BALA TOWN'S summer signing Will Evans says playing and winning in Europe with the club has been a 'brilliant experience'.

The midfielder, who made the switch from Cardiff Met University FC, is one of six new faces to arrive at Maes Tegid in recent weeks, with Antony Kay, Nathan Peate, Alex Ramsay, Raul Correia and Llyr Morris also bolstering Bala's ranks.

23-year-old Evans has already played a major role for the Lakesiders. In his first four official appearances, he's helped the club onto its first away win in Europe and collect four points in the opening two matches of the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier campaign.

He was also part of the Bala squad that created history by advancing to the Second Qualifying Round of the UEFA Europa League for the first time ever following a 1-0 win over Valletta in Malta.

This then set up a huge clash against Belgian Pro League side and European veterans Standard Liege. Despite a 2-0 loss at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Evans and his Bala team-mates matched the professional side for much of the game.

Speaking about those two European ties, Evans said: "The Europe game (v Valletta) was a special experience for everyone involved, especially for Colin (Caton, Bala manager) and the staff who have been so close to progressing in the past. It was also my first European win and hopefully there will be more to come with Bala.

"The Standard game was tough but again a brilliant experience. Obviously we knew it was going to be a tough game but I felt everyone gave a good account of themselves and as a team we built a great bond on and off the pitch."

Commenting on how he's settled in at Bala, the midfielder added: "Bala have always been a tough team to face and when the opportunity came to be a part of the team it was something I couldn’t turn down. I spoke with Colin a few times on the phone prior to joining and he spoke about the clubs ambitions for the season, again something I wanted to be a part of and I’m really happy to be here.

"Everyone has been very welcoming since I made the switch from the south. The lads are a great bunch who are all hoping to have another successful season. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself in the short period I’ve been here so far and can’t wait to kick on with the season ahead."

"I would love a cup run with Bala this season but the main priority is getting into the top three and pushing the top two clubs (Connah's Quay and TNS) to the very end."

Evans picked up hist firs Bala Town goal in the club's 2-1 win over Cefn Druids on Sunday. He latched onto a great ball into the box from Andrew Burns and produced a fine side-footed finish to give the Druids keeper no chance.

Asked about whether or not he had set himself a goal target for the season after opening his Lakesiders account, Evans replied: "I’m not someone who sets targets as I just take each game one at time and hopefully contribute to help the team collect as many points as possible."