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.
Hadleigh Parkes is ready to spill more blood to ensure there is another red-ribboned Grand Slam for Wales next week. The Scarlets centre had various cuts and bruises bandaged and wrapped after helping his team to their hard-earned 18-11 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield. The effort and pain was rewarded... Read More
Warren Gatland praised his players’ mental toughness after Wales shrugged off a potentially catastrophic build-up to record an 18-11 victory over hosts Scotland that kept them on track for the Grand Slam. Gatland had named his team two days early on Tuesday after the coach admitted their preparations had been disrupted... Read More
Same again for Wales next week? Start with Gareth Anscombe and then bring on Dan Biggar to guide the team home? No, says Robin Davey. Biggar should be there from the outset on the fast-flowing open spaces of Murrayfield. Dan's the man! Warren Gatland gets most things right and if... Read More
Elite League ice hockey will play on with 11 teams in 2018-19 - and there will be extra fixtures for every club. The exit of Edinburgh Capitals posed problems for League officials because, with 11 teams, they could not continue with three conferences of four teams. The three Conferences will still remain,... Read More
Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson has warned his team they will need to be up for a scrap when they face pugnacious Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh on Saturday evening. The Blues are at Murrayfield for their European Challenge Cup quarter-final on the back of five successive victories and a feelgood vibe... Read More
Cardiff Devils face two vastly different Elite League tests on the road this weekend. Head coach Andrew Lord and his team travel to play Nottingham Panthers on Saturday, stay overnight in the English midlands and then go to Scotland (7pm). Their second match, on Sunday, is against struggling Edinburgh Capitals at Murrayfield... Read More