HARROGAte’s penultimate National Two North clash ended in a 19-38 defeat at home to Westoe on Saturday.
The visitors attacked from the onset and led by 19 points at half time, despite having played into a strong wind.
Conversely, Harrogate raised their game against the elements in the second half and both sides scored 19 points. Westoe deserved their win though one more Harrogate try would have gained them a well deserved bonus point.
With no points scored before half-time, Harrogate attacked from the restart, Jake Brady’s touchline run allowing scrum half Tom Bugge to cross under the posts for a try converted by Rob Almond.
Brady and Bugge were again prominent in more home attacks but a loose pass was intercepted by Westoe winger, Tommy Banks, who outstripped the defence for a long range converted try.
More Westoe pressure followed but Harrogate countered from deep with a penetrating Sam Bottomley break. Bugge carried on the move and fed Ruaridh Carmichael who carved through for another under the posts try.
Harrogate mounted more attacks but Westoe hooker Richard Thirkell scored a try, before ‘Gate’s Peter Lucock crossed over.
Harrogate continued to strive for a fourth try and a bonus point but were denied by a marginal forward pass decision.
Westoe then scored and converted the game’s final try.
Harrogate play their final game at home to Manchester at Claro Road on Saturday.