LLANDUDNO boss Sean Eardley is hoping his side can hit the ground running “as best they can” when the JD Cymru North begins in the coming weeks.

With Bangor City and Airbus UK Broughton having a distinct advantage of playing and training during the current restrictions while other second-tier clubs cannot meet up, Eardley is hopeful his side get themselves up to speed quickly and their hard work on an individual basis can stand them in good stead during what is sure to be a short preparation period before competitive action begins.

He said: “It is what it is, Bangor is full time and Airbus has a certain number of players on a contract I believe but don’t know much about it to comment.

“They’ll certainly be at an advantage come the start of our season for sure, but it’s our aim to get our players up to speed and hit the ground running as best we can.”

Eardley has taken charge of just one competitive game since making a return to Maesdu Park from Caernarfon Town last summer, but he is under no illusions as to the size of the task awaiting his squad if the campaign does eventually get the green light from Sport Wales and the Football Association of Wales.

“It will be difficult and a big demand on the players, we also have to monitor COVID cases if and when a season gets going, but fingers crossed every club will be in a strong position and we can commence soon,” he added.

“In my opinion, there will be no chance of a start with any further delays.

“Even at the top level with the demand of games, players are picking up niggles and injuries, so relating to our level lads will have a full day in work Monday-Friday then be expected to go Saturday/Wednesday/Saturday for the season to be complete and I just can’t see it.

It will be demanding, but the lads are itching to get going and I think even with little knocks adrenaline will see them through.”