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.
Welsh defenceman Callum Buglass helped Peterborough Phantoms earn their second trophy of 2018-19. Buglass, a 23-year-old from Caerphilly, played a key role for Phantoms in their 6-5 aggregate win against Basingstoke Bison in the Southern Cup final. Peterborough had already won the National Hockey League Autumn Trophy this season, beating Sheffield Steeldogs... Read More
Cardiff Fire 4, Peterborough Phantoms 6 Man of the match Iwan Davies led the Fire charge when they launched a comeback against Peterborough Phantoms at the Viola Arena. Cardiff Fire were 6-0 down with 32 minutes 14 seconds gone, but they hit back with a ferocity which shocked their visitors. Davies (2), Cameron... Read More
Cardiff Fire Centre Jackson Heads To Siberia As Phantoms Visit Viola Arena For National League Clash
Jackson Price is preparing for ice hockey action in Siberia as his club, Cardiff Fire, entertain Peterborough Phantoms at the Viola Arena on Saturday. Cardiff Met student Jackson Price is in the Great Britain team for the 29th World University Winter Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, while Fire take on Phantoms in Cardiff... Read More
Coach Mark Smith's Fire Take On Devils - That's Solent Devils - In Tough NIHL Fixture At Viola Arena
Cardiff Fire 3, Bristol Bulldogs 5 Cardiff Fire are preparing for two big home fixtures in their quest to climb the National Ice Hockey League table. Head coach Mark Smith and his Fire players entertain high-flying Solent Devils at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay on Sunday (February 24, 6pm) and then... Read More
Romford Raiders 3, Cardiff Fire 4 Cardiff Fire are out to complete a four-point National Ice Hockey League weekend when they entertain Bristol Pitbulls at the Viola Arena (6pm). Fire won 4-3 at Romford Raiders in a physical, bad tempered match which saw almost four hours in penalties handed out. Fire players Tom... Read More
Former Cardiff Players Line-up For Bristol Pitbulls In Edgy Severnside National League Derby At Viola Arena
Cardiff Fire face a Severnside derby shootout when Bristol Pitbulls come to South Wales for a National Ice Hockey League clash at the Viola Arena on Sunday (6pm). The rivals are level on points, although Fire have four games in hand, and Pitbulls bring a team full of former Cardiff players,... Read More