THE Seagulls make a second long trip to South Wales in eight days on Saturday (Aug 26) to play Cardiff Met University, with Stefan Edwards in line to make his 50th appearance for the club.
The 33-year-old defender, who joined the club in January 2022 and made his debut in a 0-0 draw against Llangefni, played in all but five of Bay’s games last season, scoring four goals – the most memorable being a late, late screamer to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw at Llandudno.
It would be nice if he could celebrate his 50th game by helping the Seagulls to their first league win of this campaign, but Archers will be another tough challenge as they are unbeaten so far and have yet to concede a goal.
After winning 1-0 at Aberystwyth the Archers drew 0-0 at home to Bala Town last weekend and have also reached the the last 16 of the Nathaniel MG Cup with a 3-0 away victory over Taffs Well.
They’ve been in the top flight since 2016 and are well established. They had an excellent campaign to finish in the top four last season to qualify for the Europa Conference League play-offs – only to lose out on penalties against ultimate play-off winners Haverfordwest County.
Colwyn Bay, of course, famously beat them 1-0 in the 2021/22 Welsh Cup, but only three of the team who played for Bay that day are still with the club – and two of them are currently recovering from injury.
Bay boss Steve Evans commented: “We know it is going to be another tough test. Cardiff Met are usually one of the fittest if not the fittest team in the league.
“On reflection I was probably a little harsh on our lads (after last week’s 1-1 draw at Barry). I thought the way we came out second half, got back in the game and potentially might have nicked it in the end was a credit to them.
“We’ll do the work this week to be ready for Saturday and we’re really looking forward to it.”