Griffiths confident Brymbo can avoid relegation

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Tom Norris

Brymbo skipper Jamie Griffiths says that his side are not even contemplating the thought of relegation.

Griffiths saw his side climb to third from bottom thanks to a highly impressive success over Connah’s Quay, which moved them within 16 points of overtaking eighth placed Chirk and 25 off Pontblyddyn.

As a result, Griffiths was buoyant about his team’s survival prospects, saying: “We are not even thinking about being relegated, we are looking to finish halfway.

“It is weird when you are down at the bottom because a win suddenly drags other teams back into trouble.

“We knew we would be banging on the door when it came to getting out of trouble, but the hard work doesn’t stop now, we need to be more consistent and take each game as it comes.

“There will be no easy game between now and the end of the season, but we haven’t played badly recently and hopefully that will continue.

“The younger players are really starting to stand up and perform, people forget we lost the likes of Dafydd Rhys and have had to call upon youngsters like Rob Ward, who is only 15.”

David Lloyd returns to the Brymbo side for the home encounter with Bangor tomorrow, although Rob Ranson and Joss Roberts are unavailable.

Mold captain David Soothill is looking to lead the Chester Road club to a Premier Division double this season.

Soothill’s side closed the gap on leaders and current champions Llandudno thanks to a convincing victory over St Asaph last weekend, while they top the 2010
fair play league.

Speaking about the current fair play standings, Soothill joked: “We are not very
happy about that!

On a serious note, he said: “We are pleased to be top of the fair play league, we try and play competitively and fairly and this proves that. We want to finish top of it
come the end of the season and it would be nice to do the double.”

Soothill continued by talking about the win over St Asaph, highlighting the performances of Russ Wiseman and Usman Butt as catalysts for the success.

“Russ got us off to a flyer and Usman bowled brilliantly,” he said. “Usman got the big wicket of their pro and continued to bowl well.

“It was a good performance and a good win with Llandudno having their match cancelled, it closed the gap on them and we are still in the title race.”

Talking about tomorrow’s home encounter with Llanrwst, Soothill added: “They need the points and had a good win last week.

“Their pro is another good player and a key wicket, and Dave Taylor scores a lot of runs.”

The unavailable Danny Drew and Cliff Wiseman are replaced by Stewart Roberts and Jonathan Bedbrook.

Hawarden Park were left ruing their luck after another disappointing weekend.
Not for the first time this season Park were frustrated by the tail as visiting Menai Bridge clung on for a losing draw, number 10 and 11 batsmen Gerallt Roberts and Carl Thomas batting out 11 overs.

The failure to take one more wicket cost Park an additional 10 points and they slipped back in to the drop zone as Llanrwst, Mochdre and Brymbo all won.

“Not being able to take the last wicket cost us for a second time this season and that is 20 points for two wickets,” said former skipper Jamie Ducker.

“You leave the field disappointed but pleased to take the most points you have for a while and then find out that all the teams around us had won and we had dropped
down a place.”

Every game at this stage of the season is important for a side sitting second from bottom, but tomorrow’s match at Chirk has added importance.

Nick Flack’s men are just 24 points clear of Park and Ducker is aiming to drag them in to the relegation fight.

“It is a massive game,” he said. “Chirk are so unpredictable, they beat Mold and then lose to Llanrwst, so we just need to play to our potential.

“If one team can get a run together it will pull other teams back in, that is our aim.”
Ducker and Adam Doyle are unavailable for Park although Craig Wilson returns
and Adam Cross steps up from the seconds.

Andy Roberts is hopeful his Pontblyddyn outfit will head to Llandudno confident of inflicting a first league defeat on the hosts.

The Alder Meadow side failed to enhance their bid to avoid the drop last weekend as they were beaten by two wickets at home to Mochdre and slumped to a Welsh
Cup defeat at Hawarden Park the following day.

As a result, it would be understandable if morale was low, but Roberts is looking at the trip with positivity.

“It is a tough game to go into on the back of a disappointing weekend, but we have a good record at Llandudno. I think we have won three of our last four matches
there.

“We have done pretty well there in the past and it is important that we go there and be positive.”

Pont’s bid for a sixth win of the season has been dented by the absence of Phil Davies and Mark Neath, although Roberts is focusing on who is available rather than those missing players.

“We rely heavily on those two and we shouldn’t be, people need to step up to the mark,” he added.

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