COLWYN Bay FC have officially resigned from the English system following the Football Association’s decision to give them tier two status.

The Seagulls’ submitted their document outline the decision to Northern Premier League officials just hours after the Welsh governing body meeting to determine their fate on Friday, March 29.

A statement from the NPL, read: The Northern Premier League can confirm receipt of the resignation of Colwyn Bay FC from the league effective at the end of the current season.

“The club has successfully applied to the FA of Wales to play in the Welsh football pyramid from season 2019/20.

“While the league is naturally disappointed to lose a member club, we understand their reasons for doing so, and we wish Colwyn Bay all the best for the future.

As a result of their resignation, the number of clubs being relegated from the EVO-STIK League West Division will be reduced as per league rule.

“This means that only the bottom placed club in the division, currently Skelmersdale United, at the end of the season will be relegated to step five.”

Bay’s impending move to the Welsh system has been met with anger by some sections of supporters, who felt they should not have been given tier two status on their return.

The Seagulls have some mouth-watering derby clashes in the offing next term against the likes of Rhyl, Prestatyn Town, Conwy Borough and Bangor City, with Llandudno’s impending relegation from the top flight set to bring with it another landmark clash not seen in a competitive environment for decades.

This means that the current Huws Gray Alliance will be a 17-team league next term, with two relegated and two promoted in addition to the Bay’s arrival.