THE odds are stacked against Cefn Druids as the race for the final top-six spot reaches the home straight.

But sporting director Huw Griffiths wants his Druids to give themselves “every opportunity” of pipping Newtown and Cardiff Met to sixth place as they prepare to visit Bala Town tomorrow.

Newtown just need a point at home to Airbus, while Cardiff Met are level on points with Druids, both teams knowing only victory will give them a chance of wrestling sixth position away from the Robins.

Griffiths said: “We’ve got to go out there and try to win the game, a draw is no good, so we have to attack Bala.

“It’s a tough task, especially after they have been beaten by Cardiff Met last weekend.

“A place in the top-six is not in our hands, but we’ve got to give ourselves every opportunity if Newtown and Cardiff Met slip up.”

Druids suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Bala earlier this season, and while it wasn’t the Ancients’ heaviest loss of the campaign, Griffiths ranks Colin Caton’s men as the best his side have faced.

“It’s the strongest Bala team I’ve seen,” said Griffiths. “They gave us a lesson in the first-half last time and we’ve got to make sure we stay in the game this time. We’ve got to find a way to be competitive against a very good Bala team.”

Druids hopes of victory are not helped by a growing injury list that features Neil Ashton, Cody Ruberto, pictured, Joe Faux, James Davies, Phil Mooney and Iwan Cartwright, while Mike Pritchard is suspended.

Griffiths, however, could hand debuts to Jamie Reed and Harry Brazel, the midfielder signing from Widnes this month.

On Brazel, Griffiths said: “He’s athletic, quick, comfortable on the ball and tenacious. He’s also someone people in Welsh football won’t know much about.”

Christian Edwards, meanwhile, was bullish as Cardiff Met look to gatecrash the top-six on the final weekend before the split.

The former Swansea City defender knows his side need to beat visiting Caernarfon to stand any chance of pipping Newtown to the last remaining top-half place.

But Edwards remains confident of the Archers’ play-off chances - the winners qualify for the Europa League - regardless of whether they are in the top-six or not.

Seventh place gets a shot at the end of season lottery and Edwards declared: “If we are in that top-six, then brilliant, if not, then we will win it from seventh.”

Nathan Woolfe believes helping keep Airbus in the top-flight will be as big an achievement as winning promotion last season.

Woolfe, pictured, has returned to the Airfield on-loan until the end of the season after playing a part in the Wingmakers’ Cymru North title win last term.

Airbus currently prop up the division on goal difference, and winger Woolfe knows the importance of survival.

“I will try to chip in with a few goals and assists to try and get a few points on the table,” Woolfe told Wingmakerschat. “But it’s about working hard and listening to what the boss wants.

“The challenge is to stay up. It was promotion last year and now it’s about staying up and pushing up the league, which will be just as big an achievement as last year.”

Airbus head to Latham Park tomorrow looking to pick up some vital points, and in turn dent Newtown’s top-six bid.

The Robins only need a point to be certain of a top-half finish and boss Chris Hughes is relaxed, saying: “Two months ago we were probably looking at more of a relegation battle, so to even be in the mix for the top-six is great.

“We’ve got experience of going down to the last game and we will see how we go.”

Rhys Griffiths insists that Penybont won’t be getting ahead of themselves in the battle to avoid the drop, despite picking up a priceless 3-2 win at Cefn Druids last weekend to move three points clear of the relegation zone.

But with 11 games of the season remaining, Penybont player/boss Griffiths knows that there are plenty of twists and turns to come.

“It’s a nice confident boost for us, but there is a long way to go,” said Griffiths ahead of his side’s trip to Aberystwyth. “With the split there is no reason why any of us can’t go and win three or four games in a row – Airbus, Carmarthen or us – and we will take confidence from Druids and they might be taking confidence from something else.

“We are not going to do anything else except dig in and work hard.”

Elsewhere tomorrow, second from bottom Carmarthen, managed by ex-Wrexham midfielder Kristian O’Leary, head to Barry Town.