A JAMIE Smith hat-trick brought Moors nine-game unbeaten run to an abrupt end on Tuesday.
Bob Faulkner’s men beat relegation rivals Burscough 3-2 last weekend to all but guarantee Blue Square North survival but there was to be no repeat in North Yorkshire.
Since the arrival of new signings Lee Downes and Tom Bonner, Moors had remained unbeaten, defeating then league leaders Gateshead as well as curing their away-day demons with victories over Hucknall and Farsley Celtic.
But it was just one step too far in midweek as Moors suffered their second highest defeat of the season.
Play-off-chasing Harrogate were ahead after 31 minutes when Danny Crane failed to deal with a long ball forward gifting Smith the chance to head into an empty net.
Jake Edwards threatened for Moors but after the break Darren Dunning doubled the home side’s advantage.
Faulkner threw on Peter Faulds and Darren Middleton in an attempt to liven up the midfield and the latter nearly made an immediate impact but his effort curled narrowly wide.
On 80 minutes the game was effectively wrapped up as Danny Broadbent set up Smith for his second of the day and the striker grabbed his hat-trick when Dunning turned provider with five minutes remaining.
Goals last weekend from Edwards, James McPike and Jake Sedgemore gave Moors the vital win over Burscough.
Tomorrow they travel to Droylsden (3.00pm).