CAERNARFON Town manager Sean Eardley said his side are “fully deserving” of their playoff place as they go in search of a Europa League qualifying place this weekend.

The Canaries enjoyed a sensational first campaign in the JD Welsh Premier League, securing a fourth-placed finish and a home tie against Cardiff Met, which is set to bring a huge crowd to The Oval on Saturday in front of the S4C Sgorio cameras (7.30pm).

They come up against a Met side that are in relatively good form, and Eardley is under no illusions as to the size of the task awaiting his squad.

He said: “We have certainly over achieved and whatever happens during the playoff campaign it’s been fantastic to be back in the top tier of Welsh Football.

“This group of players deserve the opportunity in the playoffs, they’ve been brilliant to work with and are a credit to themselves and the football club. We’re all excited and buzzing about the weekend.

“It would be a dream come true, but we have a very tough game against the Met and our full focus and meticulous preparation is all on the 90 minutes ahead against them.”

The Cofis’ come into the game having lost their final two fixtures at champions The New Saints and Bala Town, but their home form has been a great source of encouragement with recent victories against Connah’s Quay Nomads, Newtown and the Lakesiders’ sure to stand them in good stead as they prepare for their playoff tilt.

Talisman Darren Thomas has been at the top of his game in recent weeks and much will depend on his performance in front of a national audience, with livewire Danny Brookwell looking to further enhance his reputation as one of the brightest young prospects anywhere in the country.