THIRTY-FIVE points. That’s Cefn Druids only target as they kick-off the new season at Newtown.

That points tally is generally considered the amount needed to avoid relegation, and Ancients boss Huw Griffiths has his sights set on reaching the target as quickly as possible.

“We want to stay in the league,” said Griffiths when asked what the season’s aims were. “That’s the same target as the rest of the teams in the league.

“Everything above that is a bonus, and that’s how we approached things last season and the season before when we got into Europe. We want to get to 35 points and the sooner we get there the sooner we can re-evaluate.”

Griffiths’ Ancients have been handed a tricky start to the season as they head to Latham Park tonight to face Newtown.

Chris Hughes’ Robins have brought in the likes of former Sheffield Wednesday and Chester midfielder Sean McAllister as well as Wrexham youngster Jack Thorn and Shrewsbury’s Lifumpa Mwandwe, on-loan until January.

The last four meetings between the two teams at Latham Park have ended in 1-1 draws, while six of the last eight encounters overall have finished in stalemate.

On the chances of another 1-1, Griffiths added: “I genuinely don’t believe it will be that score again.”

Griffiths hopes to have attackers Tyrone Ofori and Joe Faux available for selection, although Cody Ruberto is set to miss out as he awaits international clearance.

Druids have also agreed a deal to loan Joash Nembhard from The New Saints, but the versatile youngster won’t be available this weekend, while Aaron Simpson, pictured, will also miss out.

“He will do well for us,” said Griffiths of Nembhard, who can play in defence or midfield. “He’s young, strong and good on the ball, so it’s good to have him here.”

The New Saints host Caernarfon Town on Sunday after they were in Europa League action last night against Ludogorets.

Tonight’s other action sees Barry Town United visit new boys Penybont, managed by former Llanelli striker Rhys Griffiths, while Aberystwyth Town entertain Carmarthen Town.