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18:34 3th October 2009


Two goals in the space of five minutes got the post-Mick Harford era underway with a victory against Tamworth at Kenilworth Road. Goals from midfielder Asa Hall and Ben Wright in the first-half were enough to get the Town back on track. The Hatters started brightly with Wright and Hatch forming a lively forward line not afraid to put themselves about and use their towering presence an advantage. It was almost 1-0 to the Town on 13 minutes but Tamworth right-back Richard Tait was in the right place at the right turn to turn away Wright's dangerous cross with Rossi Jarvis and Hatch waiting for a simple tap-in. However the Town need not worry as six minutes later they did have the lead. Hatch drove forward into the penalty box, swapped passes with Wright, squared the ball to Hall who finished confidently from six yards for his second goal of the season. Five minutes later the Hatters doubled their lead with a super goal. Hatch and Wright combined on the half-way line that got the latter away on goal. His initial shot was blocked by a defender, but after the ball fell back nicely at his feet, the on-loan Peterborough striker instantly curled a shot beyond Danny Alcock. After both goals the visitors - last season's Blue Square North champions - responded well and they came out in the second half in determined fashion and they halved the deficit on 59 minutes. Tom Shaw saw his free-kick from the right flicked-on by Nick Wright and striker Alex Rodman was on hand to poke home from close range. Two minutes later the Lambs came close to equalising when Rodman volleyed a shot straight at Tyler as the visitors pressed. After Alan Neilson had introduced Tom Craddock for the tired Hatch, the substitute came close to making it 3-1 when he hooked a shot over Alcock's bar on 72 minutes following a flick-on from Wright. But despite some nervy last few moments the Town hung on to collect all three points and move back into the top five in the Blue Square Premier. Minute-by-minute analysis below:   Result from Kenilworth Road Luton Town 2 (Hall 19, Wright 24) Tamworth 1 (Rodman 59) Full time Press F5 to refresh FULL TIME Luton Town 2-1 Tamworth. It's all over here at Kenilworth Road. We'll have all the match action and reaction soon so keep your eyes peeled! 90 + 3 - Chance for a late equaliser for Tamworth but Prictchard can only head over Blackwood's cross. 90 mins - We've got three added minutes here as Wright is named as the match sponsors' man-of-the-match. 89 mins - The Hatters are hanging on in there and after they clear another dangerous Tamworth attack Craddock twice has shots blocked up the other end as the hosts look to put the game beyond doubt. 85 mins - Tamworth have brought on veteran defender Des Lyttle on for Sheridan in a change which has seen the Lambs put centre-half Briscoe up front. 82 mins - A back-pass from White aimed for Tyler almost falls short of its intended target but with Wright baring down on the Town goalkeeper, the stopper is able to clear down-field. 81 mins  Third and final change from the Town as Ryan Charles takes the place of Wright. 78 mins - Close to 2-2 all again and Pritchard misses a great chance for the leveller for the Lambs when heading wide when unmarked following Shaw's right-wing free-kick. 73 mins - Another chance for Craddock as this time he sends his shot straight at Alcock after latching onto Gnakpa's pass following the Frenchman's direct run through the middle of the park. 72 mins - Oh that should have been 3-1. Nicholls drifts in a free-kick that is headed on by Wright to Craddock but the substitute can only hook his shot over Alcock's crossbar. 70 mins - The attendance at Kenilworth Road this afternoon is 6,297 which includes 270 from Tamworth. 67 mins  Second change from Neilson was Hatch, who has worked his socks off all afternoon, is replaced by Tom Craddock. 63 mins  First change of the afternoon and it's by the Town as Asafu-Adjaye is replaced by Claude Gnakpa. The Frenchman almost makes an immediate impact when he heads over Freddie Murray's super left-wing cross. 61 mins - Almost two a-piece as Rodman volleys straight at Tyler on the turn from inside the area. 59 mins - GOAL Hatters 2-1 TAMWORTH - The Lambs are well on top and half the deficeit when striker Rodman pokes from close range past Tyler. Shaw's right-wing free-kick is flicked-on by Wright and there as the visiting man all alone to make it 2-1. 55 mins - Brave goalkeeping from Tyler keeps the score 2-0 when pouncing on the ball at the feet of Bradley Pritchard following Russell's cross from the right. 53 mins - Referee Bull has his cards out as he booked George Pilkington for scything challenge on Wright down the right-flank. 49 mins - The Hatters haven't started as strongly as they did in the first but then Hatch goes on a rampaging run forward. After failing to pick out Wright the ball falls back to the striker who blasts a shot goalwards that is well blocked as three Tamworth defenders close ranks. 46 mins - We're set for the second period and it'll be Tamworth who will restart kicking towards the Kenilworth Road end. HALF TIME Luton Town 2-0 Tamworth. Two goals in a fantastic five minute spell from the Hatters have given them a comfortable lead at the interval. Two really good goals have been the difference and all of sudden their are smiles around the ground. Check back again in 15 minutes for more updates in the second half. 45 mins - We've got one additional minute of injury time as a groggy Hatch rises from a challenge from Chris Smith in the penalty area. 43 mins - The Lambs are threatening to pull a goal back here at the end of the first half as firstly White puts in a fantastic block tackle to deny Jake Sheridan and then Alex Rodman balloons a great chance from close range after bringing the ball down well from a left-wing corner. Moments later the visitors have a third chance when Tom Shaw tries his luck from range that dips narrowly Tyler's crossbar. 40 mins - Nick Wright twists and turns inside the Hatters box and gets a shot away but solid defending from Pilkington denies the Lambs winger. Moments later Russell hits a left-foot shot that goes high and wide of Tyler's goal. 37 mins - Nicholls is having a good game in the middle of the park for the Town and he goes close to opening his account for the season when hitting a shot from 25 yards that flashes wide of Alcock's goal following build-up play from Wright, Hatch and Hall. Good play. That boy Wright looks good. 34 mins - Hall's hungry looking for a second strike of the afternoon but after tenacious play to beat his marker he gets his bearings all wrong and his shot from the edge of the area arrows well wide. 33 mins - The Hatters are well on top now and are looking for a third. They have claims for a penalty when Wright goes down in the penalty area under pressure from Michael Briscoe but referee Bull is having none of it. 28 mins - Another decent response from the visitors as Simon Russell tries his luck from outside the Town penalty area. He hits it well but's comfortable for Tyler. He makes it look so easy. 24 mins - GOAL!  HATTERS 2-0 Tamworth - It's 2-0 and it's an absolute beauty from Wright as he curls a pearler beyond Alcock after the on-loan Peterborough striker had seen his initial shot blocked. Great goal. 20 mins - Not a bad response from the visitors to go behind but White foils Alex Rodman with a timely interception inside the penalty area. 19 mins - GOAL!  HATTERS 1-0 Tamworth - And ther'es the opener. A lovely goal put away by Asa Hall to finish off a fine move. Hatch runs at goal and exchanges passes with a fancy backheel by Wright. Hatch bulldozers his way through and squares to Hall who expertly and confidently finishes past Alcock for his second of the season. 13 mins - Good play from the Town and the visitors have their right-back Richard Tait to thank for keeping the score goalless. Newton does well to cut inside down the right and finds Wright down the left-hand edge of the penalty. The stirker forces the ball across goal but before Jarvis can touch the ball home Tait heads the ball over his own crossbar and it stays 0-0. 11 mins - After the good start it's been a bit quieter since and Tamworth are beginning to come more into proceedings playing the football which has got them in a position in the BSP above the Hatters. Still, Mark Tyler's still to be tested... 5 mins - It's been a very promising start from the Hatters. Hatch and Wright are a proving to be a right handful for the Lambs defence. Firstly Wright tees-up Jarvis who sees a low left-foot shot saved by Alcock at the goalkeeper's near post and then Hatch heads straight at the keeper following Pilkington's searching cross. 2 mins - Another shot at Alcock's goal as the Town have started brightly. Wright knocks the ball down to the feet of Hatch who blasts goalwards but the striker's effort from 20 yards swerves well wide. 1 min - We're off as Rossi Jarvis and Asa Hall get the Town under way as they attack the Oak Road where a couple of hundred noisy Tamworth fans are congregated. On 44 seconds the visiting goalkeeper Danny Alcock gets a touch when catching Ben Wright's hooked shot from 15 yards. 14:58 - The two sides enter the pitch - the Hatters led by captain Kevin Nicholls wearing orange while Tamworth are sporting all red - hopefully not too much of a colour clash! 14:55 - It's a blustery afternoon here at Kenilworth Road as the old ground begins to fill-up. The sprinklers are on and dampening the turf. Let's hope the Town can bounce back to winning ways. 14:10 Team news - Hatters' caretaker manager Alan Neilson makes two changes to the side that lost 1-0 at home to Stevenage with strikers Liam Hatch and Ben Wright replacing Tom Craddock and Jake Howells who both drop to the bench. That's two big men up front for the Town. Hatters: Tyler, Asafu-Adjaye, Murray, White, Pilkington, Nicholls, Hall, Jarvis, Newton, Hatch, Wright. Substitutes: Blackett, Craddock, Charles, Howells, Gnakpa. Tamworth: Alcock, Tait, Blackwood, Smith, Wright, Rodman, Pritchard, Sheridan, Shaw, Briscoe, Russell. Substitutes: Wylde, Lyttle, Lake-Gaskin, Andrew, Koranteng. 13:50 Good afternoon all supporters to to our text updates service as the Hatters are back in action looking to bounce back from Tuesday's defeat to Stevenage against Tamworth.. We're live at Kenilworth Road as Alan Neilson's men look to get back to winning ways which would earn them the fifth home victory of the campaign in front of the home faithful. In the next hour keep an eye on the site as we'll have team news for you. On this afternoon we'll have all the usual updates keeping you bang up-to-date with all the action - and in a number of ways. There's none of those boring ball-by-ball "defensive thrown-in taken by Luton left-back" updates as we continue to try and bring you an updated and detailed text commentary. This is a great way to keep in touch and has been popular to those supporters not able to get to a computer or a radio as the service is also available and is updated live on our WAP site. For those who can tune in, then Hatters Player subcribers should look no further than the live commentary. As ever the commentary is brought to you by Simon "Statto" Pitts. He's got the best view in the house way up in the gods of the gantry and with the best view it's easy to see why the commentary is so good... And after the action has finished Hatters Player subscribers will get to watch all the post-match interviews from all the men that matter this afternoon. But 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 to bounce back with three points! Come on you Hatters!
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