CEFN DRUIDS will roll their sleeves up against 'best of the rest' Barry Town United, according to boss Huw Griffiths.

The Ancients make the trip to Jenner Park tomorrow on the back of a 4-0 thumping of Carmarthen Town, which moved them off the foot of the table, but not out of the relegation zone.

Barry Town were also victorious last weekend, Gavin Chesterfield's men winning 1-0 at Caernarfon Town to climb up to third in the top-tier.

And Griffiths believes Barry are putting forward a strong case to become this season's Druids, who defied the odds to finish amongst the league's elite in fifth last term.

"Barry are the best of the rest at the moment," said Griffiths, who expects The New Saints, Connah's Quay Nomads, Bala Town and Cardiff Met to be serious top six challengers.

"It will be very difficult. They are the form team of the sides not expected to finish in the top six. There is always one team that emerges from the pack and stays strong. Last season it was us.

"We beat them twice in the first part of the season last year, but it will be really tough so we need to go down there and roll our sleeves up ready to fight for something.

"The win against Carmarthen gives us something to build on."

Griffiths isn't ruling out Druids' top six chances either, despite their current 11th placed standing.

"We've made a couple of mistakes and lost games," said Griffiths. "We could have got a draw against Caernarfon, Bala beat us late on with a bit of magic, Cardiff Met scored a strange goal and we lost a two-goal lead against Llanelli.

"We could easily be five points better off this season and we are only three points away from fourth as it stands."

Griffiths was pleased with his side's first clean sheet of the campaign against Carmarthen, who were undone by goals from Ryan Kershaw, Nathan Peate, Jordan Evans and Dean Rittenberg.

For former Wrexham and Fulham youngster Evans it was a welcome return to both action and form, the 22-year-old earning the praise of Griffiths.

He said: "No-one else was more pleased for Jordan than I was. It was a relief to see him score and play well.

"You could see the emotion coming out of him and hopefully he can kick on with us because he's got plenty of talent."

Rittenberg took his goal tally for the season to three in six outings in the absence of strike partner James Davies, who is set to miss the trip to Barry after suffering muscle spasms in his back.

"He's upright and walking around, and the bruising is starting to come out, but it will be a couple more weeks," added Griffiths.