CONWY clubs have been awarded tier two status for the 2021/22 season.

Llandudno FC, Colwyn Bay FC and Conwy Borough are among 15 clubs that will take part in the second tier JD Cymru North League as it returns after being cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions last year.

The Football Association of Wales has confirmed 28 clubs that will be taking part in Wales’ second and third divisions after being assessed against infrastructure and personnel criteria.

Other teams in the tier two league include Airbus UK Broughton, Bangor City, Buckley Town, Prestatyn Town FC, Gresford Athletic, Guilsfield, Holyhead Hotspur, Holywell Town, Llangefni Town, Llanrhaeadr-Ym-Mochnant, Penrhyncoch and Ruthin Town.

Conwy Borough general manager and chairman Chris Wilton said: “It is good news that the club has achieved re-accreditation and licensing for the new season. There were no major infrastructure changes needed because they are already in place [from last season], but we did have some administrative changes that needed to be made in terms of key personnel.

“We don’t want to have overly long pre-season and burn the players out. Pre-season training starting in May gives us optimum time to season starting in July.

“All the players are really looking forward to getting back on the training pitch and recommencing in friendly format and then competitive fixtures.”

Colwyn Bay FC manager Craig Hogg said: “We’ve been back in for a couple of training sessions and our pre-season plan has now very much started. Having that football ‘release’ after no football for so long as been huge for everyone in the squad and, it’s been really needed to.

“Season two for us back in Welsh football is a very important one and We will be aiming to be better. We want to finish higher in the league table if possible, but that is no easy task at all. We know how strong all teams are in our division and every game is so important.

“Before we know it the season will be upon us and that’s something we all can’t wait for.”