Harriers lead for much of the night against Boreham Wood at Aggborough but were, once again, made to wait for a first win of the season thanks to an equaliser in a 1-1 draw.
Harriers were forced in to some defending early on in this one - inside four minutes, former Harrier Ricky Shakes whipping in a dangerous cross that Junior Morias got on to the end of, scooping a shot wide when he might well have done better.
Harriers weren't deterred, though - they were quickly on the front foot and, when Jordan Jones won the first reds' corner of the night, Clarke was on hand to deliver it, straight to the head of Zaine Francis-Angol, who nodded in his first goal for the club with a lovely glancing finish.
Soon after Harriers almost made it two as the lively Tahvon Campbell was played through - one on one with goalkeeper James Russell, the youngster did almost everything right but saw his shot very well blocked by the visiting custodian.
Though the visitors warmed Palmers fingers with a low shot from Connor Clifford, in truth Harriers remained in the ascendancy for much of the half and almost had a second when Reece Styche bravely chased down a back-pass to the goalkeeper and blocked his clearance, almost seeing the ball flash in to the net.
With two minutes left until the break, Russell again was on hand to make a strong side; Campbell again was denied as he watched down a Hodgkiss delivery inside the area before turning sharply and shooting low, the keeper finding a strong palm to meet it.
Harriers were greeted by a fine atmosphere as they re-took the field, almost in readiness for the inevitable onslaught that would follow the first 15 minutes of so many second halves having put paid to so many good spells.
The defending was good, however - the best chance in that spell for Wood coming when Lucas nodded a header wide from a corner, some good aggression from Toner then also mopping up some danger with Wood threatening.
You felt on this night that it would take something special to puncture Harriers, so strong was the unit - but, sure enough, that something special duly arrived with around 13 left to play when Connor Clifford drilled a spectacularly-well-taken free-kick from fully 30 yards that arrowed into Palmer's bottom corner.
It almost got worse nine minutes from time when Boreham Wood went close to an unthinkable lead, a Morias strike from the edge of the area cannoning off the foot of the post with Palmer beaten.
A late strike from Maxwell was Harriers' closest stab at a winner but his angled attempt was well blocked away by Russell.