KINMEL Bay FC have enjoyed a tremendous season so far as they look to build a solid foundation for the future.

The Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division Two side were in contention for a surprise title bid at one stage before eventually tailing off midway through the season.

They have picked things up since the turn of the year and found themselves in seventh position with games in hand on the teams above them before the domestic season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This represents a fine achievement for the club, who have come a long way in a relatively short space of time since their reformation.

However, things will change drastically next season as the club is forced into demotion due to the failure to meet the new criteria regulations from the Football Association of Wales for 2020/21.

The Bay will be one of the favourites to lift the title in the equivalent of Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division next season alongside other sides who are dropping down such as Prestatyn Sports and Llandudno Amateurs.

Arguably the standout performer from Kinmel Bay this season has been Matty Griffiths. The prolific striker is widely regarded as one of the best finishers anywhere in the region and has shown this off to full effect during the campaign.

The former Meliden and Prestatyn Town player has produced a series of clinical displays to notch 18 league goals, which puts him second in the top scorer charts behind Y Felinheli marksman Iwan Owen.

His partnership with Kie Ellis has played a leading role in Bay’s success so far this term, with the duo forming arguably the most potent pairing in the fourth tier.

Another valuable contributor throughout the campaign has been Ashley Wood, who has led by example as skipper and remains a pivotal part of the set-up.

The versatile veteran has enjoyed a fantastic career within the domestic system and there is plenty still left in the tank if this season’s displays are any indication.

Bay have won eight of their 19 league games this season, drawing four and losing seven. They have found the net on 45 occasions at an average of 2.36 per game, conceding 51.