HUW GRIFFITHS believes Cefn Druids were “good value for money” as they beat Aberystwyth Town 3-1 to return to the top-six.

The Ancients shrugged off falling behind through Paulo Mendes to run out comfortable winners courtesy of goals from James Davies, Neil Ashton and Cody Ruberto.

Victory saw Druids, who were forced to play defenders Aaron Simpson and Iwan Cartwright in central midfield, fail to let last week’s hugely frustrating 2-1 defeat at Cardiff Met linger.

“It was a great reaction from the players,” said sporting director Griffiths.

“Last week poor refereeing decisions cost us our unbeaten run, but the lads produced a good performance to bounce straight back.

“At the end of the game Aberystwyth said that we were deserved winners and we were the better side in the second-half after an even first-half.

“We were good value for money.”

The performances of strike partners Davies and Ruberto proved the catalyst for an important away win.

“It was Cody’s best game for us,” said Griffiths. “He scored and showed some nice touches to go with his workrate. He was a handful.

“James caused plenty of problems for Aberystwyth as well and could have had more than one goal.”

On the display of makeshift midfield duo Simpson and Cartwright, who were forced further forward due to the absence of suspended trio Ryan Kershaw, Alex Mudimu and Mike Pritchard, Griffiths added: “Paulo Mendes and Marc Williams caused some problems early on, but we got to grips with them and the two lads screened the back four very well.”

Druids are up to sixth on goal difference after Cardiff Met, who visit The Rock tomorrow night, were beaten 2-1 at Caernarfon.

Cai Jones and Nathan Craig scored either side of Jordan Lam’s leveller to earn Caernarfon an important home win.

Joining Druids and Cardiff Met on 21 points are Newtown, who produced an impressive display on the road to beat Barry Town United 1-0.

Ian Sheridan’s effort 11 minutes from time settled the game in favour of the Robins.

Bala Town are now just two points off top spot after they eased to a 3-0 win at Carmarthen.

Colin Caton’s men were forced to wait until first-half stoppage time before breaking the deadlock through Louis Robles.

Henry Jones then struck a second-half brace to wrap up the three points.

Playmaker Jones was delighted with the afternoon’s work, saying: “It mirrored what we’ve done in the last few weeks.

“We produced really good performances against Aberystwyth and Newtown, scoring four and five goals, then we beat Airbus and we’ve scored three goals here.

“More importantly, we’ve kept four clean sheets.”