Harrogate Town 2, Vauxhall 1: BUT for two lapses of concentration inside the first nine minutes of this contest, the Motormen would have come away from Wetherby Road with all three points on Monday.
As it was, they were left with a mountain to climb but had the large home crowd with their hearts in their mouths as they threatened an amazing comeback which undoubtedly deserved better.
The game was barely 30 seconds old when defender Steve McNulty under-hit his intended backpass to goalkeeper Tim Dittmer who was left stranded as Danny Holland nipped in.
The visitors went on the offensive only to suffer another lapse when Holland was allowed acres of space to pick his second from the edge of the area, firing beyond Dittmer into the far corner of the net.
Vauxhall dictated play for the remainder of the first half and pulled a goal back on 34 minutes, when the impressive Mike Garrity struck from 30 yards into the top corner of the Harrogate net for his first goal in a Vauxhall shirt.
It was still the same story after the break as Paul Pettinger was by far the busier keeper with his defence facing wave after wave of Vauxhall attacks.
Anthony Wright saw one effort hit the top of the home crossbar while substitute Darren Wright almost nicked a late leveller when played through the inside right channel, only for Pettinger to save with his legs.
Vauxhall: Dittmer, Woodyatt, McDermott, Glendenning, McNulty, Brazier, Garrity, Lawton (Nesbitt 86), A Wright (Noone 73), O'Donnell (D Wright 46), Cumiskey. Attendance: 578.