Out-of-form Harriers suffered a third straight loss at Grimsby on Thursday night, going down 3-1 to the Mariners despite more than playing their part in an entertaining game.
In a frantic early start in front of the TV cameras Harriers had a number of half-chances in the first six minutes with Lee Fowler and Danny Jackman blazing off target but, two minutes later it was a half-chance that actually broke the deadlock, Michael Gash's strike ballooning off a defender before looping up and over goalkeeper James McKeown.
The hosts duly responded as Alex Rodman crossed for Ross Hannah to fire an effort that Danny Lewis
held well, and on just 18 minutes an equaliser for them arrived as Craig Disley fired home acrobatically after picking up the knock-down off a long Mariners throw.
Efforts continued to come in a free-flowing game as Kyle Storer and Joe Lolley tried their luck for Harriers but it would be the home side who scored next, taking the lead as Scott Neilson powered a fine finish beyond the dive of Lewis from just outside the area - though immediately there was almost an equaliser as Jackman took aim again only to be denied by a fine McKeown save.
It could and perhaps should have been 3-1 to Town on the stroke of half-time as a defensive slip allowed Hannah in - he rounded Lewis but the angle was tight, and thankfully for Harriers he could only fire his shot into the side-netting.
Inside the first minute of the second half, Grimsby tested Lewis from distance as both Neilson and Hannah took aim before Harriers full-back Lee Vaughan
drove over the angle of bar and post.
There was a real spell of pressure for the visitors around the hour mark as a dangerous free-kick, whipped in by Jackman, forced successive corners from which Malbon saw a low shot cleared off the line and, within moments, Grimsby had their third as Neilson raced on to Thomas's long ball before lofting it over the stranded Lewis as he slipped in trying to come for it.
Inside the last quarter hour Harriers desperately searched for a goal and through Lolley they always looked threatening, though as he danced past his man his low cross was cut out just in the nick of time with some strong defending.
Sam Hatton came close to adding a fourth for Grimsby with ten minutes left to play as he struck from more than 35-yards but Lewis, seeing it late, threw himself at it and managed to turn it away - eight minutes later Hannah should really have completed his own brace but missed his kick as the ball fell to him at the far post.
Both Jackman and Lolley went close with injury-time efforts - the latter especially so - but the win would, in the end, be Grimsby's.