Harwood arrived at the ground in style aboard the Burnley FC team coach, and were met with a friendly welcome, bright sunshine and a perfect playing surface.
Missing key midfielders, Dean and Fisher, the Reds were soon on the defensive and the golden rule of not conceding early was broken after just 6 minutes. Holland played the ball through the defence for Grant to slide past the hopelessly exposed Bobby Harris. 5 minutes later, a harshly awarded free kick was converted by Smith to all but end the contest and leave the Robins with a ‘damage limitation’ quest.
This they managed to do with everyone working hard, no more so than Eastham up front who ran himself into the ground despite the lost cause. He was ably assisted by Darren Rogers and Sam Pope on the left wing, who caused Harrogate their only real problems. Unfortunately, the home side enjoyed the majority of the possession and Pope’s opportunities were somewhat limited.
Meanwhile the defence had to be alert to thwart the dangerous Danny Holland who was proving to be a constant threat with his tricky footwork.
Half time arrived without any further goals but there looked to be no way back for Harwood against a very competent looking home defence.
The 2nd half saw precious little in the way of goalmouth action but Harrogate put the icing on the cake 6 minutes from time when a long corner from Hunter found two free men beyond the back post. Smith pulled the ball back into the box where an unmarked Grant volleyed in. Another FA Cup run had come to an end but the Robins had enjoyed a three game winning run in the competition which was their best in recent memory.

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