Luke Maxwell's second goal of the season wasn't enough to give Harriers a share of the spoils as they were beaten 2-1 at Braintree.
On a cold night and on a pitch that was challenging to say the least, Harriers immediately set about playing their football with a fluency, even if early chances were few and far between.
Just past the quarter hour, good play from the lively Whitfield brought Harriers their first corner of the evening which the man himself drilled under the bar of Tom King, the majestic custodian pushing it away.
Seven minutes later, Whitfield was again the man at the forefront of things for the visitors as his shot from Gnahoua's cross needed deflecting away.
Somewhat against the run of play, the hosts then stole ahead; just after Akinola had fired a testing effort off target, Issac was able to slot in from around six yards after he picked up on a Cheek cross.
Akinola then tried his luck again and went closer when he forced Snedker into a save, but Harriers were able to keep the deficit at one, before truly coming out after the break with all guns blazing.
Colin Gordon introduced Ty Williams at the break and the youngster was immediately involved, stabbing at goal from close range from Gnhoua's cross before supplying the ammunition for Whitfield who forced King to turn the ball away.
Harriers then drew level with momentum on their side - Whitfield was again insurgent as he charged down the flank, crossing for Maxwell who slammed the ball against the bar, bouncing over the line.
Just after, Harriers might well have stolen ahead after Gnahoua powerfully drove into the area before firing over, a miss the team would go on to rue as, on the hour, Braintree retook the lead.
Snedker had come to clear his lines - heading calmly away from 20 yards past his own goal line. Two Harriers players missed their kick as they tried to gather it and, sure enough, it fell to the Iron's Paine who lofted the ball back over Snedker from 50 yards, crashing into the back of the net.
Harriers rallied and tried to respond and although in Gnhoua, Whitfield and sub Patrick they had good sights of the Iron goal, the play-off chasers were able to see out their win.