LLANRHAEADR and Penrhyncoch go head to head in the latest chapter of their survival battles at Treflan on Saturday (2.30).

Both sides go into the clash, at Llansantffraid’s Treflan ground, with renewed confidence with Llanrhaeadr beating Denbigh Town last week while Penrhyncoch have gleaned four points from their last two games to breathe new life into their survival bid which had appeared lost just three weeks ago.

Llanrhaeadr manager Marc Griffiths heaped praise on his side after Iwan Matthews’ strike earned a potentially crucial three points against Denbigh last week.

“It was one of the performances of the season,” said Griffiths. “With so many regular first team players missing we needed the lads who came in to step up and, in the traditional Llanrhaeadr way, every single player left it all on the field and we deserved all three points.”

Griffiths warned his side to expect another tough afternoon against Penrhyncoch.

“I expect the game to be very tight and competitive,” said Griffiths. “We managed the win up their earlier on in the season but that game could easily have gone the other way.

“They are a well drilled side who do not concede many goals so we will have to be at our best to get anything. A win for either side would be a massive lift going into the last seven games.”

Meanwhile Penrhyncoch travel without goalkeeper Lee Jenkins and striker Carl Lamb while Josh Shaw is also a fitness doubt following a bruising encounter at Guilsfield last week.

“It was a fair result with both teams having chances to win it,” said Lewis.

“We have had no luck with injuries with Lee’s injury worsening and Lamby suffering a dislocated elbow while harshly being done for a penalty.”

Griffiths added: “Llanrrhaeadr have done superbly in winning games after taking the odd beating and it shows their character.

“They are favourites to stay up at the moment and well done to them for showing so much belief throughout the season.”