By Alan Decerto: In the English Premier League on Sunday the 3rd of November 2013, all eyes were on Welsh football as Cardiff and Swansea took centre stage on Sky Sports. In many football fans eyes this game was the fiercest derby in the premier league. This South Wales derby was the first time these two clubs met in the top level of English football. The reason for these two Welsh sides playing in the English league is due to Wales not having a professional league when the clubs were founded.
Pundits on Sky Sports classed this derby as big as the Glaswegian derby (Celtic and Rangers). However, for the first time in history the world had its eyes on these Welsh giants in what was a thrilling match.
In this hyped up match not only the football lovers, fans of either team, but the police force of Wales were involved. The police force had a major job on their hands. The police operation that took place was called a bubble match. This operation is simple but is very tough to pull off.
By Farhan Daw: Luton welcomed Welling on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Kenilworth Road Stadium. 6,592 Luton fans were singing in anticipation as the teams prepared to enter the pitch. Having suffered defeat to Welling some weeks prior, The Hatters were out for retribution.
The first half brought much entertainment. After just 9minutes, Kurtis Guthrie displayed some flashy footwork but his effort was struck over the bar. 5 minutes later, the Luton midfield linked up brilliantly and a deflected rebound fell kindly to Shaun Whalley, who’s shot hit the side netting.
Fans didn’t have to wait long for another Luton attack. Gray latched onto a flick on from Benson and superbly struck the ball into the far left corner of the goalkeeper’s net. Luton were in the driver’s seat and could have possibly made it two. The crowd roared and chanted “off” as Hudson took down Gray who was powering towards goal. Not long after, centre back McNulty heroically threw himself in harm’s way, preventing a certain goal scoring opportunity after Mark Tyler struggled to recover after producing a spectacular save.
By Robert Evans: It may be that Stephen Hill is not long for the New York Jets. The wide receiver, now in his second year of professional football, followed up one dismal performance with another last Sunday. Without a single catch in either NFL game the New York Jets went down 37-14 against the Buffalo Bills.
It has got any number of heads scratching. Over the last couple of weeks Hill has played 104 of 121 snaps. So although there was no shortage of time for him, you can click here for NFL Lines. Many thought that, after Sunday, it was only a matter of time that the Jets coach, Rex Ryan would break his silence on the subject.
Sur enough, a few days ago Ryan announced that Hill’s time could well be reduced when the Jets have their forthcoming matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. The coach is renowned for his disinclination to be disapproving of the performance of his players in the media and has often hugely supported them when they have hit a rough patch.
However, the bad news is compounded for Hill. He has also lost his starting job. However, one man’s misfortune is another’s gain and David Nelson has been awarded the starting job – no doubt to his relief as he was only signed off the scrap heap a matter of weeks ago.
Ryan has more or less admitted in public that he is disappointed with Hills performance. The second year wide receiver has confounded those who had hoped for great things from the Georgia Tech graduate. However, all is not lost. While Ryan has voiced his disquiet about Hill’s performance has also added that he hasn’t given up on him. He is still, however, waiting for a great game from Hill.
Who knows. Perhaps the game against the Baltimore Ravens will see a revival in Hill’s fortunes. If not then patience, like most other things, will wear out.
By Farhan Daw: Luton and Welling are again set to do battle on Saturday afternoon. The Hatters host the Bexley side in this week’s Conference clash, with Welling having momentum going into the game. The Wings saw off Luton last weekend in a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Lee Clarke and Joe Healy. Luton manager John Still faced the press this afternoon and said in the pre match conference:
“Its good to be playing back at home. When I look back at the big picture I’m really pleased with what we have done. All games are tough. I think when you go away, you would be affected by things you would not be affected by at home. The emphasis for them (the team) is don’t lose, at home its win. if you can come away from home saying we’ve got something, then that is a plus.
The 63 year old was quick to praise his Luton side and stated should he be replaced tomorrow, his successor would have everything in place.