Harriers lost out yet again in controversial circumstances as a dubious late goal for Torquay saw the reds beaten 3-2 on Saturday.
In truth, a strong opening few minutes for the home side really set the tone for the entire first half.
It was a period that the Gulls dominated and, after seeing all of the ball inside the first nine minutes, they took the lead in the tenth when, meeting a corner kick, an overhead kick from United's Smith clipped the bar and bounced into the net off the helpless Dean Snedker who'd already gone to make the save.
Harriers did try and respond with Whitfield their main outlet - he was twice set free and charged down Dale Lavercombe's target, the Wigan shot-stopper particularly brave on 24 minutes to save at his feet.
The visitors finally looked to have evened things up in terms of momentum in the game as we edged towards the break but a second goal for the Gulls put paid to that, a Butler cross being met by the head of former Harrier Blissett who planted it into the net.
Harriers were always going to need something of a boost in the early stages of the second half and thankfully, six minutes past the restart, they were able to claw a goal back - Langmead the scorer as he leapt above his man in the area to nod home a Kinsella free-kick.
Eight minutes later, a strong counter attack almost snatched Harriers an equaliser as Whitfield and Garnett combined well, only for the Bournemouth loanee to drag a shot wide much to his own dismay.
The visitors would not be denied their equaliser, though, and it arrived shortly after thanks to yet another incisive breakaway; Whitfield charging forward with the ball before passing to Gnahoua who did the rest - running down on goal and finishing coolly into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Harriers came so close to taking the lead seven minutes later - first when a Kinsella delivery was met by the head of Maxwell, whose effort was tipped around the post by Lavercombe. From the resultant corner there was yet another change as Langmead's header was cleared off the line.
Just as the head of steam Harriers had built up looked set to spur them on to a winner, they were dealt yet another cruel, controversial blow when, with just seven minutes left, Torquay scored their third - a real goalmouth scramble from a home corner that saw Smith force the ball home, albeit seemingly with the use of a hand.