INTERIM boss Andy Turner says beleaguered Cefn Druids will “have another go” against Bala Town on Friday night after shipping seven goals at Penybont last weekend.

With the JD Cymru Premier’s mid-season split on the horizon, the Ancients look odds-on for relegation from the top flight.

With a permanent successor to Niall McGuinness expected sooner rather than later, The Rock outfit have added two fresh faces to their first-team staff, including a new assistant manager.

That role has been handed to experienced coach Gareth Flitcroft, while Luke Bailey joins as sports therapist.

“Gareth has been a positive presence in the dugout and in training for the past few weeks and we are thrilled to have him on board as assistant manager,” said a club statement.

“His attention to detail in preparation for training and matches has been noticed and commended straight away by the coaches and players.”

Flitcroft has previously spent time in management at Burscough in the English system, while before that he was with UD Viladecans in the Catalonia region of Spain.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Druids so far,” he said. “The lads are pushing each other every session and we are creating a real high intensity in our sessions and games.

“Going forward for the remainder of the season, it will be about managing the things we can influence to our highest level on that specific day.”

Previously at Bangor City as head of sport science and medicine, Bailey added: “It’s great to be here at Druids.

“The facilities and fellow staff members are fantastic and as much as I can’t wait to apply my own knowledge and experience, I am also hugely excited to learn more from my colleagues and further my experience at a club which is rich in history.”

Bailey will be assisting with our strength and conditioning programs, collecting and analysing player data and delivering rehabilitation and injury prevention programmes for the players.

“We are thrilled to have them both on board and would like to welcome them to the club. We wish them the very best for their future with us,” the statement continued.

The first game since the announcement of the duo’s arrival sees the Ancients looking to bounce back from their biggest defeat of the season in Bridgend last time out.

Turner was disappointed with the way his side conceded the majority of the goals against Rhys Griffiths’ men.

“It’s disappointing when you give the game away from set-pieces, you’ve just got to be better,” said. “They know their roles and responsibilities.

“Yes, you can have an off-day, but five (goals from set-pieces)? That’s not good enough on our part, but we carry on.

“You dust yourself down and have another go. Again, my players didn’t give in, so that’s where we are.”

Griffiths, meanwhile, was understandably thrilled with his team’s performance, as three players scored braces.

“I thought we were really professional,” he said.

“Druids are having a tough time and the danger was that we would take them lightly and think three points were in the bag when they weren’t.

“We can take from the game that we are really professional in our approach.

“The standard of the goals was outstanding, so that was really pleasing.

“We’re disappointed to concede and with a couple of yellow cards, but you can’t have it all.”