Neil Warnock believes Cardiff City can stay unbeaten at home for the rest of the season after Lee Tomlin preserved their record with a late equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday. The Cardiff manager was in bullish mood, despite an at best mixed performance in their 1-1 draw on Friday night. Cardiff were outplayed for an hour, but managed to rouse themselves in the late stages and were thankful to Tomlin’s set-piece skills.
Jayne Ludlow is preparing her Wales team for a vital upcoming Euro qualifier against Northern Ireland. Like the previous World Cup campaign, it’s a momentum-builder that is gathering energy and changing the perception of women’s sport in Wales. But she still sees limits on the opportunities for girls in all sports – football, hockey, netball - and tells Graham Thomas how more needs to be done. When Jayne Ludlow recalls her own sporting childhood in the Rhondda, one of her more formative memories is of a door closing when she was 11. That was when the current manager of the Wales women’s football team left Dunraven Primary School and moved up to Treorchy Comprehensive.
Steve Cooper has defended his decision to use playmaker Bersant Celina as a wide player, rather than as a central No.10. The Swansea City manager – whose team travel to Barnsley on Saturday hoping to make amends for their shock home defeat to Championship bottom club Stoke City – has been deploying Celina in an unfamiliar wide left role in recent matches. It’s a decision that has perplexed some Swans supporters, as the former Manchester City player appears to have been less effective than in his previous central position.
Luke Charteris doesn’t want his former teammates to go through the same post-match agonies he suffered the last time Wales met France at the World Cup. The towering Bath lock – now on the coaching staff at the English club - played the full 80 minutes in the 9-8 defeat in the 2011 semi-final, when Wales lost skipper Sam Warburton to a red card after a mere 12 minutes. That defeat remains the biggest disappointment and regret in Charteris’ long career and it still hurts even to this day.
Warren Gatland insists Wales have done everything they can to ensure Dan Biggar has fully overcome concussion. Biggar suffered head injuries in successive World Cup games against Australia and Fiji, but he has met all targets and will line up in Sunday’s quarter-final appointment with France. “He felt better after the (Fiji) game, it was clear,” said the Wales head coach.
Lee Walker claimed one of the biggest scalps of his 25-year career by knocking world number one Judd Trump out of the 19.com English Open. The Gwent player had tasted victory just once this season before the tournament began, but made it three wins in as many days to set up a last 16 clash with Gary Wilson. In a high quality match, Walker stunned the world champion by taking the opening two frames with breaks of 74 and 67, only for Trump to reply with back-to-back centuries.
Wales are preparing for a huge test of their rugby credentials against France this weekend, but it isn’t just happening in Japan. This is the Wales rugby league team and the tournament is the World Cup Nines, which start in Sydney on Friday – just part of a busy current schedule for the league code, as Graham Thomas reports. Wales and the Rugby World Cup may be fixing much of the nation’s attention at present, but the sport’s other code is working hard to grab some of the limelight. Rugby League in Wales has always faced a challenge to move beyond the shadow of rugby union and this season might be their biggest yet if Warren Gatland’s team go all the way in Japan.
Rob Lainton, Wrexham’s 6ft 4in goalkeeper, is set to make his first appearance of the season when the Dragons entertain St Mirren this afternoon. The former Port Vale, Burton and Cheltenham ‘keeper has missed all 16 Vanarama National League fixtures because off injury, but he’s ready to play in the Scottish... Read More
Newport County 1, Port Vale 0 Goalkeeper Tom King is playing a major role in Newport County’s bid got sustain a promotion challenge in SkyBet League Two. Former Millwall goalkeeper King became County’s first choice after Joe Day was snapped up by Cardiff City - and he has proved a major success. Plymouth-born... Read More
'Sparky' Heads To North Wales From Cardiff City And Joins National League Wrexham On Season-Long Loan
Cardiff City striker Mark Harris has signed for National League Wrexham on a season-long loan. Wales Under-21 international Harris, nicknamed 'Sparky', has previously spent time on loan with Newport County and Port Vale. “Cardiff City rang me to say Wrexham were interested a couple of weeks ago,” said Harris. “I spoke to... Read More
Newport County AFC have signed exciting young defenders Lazar Stojsavljevic and Kyle Howkins on two-year-deals. Versatile 21-year-old Serbian defender Stojsavljevic, who primarily plays as a left-sided centre-back, began his career at National League South side Woking FC. After breaking through Woking's youth ranks, Lazar made five first team appearances and scored once... Read More
Christian Dibble and Devonte Redmond were young schoolboys when they sat in the back seat of a car on their way to Wrexham’s Racecourse ground. The pre-teenage kids chattered excitedly as they went with their dads, goalkeeper Andy Dibble and wing-back Paul Edwards, to watch the Dragons’ latest match in their... Read More
Both managers were left frustrated after Newport County’s goalless draw against Port Vale at Rodney Parade. County have earned only one win in their last eight League Two matches, while Vale manager Neil Aspin was so fed up he resigned this morning. Cardiff-born Lee Nogan, a former Wales international and older brother... Read More