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MATCH REPORT

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19:06 12th September 2009

LUTON TOWN 1-0 BARROW

Adam Newton's first goal for the club got the Hatters back to winning ways to move them back up to second place in the Blue Square Premier. The winger, signed from Brentford in the summer, saw his cross-cum-shot from the right-flank sail over Barrow goalkeeper Tim Deasy and fall into the net on 21 minutes. It was a game that the Town dominated and in truth the scoreline could have been more if it wasn't for a combination of poor finishing and brave goalkeeper from Deasy. Mark Tyler was again largely a spectator in the home goal and the nearest he came to conceding came on 10 minutes when he had to turn over a cross-cum-shot from Mark Boyd. In the second period the Hatters' best chance fell to Tom Craddock who saw his curling shot go the wrong side of the left-hand post. On 76 minutes striker Liam Hatch came on to make his belated debut in Luton colours. And the target man on-loan from Peterborough United certainly made a difference but despite continuing to press the visitors it ended 1-0 to ensure the Town jump back up to second in the table. Hatters: Tyler, Gnakpa, White, Pilkington, Murray, Newton, Keane, Hall, Jarvis, Craddock, Gallen. Substitutes: Gore, Blackett, Howells, Basham, Hatch. Barrow: Deasy, Pearson, Spender, Boland, Bond, Boyd, Walker, Logan, Rutherford, Dugdale, Shaw. Substitutes: Jones, Hulbert, Taylor, Tomlinson, Rogan. Attendance: 6,264 (including 144 from Barrow) For minute-by-minute action of how it unfolded, see below: Full time from Kenilworth Road Luton Town 1 (Newton 21) Barrow 0 Result 90 mins - Not much to report other than the full time whistle and the Hatters are back to winning ways! 90 mins - We've got three additional minutes here... 88 mins - Maybe he's too up for it. The Hatters sub goes up to challenge Deasy and his booked by the referee. A little harsh in my book. 85 mins - Hatch has made a real difference and he understandibly looks well up for this. He tees-up Craddock for a chance but Barrow clear the danger. 82 mins - Hatch is already in the thick of the action as he flicks-on a header for Jarvis who is upended on the edge of the area. Gallen sees his resulting free-kick parried by Deasy but as the ball drops loose Craddock can't turn home the second with the goal gaping. 78 mins - Great chance for Barrow to get on level terms as Paul Rutherford skips down the right-flank and to the byline where he crosses for Jason Walker whose shot is blocked by Newton. 76 mins - He's been waiting for 76 long minutes but now Liam Hatch gets his chance. On Gnakpa he goes up front for his debut and receives a huge roar from the Kenilworth Road crowd. 72 mins - It hasn't been a great half I'll be honest with you but there's no doubting the Town have been the better side. Gnakpa does well to battle is way through two Barrow challenges and the ball drops to Gallen 18 yards from goal. He turns and fires a first time shot goalwards that is saved by Deasy. Gnakpa is left injured clutching his leg and he's soon up on his feet and we're underway again. 68 mins - Make that another change from messrs Bayliss and Sheridan with Nick Logan replacing Jon Shaw. 66 mins - Sorry for the lack of updates but there hasn't been much to report on in the last eight minutes. Barrow have made a sub with Robin Hulbert coming on for Boyd but that's all I can tell you. 58 mins - So close to 2-0 as Keane does well run through the Barrow midfield and tee-up Craddock who is one-on-one with Deasy. As he approaches the goal he hits a sweet curling shot goalwards that looks for all the world it's going to nestle in the net but the keeper's got a touch on and it'll be a corner. Oh hang on, no it won't. The ref's missed that one. That was clear as day. The Kenilworth Road tell the ref exactly what they think of that decision. 52 mins - A catalogue of errors at the back by Barrow and it could have been 2-0 Town. Bluebirds' centre-half Phil Bolland has no number on his back attempts to guide a back-pass to his goalkeeper but it's a wayward one and Deasy has to scramble to turn the ball behind for a corner. 50 mins - The Hatters are having difficult getting their shots away as a neat move involving Jarvis, Craddock and Gallen is soon brought to an end as Barrow close ranks. 48 mins - First chance of the second half and it falls to the Town as Hall drives forward and fires a shot from 20 yards narrowly over Deasy's crossbar. 46 mins - Both sides are out for the second period. And not a cloud in the sky. And no changes either as Barrow get us underway. HALF TIME Luton Town 1-0 Barrow - The Town head into the dressing room with their noses in front thanks to Adam Newton's first goal for the club on 21 minutes. The Hatters have been well in command but no doubt they'll be looking to extend their lead in the second period. They've had their chances but it's only for now. We'll have updates again in 15 minutes. Stay tuned. 45 mins - Three minutes into the four Newton and Gnakpa again combine again as the Frenchman plays a lovely reserve pass into the feet of the former Brentford winger. After nimble footwork tight on the touchline he pokes a cross goalwards but nobody can turn it home and after Gallen retrieves the ball the goes back into the box but is eventually cleared. 45 mins - Following a number of stoppages, mostly from Barrow, we've got four additional minutes. I'm surprised, like most of the home crowd, that is wasn't more. 42 mins - Chance for 2-0 but Pilkington - usually so deadly inside the opposition box this season - heads over from two yards meeting Jarvis's left-wing corner that was flicked-on at the near-post by Hall. 40 mins - Shouts of handball from the Kenilworth Road end as the two sides play head tennis in the penalty box but neither the ref, the linesman or any of us in the press saw it. 37 mins - The ball is the back of the Barrow net for a second time but sadly it wont be counting as Gallen is offside as he touches home Murray's left-wing cross from close range. 33 mins - A frustrating moment of humour for Barrow as Boyd goes on another surging midfield run. He's up against Keane but he hasn't bargained on the referee making an appearance getting in his way. Boyd plays the ball through the whistler's legs for a unique nutmeg but move breaks down. The Hatters then surge forward themselves with Newton but his cross his just too high for Craddock. Barrow would have been a bit cheesed-off with the ref had that gone in. 30 mins - The link-up play between Gnakpa and Newton down the right-flank continues to prosper. This time Gnakpa takes a pass from his team-mate and after another rampaging run his brought to an end by a rough Barrow challenge, Jarvis floats a free-kick to the back-post and Deasy does well to cling onto the ball with White lurking to thump home a header. 27 mins - More comfortably handling from Tyler has he gets down to save another effort from Boyd, this time from 20 yards after Keith Keane had given the ball away. 24 mins - Bit of a stoppage here as Deasy, clearly embarrassed by conceding that goal, receives treatment from the visiting medical staff and then continues to annoy the Hatters faithful even more by wasting time. His socks did need pulling up. 21 mins - GOAL!  HATTERS 1-0 Barrow - Adam Newton has been looking to get the better of his marker Mike Pearson and this time he does, ghosting past him to deliver a cross into the box. I'm assuming it's aimed for Craddock but it doesn't find him and it lands up beating Deasy in the Barrow goal as the cross lands up in the bank of the net. A bit of fortune is just what we needed. Get in! 20 mins - Typical, as soon as I type that we have five minutes without action but then Craddock feeds Hall with a neat touch and the midfielder, after going past a defender, sees his low shot blocked by Deasy. 15 mins - It's certainly been a lively opening from both sides. Barrow haven't come here for a point. 12 mins - Was that a foul on Tyler? It's irrelevant anyway but as Andy Bond launches a cross from the right-flank Barrow striker Jon Shaw, on-loan from Rochdale,  gets up to challenge the stopper and as the ball drops - and with no whistle sounded by the referee - it looks like there could be a goal here but Alan White is calmly on hand to deal with the danger. 10 mins - Back come Barrow and Boyd obviously fancies his chances of scoring this afternoon as he loops up a cross-cum-shot from 35 yards that Tyler has to tip over for a corner. Could have been a lucky opener for the Bluebirds. 9 mins - Another chance for Craddock this time as he cuts inside the Simon Spencer and drives a shot goalwards. Unfortunately for the striker and the Town it's straight at Deasy's feet and he can make a comfortable save. 7 mins - Chance for the Bluebirds. Gnakpa fouls Carlos Logan on the edge of the penalty area and Mark Boyd curls a right-footed free-kick into the arms Tyler. Easy pickings for the Town No. 1. 4 mins - It should be 1-0 Luton but Barrow goalkeeper Tim Deasy denies Craddock as he races clean through following Hall's lovely headed pass from Tyler's punt. The keeper sticks out a leg and with the goal still gaping Gallen can't capitalise to knock it in. 2 mins - The Town have started brightly. Claude Gnakpa finds Newton with a lovely pass down the right but his cross can only find a wide-open space but 30 seconds later after Freddie Murray wins a corner down the left, Rossi Jarvis's flag-kick causes confusion in the box and then Keith Keane's cross from the right is headed down by Asa Hall to Tom Craddock but he can't force the ball home. Busy start from Town. 1 min - Asa Hall and Kevin Gallen kick-off - it's a lovely day for it. Come on you Hatters! 14:59 - The teams swap ends and the Hatters will be kicking towards the Kenilworth Road end in the first half. 14:56 - The two sides are out on the Kenilworth Road pitch and we're almost set. As the players emerge the players are sprayed by the sprinklers... 14:20 BARROW TEAM NEWS - Joint manager Bayliss and Sheridan have named themselves in their squad in recent weeks but not today. New loan signing Nick Rogan starts on the bench. Barrow: Deasy, Pearson, Spender, Boland, Bond, Boyd, Walker, Logan, Rutherford, Dugdale, Shaw. Substitutes: Jones, Hulbert, Taylor, Tomlinson, Rogan. 14:08 - LUTON TEAM NEWS - Two changes by Mick following Tuesday to the starting XI. Claude Gnakpa returns from a dead-leg while Freddie Murray replaces Shane Blackett. Kevin Nicholls is suspended. There is good news on the Town's bench with striker Liam Hatch named among the substitutes. Keith Keane takes over the captain's armband. Hatters: Tyler, Gnakpa, White, Pilkington, Murray, Newton, Keane, Hall, Jarvis, Craddock, Gallen. Substitutes: Gore, Blackett, Howells, Basham, Hatch. 14:02 - It's a glorious sunny day here in Bedfordshire and the pitch is looking in terrific condition. If you still fancy making it to the game, tickets are available on the door. Good afternoon loyal readers of our text updates service as the Hatters are back on home turf as they face Barrow at Kenilworth Road looking to get back to winning ways in the Blue Square Premier. The Bluebirds are managed by David Bayliss and Darren Sheridan are making their first visit to Kenilworth Road since August 1969. 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 lutontown.co.uk 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. 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