Jon Stead’s second half effort was enough to separate the sides at Victoria Park and condemn Pools to their third defeat in as many weeks against Simon Weaver’s side.
United tried to find a way back into the game but ultimately came up short as they dropped to 16th in the National League table, seven points off the play-offs and six off the relegation zone.
Scroll down and click through the pages to see our Hartlepool United player ratings from the defeat...
1. Mitch Beeney - 6
Had little to do except making a decent close range save to deny Jack Muldoon. Couldn’t have done an awful lot about the goal. Photo: Mark Fletcher
2. Kenton Richardson - 5
Got forward well on occasion and put in some teasing crosses but rarely caused any trouble. Photo: Frank Reid
3. Gary Liddle - 7
Generally composed and made a crucial first half block to prevent Harrogate taking the lead. Photo: Mark Fletcher
4. Michael Raynes - 6
Marked his return to the starting XI with a steady display, winning a few important headers but not being able to prevent Harrogate finding the net. Photo: Frank Reid