Superb goals from Adam Dawson and Gurjit Singh weren't enough to snatch Harriers a point on the road at Dover on Tuesday as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at The Crabble.
It was a game that, to say the least, took a while to get going - inside the first 20 minutes or so there was little action to speak of and the two half chances that were produced were barely troublesome - Dean Snedker holding a Ricky Miller shot and Dover's Nick Deverdicks blazing a shot from 20 yards plenty over the bar.
Harriers' first sight of goal came through loan man Tahvon Campbell as he cut in from a wide position and struck at Mitch Walker, the home stopper, who showed it a safe pair of hands.
Soon after the half-hour mark, midfield man Joe Clarke saw the ball fall to his feet as Harriers looked to press forward, but the former Wrexham's player's effort was always rising and sailed over Walker's target.
A quiet game up to that point exploded in to life soon after - on 40 minutes Dover took the lead when one-time Harrier Jamie Grimes powered home a corner from Deverdicks, and almost netted a second soon after when a low shot from Miller dribbled just wide.
Up at the other end, Dawson remained a threat and after leaving his man for dust, he almost scored his first goal of the season with a shot at the near-post, only to be denied by a strong save from Walker.
Dover doubled their advantage in the final seconds of the half, Miller eventually getting his goal as he side-footed in Ricky Modeste's cross at the far post for his first in club colours.
The second period was arguably every bit as slow to get going as the first but, just as with the first period, it exploded in to life and it did so around the hour mark; Sean Raggett hitting the bar at one end for the hosts as he connected with a corner, and Adam Dawson halving the deficit for Harriers at the other as his wonderful effort from a free-kick, 18 yards from goal, swept beyond Walker and into the back of the net.
Harriers made changes to ensure they gave the final moments of the game a real go and, in introducing Gurjit Singh for Maxwell, they saw one pay off with real style, the striker scoring an equaliser less than a minute after coming off the bench as he held off his man before finding the bottom corner.
Sadly that wasn't quite that as far as the goals were concerned - another fine goal followed but it was celebrated by the men in white as a whipped ball in from the hosts was met by the finest of glancing headers you're ever likely to see, Stefan Payne the man to find the net.
A defeat, indeed... but this season won't be a dull one. The boys' spirit will see to that.