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Port Talbot Town striker Rhys Griffiths says he is nearing top form

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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RHYS Griffiths insists he and Port Talbot Town are nearing their best ahead of Saturday's Welsh Premier League clash with Rhyl.

The Steelmen play their last game before the mid-season split looking to extend a six-game unbeaten run.

Griffiths has scored five goals during that period after a disrupted pre-season hampered his early progress. And he is hoping that form continues in North Wales this weekend.

"On a personal and a team level, it was a difficult start," said the striker.

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"It was frustrating because I didn't play much last season. I only started about ten games for Newport.

"I had a hernia operation in July and it's taken me until now to feel good and in favour with the manager. I've been fit since about October, but because of the difficult start I perhaps wasn't showing the same physical attributes."

Griffiths has netted nine Welsh Premier League goals this season, three less than current chart topper Chris Venables of Aberystwyth.

But he is aiming to close that gap in the second half of the campaign.

"I'm under no illusions. When people see me in the team they expect me to get goals," said the league's second all-time leading scorer.

"It doesn't matter how many assists I get, how good my hold-up play is or what I offer in the air, I'm judged on hitting the net.

"Although I had a difficult start to the season, no-one can say I didn't score.

"I'm not that far behind the top scorer and it'll be interesting if I have a good second half of the season."

After facing Rhyl, Port Talbot will prepare for the Play-off Conference when the aim will be to finish seventh, putting them in the mix for a European place.

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