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19:31 6th February 2010


A goal seven minutes from time from Liam Hatch got the Hatters got back to winning ways with a hard-fought victory at Barrow. The striker got on the end of Kevin Nicholls' right-wing corner on 83 minutes to nod home the winner just five minutes before it looked like he was going to be substituted. The narrow win ensures the Town continue their fine run of form on the road this season - they are unbeaten since the September defeat to Wrexham and haven't conceded a goal in six successive league away matches. Hatch's header, his second goal in as many games since returning fully-fit from in jury, capped a workmanlike and professional away display from Richard Money's side. In truth it could have been a lot more comfortable had the Hatters taken their chances. A lively opening 30 minutes from both sides could have easily seen either team take the lead with the Town guilty of missing the best of them with Tom Craddock, Adam Newton and Hatch all coming close. The Hatters should have broken the deadlock as early as the fifth minute when George Pilkington could only head straight at Barrow goalkeeper Tim Deasy when unmarked six yards out. The first half-an-hour was swinging from end-to-end but, as the half wore on, the Bluebirds regained the initiative and on 18 minutes Nick Chadwick should have done better when racing onto Jason Walker's flick-on from a long boot downfield from Deasy and fired over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy. Half chances continued to flow for either side before the break with Craddock and Asa Hall going close for the Town. The second half was a more tense affair which was made even more so as dense sea mist desended on Holker Street. Barrow looked dangerous everytime they attacked while the Hatters were relying on their ability on the break to find a breakthrough. Claude Gnakpa almost got lucky with an cross-come-shot on 56 minutes when his lofted right-wing cross almost caught out Deasy after intricate play from Keith Keane and Nicholls. Goalkeeper Mark Tyler had rarely been troubled on his first outing in Town colours since the end of October but he was called into action on 72 minutes when reacting smartly to stick out a strong arm to prevent Walker from giving Barrow the lead when left unmarked at the back-post following Simon Spender's deep cross. It looked as though Hatch was going to be substituted on 74 minutes with Craig Nelthorpe waiting to come but an injury to Gnakpa changed matters completely and ultimately the course of the match. As the Hatters upped the ante with time ticking away they thought they had the lead on 82 minutes when Nelthorpe saw his left-wing cross headed off the line by Mark Jones. But not to be outdone, from the resulting corner swung in from Nicholls, Hatch strained every neck muscle to meet the skipper's flag-kick to plant a firm header into the back of the Barrow net to the delight of the 302 travelling Town fans behind the goal peering through the mist. The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the hosts and Hatch almost got his second a minute later when from an similar position he saw his header tipped over the crossbar by Deasy following another Nicholls corner. Following last weekend's defeat to Ebbsfleet and with results going in their favour the narrow victory's importance could be vital come the end of the campaign. And that was shown by the players and management at the final whistle who gathered for a post-match group huddle on the pitch. Three points, another away win. All of a sudden the Ebbsfleet game is forgotten. Next up...the small matter of league leaders Oxford United at Kenilworth Road. Bring it on. For minute-by-minute analysis see below: Full-time from Holker Street Barrow 0 Luton Town 1 (Hatch 83) Result 16:52 Following the result all the Town players and management get in a group huddle. That was an important result. FULL-TIME BARROW 0-1 LUTON TOWN - Another away win for the Hatters with a solitary goal from Hatch the difference. Get in! 90 mins - We've got three additional minutes to hold onto the three points here at Holker Street...COYH! 90 mins - All Luton now, as the attendance is announced of 1,579 which includes 302 shouting for the Hatters in the gloom away to our right. 88 mins - Another chance for Hatch, he's got the bit between his teeth now as he volleys over from six yards after being found unmarked from Nelthorpe's flick-on. That should have been game set and match. 87 mins - Almost 2-0 from an identical chance to the one that put the Hatters ahead as Nicholls drifts in a super corner that Hatch heads goalwards. Only this time Deasy sticks up an arm and tips the ball over the crossbar. Unlucky. 84 mins - Town tails up now and Hatch is hungry for another. He hunts down a stray Barrow backpass and charges down Deasy's kick but Nwokeji can't get hold of it and the chance goes begging. Unlucky. Great work ethic from the striker. 83 mins  GOAL!!! Barrow 0-1 HATTERS - The Town have the lead and it's that man Liam Hatch with a bullet header from Nico's right-wing corner. The chance came after Jones had cleared Nelthorpe's left-wing cross-come-shot off the line. Get in! And to think he was close to be being withdrawn! 80 mins - Into the last 10 and the Hatters are beginning to get going as good play between Hatch, Craddock, Jarvis and Nwokeji almost fashion a chance but the hosts snuff out the danger. Can they find one? 76 mins  Third and final sub for the Town as Nelthorpe comes on for Gnakpa, still feeling the affects of his earlier knock. 75 mins - Half chance for Claude as he tries his luck fro 25 yards with a shot that drifts harmlessly wide. 74 mins - Gnakpa goes down hurt down the right flank as the Hatters look to make a change with Hatch all set to come off for an awaiting Craig Nelthorpe. Money changes his mind though with Gnakpa looking groggy. 72 mins - Great chance for the hosts and the Hatters are indebted to Tyler to keep the score 1-0. A high ball from the right from Spender found Walker unmarked at the backpost and, as he pulls the trigger, the Town stopper spreads himself superbly to block the Bluebirds' strikers' shot. Fantastic goalkeeping. 70 mins - It's all Barrow now in these difficult conditions. Its hearts in the mouth time for the Town fans as the hosts continue to attack. 67 mins Second change for the Hatters as bring on Rossi Jarvis for Hall who had gone down with a knock minutes earlier. 64 mins - It's warming up - as a contest now as both sides now feel they can get something from this game. The introduction of Nwokeji has livened the Hatters up but in in these murky conditions this game is anybodys. 62 mins - Back come the Hatters as Nwokeji fires a low shot from 20 yards that Deasy does well to hold onto diving to his left after some direct approach play from the substitute. 61 mins - All Barrow now as Nicholls gets almost knocked out by Rutherford's goal-bound shot from the edge of the penalty area. With the gloom so no signs of lifting it's just as well the Hatters are all in orange shirts. 59 mins - The floodlights are on they don't seem to be making much of an impression...Then Barrow have a chance as Paul Jones gets two bites of the cherry to force an issue following a right-wing corner. 57 mins First change for the Hatters this afternoon as striker Mark Nwokeji is brought on for Newton. 56 mins - It was a flukey goal that won the Hatters the game against Barrow earlier in the season and a similarly lucky strike from Gnakpa almost makes it 1-0 after super one-touch football from Keane and Nicholls down the right. 55 mins - Still all the Town at the minute but they are being frustrated by the offside flag of the linesman as firstly Newton and then Hatch are flagged ahead of play after more good work from the men in orange. 54 mins - Close to 1-0 Hatters as Craddock curls a shot narrowly over the crossbar from 18 yards following some good football from the visitors. That's better. COYH! 51 mins - Plenty of effort from the Town so far at the start of this half but at the minute it seems they are not getting the breaks. And that is giving Barrow encouragment. 48 mins - It was bright sunshine and blue skies earlier. Not now. We've been engulfed by the fog and the floodlights aren't on yet! 46 mins - Chance. 21 seconds into the second period Gnakpa floats a lovely ball for Hatch to run on to. He's forced wide but still hammers a shot goalwards that hits the side netting. Richard Money hadn't even taken his seat in the dugout. 46 mins - The players are back out on the field and we've been joined by the sea mist rolling in from the Irish Sea! No changes for either side at the interval. The Town are kicking towards the visiting fans standing on terrace behind the goal. HALF-TIME Referee Curry brings the first 45 minutes to a close at Holker Street. An improvement on last Saturday and still goalless. 45 mins - As one minute of stoppage time is indicated Barrow have three chances in the space of a minute. All these chances keep coming in short, sharp bursts. A free-kick from Bond is  blocked by the wall with the follow-up from Boyd also blocked. The Town fail to clear their lines and Rutherford heads against Keane from 18 yards that Tyler does well to keep in play to prevent a corner. 44 mins - Another half chance for the Town and again it's Hall but his shot is tame and comfortably for Deasy. Still goalless. 42 mins - The Hatters have upped the ante again as he approach half-time with two chances in the space of a minute. Firstly Gnakpa does brilliantly to beat Jelleyman to fire a shot across goal that takes a nick of a defender and Deasy has to get down well with a strong arm to clear the danger. Then, Hall chances his luck from 18 yards with a left-foot drive that sails over after the midfielder had done well to create an opening for himself. 41 mins - This game isn't living up to its early promise now. The Hatters break forward with Newton as he gets the better of Spender with both players challenging for the ball with high feet. The loose ball drops to Craddock but he can't pick out Hatch at the back stick and the move breaks down. 38 mins - First booking of the afternoon for the Hatters is awarded to Nico as he is harshly adjudged to have taken out Logan with Keane rushing forward. Harsh that. 35 mins - Another five-minute spell with a dearth of chances...until, a wild hooked shot from Hall from the edge of the area goes over the crossbar and HITS a watching seagull! 30 mins - Plenty of chances in this game but not many clear-cut. Barrow have come back into this and Bond fluffs another chance for the hosts with an ambitious effort from 25 yards that flies high and wide. 28 mins - Two chances in 60 seconds for Barrow this time as firstly Bond wastes a great opportunity from a free-kick, instead blasting the ball, way, way, way over Tyler's crossbar before Logan does well to run past two Luton challenges to get into a shooting position and sees a shot curl harmlessly wide. 26 mins - And then there's two chances in a minute for the Hatters both falling to Craddock. Firstly he tries to divert Hall's header from six yards out before he dribbles with the ball and fires a shot from outside the penalty area - a deflection takes the heat off it and Deasy holds onto it comfortably. 25 mins - Don't worry we're still here, it's just not much to report... 19 mins - Tyler hasn't been overly extended so far in this opening 20 minutes and he gets his hands warm for the first time to grab Walker's back-post header from a left-wing free-kick. Easy pickings for the Town's number one. 18 mins - Again, back come Barrow and it should perhaps be 1-0 to the home side. A long punt downfield is flicked on by Jason Walker that finds Nick Chadwick who with the goal at his mercy can only divert the ball over Tyler's crossbar from an acute angle six yards out. That was close. The chance brings vocal encouragement from the Bluebirds faithful. Still I don't know. 17 mins - More work for Deasy to do in the home goal as he gathers Craddock's deft-header from 12 yards following Keane's high right-wing cross. Still the Town on top. 14 mins - Good game this. Back come the Hatters on the break as Deasy in the Barrow goal gets down bravely to deny Hatch after he had scampered clear of the last man taking a slide-rule pass from Newton. 12 mins - Half a chance for the hosts as come back to force the issue. Hall hacks down Andy Bond and the Bluebirds midfielder steps up and sees a vicious free-kick well blocked by the Town wall. 9 mins - Usually when there is no action to report in the early minutes I get a chance to run through way the Hatters are lining up. Before any opportunity comes, here goes: Tyler in goal; back four of (right-to-left) Keane, Kovacs, Pilkington, Murray; midfield of (right-to-left) Gnakpa, Hall, Nicholls, Newton; Hatch and Craddock up top. 8 mins - More pressure from the Town, they are all over Bluebirds at the minute. Barrow aren't helping themselves though with their fair share of dodgy defending. The Hatters get another chance from Nicholls' left-wing corner Janos Kovacs heads just over the crossbar. 5 mins - Oh it should be 1-0 to the Hatters. Nico swings in a great free-kick from the right flank that finds an unmarked George Pilkington eight yards from goal. However, the centre-half can guide his free-head straight at Deasy. What a chance. 3 mins - Great chance for the Hatters as Nicholls puts Newton away down the left flank. Barrow right-back Simon Spender is on to it though but his back-pass to goalkeeper Tim Deasy is weak which allows Craddock a chance at goal but his drive from the edge of the penalty area is held comfortably by Deasy. Good start from the Hatters this. 1 min - Bright start from both sides as Tyler gets his first touch after 27 seconds to kick the ball clear but Barrow come back and Adam Newton does well to cut out a dangerous cross. That tackle sets up a break for the Town with Craddock who sprints forwards with the ball but after being dispossessed the move hosts close ranks and the chances comes to nothing. 1 min And we're underway. Let's forget last Saturday. The Hatters will get us underway kicking towards the end where the Barrow club offices are situated. 14:59 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides onto the Holker Street pitch. The Hatters are in their orange shirts, white shorts and orange socks while Barrow are in their traditional white shirts, royal blue shorts and white socks. We're almost set...COYH! 14:55 GET STUFFED There's a burger van selling the Town fans refreshments over the far side with GET STUFFED emblazoned on it. Let's hope that won't be what will happen to the Town today...The teams are due out any minute so settle down for 90 minutes of live updates, ONLY on 14:52 TOWN TRAVELLERS With just under 10 minutes to kick-off several hundred Hatters fans are slowly making their way through the Holker Street turnstiles. The ground is filling up nicely. Spot the pictures attatched to this article...those blue and white stripes go all the way the ground! A nice paint job. 14:46 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 3-1 Luton. Simon Pitts: 2-1 Luton. Mark Wood: 3-0 Luton. Ian Pearce: 1-0 Luton (Hatch). Euan Duncan: 2-1 Luton. 14:41 STARING INTO THE ABYSS While all the outfield players contest a pre-match kick-around, Richard Money is in the other half of the pitch, hands behind his back, staring at his troops. Is he staring the fear into his players in an attempt to restore professional pride following last week's defeat? 14:30 TWO CHANGES Team news has arrived in the press box and Richard Money has made two changes to his side following last Saturday's defeat to Ebbsfleet. As expected goalkeeper Mark Tyler makes his long-awaited return from a back injury. It's his first appearance since the 31st October in the defeat to Rushden & Diamonds. He replaces Kevin Pilkington with Shane Gore on the bench. Elsewhere, Frenchman Claude Gnakpa is the other change, coming into replace Matthew Barnes-Homer who is ill. Mark Nwokeji is on the bench, alongside former Barrow loanee Craig Nelthorpe. Hatters: Tyler, Pilkington, Kovacs, Keane, Murray, Nicholls, Hall, Newton, Gnakpa, Craddock, Hatch. Substitutes: Gore, Jarvis, Howells, Nelthorpe, Nwokeji. Barrow: Deasy, Spender, Jelleyman, Bolland, Pearson, Rutherford, Bond, Boyd, Walker, Chadwick, Logan. Substitutes: Tomlinson, Jones, Powell, Wiles, Blundell. 14:25 NO SIGN OF THE TEAMS Well, the team news anyway. Both sides are still warming up in the Cumbrian sunshine. It's not actually that cold but Kevin Nicholls is sporting a navy blue bobble hat. East 17 eat your heart out. 14:05 A NIGHT ON THE TYLES Dmitri Kharine, Shane Gore and...Mark Tyler come out to warm-up at one end of the ground as Alan Neilson sets out a series of orange and green cones. Will Tyler will be in the starting XI? Stay tuned for team news coming up. 13:50 YOU DO IT LIKE THIS The players are out on the Holker Street pitch and Richard Money is in animated mood, talking to Claude Gnakpa, Keith Keane, Fred Murray and Adam Newton. He's twisting and turning and kicking a pretend football around. That's how he wants them to do it. 12:10 WHERE ART THOU BARROW? We've just arrived as the team coach pulls up outside what seems a closed Holker Street. No sign of anyone yet...The sun is desperately trying to peer through the Cumbrian sea mist. It's a bit cold but the players seem in good spirits. Bouncing back in Barrow. Bring it on. 11:03 ADMIRING THE VIEW It's been one of the most picturesque journeys of the season. Leaving the M6 to head east to Barrow we're taking in the breathtaking views of the Peak District. It's a lovely day up here. The sun is shining and the blue skies stretch as far as the eye can see. 07:17 IN FOR THE LONG HAUL Good morning Town fans. The media team are on the road along with several hundred Hatters supporters with 256 miles of road ahead of them. It's a long way to Barrow and back. 512 miles to be precise (from Luton, anyway). And those that are making the journey to Cumbria will be hoping the Town can bounce back following last Saturday's disappointing, shocking, frustrating - call it what you will - defeat to Ebbsfleet United at Kenilworth Road. Unbeaten away from Kenilworth Road in the league since a 3-0 thrashing at Wrexham way back in September, Richard Money will be wanting his troops to continue in the same vein that has seen earn six points out of the last six available on the road following wins at Gateshead and Histon. Only twice have the Town been beaten on their travels this season in the Blue Square Premier and with Barrow lying 18th in the table it looks an ideal opportunity to keep that impressive run going. However, like last Saturday, the Hatters must guard against complacency: especially given that although the Bluebirds hover above the BSP relegation zone, they have only lost twice on their own turf and taken points off Oxford, York, Mansfield, AFC Wimbledon and Stevenage at Holker Street this season. We have been warned... With only a few hundred Hatters making the trip no doubt plenty of you will be sitting at home sitting in front of the TV or - hopefully - in front of your computers to check out how the Town are fairing today. Remember we'll have all the goals and incidents as it happens live with the usual news in the run-up to kick-off with team line-ups and plenty of chat as your official website has, as ever, 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. On Hatters Player you all have access to our live commentary. Remember, Player is available as ever which means you all have access to our live commentary. If you haven't heard it yet then where you have been? It's brought to you by Simon "Statto" Pitts - who is quickly making a name for himself with commentary that is the envy of all the competition. He'll be at Holker Street to call home the shots and you can listen to him live later on. Of course after the action has finished, Hatters Player will have all the post-match interviews from all the men that matter today. Whether on Hatters Player or not, we'll have plenty of content to keep you interested as we'll have all of the post-match reaction as well as match action from Gareth Owen to follow after the final whistle. 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