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.
Taulupe Faletau insists a win over England at Twickenham would help but not define Wales’ Six Nations campaign. Defeats against Ireland and France have left hopes of a successful title defence in tatters for Wales, who play England on March 7. Last year’s Grand Slam winners last won a Six Nations game at Twickenham in 2012, but Faletau says they will not be short of motivation.
Jade Jones has vowed that nothing is going to deter her from making Taekwondo history by winning a third Olympic gold this year despite suffering a knee ligament injury in a competition in Sweden. The reigning World, Olympic and European champion was forced to pull out of the final last week and has her right knee in a brace after suffering a grade 2 tear of her medial ligament. But in typical fashion, the 26-year-old north Walian fired a warning shot to her rivals for gold in Tokyo later in the year by promising to come back even stronger.
Weston-super-Mare, who play Merthyr Town at home in the BetVictor Southern Premier on Saturday, have paid tribute to their former player/assistant manager Chris Barker. The Yorkshireman, who played a key role when Cardiff City were promoted in 2003, passed away on New Year’s Day at the age of 39. A club statement... Read More
Bristol City 2, Cardiff City 2 Ntazana Mayembe, known as ‘Taz’ to his mates, was Cardiff City’s man of the match in their Professional Under-23 Development League Severnside derby draw. The former England under-15 international, whose family are from Zambia, scored a cracking goal and gave Robins’ defenders a difficult time with... Read More
Merthyr Town 3, Wimborne Town 1 Merthyr Town took control in front of almost 500 spectators after scoring two goals in the opening 15 minutes of their BetVictor Southern League Premier South at the MetCoaches Stadium. Centre-back Jarrad Wright scored after two minutes and Ian Traylor, making his 401st appearance for the... Read More
Former Newport County striker Rene Howe is aiming shoot down Merthyr Town at the Xcel Sports Hub in Walton-on-Thames. Howe has played a key role for Walton Casuals in a run of three consecutive victories, beating Weston-super-Mare 2-1, Metropolitan Police 3-0 and Yate Town 2-0 in BetVictor Southern Premier. He scored twice,... Read More
Bluebirds Bluebirds’ loan watch. Dai Sport’s Terry Phillips takes an in-depth look at the 12 Cardiff City players currently out on loan - 10 of those are from the Academy Cardiff City’s scheduled under-23 fixture at Coventry City this week was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. The Professional Under-23 Development South clash... Read More
Centre-forward Ryan '#FearTheBeard' Prosser is back in action and the Martyrs are delighted. Former Ton Pentre striker Prosser, who is in his 10th season playing for Merthyr Town, has returned from injury and celebrated with a goal. That took Prosser’s all-time tally for Merthyr to 166 in 343 matches, although his goal was... Read More