HUW GRIFFITHS believes Cefn Druids’ crunch home clash with Llanelli will shape the rest of his side’s season.

Victory for Druids on Saturday would move them nine points clear of second from bottom Llanelli - effectively 10 given the Ancients’ superior goal difference - and could see Griffiths’ men climb above Carmarthen Town into ninth.

Defeat, however, would leave Druids anxiously looking over their shoulder at the drop zone, an outcome Griffiths doesn’t even want to consider.

“It’s a massive game. It’s huge,” said Griffiths. “It is a game that will shape the rest of the season for us.

“If we win we will make it very, very difficult for Llanelli to catch us, and a draw probably suits us more than it does them.

“But I’m not too bothered about Llanelli. It’s about what we do and it’s about looking after ourselves.”

Druids head into the clash with the unwanted record of played two, lost two at the hands of Llanelli over the first phase of the season, during which Andy Hill’s men won just four matches.

With that in mind, Griffiths has spent the week hatching a plan to get one over Llanelli, who followed up a 3-2 win at The Rock with a 2-0 triumph at Stebonheath Park.

“We might try something different against them,” explained Griffiths. “We’ve tried something against them in both of the previous matches and it’s not worked.

“But I’ve got different players to pick from since the last time we played them and we will look at what suits us. Hopefully we can get it right.”

Jack Kenny comes back into the fold for Druids having been cup-tied for the Welsh Cup loss at Barry Town United, while Matty Owen, Alec Mudimu and Jordan Evans could also feature having been on the bench last weekend.

“Shirts are up for grabs,” said Griffiths, who praised the attitude of the midfield trio. “If people don’t perform then they will be sat next to me the next weekend, or worse still, sat in the stand.

“We are in a good place at the moment and we’ve got plenty of options.”

Should Owen, Mudimu or Evans be thrust back into action they are poised to come up against former Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton.

“He’s a quality player,” said Griffiths of the ex-Premier League ace. “We can’t afford to give him too much time on the ball, and if Llanelli haven’t got the ball he can’t have too much influence.

“But he’s a good player and Llanelli have looked a good side when we’ve played them. I still can’t believe they are where they are in the league on the performances they’ve produced against us. It will be a tough game, but one we are ready for.”

Neil Ashton is doubtful for Druids with a hamstring problem and Naim Arsan is away on international duty with Wales Futsal team.

Basement outfit Llandudno head to Aberystwyth tonight with a number of new faces on show, including Marc Williams for Nev Powell's men, and Carmarthen host Cardiff Met tomorrow.