HUW GRIFFITHS insists that “stranger things have happened” as Cefn Druids’ top-six hopes hang by a thread.

A 3-2 home defeat to struggling Penybont left Druids needing to win at high-flying Bala Town next week and hope that six placed Newtown lose to Airbus and Cardiff Met fail to beat Caernarfon.

Sporting director Griffiths said: “It’s a tough one to take and barring a miracle we won’t make the top-six because it’s unlikely that both Newtown and Cardiff Met won’t win.

“But all we can do is look after Cefn Druids and if we end up in the bottom six then we still need seven points to be safe.

“We need to win, probably handsomely, at Bala and stranger things have happened, but if we end up in the bottom six we will look to finish seventh.”

Mike Pritchard, who was sent-off late on, scored a penalty and James Davies netted as Druids twice cancelled out a Penybont lead, given to them by Curtis Jemmett-Hutson and Daniel Griffiths.

But Penybont were not to be denied victory as Kane Owen fired home four minutes from time.

Griffiths, missing the likes of Joe Faux, Cody Ruberto and Phil Mooney through injury, continued: “We shouldn’t have to score three goals to get something at home.

“We came back twice, but we only had one shot on target in the second-half. We lacked creativity and couldn’t put them under real pressure.

“We didn’t play very well and it’s disappointing that all three goals came from set-plays, which makes it five goals conceded against Penybont that way.”

Jon Routledge and Greg Draper scored as TNS won 2-0 at Newtown.

Airbus showed their battling qualities to fight back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at Carmarthen Town.

The Old Gold, above rock-bottom Airbus only on goal difference got off to the perfect start as Luke Bowen netted inside five minutes.

And worse was to follow for Steve O'Shaughnessy's Wingmakers, who have agreed a loan deal for Connah's Quay wideman Nathan Woolfe, as Bowen doubled his and Carmarthen's lead prior to the break.

Airbus, without the likes of Steve Tomassen, Sam Hart, Jordan Evans, Matty Sargent and Ryan Edwards, were handed a boost a minute before half-time as Alex Darlington reduced the deficit.

Defender Liam Williams drew Airbus level within 10 minutes of the restart and that was how the contest finished.

There was more bad news for Airbus on the injury front as recent signing, Craig Rogers, limped off through injury with 20 minutes of his debut remaining.

Aberystwyth Town moved eight points clear of the bottom two courtesy of an impressive 3-0 win at Caernarfon.

Aled Williams put through his own net to put Aberystwyth in control at the break, before former Wrexham and Chester attacker Marc Williams added a quickfire brace in the final 20 minutes to make sure of the three points.