HUW GRIFFITHS rued Cefn Druids’ luck as they prepare to face “wounded animal” Barry Town United.

Having had to contend with back-to-back clashes against The New Saints, which resulted in a 10-0 aggregate defeat, Druids now entertain second placed Barry Town United tomorrow.

Gavin Chesterfield’s visitors make their way to The Rock having lost top spot to Connah’s Quay following a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Cardiff Met on Sunday afternoon.

Barry will want to right that wrong, something Griffiths is all too aware of, the Druids boss saying: “They will be a wounded animal after their recent defeat.

“It’s not a good time to play them, but they are also second in the table for a reason, so it was always going to be difficult.

“They have been consistently the second best team in the division over the last 20 games.

“We need to make sure that we are right. We need to find a little bit more consistent and a little bit more luck would be good.”

Druids followed up a 7-0 mauling on Boxing Day at Park Hall with a 3-0 New Year’s Day home defeat to Saints, who scored through Aeron Edwards (2) and Ryan Brobbel.

Griffiths was encouraged by his side’s improvement over the two matches.

He said: “We played some good football. They had more possession and we switched off defensively for the first two goals, but then we should have had a chance to make it 2-1.

“We were denied a 100 per cent penalty. There is not even a question mark over that. Dean Rittenberg is hit with some ferocity, and it’s not shoulder to shoulder.

“I’m not saying we would have gone on to have won the game if we’d been given a penalty and scored, but we could have created some uncertainty and given them food for thought.”

New signing John Owen should feature and Jordan Evans could return after illness for Druids, who will be without Arek Piskorski once more.

Carmarthen beat Llanelli 2-0 to climb above Druids into ninth on New Year’s Day.

Old Gold boss Neil Smothers takes his side to Caernarfon tomorrow looking to build on that three points.

“It’s all very tight down there at the moment, so a couple of good results can take you up the table, but a couple of bad results can also take you down,” he said.

“But why not look up? We want a couple of good results before the split and then we can go again.”