Harriers lost out in their first Aggborough contest of this new season on Tuesday night as title-favourites Luton Town picked up a 2-0 win.
Though the start from Harriers here was brighter than that against Lincoln City this past weekend, a lack of real action in the final third cost them dear as Luton powered through the opening 45 with two clinical finishes.
Eight minutes were on the clock when Scott Rendell rattled the woodwork with a header, something of a warning for what was to follow as the visitors took the lead on 21 minutes through Stuart Fleetwood. The former Forest Green Rovers hit-man kept the ball by the touch-line and made an angle for himself before driving past a stranded Danny Lewis.
Before Harriers could really fashion much of a response, Luton made it 2-0 and it was Fleetwood again with another smart finish as he bent one into the bottom corner from outside the area, Lewis forced into a smart stop to prevent Janos Kovacs from making it 3-0 soon after.
The hosts did their best to edge their way into the goalmouth action, Johnson seeing a neat header saved by Mark Tyler before the break, defender Ryan Austin firing just wide at the far post as he made the run from a free-kick routine.
Lewis was in action again on 65 minutes as his diving save kept out JJ O'Donnell's shot, Harriers doing their best to claw back the deficit at the other end though the efforts of the likes of Anthony Malbon went decidedly unrewarded, particularly with a 73rd minute effort that looked to have Tyler beaten all ends up before going just past the post.
Fleetwood almost secured his hat-trick a few minutes later but clipped the bar at close-range, Malbon at the other end getting in a great downward header that again just went wide.