Leeds's teenage goalkeeper set to make his debut

LEEDS UNITED'S teenage goalkeeper Shaun Allaway could make his Football League debut this afternoon on loan for First Division Grimsby Town. Allaway, who joined Leeds three years ago in a £200,000 move from Reading, has been on loan at Blundell Park since the start of the season covering for Welsh international Danny Coyne.

With Coyne nursing a back injury ahead of today's game with Millwall, Allaway is on stand-by for his first taste of senior action.

Player-manager Paul Groves said: "If we need to throw him in he's shown us enough in reserve games this season for us to know that he's a competent goalkeeper."

Groves, who blamed the club's crippling injury crisis for his side's midweek FA Cup third-round exit at Burnley, is down to nine fit senior professionals.

George Santos, Alan Pouton, Wes Parker, Paul Raven and Stacy Coldicott are all definite non-starters through injury.

Unbeaten in four League games, Grimsby have still been unable to pull clear of the First Division relegation zone. Groves hopes the return to Blundell Park of striker Michael Boulding from Aston Villa can be the catalyst for a push up the table, but insists that the player needs time to rediscover his sharpness and match-fitness.

Goalkeeper Nathan Abbey has lost a contract dispute with his former club Chesterfield.

Abbey, who joined Northampton Town as a free agent in the summer, took his case to a Football Association Disciplinary Commission.

He claimed that Chesterfield should have been bound by the offer of a new contract proposed in February but the FA ruled that this offer was withdrawn after Abbey's failure to agree to the terms by a specified date in March.

Steve Blatherwick and Martyn Booty return from suspension for this morning's North Midlands derby against Mansfield. Tickets for the game are no longer on sale.

Defender Kevin Dawson has been ruled out of action for five weeks due to a hernia operation.

Scunthorpe United look to regain third place in the Third Division as they visit Bristol Rovers.

Manager Brian Laws is without Lee Featherstone and Scott Brough, but said: "If we can stay organised and keep the confidence gained from the last three away games then we have every reason to believe we can come away with three points.

"We have had a taste of third spot and want to get back into that position as quickly as we can."

Doncaster Rovers, who entertain Telford United in the Conference, have pulled out of a permanent move for Rotherham United midfield player Danny Hudson, who has just completed a three month-loan spell.

Manager Dave Penney hopes his side can bounce back from the midweek FA Trophy defeat at Halifax Town and extend their eight-match unbeaten League run.

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Wayne Rooney has committed himself to Everton by signing a new contract with the Merseyside club until the end of the 2005-06 season.