MARK Yates finally got an opening day win as Kidderminster Manager as Harriers secured a 1-0 victory at home to Hayes &amp; Yeading on Saturday.
With plenty of newcomers keen to impress for the hosts and an opposition keen to make an impact, it was perhaps an understandably nervous beginning at Aggborough but United perhaps had the better of it.
It was Harriers who eventually etched out the first chance of the afternoon - Matthew Barnes-Homer's lovely knock-down was struck well by Chris McPhee but a visiting defender was on hand to block with 12 minutes gone.
Dean Coleman got in his first save of the season just a couple of minutes later, getting down well to Justin Cochrane's driven effort.
Just before the half-hour, a confident Barnes-Homer got another sight of goal, hooking a good effort just over - but on 33 minutes the deadlock was broken as Harriers' gradual pressure got its rewards. Good play from Brian Smikle and McPhee found McDermott in the area, who with one touch took two defenders out of the picture allowing BARNES-HOMER to eventually pounce on the lose ball and slot it home.
That had threatened to open the floodgates but United got in some last-ditch tackles to stop Harriers from adding to their lead, Darryl Knights then went the closest some four minutes before the break, his low angled shot held well by the goalkeeper.
The visitors came out with the bit between their teeth, and within four minutes they were almost level as an awful backpass put Coleman in all sorts of trouble - Dale Binns lobbed the ball over him and only a last-ditch Gavin Caines header prevented a goal.
Smikle was again showing off his silky skills before the hour mark and he almost set-up a second for his side as he played in Barnes-Homer but the striker saw his shot held by Overland.
Hayes &amp; Yeading pushed further and further into the game as the second half progressed but a wonderful bit of play from McPhee almost put them out of the affair - he took Coleman's looping kick out of the air with one touch and fizzed a superb effort towards goal that went just wide.
The visitors then wasted two golden chances to get themselves level - 12 minutes before the end, Binns crossed for Ram Marwa who somehow hit over with a thumping volley.
Then, four minutes later, sub Esmond James found himself free on goal and a with a volley at his foot - he too hit off target with Coleman beaten. Harriers to their credit played the game out well - John Finnigan was handed a late debut and almost put the icing on the cake with a great shot from outside the area in the final minute of the match - Overland was unable to handle it initially and very nearly fumbled the ball into his own net.
A perhaps nervous rather than accomplished opening performance of the campaign but the three points were all important. With their first opening day win since 2005 under their belts, the boys now head to Salisbury this coming Tuesday night (7:45pm)