COLWYN Bay manager Craig Hogg is looking for a reaction when his side welcome Llandudno on Saturday.

The hotly anticipated derby clash is expected to draw a large crowd to the Four Crosses Arena, and Hogg is no stranger to the weekend opponents having spent a decade at Tudno as both a player and coach.

Matthew Jones’ side come into the game in good form, winning two of their opening three games, with the latest being a midweek success against JD Cymru North title hopefuls Rhyl.

Bay picked up their first goal and point since their return to the Welsh pyramid system in their stalemate at Llangefni Town, and Hogg stated that friendships will go out of the window when the whistle blows for kick-off.

He said: “It’s a game that can’t come quick enough for both clubs and we are expecting a big turn out from both sets of fans.

“It was one of the first games I certainly looked out for when the fixtures were released, not just because it’s local game, but Llandudno is a former club for a number of players and staff now here at the Bay.

“I spent ten years there as both a player, coach and assistant manager and we had some very good times at Maesdu achieving a lot along the way.

“But friendships will be put to one side until about 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon and both teams will want to come out on top for sure.

“Derby games are separate entities with form and results often going out the window, but I feel this game could have all the makings of being a real classic.

“We are looking forward to playing our part in the first Conwy Clasico of the season and I think this type of fixture is huge not just for our league, but also football in the area.

“I’m sure the game itself will live up to the tag line in now has.”