David Moyo’s late strike sent Harrogate Town down to opening day woe at fancied National North side Brackley Town on Saturday.
After ending the pre season on a high of four wins in a row, Town’s first league game of the new season ended in a drab 1-0 defeat.
In a match where both sides struggled to find their feet in the first 45 minutes, chances where few and far between.
Town had a series of late runs into the Brackley defensive backline towards the end of the first half as both Dominic Knowles and Joe Colbeck went close.
The second half saw a flurry of yellows for Town, with Paul Thirlwell, Lloyd Kerry, Luke Shiels and Andy McWilliams all having their names taken.
With a close battle in the midfield, neither side really took the game and the game looked to be ending in a 0-0 draw.
But Town came undone in the dying moments of the match as teenager Moyo scored a disputed free kick, despite Crook going full length to reach it.
Simon Weaver brought on Jordan Thewlis in added time in the last throw of the dice and he had Town’s best chance but his strike was saved on the line and Knowles failed to connect with the rebound.