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Amber Army Marched To The Top Of The Hill . . . And Down Again, But The Duke Of Pill Will Return

Newport County will start the 2019-20 season in League Two, exactly the same place where ended this season. No promotion, no hike in the club’s income and no bigger stage for the players and their ambitious manager Michael Flynn. But Callum Ellis believes he saw enough at Wembley to be convinced that the Amber Army can embark on another march to the summit when August comes around. When the dust settles on Newport County’s play-off final defeat against Tranmere Rovers, manager Michael Flynn and his squad of players will sit down and reflect on what might have been. A controversial decision by referee Ross Joyce not to award Flynn’s side a penalty five minutes before the end of normal time turned out to be a bitter pill to swallow.

Evan Makes Winning Return In Greece

Welsh tennis number one Evan Hoyt has overcome a shoulder niggle to win his first tournament back on court. Hoyt claimed his sixth title of the year at the Heraklion M15 tournament in Greece, coming back from 5-2 down in the final set against Austria's Jonas Trinker.

Jeremiah Finishes A Levels By Giving Rivals A Sprint Lesson

Last week Welsh sprinter Jeremiah Azu celebrated his 18th birthday by becoming the fastest junior in Europe. This weekend he marked the end of his A Level exams with a win at an international meeting in Belgium. The Cardiff Athletics speed merchant chalked up his latest 100m victory at the IFAM International Outdoor meeting in Oordegem.

Former Bluebird Adam Matthews Is Aiming For Wembley Lift-Off

Welshman Adam Matthews has set his heart on a return to Championship football next season. Swansea-born Matthews, who spent more than a decade with the Bluebirds, is in Sunderland's match-day squad for Sunday's League One play-off final against Charlton Athletic at Wembley Stadium. There is, though, no certainty about the immediate future of the 27-year-old Wales international because his four-year contract ends this summer.

Dragon's Back Race...The Ultimate Test Of Endurance And Bravery

Four-hundred-and-two ultra runners from around the globe set off from Conwy Castle in north Wales last Monday morning. Five days, 315km and 17 Welsh mountains later, 237 of them crossed the finishing line at Llandeilo in the south having completed the mammoth challenge.

Chief Tomas Francis Gets Ready To Block Liam Williams' Road To The Triple Crown

Tomas Francis will try to deny his Wales teammate Liam Williams the perfect season when they clash in the Gallagher Premiership final next weekend. The Exeter Chiefs prop will face the Saracens full-back at Twickenham in the showpiece of the English season after both came through their respective semi-finals. Williams has already won a Six Nations Grand Slam with Wales and a Heineken Champions Cup winners medal for Sarries and could become the first Welshman to win the ultimate triple if his club retain their domestic title.

Michael Flynn Blasts EFL After Newport County Denied In Wembley Play-Off Controversy

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 Insists Michael Flynn Is Upwardly Mobile . . . And So Are Newport County

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.

Defending Champ Melissa Looking To Go The Extra Mile In Westminster

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.

Cardiff City Keeper Neil Etheridge Says He Wants To Get Back To The Premier League

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.

Dragons

Dean Ryan Bids To Ignite The Dragons' Fire . . . And He'll Be In Charge Of The Matches

Dean Ryan is stepping back in time to try to re-build the Dragons into a major force in Welsh rugby. The former Worcester Warriors and Gloucester head coach has quit his job at the RFU, where he has been head of international player development since 2016, to try to breathe new... Read More

Dean Ryan Takes Dragons Job . . And A Brief To Shake Things Up

Dean Ryan has been confirmed as the new man in charge at the Dragons – and given far more power than any of his coaching rivals. The Newport-based region today confirmed Ryan as their new director of rugby. But as well as taking charge of coaching, the former England international... Read More

Spitfires Slay Wrexham Dragons Thanks To Doug's Extra Time Hammer Blow At The Racecourse

Wrexham 0, Eastleigh 1 after extra time Bryan Hughes is already planning a 2019-20 promotion charge after Wrexham were left devastated by a 1-0 home defeat against Eastleigh at the Racecourse. The Dragons had three efforts cleared off the Spitfires' line, twice hit the bar and had what looked a perfectly good goal... Read More

The Dragons' New Head Coach . . . Which Of These Can Finally Ignite The Fire?

The Dragons’ Judgement Day victory over the Scarlets was their first win away from Rodney Parade for four years. Heady days. Now, all they need do is find a permanent coach and the scars suffered as long-term whipping boys may finally start to heal. Jamie Phillips looks at the candidates... Read More

Eastleigh Worried Home Fans Will Lift Wrexham

Eastleigh FC are worried about the X-factor added by Dragons when they travel to Wrexham for Thursday’s play-offs eliminator. Hampshire club Eastleigh made it clear they preferred to play AFC Fylde and weren’t keen to face manager Bryan Hughes and his Wrexham Reds. “Fylde was our preference,” said Eastleigh manager Ben Strevens,... Read More

Wayne Pivac Defends His Record And Says Scarlets Were Usually Fifth Until He Turned Up

Wayne Pivac has defended his final campaign in charge of the Scarlets and predicted they will rise again next season. The New Zealander – who takes over from Warren Gatland as Wales coach after the World Cup – failed to bow out with a victory in his last game of... Read More
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