Elfyn Evans shares the lead of the FIA World Rally Championship tonight, after becoming the first British driver to win Rally Sweden. Before today, only six nationalities had won the traditional winter round of the series, with 64 victories out of 70 events going to either Swedish or Finnish drivers. Colin McRae came close by finishing second in 1992, but in a brilliant performance Evans led this year’s event from start to finish to leave Sweden tied at the top of the drivers’ standings with Thierry Neuville.
Cardiff City fans have been told they will soon be cheering Kieffer Moore again – even though his two goals slowed the Bluebirds’ promotion push. Moore scored twice for Wigan in their 2-2 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium, where the 6ft 7in Wales striker has yet to find the net for his adopted country. But the player who scored vital away goals for Ryan Giggs’ side on their way to successful qualification for the Euro 2020 finals, will soon have supporters in the capital cheering for him, according to Wigan manager Paul Cook.
Elfyn Evans is on the brink of joining an elite club of non-Scandinavian drivers to have won Rally Sweden, as he takes a 17.2 second lead into tomorrow shortened final day of the event. The Toyota driver, who has led the event from the start, set three more fastest stage times today to double his lead over reigning world champion Ott Tänak (Hyundai). Only a very short day tomorrow stands between Evans and his second win in the FIA World Rally Championship.
Steve Cooper admits time is running out on Swansea City's hopes of a play-off spot as he launched a scathing attack on his side's defending. The Swansea boss saw his side come from behind three times to take the lead at Hull City. But the final defensive lapse allowed Tigers sub Tom Eaves to snatch a draw five minutes into injury-time.
With such a shortened route, every driver had to be super-fast out of the blocks today if they were to stand any chance of winning Rally Sweden – and fastest of all was Elfyn Evans, who leads the event for the first time in his career tonight. Evans set a blistering time on the opening stage, completing it 1.1 seconds quicker than Ott Tänak (Hyundai) and 2.9 seconds fastest than his Toyota team-mate and six time world champion Sébastien Ogier. And Evans never lost that lead all day, setting another fastest time on stage three and two second quickest times on stages two and four to lead Tänak (the reigning world champion and last year’s Rally Sweden winner) by 8.5 seconds.
Good enough to beat the rest of the world, twice, Wales’ former world champion triathlete Helen Jenkins has never allowed her path to be blocked by obstacles. So, why should two kids and surgery on her spine get in the way of her comeback, as she tells Graham Thomas. Helen Jenkins plans to race again in April – having proved that anything is possible if you’re determined stay active and impress the kids. For most of us that might mean keeping in reasonable shape as the years pass in order to enjoy life to the full with the family.
A teenage race-walker is organising his own para athletics meeting in Cardiff to give fellow disability athletes the opportunity to compete against each other. Daniel McKerlich, who competes in the T20 category for people with learning difficulties, has spotted a need for a competition in Wales exclusively for disabled athletes. The 19-year-old hopes his Para Athletics Event 2020 will attract some of Britain's top para athletes as they prepare for the Tokyo Paralympics and go in search of qualifying standards.
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
Merthyr Town 1, Walton Casuals 2 There were wild celebrations at Merthyr Town after the final EvoStik Southern League match of the season. More than 350 spectators watched the Martyrs slip up at their MetCoaches Community Stadium home - and that sent Casuals players, management and fans into raptures. The Surrey club won... Read More
Title-chasing Weymouth are planning a six-point EvoStik Southern League raid on Merthyr Town. The Premier Division rivals clash twice in quick succession and the first of those fixtures is at Merthyr’s MetCoaches Stadium this evening (Tuesday, 7.45). Weymouth’s record against the Martyrs is exceptional over the past 20 years, having lost just... Read More
Martyrs manager Gavin Williams has a decision to make before their EvoStik Southern League home fixture against Kings Langley at the MetCoaches Stadium on Saturday (3pm). Goalkeeper Josh Gould, signed on loan from Swansea City, made his debut in a 3-0 Premier Division defeat at Hendon, while Joe Perry is available... Read More
Merthyr Town powered to a sensational 5-1 home win against Tiverton Town despite having goalkeeper Joe Perry sent off inside the first 10 minutes, having been penalised for deliberate handball outside the penalty area. The score was 0-0 at the time and Merthyr did not have a back-up goalie with Joe... Read More
Qualified maths teacher Tom Meechan got his sums right for Merthyr Town when he netted four goals in a 6-2 win against Staines Town. The former University of Birmingham sports and exercise science student has played football for Newport County, Hungerford Town, St Ives Town and St Neots Town, while he... Read More