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Loan review: Bittersweet 20th birthday for Caleb Taylor

Caleb Taylor puts his hands on his head wearing a Cheltenham shirt

There were mixed feelings for young defender Caleb Taylor on his 20th birthday on Saturday afternoon.

The Albion man scored, provided an assist and picked up the Man of the Match award against Derby County, but it was a game which the Rams won 3-2. 

Taylor notched just two minutes into the Sky Bet League One clash, heading Liam Sercombe’s cross beyond Rams stopper Joe Wildsmith.

But disappointingly for the birthday boy, Derby turned the game around and took home all three points. Conor Hourihane, Max Bird and Tom Barkhuizen goals made it 3-1 to the visitors, before Alfie May pulled one back late on after Taylor nodded the ball into his path.

Caleb completed the whole 90 minutes at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium.

Up a division in the Sky Bet Championship, fellow centre-back Cedric Kipre was introduced to the action at the very start of the second half as his Cardiff City side drew 1-1 at home to Wigan. 

Kipre replaced Jack Simpson at the interval for the Bluebirds who thought they’d won it when Callum O’Dowda scored in the 82nd minute.

However, Wigan snatched a draw with virtually the last kick of the game courtesy of striker Will Keane.

Elsewhere, midfielder Quevin Castro made his Gateshead debut on Saturday in their 3-1 win at Oldham Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Trophy. 

Castro, who signed for the Tynesiders on Friday, started at Boundary Park and played 90 minutes before being taken off moments before the end. 

Kamil Conteh gave Gateshead the lead but veteran defender Peter Clarke drew Oldham level before the break. Robbie Tinkler handed the advantage back to Castro’s men late on, before Greg Olley’s injury-time effort secured safe passage into the next stage of the competition.

Striker Mo Faal earned more valuable senior minutes away from B71, completing a full game for AFC Fylde who won 2-1 at local rivals Southport in the Vanarama National League North.

Luke Conlan scored first for the visitors, but Southport equalised through Charlie Oliver. It was a late penalty that won it for Fylde – Nick Haughton successfully converting from the spot.

And finally, goalkeeper Ronnie Hollingshead played 90 minutes for Hednesford Town against St Ives Town in the Southern League Central Division.

The game finished 2-2, with Hednesford fighting back from two goals down to take a share of the spoils. 

  • Taylor
  • Kipré
  • Castro
  • Faal