Rhys Griffiths: “We’ve liked being chased rather than being the chaser.”
Penybont manager Rhys Griffiths says he’s enjoyed being the team to beat this season.
Afan Lido, Cambrian & Clydach, Haverfordwest County and Goytre United are all hoping of a slip up from Penybont, but Bont are yet to lose this season.
In the last few years, Penybont have been chasing teams like Barry Town United and Llanelli Town for the top spot, rather than being at the top of the league, where they can be caught.
But this season, Griffiths’ side have shown their consistency.
The former Llanelli forward said: “From the position, we’re in, naturally I believe we can go on and clinch the title.
“I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion and if anything, we’ve increased our efforts lately to give ourselves the best chance to capitalise on the current situation.
“This season, which is different from the previous two, we’re the chased rather than the chaser. I prefer it this way.”
Despite Haverfordwest’s lack of form, losing to Goytre United on Saturday, the Bluebirds are still considered title rivals according to Griffiths. There is a 16 point gap over the West Wales side.
“I’m not discounting either, to be honest. Haverfordwest have lost form lately but that can come back just as quickly. Cambrian are doing really well though. It’s a club with a manager and players I respect so it’s nice they’re up near the top as well.
If the season finishes the way I hope it will, with us as champions, there are quite a few games I’ll look back on as key. However, I’m not sure any game will be more significant than the 0-3 win away at Haverfordwest.”
This afternoon, Penybont host the nearest side to them. Cambrian & Clydach Vale. They’ve reached the Final of the Nathaniel MG Cup and the Quarter-Final of the JD Welsh Cup.
The Rhondda based side’s last defeat was to Penybont in September. Since then they’ve only lost in Cup competitions.
“Cambrian are on a long unbeaten run and so they too have shown they’re a good side. I think we may see a game where nothing gives, where neither side gives an inch without a fight.
Cambrian’s run has been brilliant. They’ve done themselves and the league proud, showing people from outside what quality there is in it. Their run can only of shed us in a positive light too as league leaders.
“Cambrian will be up for it as it’s fair to say they need to win and they also have a proud home record.
“My players, despite being a strong position, have only narrowed their focus. They can’t wait. I think it’ll be a full-blooded affair.”
Penybont travel to the M&P Group 3G Stadium this afternoon. You can follow live updates of the game on our website.
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