Conwy Celts and other community rugby league clubs across North Wales took in Crusaders’ enthralling 34-28 victory over Keighley Cougars at Stadiwm ZipWorld last weekend.

It was Crusaders’ first match in Colwyn Bay in front of fans, bringing a 497-day wait to an end for the club to play at home with a crowd. 

The community game in North Wales is on the rise, with Conwy Celts, Flintshire Falcons, Wrexham Crusaders and Marchogion MÔN Knights all taking on each another in 2021. 

Many of their players and staff were at Stadiwm ZipWorld to add to the electric atmosphere and help guide Crusaders to an important win over Keighley.

Conwy head coach Ray Caldwell said: “As a club, we’re very excited about Crusaders’ move to Stadiwm ZipWorld as it’s phenomenal to be able to watch professional rugby league locally. 

“The first game in front of fans was an excellent affair and had almost everything. 

“To hear the crowd getting behind the players was brilliant and I hope it made all the difference to the players so they could dig deep and grind out the win. 

“The experience was fantastic and the ground and location is ideal for families to enjoy a great day out, with a blue flag, award-winning beach less than a five-minute walk away. 

“As a family game, this is something no other club at any level can offer so that’s a real bonus for Crusaders. 

“We’ll be back to watch again and, if future games are half as exciting as that one, we’re going to be losing our voices more often.”

Crusaders are next at Stadiwm ZipWorld on Sunday, August 1, when they take on West Wales Raiders in the Welsh derby.