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17:01 5th September 2009


The Hatters stretched their unbeaten start in the Blue Square Premier to eight games but had to settle for a share of the spoils at Salisbury. Kevin Gallen had put the Town ahead when converting Adam Newton's right-wing cross from close range on 27 minutes, but the hosts - who had gone into administration during the week - deservedly levelled matters when Matt Tubbs drilled a well-hit shot beyond Mark Tyler two minutes before the break. That ended a sequence of 488 minutes of the former Peterborough stopper from conceding and the Hatters were early indebted to goalkeeper Mark Tyler for keeping out Christopher Flood's low shot on 20 minutes. As the Whites piled on the pressure Tubbs almost put the hosts ahead just before the break but he glanced his header just wide of Tyler's right-hand post. The Hatters started the second period on fire but despite their dominance they couldn't force a way past James Bittner in the home goal. Luton Town: Tyler, Gnakpa, White, Pilkington, Murray, Newton, Nicholls, Keane, Jarvis, Gallen, Craddock. Substitutes: Gore, Blackett, Donnelly, Hall, Basham. Salisbury City: Bittner, Clohessy, Anderson, Turley, Prosser, Sinclair, Clarke, Tubbs, Webb, Flood, Spence. Substitutes: Glover, Osman, Porter, Ruddick, O'Hara. Referee: Gary Jerden. Attendance: 2,044 (including 913 from Luton). Result the Raymond McEnhill Stadium Salisbury City 1 (Tubbs 43) Luton Town 1 (Gallen 27) Final score 90 mins - FULL TIME - Despite huffing and puffing in the final stage both sides have to settle for a point a piece. We'll have all the reaction and action later tonight on 90 mins - We've got four minutes of injury time here at the Ray Mac as the Hatters have corner whipped in by Nico but it's plucked out of the air well by Bittner. 86 mins - A third and final change for the Hatters with Steve Basham replacing Craddock with four minutes to left. Can the Town find a winner? 82 mins - Hall does well again this time to win a free-kick but after Nicholls' quick-thinking, Craddock can only drive a shot straight at Bittner from 20 yards. 80 mins - It's been a quiet spell at the Ray Mac but the Hatters are still trying to find that winning goal. It nearly comes when a long ball from Keane aimed towards Hall sees the Town sub head the ball into the path of Craddock but Bittner is quick to seize on the loose ball. We're talking a matter of inches and Craddock would have had a tap-in. 72 mins - Hatters are momentarily down to 10 as Pilks has got a cut lip and is attended to by Harry Scott-Stackman. The Hatters centre-half needs a new jersey and returns to the action with no name or number on the back. 70 mins - Patient build-up from the Hatters after Newton had ran the full width of the pitch to feed Murray who in turn found Gallen to who teed up Jarvis to fire a curling shot wide of Bittner's left-hand post. Seconds later Hall, Newton and Craddock almost combine but Hall's final pass is wayward and the chance goes begging. 68 mins - Change for the Town as White hobbles off - he'd been clattered earlier by Webb - and on comes Shane Blackett. 65 mins - We've got the attendance here at the Ray Mac. 2,044 - Salisbury's highest of the season and including 913 from Luton. The Whites' last home game saw 746 turn up to watch their game with Eastbourne Borough. 61 mins - Salisbury are up for this now and have certainly comeback into proceedings. Clohessy sends another right-wing cross into the Town penalty and Tubbs sends a header flashing wide of Tyler's right-hand post. 59 mins - First change of the afternoon and it's from Mick. Claude's off and replaced by Asa Hall who slots into midfield. Keane drops to right-back in Gnakpa's place. 56 mins - Chance for Salisbury as Webb tries his luck with a cheeky effort on the turn from the outside of the area that has Tyler nervously looking over his shoulder but the ball lands up inches over the crossbar. 55 mins - It's gone a bit quiet since that opening blitz from the Town but Newton is always looking to attack the Salisbury left-back Flood. He needs help this time and which comes in the shape of Keane whose high cross to the back post is met by Craddock but the striker is adjudged to have fouled Bittner and a free-kick is awarded. 50 mins - Corners have been a good source of goals for the Hatters already this season and Pilkington meets Nicholls' right-wing corner but his thumping header flies narrowly over the bar. Great start Mick's men. 49 mins - The Town have started this half on fire and after Jarvis heads across Craddock's left-wing cross back across goal Newton shoots wide again. Can they find their second? 47 mins - Agonising from the Hatters as they come within inches of re-taking the lead. A lovely flowing move from the right flank to the left flank sees Craddock find Gallen. He tees up Newton who crosses to the penalty spot and finds Gallen who sends a header just wide of Bittner's right-hand post. Unlucky. 46 mins - No changes at the break for either side as the Hatters kick-off towards their travelling fans. HALF TIME Referee Jerden calls time on the first 45 and both sides go in at the interval level. It's probably a fair reflection of how the half has been. Tubbs has been a constant threat to the Hatters defence and his goal ended a run of 488 minutes without conceding...Stay tuned for second half updates in 15 minutes... 45 mins - Two added minutes here at the end of the first half at the Ray Mac... 43 mins - GOAL  SALISBURY 1-1 Hatters - Yep, it's that man Matt Tubbs. The striker has deserved the goal on this first half showing. He latches onto a superb defence-splitting pass from Whites' skipper Clarke and drives a fantastic effort beyond Mark Tyler. One each... 41 mins - Nice move from the Town involving Craddock and Gallen finds Newton on the edge of the Salisbury but is shot is well blocked. 39 mins - Chance for Tubbs again. He's causing the Town a lot of problems. He turns smartly in the Hatters' penalty area and pulls the trigger with a left-foot shot that again looks like testing Tyler. However, White is there to snuff the danger with a superb block. 35 mins - Counter attack from Salisbury and after Clohessy pings a long-ball towards the Town box Keane heads the ball away from Tyler and the ball falls to the dangerous Tubbs. With Tyler in no-man's land the little striker can only drag his left-foot shot wide of the open goal. Chance there. 34 mins - Goalkeeper Bittner concedes a needless corner by slicing his return pass to Spence but Nicholls' corner is cleared. 31 mins - More good play from Newton, Keane and Jarvis almost creates another opening for the Town as they look to double their lead. This time the ball is cleared by Turley with a thumping headed clearance. 30 mins - The rain is absolute tipping it down here and I feel very sorry for the visiting Hatters' fans away to my right who are taking a drenching. Still, they should be happy after that goal. 27 mins - GOAL!  Salisbury 0-1 HATTERS - Super wing play from Newton down the right hand side turns his marker Daniel Spence inside-out. He drives into the area and puts an undefendable cross into the six yard box and Kevin Gallen is on hand to slide in and convert from two yards out. Great play from Newton - that's more like it. Get in! 22 mins - Matt Tubbs, the Whites' hat-trick hero last week, comes even closer to putting the hosts in front. Clohessy gets forward from right-back with another dangerous raid and whips in a super cross that finds Tubbs. Unfortunately his glancing header at the near post flashes past Tyler's right-hand post. Half the great thought that was in. So did I. The Hatters goal has lived a charmed life in the last few minutes... 21 mins - Chance up the other end for the Town as Craddock gets up well above his marker to send a looping header narrowly over Bittner's crossbar with the ball landing on the roof of the net. 20 mins - Tyler to the rescue! Fantastic save from the Hatters keeper prevents Salisbury from going in front. Webb does well to get in behind Murray to square the ball to the unrushing Flood whose low, goal-bound shot is somehow kept by a smart stop from the former Peterborough goalkeeper. 16 mins - It's been a quiet opening from both sides but they both are trying to play football. Then Claude goes on another foray forward and gets to the byline and floats a cross into the Salisbury penalty area. Gallen, Jarvis and Craddock are all waiting to knock home the ball but Luke Prosser does well to cut the cross out with a diving header. Good defending. From the corner Gnakpa gets up ahead of his marker and heads over the crossbar. 10 mins - Nice pass from Nicholls releases Craddock down the left flank and Sean Clohessy concedes a corner. Nico swings in a vicious corner from the left but as Pilkington goes for the ball - looking for his fifth goal of the season - fouls Bittner and the hosts have a free-kick. 6 mins - Great chance for the hosts is spurned by centre-back Jamie Turley who finds himself in the Hatters penalty area. He meets Christopher Flood's left-wing cross with a free header but it's straight down Tyler's throat. Easy pickings for the Town stopper. 5 mins - Claude Gnakpa's shows fancy footwork that was evident against Crawley on Tuesday and after tackling Webb he goes on a rampaging run which is brought an abrupt end just inside the centre circle. From the resulting free-kick, Kevin Gallen nods the ball down Adam Newton on the edge of the area but his first time shot doesn't fall as quickly as he would have liked and his effort balloons high and wide of the Salisbury goal. 3 mins - A quiet opening but just as I type that Mark Tyler tries to take the ball around Danny Webb who robs him of the ball but the ball thankfully goes out for Luton throw. 1 min - We're off as the Hatters attack from left to right as I look here. A strong contingent from Bedfordshire is taking up almost two sides of the ground. 14:57 - The two sides are out on the yellow-looking Raymond McEnhill Stadium pitch. The Hatters are in their orange and white while Salisbury at in their traditional white shirts and black shorts. We're nearly set so sit back and enjoy the updates online here at! Come on you Hatters! 14:38 - We've got the teams in and Mick Harford has named an unchanged team following Tuesday's night's 3-0 victory over Crawley Town. It's the same subs as well so that means Asa Hall remains on the Hatters' bench. Salisbury City are also unchanged following their bank Holiday Monday victory at Hayes & Yeading. Striker Matt Tubbs notched a hat-trick in their 4-3 win. Luton Town: Tyler, Gnakpa, White, Pilkington, Murray, Newton, Nicholls, Keane, Jarvis, Gallen, Craddock. Substitutes: Gore, Blackett, Donnelly, Hall, Basham. Salisbury City: Bittner, Clohessy, Anderson, Turley, Prosser, Sinclair, Clarke, Tubbs, Webb, Flood, Spence. Substitutes: Glover, Osman, Porter, Ruddick, O'Hara. Good afternoon loyal readers of our text updates service as the Hatters are at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium  the home of Salisbury City this afternoon. It's the Town's first ever visit to this part of Wiltshire to a ground affectionally known by the locals as the Ray Mac. And we've got all the minute-by-minute action covered in a variety of ways this afternoon. There's none of those boring ball-by-ball "defensive thrown-in taken by Luton left-back" text commentaries here! So remember to follow us throughout the match on and on Hatters Player for live commentary from the legendary Simon Statto Pitts. Afterwards Hatters Player subscribers will get to watch all the post-match interviews from all the men that matter today. For those without Hatters Player fear not: we'll have plenty of content to keep you interested as we'll have Mick's post-match thoughts as well as match action from Gareth Owen to follow after the final whistle. And if you want more and feel like interacting with us and fellow Town fans, don't forget we're also on twitter and Facebook so feel free to get involved! Join the updates and get in touch! The lads are looking for three points and to stay unbeaten! Come on you Hatters!
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