COLWYN Bay manager Craig Hogg stated his side are going into their JD Welsh Cup clash at Nantlle Vale with “eyes wide open” as they look to avoid an upset.

The Seagulls’ have been in red-hot form of late and currently sit third in JD Cymru North after racking up six straight wins in all competitions, but Saturday’s encounter against Danny Bell’s side represents a significant test for the improving group in what is sure to be a hostile atmosphere.

Hogg, who attended Vale’s dramatic 4-4 draw at Mynydd Llandegai on Saturday, is eager to ensure his side remain focused on reaching the third-round stage, which could pit the Bay against JD Cymru Premier opposition for the first time competitively in more than three decades.

He said: “It poses to be a really tough game and it’s one we will not be taking lightly at all.

“We’ve done well during the last month of games but that will mean nothing come the weekend.

“Welsh Cup football is a one-off game and anything can happen - I’ve seen it so many times.

“I was at their league game over the weekend and I was very impressed by what I witnessed. They have a really good mix of youth and experience, a real desire to work hard and some clear threats in the attacking areas. That spells danger for me and we will be guarded.

“I’m also expecting a big home turn out and that is something else we must be ready to face to.

“Make no mistake - If we hope to progress through this around, we will have to earn the right and all over the park. We’ve been diligent and our players are warned.

“This will be one heck of a game, but we will be ready for it.”

Vale currently occupy sixth position in the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One standings, winning three and drawing five of their opening ten contests.