TEAM boss Colin Caton is anticipating a tough test as Bala Town go gunning for Europe this weekend.

The Lakesiders entertain Cardiff Met this Sunday in the final of the Welsh Premier League play-offs.

In a massive encounter, the winner of the tie will represent Wales in next season's UEFA Europa League.

Last weekend, Bala continued their good run of form with a 2-1 triumph at Newtown.

Goals from Kieran Smith and Henry Jones did the trick to hand the Lakesiders victory.

In the other semi-final contest, Cardiff Met won 3-2 during their Saturday evening visit to Caernarfon Town.

"People have asked who we would have preferred," said Caton.

"I wouldn't have minded going to Caernarfon and Cardiff Met have beaten us three times this season.

"They are fit and organised, and they can train three times this week, while we will only train once.

"They will be well prepared for the game."

Anticipating a tough challenge, Caton added: "People think they're students, but they are 26, 27 and 28 years old.

"They have been together for eight, nine or 10 years.

"They have got a good camaraderie and it will be difficult."

Bala Town lost 3-0 at Cardiff Met in the league earlier this season, while the side from the capital also won 1-0 at Maes Tegid in the quarter-finals of the Welsh Cup back in March.

However, Bala are ending the campaign on a high and they have won three matches on the bounce on the way through to the play-off final.

Caton said: "The two wins versus Newtown and Caernarfon were against opposition that were above us in the league."

Looking ahead to Sunday, Caton added: "There are massive rewards for whoever wins."

Chris Seargeant has returned to The New Saints after his loan spell at Maes Tegid, however Anthony Stephens is back after missing the Newtown match through work commitments.

Shaun Kelly is available once more, while Keighan Jones will continue between the posts in the absence of the injured Ashley Morris.

Kick-off on Sunday will be at 5.15pm.