Vauxhall Motors 1Harrogate Town 3
CARL Macauley vowed to strengthen his squad after watching Motors slip to a fifth defeat on the spin.
On-loan midfielder Tom Platt scored twice for Harrogate on Saturday to dump Motors out of the FA Trophy at the first round stage.
Vauxhall boss Macauley said: “I am looking to strengthen the squad but these things take time. It’s not going to happen overnight.
“Finding a prolific striker is the priority at the moment as we have only scored once in our last four games. I haven’t got an open cheque book so the signings I make have to be the right signings.”
The opening stages of Saturday’s game were fairly even, with both sides having plenty of possession but rarely threatening in front of goal.
On 15 minutes, a Dave Merris corner was headed on target by Harrogate captain Alan White but Louis Moss cleared off the line.
The away side started to get a foothold in the contest and went 1-0 up on 41 minutes when a Merris corner was headed home by Platt.
Motors looked lively straight after the interval and on 48 minutes got a deserved equaliser, Tom Rutter poking home from a Mike Burns corner.
Just five minutes later, Harrogate went 2-1 up when Platt scrambled home – again from a corner.
After Motors lost Leon Clowes to his second booking, Paul Beesley wrapped it up with Harrogate’s third.
Vauxhall: Jones, Noone, Thompson, Hannigan, Nicholas, Clowes, Mahon, Moss (Roberts-Nurse 57), Rutter, Burns (Clair 74), Winslade (Kocsis 74). Subs: Egerton, Ellison.
Motors have an immediate chance for revenge when they travel to Harrogate Town for a league game on Saturday (3pm).