In a game that both teams needed to win to preserve their play off hopes, a gritty performance by Harrogate finally laid their Solihull hoodoo to rest last Saturday.
The hosts took the lead with just two minutes on the clock when Dom Rowe dispossessed Jordan Gough to find Hall six yards out who gave Jas Singh no chance. Things might have gone from bad to worse when minutes later Worsfold exploited a gap down the left, outpacing Michael Nottingham but Singh saved.
Moors were fighting their way back into the match with Darryl Knight’s shot cleared and a long Richard Taundry shot just wide of the upright. They were, however, firmly in the fray on 17 minutes when Brown tripped Knights inside the area and Beswick’s spot kick sent keeper MacGillivray the wrong way. Harrogate might have added to their tally when Worsfold got the better of Nottingham again and flicked the ball over Singh but Pierpoint and Elvins gave chase before it crossed the line, Pierpoint being the hero in the event. It was then Moors turn to pressurise the Harrogate defence; Beswick went close on 22 minutes from 30 yards and then linked brilliantly with English whose header cruelly rebounded off the cross bar.
On 38 minutes disaster struck when Worsfold seemingly off balance shot past Singh into the bottom right hand corner and it remained 2-1 at the interval.
With 17 minutes remaining a Beswick corner needed only a head as it eluded the Town defence. Then from a free kick just outside the box in the last minute Moors were inches away from salvaging a point when Beswick’s curling free kick flew towards the top right hand corner only for MacGillivray to claw it away.
Moors dropped one place to fifth in the league with Harrogate one point below them and now ready themselves for next Saturday’s match at home to fourth placed Altrincham (3pm at the Autotech Stadium).