Division Three News

Last updated : 15 February 2004 By Matt Carrington

New Boston United owner John Sotnick has sacked manager Neil Thompson just two days since taking control of the club.

Kidderminster Harriers director of football Jan Molby is set to make Abdou Sali the latest player to join the club. The 23-year-old defender is currently a free agent meaning that no fee would be involved and has played for the club before during Molby's first reign.

Administrators at Darlington have confirmed that they have received a 'substantial' bid for the club. According to reports former Carlisle United manager Roddy Collins was set to launch a bid for the struggling North-East club.

Rochdale boss Steve Parkin has signed Gary Jones up until June 2005. Jones - signed on loan by previous Dale boss Alan Buckley - has impressed Parkin during training and in recent performances since he took charge of the club. The midfielder has worked with Parkin before in his first spell at Rochdale and also when his current boss was in charge at Barnsley.

Bristol Rovers have lost the services of Lee Matthews after the striker returned to rivals Bristol City for treatment on an ankle injury. City have said that the players has gone back to Ashton gate for treatment and do not know if Rovers plan to extend the loan deal now it has expired.

Huddersfield Town manager Peter Jackson is hoping to seal a deal with Preston boss Craig Brown that will see striker Pawel Abbot move to the McAlpine Stadium on loan. The 22-year-old is set to join up with the rest of the Terriers squad before the game against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday.

Lincoln City boss Keith Alexander has dismissed speculation that he is set to take the vacant managerial job at Second Division Grimsby Town. The Mariners former player-boss Paul Groves was relieved of his managerial duties at the club last week after a two-year stint in the job but Alexander laughed off the reports and denied the club had been in contact with him.

Darlington midfielder Ashley Nicholls has joined Cambridge United on loan until the end of the season. The 22-year-old looked set to stay at the Reynolds Arena after Quakers boss David Hodgson rejected U's boss John Taylor's initial loan offer but Taylor finally managed to secure the signature of Nicholls after offering a longer loan deal.

Bryan Craig has left Doncaster Rovers and signed for non-league side Gainsborough Trinity after being told he had no future with the Third Division club.

Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws has extended the loan spell of Bolton Wanderers striker Cleveland Taylor by a further month. The 20-year-old has made five appearances for the club since joining the club last month and has impressed enough to earn a second month at Glanford Park.

Macclesfield Town boss John Askey has strengthen his squad by signing Paul Harsley and Graham Potter. Harsley joins the Silkmen after being released by Northampton Town whilst Potter has joined the club from Boston after failing to make an impact at the club following a summer move from York City.