MANAGER John Pemberton has underlined his frustration at having such a small squad to work with at Kidderminster Harriers.

Reds surrendered a two-goal lead as Gloucester City came back to win 3-2 at Aggborough on Tuesday night.

However, a lack of options from the bench was evident as Pemberton chose not to make a change despite his side seeking a late leveller that would have seen them build on Saturday's win at Bradford Park Avenue.

He said: "The players' attitudes have been good. I've got a very small squad, I can't quite add to it at the moment for whatever reason, so I've got 11 bodies of which two are loan signings. Take those two out and I've got nine bodies. So I'm asking them to go again and again and again and again. To be fair to them, they are.

"So the big positive for me is they roll their sleeves up, they are up for the battle, they know what we are, they know what we've got and they're getting on with it.

"I can't make a substitution at the moment. I've got young kids on the bench so it is what it is. It's frustrating at the moment but we'll have to go again."

Ash Chambers and Declan Weeks had handed Harriers a 2-0 lead before Gloucester levelled before half time.

The second half was a tale of two penalties. The visitors left with the spoils as Joe Hanks converted on 65 minutes.

Harriers hitman Chambers couldn’t emulate that in final 10 minutes as he missed the opportunity to grab a point from 12 yards.

On the game, he added: "We've created chances but conceded too many goal and too many sloppy goals. It's something of an Achilles heel when people stick the ball on top of us and we don't quite get it away.

"It's something we've highlighted and have tried to address it but in the heat of the battle you are wanting people to make good decisions.

"Other than that we were fine, we were in control of the game. If we keep doing that and cut out the silly errors we'll be okay."

"We are sat on four points and we should be sat on more than four points and that's the disappointing thing.

"So we're not a million miles away. We can dominate football matches. We were competitive in the first half against Telford, we dominated against Leamington and we've dominated again tonight but we haven't got what we deserved.

"Having said that, we've got to stop conceding silly goals."

The boss wasn't happy with the decision to hand Gloucester what proved to be the winning penalty.

He said: "I've just been in to see the referee because the third one is ridiculous. It's two yards outside the box. The referee never gave it, the linesman gave it.

"That kills us a little bit. But having said that, I thought we recovered from that really well and we created chances after that period to get back in the game.

"I'm trying not to get frustrated with the referee but they're guessing. If anything, he runs into Cliff Moyo and he's looking for the foul."