COLWYN Bay Football Club are set to move back to the Welsh pyramid system following a special meeting.

The Seagulls’ hierarchy voted in favour of a switch from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One West back to the domestic scene after more than 30 years operating across the border.

The Bay shareholders met on Thursday, March 7 to further discuss the proposal and come to a decision, with each shareholder having one vote per share held

After listening to arguments for both sides, the outcome was 91,600 votes for Wales and 55,624 to remain in England on what would be a greatly reduced budget.

An application to the FA of Wales will be submitted in the next week and the club expect to be told on March 29 to which tier of the Welsh system they will be allocated.

The Pioneer understands that the club are hoping to be included in the new Tier Two, which is currently the Huws Gray Alliance but will be changed due to a significant restructure this summer.

Bill Murray, chairman of Colwyn Bay FC, said: "What I want most is to see this football club survive and I am pleased that a decision has been taken that I believe gives us the best chance of achieving that.

"The immediate task is to focus on seeing out the remainder of the Evostik West season, and then work starts in earnest on formulating a plan to take the club forward."

Murray previously revealed that the club needs £100,000 a year to stay competitive in the English system, and with lack of support from the town in terms people coming to games and business investment, that is “looking impossible”.

"To carry on as we are will see the club fold inside two years," he added.

The decision has been met with fury by some sections of the Bay support, who were keen to remain in England rather than rebuild within the Welsh system.