Sporting Digest: Football

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THE Football Association is to expand its anti-drugs campaign after being alerted by four clubs who fear 'pushers' may be after their young players.

Alan Hodson, director of the pounds 140,000 FA drug testing and education programme, now plans tests at any time for male, female and youth footballers to reveal the extent of drug or alcohol problems, and tests will increase from 80 to more than 300 per season.

THE West Ham manager, Harry Redknapp, has aided his former club, Bournemouth, by offering the Hammers striker, Steve Jones, on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

BIRMINGHAM CITY have been rebuffed by Peterborough United after offering two players plus cash for the pounds 500,000-rated forward, Ken Charlery.

PORT VALE have made unsuccessful bids of pounds 250,000 for David Oldfield, the Leicester midfielder, and pounds 200,000 for Scott Green, the Bolton winger.

ALLBRIGHT BITTER WELSH CUP Third round draw: Bangor City v Carno or Presteigne St Andrews; Brymbo v Aberystwyth; Caersws v Rhos Aelwyd; Cardfiff Corinthians v Afan Lido; Carmarthen Town v Barry Town; Cefn Druids v Connah's Quay Nomads; Ebbw Vale v Cardiff City; Holywell v Porthmadog; Llandudno v Llangefni; Maesteg Park v Inter Cardiff; Merthyr Tydfil v Cwmbran; Newtown v Wrexham; Rhyl v Cemaes Bay; Risca v Pontypridd; Taffs Well v Swansea City; Ton Pentre v Abergavenny Thursdays. (Ties to be played on or before 5 November).

KONICA LEAGUE OF WALES SQUAD (Representative match v Bord Gais League of Ireland XI, Porthmadog, Wednesday): Collister, A Evans, Parry (all Flint), Knight, O'Brien, Beattie (all Inter Cardiff), Rutter, Noble, Mottram (all Bangor City), Hanmer (Newtown), Gibson, Richards (both Ton Pentre), P Evans (Barry Town), Haigh (Rhyl), O'Gorman (Connah's Quay Nomads), Moran (Holywell).

UNDER-23 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY (Concepcion): Chile 0 Brazil 5 (Savio 10, 31, 85, Amoroso 46, Marques 79).