🎥 EFL Performance of the Weekend: New boys hit their stride

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Alex Mott

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For the first time in their 109-year history, Harrogate Town played a Football League game this past weekend.

And what a debut it turned out to be.

Harrogate has never exactly been a hotbed of football in Yorkshire, more famous for its sulphurous spas and Betty’s Tea Room than its football club – think ground cumin from Waitrose over grounding out away wins.

But Simon Weaver’s side are slowly changing that perception.

They went to Southend on Saturday and put in the performance of the weekend, scoring four unanswered goals at Roots Hall and playing some brilliant stuff in the process.

A dream start with West Brom and Walsall up next for the Sulphurites.

Honourable mentions

Birmingham were a basket case of a club last season, with off-field issues overshadowing anything they did on the pitch and many thought the sale of Jude Bellingham could well send them into a tailspin.

New boss Aitor Karanka however has clearly worked magic during the off-season and watched as his disciplined Blues beat promotion favourites Brentford 1-0 at St Andrews on Saturday.

John Coleman keeps performing miracles at Accrington Stanley and the 57-year-old manager was at his combative best this weekend as the League One minnows beat automatic promotion hopefuls Peterborough 2-0. It was a real coupon-buster and a sure sign that Stanley aren’t to be messed about with this season.