The Harriers went down 2-0 to old rivals Yeovil Town in their first game in the newly inaugurated Errea South West Challenge Cup. The game, played at Bideford Towns ground, was dominated by the Harriers in the opening stages but then a goal from Orlando Smeekes gave Yeovil a slender halftime lead.
The Harriers started the game with Dean Coleman in goal after new signing Adam Barrett reported in with an injury. There were also places for the more favoured triallists with the presence of David McDermott confirming the rumours that he has already signed for us.
The Harriers could have opened the scoring in the eighth minute when the Yeovil keeper Josh Wagenaar's clearance cannoned off Justin Richards and bounced just wide of goal. Richards missed another chance soon after when he shot wide after finding himself in a superb scoring position.
Richards was in the thick of it again on twenty minutes when he was hauled down on the edge of the area by the keeper but Darryl Knights, playing against his former club, sent the free kick curling just wide.
On thirty seven minutes the Glovers took the lead through Orlando Smeekes after he had been set up with a rolled ball across the area from Gavin Tomlin, signed last week from Fisher Athletic.
Simon Russell responded for us with a lobbed shot that fooled the keeper but then bounced off the bar. Son after Darryl Way thought that he had grabbed a second for the Glovers but his effort was ruled out for offside.
With wholesale changes made to both sides at the break it was Yeovil who went on to dominate the game on a poor pitch that hadn't seen a lawnmower since last April.
We had chances from Knights and Russ Penn but in the final seconds of the game Lloyd Owusu scored the soul destroying second goal to send the holiday making Harriers fans there back to their hotels, caravans and tents but with a Friday night game against Barnstaple to look forward to. If we want this to be a 'silverware' season then we need to win this game to progress further.
Coleman, Bignot, Riley (Ferrell), Jones, Bowler, Smikle (Brittain), Penn (McGrath), Bennett (McDermott), Russell (Foley), Knights (Addagio), Richards (Barnes-Homer)
Wagenaar, Alcock, Skiverton (Brown), Forbes, Smith, Smeekes, Murtagh (Irish), Way (Jones), Schofield (Downes), Tomlin (Kirk), Warne (Owusu)