EUROPEAN football is the prize on offer to Caernarfon Town and Newtown today, as the two rivals bring the curtain down on another JD Cymru Premier season at The Oval.

While Newtown have played on the continent before, it would be a completely new experience for hosts Caernarfon should they win the Europa Conference League play-off (kick-off noon).

Both started their semi-finals last weekend as underdogs, but a 3-1 win for Caernarfon at Barry Town United and Newtown’s 1-0 defeat of Penybont set-up today’s winner-takes-all clash.

“There’s no doubt about it, this is the biggest game in our club’s history,” said Caernarfon captain Gaz Edwards.

“If we beat Newtown, the party in the town afterwards would be unbelievable, you wouldn’t be able to stop our supporters celebrating.

“Not only would winning be great for the club financially, but it would also be brilliant for the players to play in Europe.

“It is easy to get carried away so we’ve just got to stay focused on the 90 minutes and get the job done.

“We got to the semi-finals a couple of years ago and had home advantage against Cardiff Met, who then beat us and went on to win the final after finishing seventh in the league.”

He continued: “Playing at home isn’t as much of an advantage now as it would be if the fans were allowed in, but playing this final at The Oval is what we wanted.

“Both us and Newtown went into the semi-finals as underdogs, and although they were seventh in the league, they are the team with the European pedigree.

“It’s uncharted territory for us, so we’ve got to go into the game with the same mentality as last weekend and treat it like we’re the underdogs.

“I think it will be a tight and cagey affair with both teams trying to work each other out.

“That’s not really the type of game we play, we like to break fast and push players on.

“We’re not the type of team to sit there and defend for 90 minutes, we have to attack and make it an exciting spectacle.”

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Fans will not be allowed into the ground for the match, despite calls from the league, clubs and local politicians for the Welsh Government to give today’s showdown pilot event status.

“It’s a real shame because you can have all the supporters inside pubs watching the game on television and they could be socially distanced and in the open air at The Oval,” said Edwards.

“It’s a shame because this is the biggest game our club has ever had and the fans won’t be there to see it.”

Meanwhile, Hughes, who led Newtown to victory over Aberystwyth in the 2015 play-off final, can’t wait to lock horns with Caernarfon counterpart Huw Griffiths.

“We finished the regular season in seventh, but there have been teams who were in that position and then won the play-offs,” said Hughes.

“You’re always going to be up against it if you’re the lowest-ranked side in the play-offs because you know you’ll be playing away twice if you want to get into Europe.

“But it has been done before from seventh by the likes of Bala Town and Cardiff Met, and we see no reason why it can’t be done again.”

He added: “This game is massive because the sides that wins gets to play in a top European competition.

“A few of the lads have played in Europe before and they want to experience it again, and there’s also boys who haven’t and the prize on offer is a huge incentive for them to win.

“We’ve finished the season really well so momentum and confidence is high, and we’ve got to make sure we carry that on.”

The sides have met twice already this season.

Caernarfon won 3-2 at Newtown last September, while honours were even at The Oval just before Christmas when it finished 1-1.