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Loan Review | Caleb Taylor makes Bolton debut as Zac Ashworth scores again

Caleb Taylor in action for Bolton Wanderers

Six Albion players featured away from The Hawthorns over the first weekend in February.

Towering defender Caleb Taylor made his debut for Bolton Wanderers who drew 1-1 at home to Barnsley, with left-back Zac Ashworth bagging the equaliser at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.

Both Baggies started on Saturday afternoon, with Ashworth completing the whole game and Taylor getting through 68 minutes before being replaced by Calvin Ramsay.

Devante Cole put the visitors into an early lead, but Zac’s powerful back-post header in the middle of the second period earned his side a share of the spoils.

The result leaves Wanderers third in Sky Bet League One, one point behind second-placed Derby County.

Zac Ashworth scoring a header against Barnsley for Bolton
Ashworth has found the net in successive weekends for Bolton

There was another debut for another centre-back this weekend. Aaron Harper-Bailey came on in the 34th minute of Kidderminster Harriers’ thrilling 3-2 victory at home to Oxford City in the Vanarama National League.

The Albion man started on the bench at Aggborough but was on to replace Matt Preston before the break.

Oxford City were 2-0 up at the interval thanks to Josh Parker’s brace, But Kiddy hit back to claim three huge points courtesy of efforts from Amari Morgan-Smith, Jack Lambert and Gold Omotayo.

The victory was their fourth on the bounce in the National League, and one which means only goal difference is now keeping them in the bottom four of the division.

In Sky Bet League Two, striker Mo Faal completed 67 minutes for Walsall who drew 1-1 at Gillingham.

Faal was replaced by Jamille Matt at Priestfield Stadium on an afternoon where goals from Saddlers’ midfielder Isaac Hutchinson and Gills’ defender Conor Masterson meant the contest ended level.

Walsall sit 15th in the standings, six points off the play-off places.

Elsewhere, fellow forward Karlan Grant played 90 minutes for Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Bluebirds claimed a big 1-0 triumph at Watford, with Josh Bowler bagging the winner towards the end of the first 45.

It was a victory which moved the side from South Wales up to within five points of the second-tier top six.

Karlan Grant in action for Cardiff City
KG helped Cardiff claim three points on the road

Finally, young goalkeeper Ronnie Hollingshead completed the entirety of Alvechurch’s 1-1 home draw with Berkhamsted in the Southern League Central Division.

Dylan Hadley scored first for The Church, but the visitors equalised in the second period through Tom Newman.

Hollingshead’s side have now gone three games unbeaten and are ten points clear of trouble.

  • Grant
  • Taylor
  • Ashworth
  • Faal
  • Harper-Bailey
  • Hollingshead