VETERAN captain Gaz Edwards says European qualification would be a “fairytale” for Caernarfon Town, but insists they are “massive underdogs” at Jenner Park this evening (kick-off 5.30pm).

The Canaries are facing Barry Town United for the second weekend running, although this time the chance to land a place in next season’s Europa Conference League is on offer.

The clash is the first of two JD Cymru Premier European play-off semi-finals this weekend, with the victor meeting either Penybont or Newtown in a winner-takes-all showdown.

Barry, who beat Caernarfon 3-2 on the final day of the regular season last Saturday, enjoy home advantage again today as they finished fifth in the table, one spot higher than Edwards’ men.

While Barry boss Gavin Chesterfield has guided his team into European competition in the last two seasons, Caernarfon have never sampled football on the continent.

For 37-year-old Edwards, who is set to make his 200th Caernarfon appearance today, qualification would represent a seminal moment in his club’s history.

“It is a bit surprising that the club hasn’t been in Europe before, but you have to remember where it has come from and what it has gone through,” he said.

“We haven’t always played in the Welsh leagues, for many years the club was in the English system.

“It fell on hard times when it came back to Wales and was on the verge of folding, but the fans kept it together and a bunch of local lads made up the team.

“They were about to close the gates for good in 2009 but they managed to turn things around.

“What a fairytale it would be if we managed to get this club into Europe.”

He added: “Six or seven players left at the end of last season, so to finish in the top six was an amazing achievement.

“We went from the brink of relegation to pushing ourselves into the top six.

“This is a free shot at Europe and we want to take every opportunity to make it happen.

“We are massive underdogs, but it’s a cup game and anything can happen, and we will go there believing we can cause an upset.”

Edwards was part of the Cefn Druids side that played in the Europa League in 2012 after losing the Welsh Cup final to The New Saints.

Having joined Caernarfon the following year, Edwards became an integral part of the team that gained promotion to the Cymru Premier in 2018.

“It’s a nice milestone to reach and something I’m proud of,” said Edwards of his 200th game.

“I did say I’d retire at the end of this season, but I don’t think I’m ready.”

As for Chesterfield, who has been in charge at Jenner Park since 2007, he would love for his side to build on their recent experiences in Europe, but he isn’t getting ahead of himself.

“I don’t want to be too dour but the European stuff will take care of itself, we need to focus on the semi-final first and then hopefully we’ll have the final to look forward to,” he said.

“Last Saturday’s game won’t have any bearing on this one.

“It felt as if both teams were quite coy last weekend, they didn’t want to show their hand too much.

“There wasn’t a lot on that game and so the way the boys applied themselves says a lot about the character of the team and spirit in the camp.

“We’re coming to the end of the season and everybody is carrying a knock, but these are arguably the biggest games of the campaign.”

He added: “I’ve got another year left on my contract and this club is a big part of who I am.

“I feel as if I’ve got much more to achieve whether we qualify for Europe or not.”

This evening’s game is being shown live on S4C from 5.15pm.