Sport in Short: Football

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NOTTINGHAM FOREST are to give a trial to Wojciech Kowalczyk, of Legia Warsaw. The 21-year-old Polish striker has been capped 16 times.

ASTON VILLA'S hopes of signing the Danish international midfielder Henrik Larsen have run into problems. His club, Pisa, are reported to be demanding too large a fee for him to join the Premier League title contenders for the remainder of the season.

ANDERLECHT, six points clear at the top of the Belgian League, yesterday sacked their Croat coach, Luka Peruzovic, and replaced him with a Dutchman, Johan Boskamp, from the Second Division club Kortrijk. A club spokesman said that Peruzovic, a former Anderlecht player, was dismissed because of a communication problem with the players. 'He was everything but a public relations man with the press,' he added.

LUTON TOWN'S much-delayed FA Cup third-round tie against Bristol City has been brought forward one day to Tuesday 19 January at 7.45.

NEVILLE OVENDEN COMBINATION First Division: Ipswich Town 1 Millwall 4. League Cup: Birmingham City 1 Bristol Rovers 1.

PONTINS LEAGUE First Division: Liverpool 2 Stoke City 1. Second Division: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 1.

FA YOUTH CUP Third round: Preston North End 1 Manchester City 1.

CAWOOD'S COUNTY ANTRIM SHIELD Semi-final: Glenavon 0 Carrick Rangers 1.