LLANRHAEADR and Guilsfield meet at the Rec in a Mid Wales derby clash this weekend, writes Rory Sheehan.

After three wins on the bounce, third-place Llanrhaeadr continue to defy all expectations this season as the JD Cymru North’s surprise package.

But player-manager Marc Griffiths says form will count for nothing against sixth-place Guilsfield on Saturday.

“It’s a local derby so it will be a fight to the end”, he said.

“We’ve got a couple of suspensions including Tom Bailey but otherwise everyone is fit and we’ve got a full squad to choose from.

“Guilsfield are established in this league and are a club we look up to.

“For us we’ve just got to approach it in the same way we do every game.

“Guilsfield on their day are a very good side and we will have to be on it.”

Griffiths added that he expects conditions could also play their part.

“It could turn into a battle at our place”, he said.

“The pitch doesn’t take well to rain but I don’t know who that will suit more because both ourselves and Guilsfield are very good footballing sides.”

Behind only two of the largest clubs in the table, Prestatyn and Flint, Griffiths says no-one is getting carried away.

“It’s madness to be where we are in the league this season but we’re just trying to sustain it”, he said.

“The 33 points total is still the aim, and we’re getting closer and closer all the time.

“When we get there we’ll enjoy the rest of the season and continue to keep trying to develop these players.”