CAERNARFON Town may be on a three-game losing run for the first time this season, but they must not lose sight of the fact of just what a phenomenal achievement playing in the JD Welsh Premier League top six actually is.

Things were always going to be more difficult during the second half of the campaign after the Canaries, who booked their place in the top six after a stunning start to life in top flight.

No matter where they finish when it is all said and done they have a minimum of a Europa League qualifying playoff to look forward to, and that really is something truly exceptional.

That is something that many did not predict for the Cofis, and it is a testament to how well manager Sean Eardley has galvanised a group to believe in their talents against more experienced and formidable opposition.

The former Llandudno Academy coach has stated on numerous occasions that this season is a learning process for both himself and his players, and for them to be mixing it with the WPL elite at this stage of the season is a significant achievement in itself.

The experience each member of the squad will get from playing the likes of The New Saints and Connah’s Quay Nomads during their title challenge is going to do wonders in terms of their overall development.

It is going to stand them in very good stead as they look to replicate their success and move even further up the table next season providing the right pieces are brought in to get them to the next level.

This is a relatively young squad with plenty of scope for improvement, with the likes of Danny Brookwell, Alex Ramsay, Jamie Breese and Sion Bradley all coming of age in what has been a real team effort from the group.

Their exceptionally loyal fan base have been a welcome addition to the dwindling attendances in the top flight in recent years, and having Caernarfon playing well is good for the region and Welsh football in general.

You get the sense that something special has been happening at the Cofis’ for some time now, and their level of performance continues to go on an upward curve despite the increased level of opposition that can be a daunting prospect for most newly promoted strides.

The fact that they have taken it all in their stride is further proof that the preparation they are getting, the analysis received after every game and the camaraderie within the dressing room is very much working, and this wonderful achievement will only be fully appreciated upon further reflection during the summer.