COLWYN Bay manager Craig Hogg is expecting a stern test for his side during their trip to Guilsfield this weekend.

The Seagulls’ were without a fixture on Saturday as their home tie against Penrhyncoch fell victim to the weather which decimated the sporting fixture list across the region.

A pivotal game awaits the Bay next weekend in their hopes of securing a top three JD Cymru North finish, with the Guils’ sitting just one point behind them in the standings with two games in hand.

They have enjoyed a fantastic season once again and continue to punch well above their weight given budget restrictions, with the Guils’ coming into the game on the back of a 1-0 home win over Gresford Athletic.

Hogg, said: “With the safety of players and fans travelling to and from games it’s was understandable to see the postponements, but I admit it is hard to build rhythm when games do get binned.

“We are under no illusions and have no pre-conceptions going into the fixture at all. The Guilsfield game is massive and it will be for both clubs.

“Guilsfield have had an excellent season and are a really good side. They are probably one of the best teams we’ve faced this year and I feel the game could have a real cup final feel to it.”

The Seagulls’ come into the game in fantastic form having won four of their last five league contests, their latest behind a 3-2 triumph at basement dwellers Llanfair United.

“They have games in hand on us so I’m sure they will be looking at this one with a view going above us and then catching Flint,” added Hogg, who celebrated a new arrival to the family with the birth of a son last week.

“We know we have got to try and get something from the game to maintain the gap between us and the teams below for as long as we can.

“If we could achieve a top four or five finish come April, then it would be some achievement for us this season, all things considered.”