YOUNG prop Sam Nixon knows Bath have a battle on their hands if they are to take a big step towards the Anglo-Cup semi-finals this weekend.

Bath currently sit top of the Pool One table and host Newcastle Falcons at the Rec on Saturday bidding to make it three wins from three in the competition.

Todd Blackadder’s side have been pushed all the way in their previous two matches, beating London Irish by four points in their opener on November 4 before edging to a two-point triumph over Leicester Tigers a week after that.

Falcons also boast two wins from two and head the pack in Pool Four, so Nixon hopes Bath’s ability to get over the line in tight contests can pay dividends when the teams go toe-to-toe tomorrow.

“The two games we’ve played so far were pretty close and we’re over the moon that we’ve got two wins under our belt,” said Nixon.

“When you come through games like that it’s good for morale and belief and it brings everyone together.

“Newcastle are a good side and we aren’t expecting them to come here and roll over. I’m sure it will be a real battle, just like the previous two games.

“We’re in a really good position at the moment and hopefully we can push on into the semi-finals, that will be great for the club.”

The Anglo-Welsh Cup is well-known for being a breeding ground for younger players, with Aviva Premiership club’s taking the chance to give their up-and-coming talent some crucial match time.

Academy prop Nixon is one of those in line to get an opportunity to shine this weekend so is eager to make an impression.

“This competition gives the opportunity for some of the younger boys to get a crack at it and for the fans, it’s the chance to see some of the players they don’t see too much,” said Nixon.

“There is usually a nice mix of experienced heads and younger guys trying to make an impact so there’s a buzz in the camp.

“As we have seen already, the games tend to be quite exciting so hopefully we can have the same again against Newcastle.”