Manager calling on squad to be aware
Cefn Druids’ manager Huw Griffiths is calling on his squad to be aware of whatever tactics they come up against in Saturday evening’s televised fixture at home to Carmarthen Town.
The match, which will be broadcast live on S4C’s Sgorio, will determine where both sides will finish ahead of the league split – with the visitors looking for a top six ending.
Griffiths is wary of the threat posed by The Old Gold ahead of the match, especially with a guaranteed play-off berth in the reckoning for them.
He said: “They are a very well organised side. They are a big, strong outfit with one or two very good players.
“They have got a lot riding on it as they want to get into the top six and they have been on a good run.
“But we’re not here to spoil their party. We’re here to get as many points as possible for Cefn Druids and give a good account of ourselves. We are not interested in what other teams do.”
Griffiths added: “We will have to be aware of what Carmarthen can do. Mark [Aizlewood] won’t be coming here for just a point.
“We have got to be aware of them being coy to begin with or coming out all guns blazing.”
Druids will welcome Jordan Barrow and Michael Jones back to the squad after the duo missed last weekend’s win at Aberystwyth Town. Also returning will be Ashley Ruane after the striker completed his transfer from gap Connah’s Quay earlier in the week.
Griffiths said he was pleased to welcome the trio back into the fold.
“We have three experienced players coming back in,” he said. “It will mean we can pad out the bench with more quality which will improve our options for impact.”
One face that will be missing, however, is that of Matthew Cook.
The midfielder is poised to join Denbigh Town after finding his game time limited. But Griffiths was quick to thank Cook for his efforts.
He said: “I’d like to thank Matthew for coming in and signing for us. He has been ultra professional throughout his time here.
“He wanted more game time, which Denbigh have offered. He has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him all the very best.”
With the match being live on television Griffiths admitted he is concerned about the number of the Cefn Druids squad that have played in front of the cameras before.
The Druids boss told cefndruidsafc.co.uk: “There’s going to be a lot of our lads who are inexperienced at being on television.
“It’s important that we manage the environment we’re in and to keep to our plans.”
Kick-off at The Rock is 5.15pm.