THE DEMISE of Weymouth has prompted moves for two ex-Gulls this week.
Striker Lee Phillips, who signed for Rushden for £17,000 last summer and then joined Weymouth in mid-season after a wages-prompted clear-out at Nene Park, has signed for the Gulls' promotion rivals Cambridge United until the end of the season.
Phillips, 28, made his full debut in Monday's 1-1 derby draw at Histon.
And utility forward Chris McPhee, who moved to Weymouth in the summer after scoring Ebbsfleet's winner against the Gulls in the FA Trophy final last May, has signed for Kidderminster Harriers.
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Meanwhile, the Terras are still hoping that West Devon businessman Stephen Beer will come to their rescue with a reported £300,000 rescue package.
This week the FA have been holding their own inquiry into the club's finances and the alleged betting patterns which surrounded Rushden's recent 9-0 Blue Square Premier win against an emergency Weymouth youth team.
JORDAN LEAVES: United trainee Jordan Charran, who made some promising substitute appearances for the first team earlier this season, has left the club. Barnstaple-based Charran has returned to North Devon, with joint youth manager Matt Williams saying: "It's a shame, because Jordan has talent, but things just didn't work out with him here."
THIN ON THE GROUND: It was a good job that around 150 Gulls fans, bolstered as usual by quite a few Capital Gulls, made it to the New Recreation Ground on Tuesday night (attendance 510). Without them, Grays' lowest gate of the season (415) would have been 'beaten' comfortably.
NEW DEAL: Mikkel Andersen, the 6ft 5in tall Danish goalkeeper who had a brief and not exactly successful loan spell at Plainmoor last season, has just signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with Championship promotion chasers Reading. Andersen, 20, made his League debut during a loan spell at Brentford this season, and the Royals clearly believe that he could be a star in the future.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Gulls goalkeeper Martin Rice, (below) currently on loan to Truro City — he will be 23 tomorrow.