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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
It’s red v green, Wales v Ireland and Gatland v Schmidt on Saturday and the outcome between two well-matched teams seems difficult to predict. For Robin Davey, though, Gatland’s ability to change and adapt put him a notch above his rival. Allied to a knack for creating the right emotional... Read More
Cory Hill already knows what it’s like to be a hate figure for England fans – and hopes to get under their skin again this week in Cardiff. The Wales second row was given a right old rucking on social media when he was called up as a replacement for... Read More
Millwall 0, Cardiff City 1 Welsh midfield player Lloyd Humphries proved the matchwinner for Cardiff City in their Professional Under-23 Development League against Millwall in London. Neath-born Humphries, aged 21 and a former Wales under-19 international, scored from a first half penalty to secure an away win for the Bluebirds. The match at... Read More
Wrexham-born Daniel Griffiths scored twice for Cardiff City in their 2-0 Professional Development Under-18 League South win at Millwall. Griffiths, who joined the Bluebirds from Liverpool this year, fired City two goals ahead after 21 minutes and that proved to be the final score. This win in Cardiff’s last match of 2018... Read More
Future Lions tours can be saved by reducing the time spent on the Six Nations, according to England chief Nigel Melville. English rugby recently posed a threat to Lions tours by expanding their own club season deeper into the summer. That came despite calls from Wales and Lions coach Warren... Read More
Craig Bellamy’s young Bluebirds fought out a 1-1 draw against Millwall’s Lions in their Professional Development League under-18 fixture at the Cardiff Sports Campus. This was a clash between the top two teams and leaders Cardiff maintained their three points lead ahead of second placed Millwall. Manager Chris Perry and his team... Read More