Whites were knocked out of the Buildbase Trophy second round at Crabble on Saturday afternoon by their Yorkshire opponents.
Andy Hessenthaler’s men had taken an early lead through Inih Effiong, though Jack Muldoon equalised just minutes later.
Harrogate’s top scorer grabbed a second half winner to end Dover’s six-game unbeaten run at home.
Earlier, Josh Falkingham and Lloyd Kerry tested Mitch Walker early on with 25-yard efforts.
Dover’s stopper then had to face a free shot from 12 yards when Joe Bedford tripped Mark Beck in the area.
Town’s big striker was unable to convert his spot-kick, with Mitch Walker saving with his legs.
Instead it was Athletic’s in-form striker who gave Whites the lead on 13 minutes.
Effiong controlled Anthony Jeffrey’s volley with his chest and unleashed a volley past a statuesque James Belshaw in the visiting net.
However Harrogate were level just two minutes later thanks to their own top scorer.
Muldoon slotted Callum Howe’s knock-down past Walker to restore instant parity.
Dover almost retook the lead when Moussa Diarra headed over Mitch Brundle’s looping cross.
Any claims for a foul against Stuart Lewis in the penalty area were waved away and Effiong placed an effort straight down Belshaw’s throat.
Joshua Debayo flashed a free-kick just wide of the mark and at the other end Beck somehow mis-directed his header from Muldoon’s pinpoint cross.
The away team then created their best chance of the half so far, with Ryan Hallowfield crossing for the onrushing Muldoon, but the visiting striker somehow missed the target from a few yards out.
Brundle’s last-ditch defensive header denied Beck from close range but Simon Weaver’s men converted their next chance on 63 minutes.
Muldoon nipped in ahead of his marker to fire home his second of the afternoon from George Thomson’s cross at Walker’s near post.
It was almost 3-1 to the visitors, but Walker bravely blocked Liam Kitching’s close-range shot and Dover’s keeper dived onto Thomson’s curling effort.
The Yorkshire side continued to create and Kitching volleyed over when well placed at a corner.
Earlier,Andy Hessenthaler made two changes to the side that started at Havant in the FA Trophy first round in midweek. Mitch Walker and Inih Effiong replaced Lee Worgan and Kadell Daniel.
Whites next host Bromley in the National League on Saturday 19th January. Kick off 3pm
DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION
HARROGATE TOWN REACTION
|Date||Time||League||Season||Full Time||Attendance||Man of the Match|
|12th January 2019||3:00 pm||The FA Trophy||2018-2019||90'||463||Mitch Brundle|
|Crabble Athletic Ground|
|40 Crabble Rd, Dover, Kent CT17 0QJ, UK|