Rhys Griffiths targets Welsh premier League top three ahead of Port Talbot's trip to Bangor
RHYS GRIFFITHS has set his sights on a top- three finish ahead of Port Talbot's trip to Bangor tomorrow (2.30).
The Steelmen recorded their first victory of the campaign when they beat Aberystwyth last weekend.
And Griffiths believes Scott Young's side will now start climbing the table.
"There are eight teams that could potentially finish in the top three or could potentially finish in eighth or ninth," said the striker.
"We're getting there slowly, it's far from too late and hopefully we've turned the corner and can start putting something together." Griffiths was instrumental in securing victory over the Seasiders, scoring twice to open his account for the season. Now he believes the club can push on after defeats to The New Saints and Carmarthen, either side of a draw with Connah's Quay.
"We wanted to get a point at The Saints and wanted to win every game since but that's the nature of the league now," said the Welsh Premier's second all- time scorer.
The prolific forward was disappointed at being named on the bench for the visit of Aberystwyth, but got his chance inside half an hour when Martin Rose was forced off.
"It's a funny game, I wasn't happy to have been left out of the team. It wasn't fitness-related and it was the manager's decision and you've got to respect that," said Griffiths.
"You hope to get an opportunity and it came quicker than I expected. Sadly for Rosey and us, as a squad, he's got an injury but I didn't do anything different than I've been doing in every game so far and sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't."
Griffiths took just eleven minutes to make his mark, pouncing from close range to put Port Talbot in front.
And he doubled that lead early in the second-half with a powerful header from a David Brooks corner.
"Adie Harris managed to get across and get a vital touch on the corner and the rest is instinct really. It probably looked more planned than it was, I trust both feet and I just stuck out my left foot," he said.
"It was a great ball in, I tried to lose my man which I managed to do. Sometimes they go over and sometimes the keeper saves them but that one went in."
And after missing most of the club's pre-season, Griffiths feels he is now returning to fitness after undergoing surgery and overcoming a calf strain.
"I feel really strong, it was a slow start for me fitness-wise as I didn't have much a pre-season," he added.
"I had a hernia operation but I've always been naturally fit and I look after myself and I do things properly, so I feel fit."