The Harriers went down to a late goal at Darlington after failing to record a single shot on goal in the first half and only one in the second period. That came from Callum Gittings when he hit the bar. The remainder of the game saw the Harriers a clear second best to one of the worst sides in the Conference for scoring goals and, in fact, that showed too as the home team could hardly muster a shot worthy of the name either.
There were three changes to the Harriers eleven with Tom Sharpe being moved to right back in place of the suspended Lee Vaughan while Tom Marshall was re-called to the side to fill in for Sharpe at centre half. Up front Steve Guinan came in for Marc Williams and he dropped to the bench. For Darlington one time interest for the Harriers, Exodus Geohaghon, made his home debut.
The Harriers kicked off using the 4-4-2 formation for the first time this season after many calls from fans to drop the rigid 4-3-3 system. It obviously didn't work judging from the lack of mobility and shots on goal.
Darlo had the first attempt on goal ten minutes in when Liam Hatch tried his luck from distance. That was it for another fifteen minutes when it was our turn to try the distance shooting with Guinans' twenty yard chip towards the keeper but it didn't trouble him because it went way off target.
Still Darlington were persisting with the distance shots and this time Adam Rundle went for the long option with a better outcome this time by actually getting it on target. Luckily for us Dean Lyness easily got a hand to it and push it away.
With four minutes of time to go until the break we had our first real move on goal when Jamille Matt got forward and passed to Guinan who then fed in James Vincent to shoot just wide of the post. The hosts replied with another chance that Lyness dealt with easily when he tipped Geohaghons' cross come shot over the bar .