Preview – Caernarfon Town v Newtown (Euro Play-Off Final, 12 noon)

A fantastic aerial view of The Oval. Picture: Caernarfon Town FC Facebook account

Huw Griffiths will aim to ensure lightning strikes twice when he leads Caernarfon Town into their first Euro Play-Off Final today (Saturday).

The Canaries are home to Newtown with the prize up for grabs a place in the 2021-22 Uefa Europa Conference League.

Kick off is at 12 noon and the match will be televised live on S4C.

Griffiths previously won a play-off final as boss of Cefn Druids back in 2017-18,

He said: “The play-off final! Wow! I’m not sure how many people at the start of the 2020-21 season honestly believed that Caernarfon would be in this position come the end of the season, but here we are and deservedly so.

“How good would it be on Saturday evening to be able to say that Caernarfon had qualified for Europe? That is certainly what we will be aiming to do.”

The Cofis reached their first final with a brilliant 3-1 victory in last weekend’s semi at Barry Town United.

Griffiths added: “Last week I said that we’d achieved 2 of our 3 targets, now after the SUPERB performance against Barry we have achieved 2.5 of our targets.

“There is still one last step to go! Against Barry, the lads stuck to, and executed, the game plan brilliantly, and the end result showed that it certainly paid off. I can assure you that this week too they will be equally focused on the game plan against Newtown.

“I can’t praise the lads enough for last week’s performance – to a man they were brilliant.

“Every member of the squad has played their part in getting Caernarfon Town to the play-off final, whether they were playing last week or on the bench or not involved. We couldn’t have done it without the contribution of each one of them.

“I understand a player’s frustration and disappointment at not being in a starting line-up, but each player has accepted the decisions made throughout the season and given their full support to the lads on the field. Each one of them has shown their true commitment to the club. From me and all the coaching staff a huge thank you to all the players, it’s been great working with them.”

Griffiths was keen to dish out some thanks before the final.

“Firstly, Paul Evans, the chairperson, for his support to me personally throughout the season, and to Paul and the board who have worked tirelessly for the club’s benefit.

“They have literally put in hours and hours of work to ensure the best for Caernarfon Town. A big thank you too to the volunteers and to the sponsors – without them the games wouldn’t have taken place.

“My thanks also go to Fish (Richard Davies), Kev and Rhys – they have been absolutely fantastic all season. And since joining the coaching team a few weeks ago Pixie (Dave Taylor) too. Nothing has been too much trouble for them and they too have put in hours of work.

Last but not least, you the fans. The support you have given has been SUPERB!

“Even though you couldn’t attend the games, you nevertheless gave the team support in all sorts of different ways – on step-ladders, scaffolding, through fences and hedges, in messages – we always knew that you were there for us! True Cofi passion!

“Diolch yn fawr iawn, iawn i chi gyd. Mae’n fraint aruthrol cael bod yn reolwr ar Glwb mor sbesial.

“Gêm enfawr yn hanes Tref Caernarfon heddiw. Trychineb nad ydy’r cefnogwyr yn cael bod yn bresennol, gallaf eich sicrhau y byddwn yn gwneud ein gorau glas i‘ch gwneud yn falch unwaith eto.”

Caernarfon Town (from)

37 Lewis Brass, 2 Joe Williams, 5 Gareth Edwards , 6 Louis Augustin, 7 Sion Bradley, 8 Paulo Mendes, 9 Michael Hayes, 20 Cai Jones, 10 Darren Thomas, 14 Noah Edwards, 29 Jack Kenny, 35 Jacob Bickerstaff, 36 Max Cleworth, 13 Tyler French, 4 Gruffydd John, 17 Ryan Williams, 19 Telor Williams.

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