Mike Ruddock insists Toby Booth convinced the Ospreys players he was the man to take the region out of its desperate slump. The current Harlequins assistant coach will take in charge at the Liberty Stadium for the start of the 2020/21 season after their long search for a replacement to sacked Allen Clarke came to an end. Ruddock – hired as performance director earlier this season – has revealed that senior Ospreys players were involved in the assessment process and gave their thumbs-up that Booth was the man for the job.
Neil Harris admitted Cardiff City’s play-off hopes have taken a nose-dive after a defeat to Nottingham Forest which ended with Callum Paterson and Leandro Bacuna literally at each other’s throats. The Bluebirds boss insisted there were no serious issues between the pair who clashed at the end of the 1-0 defeat and had to be pulled apart by teammates. Tiago Silva scored the only goal of the game as Harris’ side suffered his first Championship defeat at home since he took over from Neil Warnock in mid-November. The result leaves the Bluebirds six point
The Celtic Dragons began their Vitality Netball Superleague campaign with an agonizing, but encouraging 44-43 defeat to Surrey Storm at the weekend. But despite a huge turnaround in players, former Dragon Suzy Drane tells Graham Thomas she feels optimistic about this season. The Celtic Dragons can overcome the loss of key players and prove themselves a surprise package in netball’s Superleague this season – according to the woman who was once their heartbeat. Suzy Drane – a key player for the Dragons for over a decade and a Wales legend who reached the 100-cap mark last season – believes the team’s youngsters can rise to the challenge created by major change at the club over the past few months.
Hal Robson-Kanu has paid thanks to Slaven Bilic for making him a recall option for Wales again at this year’s Euro 2020 finals. The 30-year-old striker has become the central figure in West Brom’s revitalised promotion surge and underlined his influence for the Championship leaders with two goals in their 3-0 victory at Bristol City at the weekend. The Baggies are now nine points clear of third-placed Fulham after going seven matches without a win at the turn of the year.
Neil Harris has told his Cardiff City players to show they are “serious” about promotion as they begin life without Lee Tomlin on Tuesday night. The Bluebirds manager is demanding a reaction from his side who were beaten 2-0 at Stoke City last weekend, a result which stalled their play-off surge and allowed Swansea City to climb back above them in the Championship. With 12 matches of the season left, Cardiff are six points adrift of the play-off places, giving the visit of fifth-placed Forest a critical feel in the eyes of Harris.
Jeremiah Azu was involved in a dramatic 60m final at the England Athletics age group championships in Sheffield at the weekend. The Cardiff teenager got off to a relatively slow start, but soon got into his stride to challenge Liverpool’s Henry Nwoke for the title with a late dip for the line in a desperately close finish. The commentators initially called Azu as the winner, but it soon became evident no-one could be certain whether the Welshman had retained his title or if Nwoke had just held on to earn the crown.
FA Trophy Stunner! Martyrs Lose 3-0 Lead, Captain Ashley Sent Off And 'Traylz' Misses Crucial Spot-KIck
Merthyr Town 4, Cinderford Town 5 After extra time The Martyrs were left shellshocked when they crashed out of the Buildbase FA Trophy after leading 3-0 and 4-3 at the MetCoaches Stadium. Captain Ashley Evans was sent off during the second half of extra time for a second bookable offence when the teams... Read More
Ian Traylor has former Martyrs captain Steve Williams in his sights after makes his 400th appearance for the club. Traylor, who has scored almost 200 goals for Merthyr Town over the last decade, is 12 matches behind Williams. Tomorrow, in a BetVictor Southern Premier clash with Wimborne Town at Merthyr’;s MatCoaches Stadium... Read More
Merthyr Town face two tough away fixtures in four days when they travel to Devon and Somerset. The Martyrs are at Tiverton Town for a BetVictor Southern League match on Wednesday before making the trip to Weston-super-Mare for an FA Cup second qualifying round tie. Southern Premier rivals Weston include two young... Read More
Merthyr Town 1, Weston-super-Mare 1 Manager Scott Bartlett was adamant his Weston-super-Mare team should have beaten Merthyr Town at the MetCoaches Stadium. The former Salisbury City and Forest Green Rovers defender, aged 40, insisted Weston should have been awarded a first half penalty when the score was 0-0. Isaac Pearce was fouled and... Read More
Martyrs' Visitors Weston-super-Mare Shared Football Record With Celtic, Internazionale, Ajax and Barcelona
Weston-super-Mare’s proud record of never being demoted ended last season and they are intent on bouncing back quickly. The Seagulls, who play Merthyr Town away at the MetCoaches Stadium tomorrow, crashed out of National League South, finishing bottom, and ended a proud run which had lasted more than a century. They had... Read More
Harborough Town 2, Merthyr Town 6 Ryan Prosser, Owain Jones and Gethyn Hill scored two goals apiece in Merthyr Town’s convincing pre-season away win at United Counties League Harborough Town. Player-manager Gavin Williams started and stayed on for more than an hour before making way for Owain Evans - and he later... Read More