DARLINGTON MOWDEN PARK welcome Leeds Tykes to the Arena for some Friday-night fireworks this evening in a game that could have repercussions for the battle to avoid relegation from National One.

Mowden head into the game needing just a single point to guarantee their survival thanks to recent wins over Leeds, Tonbridge and Plymouth, although they are coming into the match off the back of a heavy defeat to Cinderford.

Leeds currently sit three points behind relegation rivals Blackheath, but with two games in hand, the Tykes' fate is still in their own hands ahead of tonight's 7.30pm kick-off.

"The squad are massively looking forward to Friday night's game against Leeds," said Mowden director of rugby Garry Law. "Even more so after what we all know was a poor performance last week away at Cinderford.

"I know the squad are massively keen to right some wrongs and put on a performance that our home supporters can really get behind.”

Recent results have set up a grandstand finish at both ends of the National One table, with Leeds' home win over Plymouth Albion on Saturday boosting their hopes of survival.

Jon Callard's side have shown improved form in recent weeks, including narrow defeats to both Mowden and Tonbridge Juddians, both of which came down to the final kick of the game.

The last meeting between Mowden and Leeds ended in a 23-22 win for Law’s side in March, with a late try from Tongan lock Talite Vaioleti clinching a nerve-wracking victory for Mowden.

Each of Mowden’s last three wins have been decided by three points or fewer, and Law is expecting another closely-fought game this evening:

“A Friday night game has added a little something extra to the fixture in that we haven't had one before," he said. "But we are in no doubt that Leeds will also be looking to take the game to us in their bid to avoid the drop.

"You can also say it is near enough our local derby of the season so that adds something extra. This season hasn't been plain sailing, but we are focused on finishing it the best way we can with the two home fixtures remaining.

"Hopefully, we can see a bumper crowd attend the Friday night game and cheer the lads on to a win.”

Mowden captain Ollie Hodgson added: "They are going to throw absolutely everything at us. It’s a huge game for them and us, and one that we are relishing as a team.

"We need to match their physicality and more, as well as make smart decisions when they move the ball."