SEAGULLS chairman Neil Coverley has described Sunday’s opening Cymru Premier League fixture at home to Caernarfon Town as a “landmark day in the history of Colwyn Bay Football Club.”

Their debut game in the top flight of Welsh football, with an all-ticket crowd in front of the S4C cameras, has been eagerly awaited and manager Steve Evans will be hoping his side can repeat the exciting form they showed in the 5-0 win over Airbus UK in the Nathaniel MG Cup last weekend.

Caernarfon Town will be a big step up from that, of course, and although they were knocked out of the MG Cup on penalties by Cymru North side Porthmadog, the Cofis have brought in some big players over the summer including striker Adam Davies, who scored over 30 goals for Airbus in their 2021/22 promotion campaign.

Big centre-half Ryan Austin was at Wrexham for four years and another striker Louis Lloyd has been at Shrewsbury Town and Wrexham.

Caernarfon’s recruits also include ex-Bay players Marc Williams from Llandudno and goalkeeper Ryan Woods.

Seagulls boss Steve Evans, who was with Caernarfon prior to becoming Bay manager in January 2022, commented: “It’s going to be a great occasion. It’s history in the making, our first game in the Cymru Premier against one of our local rivals.

“They are a club that have a fantastic fanbase, along with ourselves.

“I think that is probably why it has been put live on TV as the first game of the season.

“We are going to focus on ourselves and try and take the game to Caernarfon ,impose ourselves and cause them problems.

“We know the threats they possess, they’ve got some fantastic players, so defensively we’re going to have to be right.

“Last year was a little bit special, going all those games unbeaten, but It’s a much bigger step up this season and a challenge which we understand is going to be a tough one. It is one we are relishing and looking forward to.

“We’ll enjoy the journey and see where it takes us.”

The game kicks off at 5:15pm on Sunday (Aug 13) and tickets are on sale at the ground on Thursday (6pm to 8pm), Friday (6pm to 8pm) and Saturday morning (9am to 11.30am).

No money will be taken at the turnstiles on matchday on the advice of North Wales Police and the FAW.