HUW GRIFFITHS is determined to make sure that Cefn Druids’ memorable 2017/18 campaign is not a one-off.

The Ancients secured their highest ever top-flight finish by claiming fifth spot last term, before Griffiths’ men went on to beat Cardiff Met in the play-off final to secure Europa League football.

Plenty of teams have had a taste of European action and found success hard to sustain going forward, but Griffiths is working overtime to ensure Druids aren’t added to that list.

“Consistency of performance will make sure any team has a good season,” said Griffiths. “Last season I said that there was only one place in the top six to play for, whereas there might be a couple this time around.

“The top two - TNS and Bala - are sorted and Connah’s Quay Nomads will be behind that, while the likes of Cardiff Met and Llandudno will be fighting for the top six.

“Our ambition is to survive first and foremost and then we will push for another top six place, but we know it will be difficult.

“I don’t want to fall foul of our achievements last season, but we know that we won’t be little old Cefn Druids. Team will give us respect and we need to work harder to break them down.

“The hardest thing to coach in football is attacking play and myself and my staff need to make sure we get the attacking side of things right.”

Druids, who were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by FK Trakai in the Europa League preliminary round earlier this summer, face a baptism of fire as they head to newly promoted Caernarfon Town in front of the television on Sunday evening.

Griffiths and his men have been to war with Caernarfon a fair few times and the Druids boss is expecting a white hot atmosphere as the Canaries look to impose themselves on the Welsh Premier League.

“It is a game we are looking forward to,” said Griffiths. “Caernarfon deserve to be in the league and they will be the best supported team in Welsh football.

“We took their place in the league a couple of years ago when they weren’t quite ready to come up, but they are here now and it will be great to have them in the league.

“There will be around 1,000 fans ready to roar Caernarfon on and it will be interesting to see how they get on.

“It’s exciting to get back to action after the Europa League and pre-season.”

Griffiths added former Bangor City striker Dean Rittenberg to his squad, which has been freshened up by the arrival of midfielders Jordan Evans and Ryan Kershaw.

“Rittenberg is a fantastic signing,” said Griffiths, who has kept hold of key midfielder Alec Mudimu. “He’s got good movement and links the play up nicely.”

Griffiths has also strengthened his defensive options by bringing in Moussa Samassa.

The 23-year-old Frenchman impressed on trial with Druids and Griffiths said: “He’s of a similar build to Dennis Lawrence. He’s six foot six and left-footed.”