U21s to play two big games at City ground

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Tests are be­ing made after the death of a red squir­rel on An­gle­sey (inset) which could show that the deadly squir­rel pox has reached the is­land

THERE are fears for the red squir­rel pop­u­la­tion on An­gle­sey after one was found dead with a sus­pected case of squir­rel pox virus.

The virus is usu­ally fa­tal in red squir­rels and, if it spreads, it could lead to a wipe­out of the pop­u­la­tion on the is­land.

The dead squir­rel has been sent for tests and the Red Squir­rels Trust Wales is await­ing re­sults.

In Septem­ber, test re­sults con­firmed a red squir­rel in Tre­borth Gar­dens, Ban­gor, had died after con­tract­ing the squir­rel pox virus.

Holly Peek, a ranger for Red Squir­rel Trust Wales, said: “If it is pox, the chances are it has spread from Tre­borth as the squir­rels can travel back and forth from the main­land.”

The Red Squir­rel Trust Wales has been work­ing to rein­tro­duce the reds after the SOME of the fu­ture stars of Welsh in­ter­na­tional football will be re­turn­ing to Ban­gor next month.

The Football As­so­ci­a­tion of Wales (FAW) an­nounced this week that the Welsh Un­der 21 side will host two Euro U21 cham­pi­onship qualifiers at Nant­porth Sta­dium, which could de­cide the fate of Robert Page’s young­sters.

Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina will be the vis­i­tors on Fri­day Novem­ber 10, grey squir­rel nearly wiped out the na­tive breed.

Ms Peek added: “If we get the re­sults that it is a con­firmed case on An­gle­sey, it would be ab­so­lutely dev­as­tat­ing.

“One thing we have to con­sider is we may have to eu­thanise red squir­rels once we get re­sults and there are def­i­nitely a lot more con­firmed cases.

“We don’t want to but, if there was squir­rel pox at Coed Mor, we would have to think about it.

“At the mo­ment, it is just as im­por­tant to re­port ab­sent sight­ings. If you are walk­ing around Coed Mor and don’t see a squir­rel like you usu­ally would, please re­port it to us.”

Please re­port any sight­ings of red squir­rels to the Trust on 07966 150847 or mail@red­squir­rels.info. fol­lowed by the visit of Ro­ma­nia on Tues­day, Novem­ber 14.

Both matches will kick off at 7pm, with a big crowd expected for both matches un­der the flood­lights.

Ris­ing stars Tom Lawrence and Ben Wood­burn are some of the se­nior side’s cur­rent crop to have rep­re­sented their coun­try in un­der 21 and un­der 19 matches at Ban­gor over re­cent years, with hopes that more stars of the fu­ture will be on show this time round.

With the se­nior side also slated to play friendlies at same time, it’s cur­rently un­known if young guns such as David Brooks and Ben Wood­burn will play, but one fa­mil­iar face expected to be named in Robert Page’s squad is Nathan Broad­head, the Ban­gor-born mid­fielder play­ing for Ever­ton’s Un­der 23s after sign­ing a new three year deal in sum­mer.

Hav­ing started his ca­reer at Ban­gor and Wrex­ham, he joined Ever­ton’s academy aged just 10.

Tick­et­ing de­tails will be re­leased over the com­ing weeks.

Ban­gor’s Nathan Broad­head, here in ac­tion for Ever­ton, is among the stars of the fu­ture who could fea­ture at Nant­porth Sta­dium in Novem­ber

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