Scunthorpe United have signed goalkeeper Mark Howard on a free transfer.

The 34-year-old joined the Iron on Thursday after signing a contract until the end of the season.

He started his career at Arsenal but has gained a wealth of footballing experience playing for the likes of Blackpool, Sheffield United, Bolton, Swansea and Aberdeen.

He has made 270 appearances in his 15-year-long career, and will take the number 33 shirt at Scunthorpe United.

Mark has been signed in time to feature in the squad for Saturday’s League Two match away to Exeter City.

Scunthorpe United’s first team manager Neil Cox and his assistant Mark Lillis will miss Tuesday night’s game away against Cheltenham at 6pm over fears of coronavirus.

Mark is awaiting the results of a coronavirus test.

Neil is showing no symptoms, but due to coming into close contact with his assistant he will also have to self-isolate as the club continues to allow Public Health England and EFL guidelines and protocols.

Under-23s manager Russ Wilcox will take charge of the team until Neil and Mark are able to return to their duties.

The League Two club said: “Normally we’d receive the test results within 24 to 48 hours, but because of a backlog in that process the club has been told it may be a wait of up to five days.”

Scunthorpe also confirmed that one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19, but asked that his “request for privacy and confidentially are respected at this time”.

Due to coming into close contact with that player, another member of the squad will also have to self-isolate.

Gainsborough Trinity’s unbeaten home start to the Pitching In Northern Premier League campaign came to an abrupt end on Saturday evening as Witton Albion ran out 3-1 winners on a warm Autumn afternoon on the Northolme.

Despite taking an early lead, the Holy Blues were undone by three defensive errors, with the visitors clinical in taking the chances presented to them to head back to Cheshire with all three points.

Curtis Woodhouse made just the one change to the side that had beaten Whitby Town 5-1 in the side’s previous outing.

Gainsborough only had one goal to celebrate against Witton Albion. | Photo: KLS Photography

AJ Greaves coming back into the starting line-up, replacing Martyn Woolford, who dropped to the bench. Alex Wiles was named amongst the substitutes, having recovered from his muscle injury picked up in the FA Cup defeat to AFC Mansfield.

Match report by Rob Hughes – read the full report here.

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