WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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Rhys Griffiths
Griffiths moved into management with Penybont in the summer of 2016.

THE Welsh Premier League's second highest-ever marksman, Rhys Griffiths became only the second player in the domestic league to score 200 goals when he converted a penalty in a 2-0 win over Bangor City at the start of January 2011.
An enforced winter break of two months for Llanelli had kept the marksman waiting to achieve the milestone, a rare period of non-goal scoring activity for the fireman, who won the Welsh Premier's Golden Boot award a record five times and was named the league's player of the season twice.
Griffiths plied his trade with Cwmbran Town, Haverfordwest County, Carmarthen Town and Port Talbot without spectacular success until his exploits grabbed the headlines in his second season at Port Talbot in season 2005/6.
His tally of 28 goals from 32 games attracted the attention of ambitious Llanelli, who were in the process of rebuilding, and his transfer was an immediate success, with 30 goals in 32 games, breaking the club record held by Mark Dickeson.
Since then, his goal scoring consistency has been remarkable, 40 from 31 the following season, 31 from 28 in 2008/9 as the Reds won the title for the first time and another 30 from 33 the following campaign.
His average for the Stebonheath club in those four seasons was 1.05 goals per game, surpassing the goal per game ratio of the league's leading scorer Marc Lloyd Williams and even the legendary Eifion Williams who hit 131 from 130 matches in a profilic spell with Caernarfon and Barry Town.
Named in the Welsh Premier team of the season five years running between 2005 and 2010, Griffiths moved back to Port Talbot Town in 2013 before spending a season with Aberystwyth Town. His WPL career came to an end in the summer of 2016 when he took his first steps into management with Penybont FC in the Welsh League.

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29 May 2017

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