Sporting Digest: Football

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STEVE WILLIAMS, the 35-year-old former Arsenal, Southampton and England midfielder, has signed for the Dublin club, Shamrock Rovers.

AN American company has pulled out of a takeover bid for Brighton. The Second Division club, with debts of more than pounds 3m, face a winding- up order for pounds 583,000 and a return to the High Court on 3 November for an adjourned hearing. Brighton are believed to be in discussion with other interested parties.


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DIADORA LEAGUE Premier Division: Stevenage Borough 2 Carshalton 4; Wivenhoe 1 Basingstoke 2. First Division: Purfleet 0 Bishop's Stortford 2. Third Division: Tring 1 Hertford 2.

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE Premier Division: Emley 0 Gainsborough 2. First Division: Ashton United 2 Congleton 0; Caernarfon 1 Bamber Bridge 1.

NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE President's Cup first round: Winterton 3 Yorkshire Amateur 1.

NEVILLE OVENDEN COMBINATION First Division: Bristol City 0 Southampton 1.

PONTINS LEAGUE First Division: Sheffield United 3 Bolton 8. Second Division: Preston 4 Blackpool 2.

FA CUP Fourth round qualifying round draw: Witton Albion v Northallerton Town; Winsford Utd v Gretna; Macclesfield Town v Southport; Altrincham v Accrington Stanley; Stalybridge Celtic v Whitby Town; Stafford Rangers v Knowsley United; Billingham Synthonia or Gateshead v Leek Town; North Ferriby Utd or Chorley v Marine; Telford United v Morecambe; Wivenhoe Town v Enfield; Hayes v Slough Town; Cambridge City v Dagenham & Redbridge; Stevenage Borough v Nuneaton Borough; Kettering Town v Canvey Island; VS Rugby v Harrow Borough; Aylesbury United v Marlow; Pershore Town v Yeading; Rushden and Diamonds v Bromsgrove Rovers; Chesham United v Kidderminster Harriers; Kingstonian v Metropolitan Police; Waterlooville v Gravesend & Northfleet; Crawley Town v Merthyr Tydfil; Cheltenham Town v Bath City; Bashley v Carshalton Athletic; Sutton United v Moreton Town or Mangotsfield Utd; Molesey v Tooting & Mitcham United; Weymouth or Barnstaple Town v Farnborough Town; Weston-Super-Mare or Tiverton Town v Newport (IOW) or Newbury Town. (Ties to be played on 23 October).