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Loan review | Busy Easter schedule for loanees

Cedric Kipre playing for Cardiff City

Seven Baggies were in action for their loan clubs across six different divisions over the Easter weekend. 

Young defensive duo Caleb Taylor and Zac Ashworth featured in both games for Cheltenham Town and Burton Albion respectively on Good Friday and Easter Monday in Sky Bet League One.

Taylor played the full 90 minutes of Town’s 2-0 defeat at Lincoln on Friday before coming off the bench in the 62nd minute on Monday as they held automatic promotion-chasing Ipswich Town to a 1-1 draw at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium. 

Like Taylor, Ashworth started the first fixture of the weekend and helped the Brewers to an impressive 2-1 home win against high-flying Barnsley. The 20-year-old was named as a substitute for Monday’s match away to Charlton, but did come on for the last six minutes of their narrow 3-2 defeat. 

Cheltenham have an eight-point gap between themselves and the danger zone while Burton have a seven-point cushion. 

Fellow defender Cedric Kipre completed both games for Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship, with the Bluebirds winning one and losing one over the weekend. 

Kipre’s team claimed a vital 3-1 victory at Blackpool on Friday but were then beaten 1-0 at home by Sunderland three days later. Cardiff sit one place and one point above the relegation zone, however they do have one game more to play than the majority of sides around them. 

Elsewhere in the Championship, midfielder Alex Mowatt was an unused substitute for Middlesbrough’s home defeat to Burnley on Friday and their 2-2 draw at Bristol City on Monday evening.

In Sky Bet League Two, winger Tom Fellows featured in Crawley Town’s two Easter encounters. 

Fellows was brought on in the 70th minute of Friday’s goalless home draw with Bradford City and then played the opening hour of the Reds’ disappointing 4-0 loss at Barrow on Monday. 

That heavy defeat leaves Fellows’ men one point from safety with five matches remaining in the fourth tier. 

Tom Fellows' Crawley are facing a nervy end to the campaign

Forward Rayhaan Tulloch had an eventful Friday night, winning and then missing a spot-kick for Dundalk, before burying the rebound in their 2-1 loss at home to Sligo Rovers. 

Tulloch completed 86 minutes of that particular match and was replaced late on by former Albion academy player Robbie McCourt. 

He then played the whole game on Monday as Dundalk slipped a 1-0 reverse at Cork City, leaving them eighth in the standings after nine fixtures. 

Back over to England and the Vanarama National League North now and goalkeeper Ted Cann kept a clean sheet on Friday, helping Leamington to an important 2-0 home victory over Hereford. It was a performance which earned him a spot in the Vanarama National League North Team of the Week.

But unfortunately Cann and the Brakes couldn’t maintain their positive momentum and were beaten 3-0 on the road by neighbours Kettering Town on Monday, with the Baggies stopper again completing 90 minutes. 

Leamington remain inside the relegation zone and are one point off safety with three matches left to play.

Finally, teenager Fenton Heard played the majority of the 180 minutes for Southern League Central Division outfit Hednesford Town over Easter.

The attacking midfielder started both the 4-1 loss at Ilkeston and then the 0-0 home draw with Rushall Olympic, coming off after 68 minutes on Friday and in second-half added time on Monday.

Hednesford are bottom of the division and have already been relegated.

  • Taylor
  • Ashworth
  • Kipré
  • Mowatt
  • Fellows
  • Tulloch
  • Cann