HUW GRIFFITHS described Cefn Druids’ first-half showing in their 3-0 defeat to Bala Town as “not acceptable”.

The Ancients were blown away by visiting Bala, who raced into a three-goal lead inside 38 minutes through Lassana Mendes, Henry Jones and Chris Venables.

“It was as poor as we’ve been in the first-half in my time at the club,” said boss Griffiths. “It was not acceptable and one or two players froze on the night.

“Workrate, hunger and desire is a must, but we didn’t show that in the first-half. It’s not acceptable and it will be addressed.

“Two years ago we weren’t outworked by any team in the Cymru Premier, but we were in the first-half on Friday.

“We weren’t good enough and they were very good. Bala showed great intensity and pace.”

Midfielders Alec Mudimu and Matty Owen were hauled off at the break with strike duo Tyrone Ofori and Pape Diakhite on in their place.

Druids improved in the second period, but the damage had been done in the opening 45 minutes.

“We came out in the second-half and had a go,” said Griffiths. “But you can’t afford to be 3-0 down to anyone in this league.

“You can’t get away with only playing for 45 minutes in matches and that seems to be our problem at the moment.”

Bala’s Shaun Kelly was delighted with his side’s first-half display - and their resilience after the break.

“First-half we were very, very good,” said the former Chester City man. “We knew it would be a different game in the second-half, because they were going to get a bit of stick from their gaffer after how well we played.

“We knew they were going to mix it up, but we did well and we got what we deserved.

“Last week was a building block after a first clean sheet of the season.”