Michael Flynn gave a scathing verdict on EFL officials after seeing his battling but beaten Newport County side denied a place in League One next season. The County manager was furious that a key penalty decision went against his team as they lost their League Two play-off final 1-0 to Tranmere Rovers at Wembley. Before they were reduced to 10-men, Newport were pressing for the first goal of the game when referee Ross Joyce refused to award an 85th-minute penalty even though Emmanuel Monthe clearly tripped County striker Jamille Matt as he tried to go past the defender.
Padraig Amond believes Newport County manager Michael Flynn is destined for big things regardless of the outcome of today’s Wembley shoot-out. Amond will carry the goal-scoring duties as his club’s leading marksman when County face Tranmere Rovers in the League Two play-off final. For Amond and most of his teammates, promotion to League One would represent a new high-water mark in their playing careers, but the 31-year-old Irishman reckons his young boss will climb far higher.
Wales' Commonwealth Games 1500m bronze medallist Melissa Courtney is hoping to launch her outdoor season by retaining the Vitality Westminster Mile title on Sunday. Courtney has just returned from a four week training camp in Arizona and is champing at the bit to get racing again.
Neil Etheridge has spoken of his desire to make a quick return to the Premier League. The Cardiff City goalkeeper – who was arguably the club’s most consistent performer during a season that ended in relegation two weeks ago – is desperate to play again at the top level. Etheridge has been linked with both West Ham and Brighton and although the 29-year-old has two years left on his current contract, manager Neil Warnock has said if the club received an offer of £20m, he would personally chauffeur Etheridge to the buying club.
Jenny Nesbitt will again compete for GB at the World University Games in Naples in July. The Bath University runner lines-up in the 10,000m in Italy as part of the 22-strong squad of athletes.
The input of former Cardiff City manager Lennie Lawrence has been crucial over the last three seasons. And the man who led the Bluebirds to promotion via the play-offs in 2003 will play a key role before and during the final against Tranmere Rovers at Wembley Stadium.
Dan Biggar aims to thrive again under the big match spotlight on Saturday - the type of opportunity he admits were starting to pass him by at the Ospreys. The Wales fly-half may have played a significant part in securing the Six Nations Grand Slam this season, but his club’s achievements at Northampton are something of a throwback. Not just for the Saints – who have not on any serious silverware for five years – but also for Biggar himself, who left Welsh regional rugby long after the heady days of Ospreys’ finals and big occasions had passed.
James Tomlinson and Sarah Omoregie have been called up for the GB Under2- team for the prestigious Halle Throws International in Germany from June 1-2. The Welsh duo will be part of a 10-strong squad for the meeting which is one of the most highly-regarded on the international throwing calendar.
Wayne Routledge has re-signed for another year at Swansea City - less than a week after the club announced his departure. The 34-year-old has agreed to stay on at the Liberty Stadium as a senior pro to try to bring through the new generation at the cash-strapped club.
Tesni Evans aw her British Open hopes ended in a third round defeat against former champion Camille Serme in Hull. The Rhyl-based player staged a third game comeback after losing the first two games to her French rival.
Vale of Glamorgan trainer Tim Vaughan had a double at Ludlow with AllTimeGold and Jefferson Davis (writes Brian Lee). The former, partnered by stable jockey Alan Johns, landed the two-mile handicap chase, while Jefferson Davis, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson, won the three-mile handicap chase. https://twitter.com/LudlowRaceClub/status/1130490332783751168 AllTimeGold, the 6-4 favourite, won by six... Read More
Teenager Jack Tudor landed a double at Sunday's Melton Hunt Club Point-To-Point at Garthorpe and both were trained by his father Jonathan Tudor who is also having a cracking season. The 17-year-old Jac, from Merthyr Mawr, rode a winner at the Gelligaer Farmers fixture on Saturday and followed that with his two-timer. He... Read More
Vale of Glamorgan's Jockey Isabel On Course For Welsh Title After Gelligaer Point-to-Point Success On Flash Klass
Vale of Glamorgan's Isabel Williams chalked-up her fifth point-to-point winner of the season at the well attended Gelligaer Farmers Hunt Steeplechases. Isabel, the 21-year-old daughter of leading Welsh National Hunt trainer Evan Williams, has high hopes now of retaining her Welsh Lady Riders Championship title. In a thrilling finish to the young horse maiden race four of... Read More
Llancarfan's Evan Williams and Bridgend's John Flint saddled winners at Wincanton and Worcester (writes Brian Lee). Williams saw his four-year-old Annsam land the maiden hurdle at Wincanton and dual purpose trainer John Flint took the handicap chase at Worcester with his nine-year-old Cillian's Well. Annsam, partnered by stable jockey Adam Wedge and a 5-1... Read More
Veteran rider Byron Moorcroft of Cowbridge seems to be riding better than ever, writes Brian Lee. He chalked up the 24th winner this season at the well attended Banwen Point-To-Point Club Steeplechases.. Moorcroft was riding Jason Warner's five-year-old chestnut gelding French Piece, which scored by three lengths from Gowell after making most... Read More
Merthyr Mawr teenager Jack Tudor is making a bold bid to land the Fuller's sponsored national novice riders' championship. Tudor, aged 16, earned a treble at the Tivyside Hunt Point-to-Point Steeplechases at Lydstep in Pembrokeshire to take his tally so far to 13. Huw Edwards and Liam Harrison are Tudor's closest challengers for the... Read More