HARRIERS produced a fantastic away performance to end Harrogate's long, unbeaten home run with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Liam Truslove and Andre Brown.
Surprisingly mild conditions greeted the two teams at Harrogate's CNG Stadium on what had promised to be a chilly night.
Certainly Sam Hornby's palms were warm enough after two minutes - the visiting keeper was quickly thrust into action as the ball bounced around the area, knocked to the far post and Marcus Day, the home number nine shooting firmly but being denied by a good save.
Day's team mate, Jordan Robertson, also tried his luck with less than ten minutes played as his shot was well held by Hornby - home stopper Peter Crook allowed to join the fun just moments later as he kept an eye on a rising Liam Truslove shot that curled just wide.
Robertson was part of a lively home front line and with 20 minutes gone he took aim with another shot that fizzed just over the angle of bar and post.
The woodwork would be rattled with less than half an hour played but it would be the home frame in some distress as Truslove's beautiful effort rose up and over the wall, cannoning off the bar and hitting the back of the unwitting goalkeeper before going wide.
That was enough to suitably boost Harriers, though, and seconds later they had the lead with a cleverly-worked corner; McQuilkin's delivery swept towards goal by Truslove and turned past Crook by one of his own men.
Four before the break, a half that had been getting away from Harrogate swung even further in the direction of the visitors as Town were reduced to ten men. Andy Gascoigne motored through Croasdale and really left referee Marsden with no option.
Harrogate made two changes at the break to immediately redress the balance but wasted a good chance to draw level with just a couple of minutes played as Day lashed at an effort and sent it wide.
Ten into the half, Arthur Gnahoua was prowling on the edge of the area and duly unleashed a firm shot that flew an inch over the bar, Crook forced to parry over his next shot two minutes later, an effort that had goal written all over it.
Harriers then soaked up an absolute bucket-load of pressure, and so very nearly conceded with a little over ten minutes to play. Hornby had rushed out of goal and miss-kicked his clearance, with Lowe doing similarly to leave the target unguarded. Day kept his shot low and looked to have levelled, only for the ball to hit the post.
The pressure kept coming - right on cue, goalkeeper Crook came up for a corner as every outfield player from both sides camped inside the Harriers area. Rather than an heroic leveller, the gamble was to fail as Harriers countered and sub Brown finished beautifully into an empty net from 40 yards plus.