Shotton Steel face a tough start to life in North Wales rugby's top tier as they face an opening day clash against Pwllheli.

A superb 2017/18 season saw the Flintshire side promoted to Division One for the first time in their history after finishing as runners-up behind Division Two champions Denbigh.

The Steelmen begin the new campaign on September 1 at home to a Pwllheli side who were serious contenders for the league title last term.

Coach Mike Roberts is relishing the challenge ahead and is keen to bolster the club's first and second teams with new recruits this summer.

He said: "We're still looking to strengthen all teams within the club.

"Our senior men's rugby teams both had a great season and pre-season will be starting soon enough.

"If you currently play, would like to or used to play and would like a new challenge, come and be part of a club that puts it's players first."

Flintshire rivals Mold kick-off at home to Llandudno as Ben Grundy's side look to emulate last season's impressive fifth place finish.

After falling 10 points short of promotion last term, Wrexham host Rhyl in their Division Two opener at Bryn Estyn Lane.

In Division Three, Mold seconds travel to Pwllheli, while Rhosllanerchrugog entertain Holyhead.

A fixture-free opening weekend means that Flint's first game comes a week later at home to Rhos.