Division Three News

Last updated : 08 January 2004 By Matt Carrington

Macclesfield Town boss John Askey has taken Aberdeen striker Michael Bird on trial and will look at the player in training. Meanwhile, midfielder Tommy Widdrington is set to be sidelined for a further month after suffering a problem with a disc in his back.

Oxford United boss Ian Atkins has completed the loan signing of Carlisle United striker Richie Foran. The 24-year old will spend an initial month at the Kassam Stadium with a view to a permanent move afterwards. Atkins has also had a loan bid for Crewe striker Allan Smart turned down by Dario Gradi.

York City have completed the two-month loan signing of Cambridge United midfielder Justin Walker. The 28-year-old hasn't played since November after being suspended by the Second Division outfit.

Huddersfield Town manager Peter Jackson has denied reports that the Terriers are set to sign Stoke City forward Chris Iwelumo. Jackson has also received a boost from Efe Sodje after scans revealed an ankle injury suffered during the victory over Doncaster was not as serious as first thought.

Lincoln City are trying to sign on-loan striker Marcus Richardson on a permanent basis from Second Division Hartlepool United. Richardson will play his final game of his month-long loan deal in the game against Oxford on the weekend. The Imps have also freed up some cash for the deal by releasing Scott Willis, Rory May, Mark Camm, Chris Davies and David Coulson.

Darlington boss Neil Hodgson has been hit the news that goalkeeper Adam Collett could face six weeks on the sidelines. Collett is suspected to have suffered ligament damage to his shoulder whilst playing in a friendly match and will now visit a specialist to determine the extent of the injury.

Cheltenham Town boss John Ward has agreed a deal with First Division Stoke City that will see defender Brian Wilson stay with the Robins for a further two months after impressing in his first month at the club.

Bristol Rovers manager Ray Graydon has dismissed reports that defender Christian Edwards is set for a move to former club Swansea City.

Torquay United boss Leroy Rosenior has released Ben Camara and Narada Bernard from his squad. 19-year old Camara came through the youth ranks at the club but has only made few appearances in the first team whilst Bernard was only on non-contract terms at Plainmoor. Both have been released in order to free up some space in the squad as Rosenior looks for new players.

Doncaster Rovers boss Dave Penney will be without defender Simon Marples for the next six weeks after the 28-year-old has undergone a hernia operation.

Carlisle United player-manager Paul Simpson still wants to bring Walsall midfielder Stefan Oakes to the club despite the 28-year old rejecting a similar deal last month. Meanwhile Andy Preece, has been named as Division Three Player of the Month for December.

Kidderminster Harriers are set to reward John Williams with a new contract after the striker scored the goal that earned Jan Molby's side a reply against Premiership side Wolves in the FA Cup third round. Molby has also extended the loan deal of Mansfield Town striker Andy White for a further month.

Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson is set to have Paul Terry available for the game against Rochdale at the weekend despite the midfielder suffering a knee injury in the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Mansfield Town defender Alex Baptiste has returned to Field Mill following a successful two-month loan spell at Conference side Tamworth.

Leyton Orient boss Martin Ling will have Ross Wareham and Matthew Game available for selection after they both returned to the club following a two-month spell at Ryman Premier League side Braintree Town.