NORTH Wales Crusaders are hoping for a bumper crowd at the Welsh derby after spectator restrictions were lifted by the Welsh Government.

Crusaders chief executive Andy Moulsdale said he expects another exciting atmosphere at Stadiwm ZipWorld for the rugby league side’s clash with West Wales Raiders in the Betfred League 1 on Sunday, August 1.

It will be the second time Crusaders have played in front of fans at the 5,500-capacity Stadiwm ZipWorld – the Welshmen’s dramatic win over Keighley Cougars in early July was restricted to a 500 capacity, while previous matches were held behind closed doors.

While restrictions have been lifted, clubs are required to keep records of all spectators for Test, Trace, Protect for 21 days, and complete a coronavirus risk assessment for “reasonable measures” that will reduce the risk of spread.

“The response we’ve had from fans both old and new has been extremely positive so far,” said Moulsdale. “We nearly sold out the allocation for the Keighley match and the atmosphere was as good as I’ve experienced since I’ve been involved with the club.

“It was a fantastic occasion, and it was nice to hear such positive feedback from people who were watching us for the very first time.

“It’s difficult to find value for money like rugby league and tickets have already been selling well for the Welsh derby.

“It’s a fixture we always look forward to and it’d be great to build on the crowd we had for the Keighley match.

“A lot of work will be going in over the next week or so to engage with local people and encourage them to experience professional rugby league.”

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