Harrogate Town News

AFC Telford Preview

Harrogate Town travel to AFC Telford on Saturday looking to bounce back from Tuesday night’s first defeat of the season at the hands of Salford.

Town now sit one point behind Brackley in second place, with the league leaders visiting Salford at the weekend.

Saturday’s opponents started the season under new management following the appointment of Rob Edwards in June, though the former Welsh international has seen his side make a mixed start to the campaign.

The Bucks have won four and lost five so far and, unusually, have seen all wins come on their travels, while all defeats have been at New Bucks Head.

Edwards’ side ended last season in 17th place, seven points above relegation after scoring the least goals in the division, though a defence that conceded the fewest goals outside the top eight eased pressure on the forward line.

That defence proved too strong to breach the last time Town visited Shropshire as both sides had to settle for a point on the final day of the 2016/17 season; Telford’s last league draw.

Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at Nuneaton means The Bucks have collected nine points over the last five games, just one less than Town have accumulated in the same period.

Home defeats to Blyth Spartans, Bradford Park Avenue, Salford and Brackley see The Lilywhites stationed at 14th in the National League North table, though Edwards’ side remain within striking distance of the play-offs.

Town will be looking to make it four away wins this season having already collected maximum points from trips to Blyth Spartans, Gainsborough Trinity and North Ferriby.

Simon Weaver’s side remain the league’s top scorers and are unbeaten in six matches away from home, though will be without long term absentees Simon Ainge, Louie Swain, Lloyd Kerry and Dominic Knowles.
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