Out-of-sorts Harriers fell to back-to-back defeats on Saturday as they went down 2-0 to Luton Town at Aggborough.
Defences were certainly on top for much of the first half - so much so that neither attacking force got a single sniff of goal inside the opening 20 minutes; the opening attempt of the day coming just after as Luke Guttridge drove a shot at goal with an effort Danny Lewis
got behind well to gather.
It took until the final ten minutes of the first period for the tie to finally open up a little and on 38 minutes Luton goalkeeper Mark Tyler was forced into his first save of the afternoon; Lee Vaughan
, Callum Gittings
and Michael Gash all involved before the latter set-up Joe Lolley on the edge of the area who saw a rising shot tipped around the post.
From the resulting corner Luton countered with devastating pace and almost punished Harriers up at the other end but in the final moment the shot from Jake Howells blazed over with the goal at his mercy.
The second half was ten minutes old when the Hatters went close and the inadvertent assist came from the referee - catching the ball and knocking it into the path of Guttridge who drove a shot at Lewis that Chey Dunkley
did well turn over the bar.
Jake Howells poked an effort wide of the far post for Luton soon after the hour mark as the visitors did marginally better to create the few chances we had, but on 69 minutes the away end erupted as Luton finally did break the deadlock; Howells firing away a penalty well after Lewis had been adjudged to have foul Paul Benson.
There was little the referee could do about awarding that kick but the decision to award a second spot kick as the game reached its conclusion was a little more puzzling. Gowling went up against Gray and saw the ball out of play, after which the winger went down under an outstretched leg, the assistant referee signalling for a 12-yarder that Howells again converted.