KIDDERMINSTER Harriers suffered a third successive National League North defeat as a late goal saw them beaten 1-0 at lowly Gainsborough Trinity.

Though Ryan Croasdale and Dan Bradley had early sights of goal for Harriers, the first serious chance came courtesy of Gainsborough’s Nicky Walker as he shot on the angle, drawing a smart, low stop from keeper Jonathan Flatt.

Elton Ngwatala kept the gloves of home keeper Henrich Ravas warm with a shot from distance before his smart save denied James Pearson.

In an advanced position, the defender really let fly with a dipping effort that was pushed away.

Bradley tried again midway through the half before Brandon Fleming, for the hosts, bent an effort off target.

On the stroke of half-time some superb play set up Ngwatala with the Frenchman arrowing an attempt towards Ravas that fizzed just past the post.

Five minutes past the restart, a good attempt from a free-kick saw Declan Weeks force another save from Ravas before Croasdale skied an effort when placed to do better from Joel Taylor’s cross.

Soon after, only a fine save from Ravas kept out a goal-bound shot from Pearson.

That seemed to give the home side a lift and with the final third of the game remaining Nathan Stainfield had a big chance to give them the breakthrough against the run of play.

A deep cross found the Trinity man’s head only for the effort to blaze wide.

A ball into the area threatened mass panic inside the Trinity area as Harriers tried to push on late to find their opener.

George Waring looked to try to stab it home but Ravas again was on hand to smother it.

But new Trinity boss Lee Sinnott got the win he was looking for.

Liam King’s driven pass found Walker goal side as he took a touch before driving the ball on the angle and past the dive of Flatt.

Sixth-placed Harriers aim to get back on track at home to York City on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Harriers: Flatt, Vaughan, Taylor, Croasdale, Horsfall, Pearson, Weeks, Bradley, Ironside (Waring 62), Ngwatala (Austin 46), Brown (Sonupe 82). Subs not used: McQuilkin, Palmer.

Attendance: 547.