Leesley sent off but lead­ers hold firm

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By Joshua Smith

A QUICK brace for the vis­i­tors left the Reds with a moun­tain to climb as the league lead­ers took just two min­utes to open the scores.

Jack Em­mett twisted around in the box be­fore be­ing tripped by Tom Platt. For­mer Al­fre­ton striker Joe Leesley smashed down the mid­dle from 12 yards to give Har­ro­gate an early lead.

The pair were in­volved again just five min­utes later, Leesley with a run down the left be­fore squar­ing for Em­mett, who slid to place the ball into the cor­ner.

Tom Al­lan gave the Reds hope go­ing into the break with a header from a Bren­dan Daniels free-kick.

The league lead­ers’ slen­der lead was jeop­ar­dised min­utes into the sec­ond half when Leesley re­ceived a sec­ond yellow card for a shirt pull.

But for some top-class shot­stop­ping Al­fre­ton were good money for three points.

Daniels with a free-kick tipped over the bar and Al­lan with two fine head­ers pushed away were among the high­lights.

Al­fre­ton man­ager John McDer­mott said that he was “pleased as punch” with his play­ers de­spite the home de­feat. STAR MAN: James Belshaw (Har­ro­gate) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.