Town reclaim top spot after five-star display at Telford

George Thomson celebrates a goal during Harrogate Town's 5-1 victory at AFC Telford United. Picture: Town Pix

Harrogate Town bounced back from their first defeat of the season and returned to the top of National League North, coming from behind to win 5-1 at AFC Telford United.

Simon Weaver’s side’s unbeaten start to 2017/18 was ended in midweek when Salford City triumphed 2-1 at the CNG Stadium, and a second successive loss looked on the cards when Anthony Dwyer gave the Bucks a 20th-minute lead in Saturday’s contest.

Sheffield United loanee Jake Wright levelled the scores six minutes later, however, nodding home following a George Thomson header across goal from a Joe Leesley corner, and while the first half was an even affair, the second period was anything but.

Town looked a much better side after falling behind, and edged ahead 10 minutes after the interval as centre-half Terry Kennedy glanced Leesley’s free-kick into the back of the net.

A third Town goal arrived in the 72nd minute when Thomson produced a moment of real individual quality to drill the ball into the bottom left corner of the Telford net.

Thomson then claimed his second of the afternoon three minutes later, arriving at the back post to finish Wright’s invting cross and put the result beyond doubt.

Telford’s afternoon got worse on 79 minutes when Connor Johnson brought down Wright and was shown a second yellow card and the scoring was rounded off in the 85th minute as Emmett burst through the defence and beat Singh at the second attempt to seal his side’s return to the top of the table.

Town return to action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Southport for a 7.45pm kick-off.

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