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Loan review: Faal bags debut brace with Castro also on target

Mo Faal ready to come on for AFC Fylde

There was debut delight for teenage forward Mo Faal on Saturday as the Baggies youngster bagged a brace for AFC Fylde to help them to a 2-1 win at Gloucester City.

Faal, who only signed for the Vanarama National League North outfit on Friday, came off the bench in the 64th minute and went on to score the two goals which turned the game in Fylde’s favour after Dom McHale’s opener for the hosts early in the second 45.

The Albion man was in the right place at the right time to tap home an equaliser in the 72nd minute before rising highest to power in a header seven minutes from time, a goal which earned his side a fifth successive victory.

Midfielder Quevin Castro was also on target on Saturday afternoon, notching for Notts County in their thumping 4-1 away win at Scunthorpe United in the Vanarama National League.

Castro, who started at Glanford Park and came off seven minutes after the break, found himself free on the edge of the box before sweeping the ball into the bottom corner with his right foot to bring County back on level terms having earlier fallen behind courtesy of Caolan Lavery’s effort.

Further strikes from Jim O’Brien and Macauley Langstaff put Castro’s men 3-1 up at the interval, and there was time for Cedwyn Scott to squeeze in a fourth five minutes from the end. 

County’s emphatic triumph saw them jump ahead of Wrexham and into top spot in the National League.

Elsewhere in the same division, Jamie Andrews started Yeovil Town’s match against Bromley, which was abandoned owing to a medical emergency involving a Bromley supporter, who sadly later passed away. 

Our thoughts are with the supporter’s family and friends at this desperately sad time.

In Sky Bet League Two, winger Tom Fellows came off the bench for Crawley Town and set up their first goal in their 2-0 victory at home to Swindon Town on Saturday afternoon.

Fellows replaced James Balagizi eight minutes into the second period and teed up Nicholas Tsaroulla to send Town on their way towards three points. Jack Powell added a second late on as Fellows’ side moved seven points clear of the danger zone.

Rayhaan Tulloch was also introduced to League Two action from the bench this weekend, coming on with six minutes to go as Rochdale fell to a heavy 4-1 home defeat to Harrogate. 

The winger came on in place of Abraham Odoh with the visitors already 4-1 up thanks to goals from George Thompso, Luke Armstrong (2) and Samuel Folarin. Rochdale’s goal was scored by James Ball.

Rayhaan Tulloch warming up for Rochdale

Up a division in Sky Bet League One, defender Caleb Taylor helped Cheltenham Town to a clean sheet and a 1-0 win in the capital against Charlton Athletic on Friday night.

The youngster completed the whole game at the Valley where Alfie May’s late goal secured three big points for the Robins.

Finally, there was disappointment for goalkeeper Josh Griffiths on Sunday afternoon as his Portsmouth side were beaten 2-0 at play-off rivals Wycombe Wanderers.

Anis Mehmeti and Garath McCleary found the net for Wycombe who moved to within one point of Griffiths’ men with that victory.

*With thanks to AFC Fylde for the use of the image of Mo Faal.