GARY Whild has not given up hope of Harriers making the Skrill Premier play-offs, although he admits their task is even more difficult.

Saturday's 1-0 home loss to promotion contenders Grimsby, sealed by Alex Rodman's impressive strike, means Kidderminster are now seven points off the top five.

Realistically Harriers will need to win five of their last six games, starting with Tuesday's trip to Forest Green Rovers (7.45pm ko).

"We've made it a little bit more difficult for ourselves but after having a quick look at results there is still plenty to play for.

"I just think from where we were when I took over it is great to be in this position, we've still got a chance of achieving something."

Harriers had their chance against the Mariners, with visiting keeper James McKeown denying Amari'i Bell, Nick Wright and Lee Vaughan.

It was Whild's first defeat since taking over as manager.

He said: "That was probably the best we played since I  took over but we ended up with nothing and that shows how things go for you sometimes."

"You are always disappointed when you concede a goal but to be fair it dropped to Alex Rodman and he has hit it first time.

"I wouldn't say it was a 'worldly' but without seeing it again I don't think there was too much we could have done about it.

"Amari'i Bell had a good chance but the goalkeeper made a good save when his pushed his header onto the post.

"Take nothing away from Grimsby, they have a really good habit of winning games 1-0 and we knew as soon as they went in front it would be difficult."