, like Neath, lose heavily to Pontypool then they will be a wounded animal and want a reaction.

“But, on the other hand, it’s good for us in terms of analysis, and they could still be down from that loss the previous weekend.

“Neath will want a much-improved performance and our scalp, so that makes them dangerous.”

Bedwas, relegated along with Neath last term, have adapted well to life in the Championship, bagging three wins out of three and reaching the next round of the National Cup.

“I’m very happy with things so far,” said Sankala. “Winning our first four games of the season was our first goal and we’ve done that.

“We had a little celebration on Tuesday and agreed we are going in the right direction.

“Our decision making in attack has been really pleasing, and our defensive structure seems to be working.

“Neath is a massive challenge for us given both sides have always been in the Premiership – there’s a bit of spice to this one.”

Sankala added that he has been impressed by the likes of back-rower Owen Jones, centre Matt Williams and full-back James Hallett since their arrival at Bridge Field in the summer.

As for Pooler, they head west to take on Narberth, the third of the three sides still boasting 100% records.

Cross Keys are still to break their duck in the Championship, but they will be hoping to get up and running when Glamorgan Wanderers visit Pandy Park.

Unbeaten Bargoed, who have two wins and a draw, welcome Tata Steel to Bargoed Park.

Fixtures: Bargoed v Tata Steel, Beddau v Maesteg Quins, Cross Keys v Glamorgan Wanderers, Narberth v Pontypool, Neath v Bedwas, Trebanos v Ystrad Rhondda, Ystalyfera v Cardiff Met.