PLAYERS and officials are in the final preparation for their Good Friday game against Bath RFC Colts.

With a scheduled kick off at 2.30pm, the weather forecast is looking warm and dry for the day and the club is hoping for a bumper crowd from the town to support the local boys.

Penarth RFC club historian Chris Thau has been looking through the archives and has found that Penarth RFC was the first Welsh club to start playing Bath FC on a regular basis, more than 105 years ago.

Chris told the Penarth Times: "The first match was played on January 5th 1895, at Penarth, with the local club, captained by Herbie Morgan, managing to defeat the opposition by 18-5.

"The Seasiders won the return match on March 23rd, 6-0, with the regular exchange of fixtures lasting 20 years before the Great War broke out.

"The last game between the two clubs was in the 1913-14 season when Penarth again were victors by 16-0 in April of 1914.

"The Great War broke out a few months later and both clubs never played each other again.

"Friday's fixture celebrates 105 years since the last time the two clubs played each other when they last met in April 1914."

This week the youth team were delighted to take delivery of two signs, sponsored by Morgans Consult, to help advertise the game at Penarth Athletic Club. The gates will be open by 12pm.