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21:56 27th March 2010


The Hatters followed-up their six-goal haul at Ebbsfleet last week by going two better by hitting eight past Hayes & Yeading to rack up their sixth successive win in an incredible afternoon at Kenilworth Road. Amazingly the Town led 7-0 at the interval, and therefore made it 13 goals in the space of their two separate 90 minutes after scoring six in the second period last Saturday. There were braces a-piece for Claude Gnakpa, Kevin Gallen and Tom Craddock as Richard Money's men cruised to their fourth straight win at Kenilworth Road. Right, where do we start? The Hatters got the ball rolling in the seventh minute when Gallen got the first of his two goals when reacting quickest in the penalty area after Freddie Murray's left-wing cross bounced inside the visitors' penalty area. With their tails up with an early goal, it wasn't long before it was two when four minutes later Gnakpa doubled the lead when sending a scorching drive across Hayes & Yeading goalkeeper Clark Masters. On 13 minutes the Frenchman found the net again to put the Town three-up when on hand to nod comfortably Jake Howells' teasing cross from the left past Masters from close range. Three goals in 45 minutes last week, two inside 13 minutes this. His mother's cooking is the secret ingredient to the Town midfielder's magnificent form. Ten minutes passed without the hosts scoring again but that was soon over when Gallen notched his second and the Hatters' fourth on 23 minutes. Craddock galloped down the right-flank unchallenged and pulled the ball back for his strike partner who swept the ball into the bottom corner. It was relentless. And three minutes later - on 26 minutes - I hope you're counting - it was five when Keith Keane got in on the act. Seizing on a loose ball the midfielder continued unchallenged before sending a curling shot arching into the top corner from the edge of the area. After scoring a record six goals in one half last week at Ebbsfleet the Hatters were quick to equal that just five minutes later on 31 minutes when Craddock finally got his name on the scoresheet. This time Gnakpa was the creator, beating his man down the right before whipping in a perfect cross for the striker to nod firmly past the hapless Masters. Could it get better? With the home crowd already calling for double-figures, incredibly the Hatters did score a seventh before the interval. Jake Howells, in imperious form down the left-flank, started the move which he finished. He teed up an unmarked Gallen who saw his chance of a hat-trick denied by both posts before pouncing on the loose ball to tap-home from a yard out. Chances for Gnakpa - with a header - and for Simon Heslop, who, with Keane in the central midfield, again impressed, almost made it an unbelievable eight before referee Long called time at the end of the first 45. The second half was always going to be an anti-climax to the first with the visitors keen to restore some pride after a shell-shocked opening period. But the Hatters continued to dominate and it was their first opportunity of the second period that gave them their eighth. Ed Asafu-Adjaye spotted Craddock unmarked with a pass upfield. The striker drew Masters out of goal but saw his shot crash back off the crossbar. However, first to react, Craddock tip-toed along the goalline, passed Masters and tapped home from two yards to score his 17th goal of the season and his seventh goal in six matches. Playing keep-ball, the Town were rarely troubled at the back and with most inside Kenilworth Road keen to see double figures, Richard Money highlighted the strength-in-depth available to him by introducing Liam Hatch and Matthew Barnes-Homer to the fray with 25 minutes left. Two minutes after their arrival both substitutes combined which saw Hatch register perhaps the miss of the season. Barnes-Homer was free to cross from the right and put the ball on a plate for his strike partner but, to the disbelief of everyone inside the ground, Hatch ballooned the ball over the crossbar from inside the six yard box and the chance for 9-0 was gone. There was still plenty of time left for the Hatters to net number nine with Craddock desperate to notch his hat-trick but in the end they had to settle for eight on a truly unforgettable 90 minutes of football. 14 goals in two matches. Not bad, eh? Victories for both Stevenage and Oxford may have dampened enthusiasm on an incredible afternoon but they both meet on Tuesday night. And that's when the Town are at home to Salisbury City. It's Kids for 2020 on Tuesday: so get down and be a part of it. We can't guarantee they'll be eight goals but the way the Hatters are playing at the minute, who would bet against it? Keep believing. For minute-by-minute analysis, see below. Result from Kenilworth Road Luton Town 8 (Gallen 7, 23, Gnakpa 11, 13, Keane 26, Craddock 31, 56, Howells 35) Hayes & Yeading United 0 Final score FULL TIME Just the one goal in the second half but it matters not one jot. LUTON TOWN 8-0 HAYES & YEADING UNITED. Reaction, highlights and much more to come on COYH! 90 + 3 mins - Great play from Howells finds Craddock but as the falls on his left-foot the striker can only blaze a shot high and wide of the target. 90 mins - Back come the Town as Keane curls in a left-wing corner straight onto Hatch's head but the substitute can only put the ball over the crossbar. We've got three additional minutes to find a ninth. 89 mins - Almost 8-1 as Cadmore sees a shot cannon off Asafu-Adjaye behind for a corner. 86 mins - Keith Keane is named as the sponsors' man-of-the-match. 84 mins - Still 8-0 as the Hatters continue to play keep ball, six minutes to get two more? 78 mins - Animation from Money on the touchline as he bounces the ball away in frustration. Taking the foot off that gas I've been going on about isn't pleasing the Town boss. 78 mins - I guess the only disppointing thing about the afternoon is the fact Stevenage are winning at Crawley. Still, you can't have it all. 77 mins - More good play from the Town as Ed floats a lovely crossfield pass to MBH. He takes a touch before pulling the trigger but a brave block from Allen-Page clears the danger and it remains eight. 75 mins - Still in search of number nine as Craddock comes close to doing so after taking a one-two back from Heslop. However, as he sniffs for a hat-trick, he can only shoots wide after muscling his marker out of the way. 70 mins - The Town are still obviously well in control but here's a stat for you: we still haven't had a corner. 67 mins - Unbelievable! It should be nine but Hatch contrives to balloon the easiest of tap-ins from two yards following MBH's low right-wing cross. That was some miss. 66 mins - 25 minutes to get double figures Hatch and MBH are leading the line now and Craddock is on the right wing. 65 mins Double change for the Town. Ominous for Hayes, Hatch and Barnes-Homer on for Claude and Gallen. All four players are gretted with a huge round of applause. 60 mins - The attendance inside Kenilworth Road this afternoon is 6,761 which includes 146 from Middlesex. There's probably about 40 of them left now. 56 mins  GOAL! HATTERS 8-0 Hayes & Yeading - Yep, it's eight and it's taken the Town 10 minutes to register their first of the half and it's Craddock that's got it. Racing onto Asafu-Adjaye's throughball he only has Masters to beat. The striker clips the ball over the advancing goalkeeper but sees a shot a cannon off the crossbar. The ball falls kindly back for him, however, and after dribbling past the visiting goalkeeper he taps home his 17th of the season and his seventh in six. GET IN! 53 mins - Foot off the pedal and as a result its allowed the visitors to enjoy some possession. They've cleared had a rollocking from the manager at half-time. 49 mins - The last time we scored seven? 1985. It was seven past Shilton in a thumping win over Southampton at Kenilworth Road. No idea when we last scored eight or more - you'll have to wait until after the game as I scour the history books. 48 mins - Quiet start to the half as the visitors begin the brighter with Fitzgerald testing Tyler with a shot from 18 yards that is comfortable for the Town stoppper. 47 mins - Looking towards the Oak Road end is looks as though most of the Hayes & Yeading fans have had enough and have headed home. Can't really blame them. 46 mins The two sides are back out on the Kenilworth Road pitch and it'll be the Hatters to kick-off shooting towards the Kenilworth Road end. Stayed tuned for another 45 minutes. COYH! 46 mins Change for the Town at the interval with Blackett on for Kovacs. Meanwhile it's a double change for Garry Haylock's side with James Mulley and Esmond James replacing Matt Ruby and Justin Cochrane. HALF-TIME LUTON TOWN 7-0 HAYES & YEADING - Incredible first half. After six last week it's seven this. If you can't keep up, read through the updates below! Check back in 15 minutes for all the second half updates. Double figures? Who knows? 45 + 2 mins - Masters gets his hands warm as he saves a shot from Heslop after patient build-up from Gallen. 45 mins - Half chance for Claude's hat-trick as he gets up to head straight at Masters from Gallen's left-wing centre. 44 mins - More tongue-in-cheek calls of "what a load of rubbish" from the Town crowd as Gallen drifts in a disappointing cross from the right. They've taken their foot of the gas in the last 10 minutes. Still 7-0. Yes, seven. 40 mins - Five minutes without a goal. That's about the average time we tend to score isn't it? A couple of ironic cries from the Town faithful of "boring, boring Luton"... 38 mins - Everyone is absolutely stunned. But the Town are not letting up. Claude marauds forward down the right and fancies his chances of another hat-trick but shoots well over the crossbar. Booooo! 35 mins  HATTERS 7-0 Hayes & Yeading - You're not dreaming, and I'm not making this up. Howells has made it SEVEN - S-E-V-E-N. Howells crosses from the left to find an unmarked Gallen. His shot looks to be heading in but it cannons off both posts. Before Masters can get up though Howells is first on the scene to tap home from a yard out. Unbelievable. 32 mins  - That's two weeks running we've got six goals in a half. Incredible stuff. It's not doing my fingers any good. Craddock's strike has meant my 5-0 prediction has gone out the window. Oh, well... 31 mins  HATTERS 6-0 Hayes & Yeading - I was just talking to the fellow press pack about the fact the the Town had scored five and Craddock hadn't gone one. Not anymore. Gnakpa races down the right, crosses for the striker who nods the ball first time past Masters for number SIX. WOW! 30 mins - You know that chatter, that murmur of voices inside a football ground when there's a lull in play. Well that sound is very loud at the minute as the home faithful catch their breath. 26 mins  GOAL! HATTERS 5-0 Hayes & Yeading - It's FIVE! And a magnificent 11 in the space of 71 minutes across two games as Keane gets in on the act. He seizes upon a loose pass from the visiting defence a curls a delightful shot in the top right hand corner of the net. Incredible scenes at Kenilworth Road. 25 mins - More applause from the Kenilworth Road faithful as the ball is in the back of the Hayes net for a fifth time. However, a lovely move involving Heslop and Gallen lands up with Craddock finishing superbly but he's harshly ruled out for offside. 23 mins  GOAL! HATTERS 4-0 Hayes & Yeading - Erm, make that 10 goals in 68 minutes as Gallen makes it 4-0. Craddock runs on a loose ball down the right, galloping into the wide open space vacated by visiting defenders. He looks up and spots an unmarked Gallen 12 yards from goal who duly belts the ball beyond Masters for his second of the game. Super stuff. Get in! 20 mins - The Town are let off the hook as a super opportunity is spurned by United as Marwa heads wide of Tyler's left-hand post when unmarked to meet Adam Green's left-wing cross. 17 mins - Still the Hatters continue to press the shell-shocked visitors. Howells does brilliantly to head a Gnakpa cross from the right into the path of Craddock who squares to Keane but his shot goes straight into the arms of a relieved Masters. Still three-zip. 16 mins - Sorry the updates have been a tad slow but it's difficult to keep up. That's the Hatters' ninth goal in 58 minutes of football and Claude's fifth in the same period. He is absolutely on fire as are Money's men. Incredible. Kenilworth Road is bouncing. 13 mins  GOAL! HATTERS 3-0 Hayes & Yeading - Gnakpa again. Nuff said. Craddock feeds Howells down the left, he dinks in a superb cross that is one  a plate for Gnakpa to head firmly pastr Masters to make it three. Wow! 11 mins GOAL! HATTERS 2-0 Hayes & Yeading - It keeps getting better - that's eight goals in 56 minutes now as Gnakpa get his fourth in a game-and-a-half as he fires a superb effort from the right hand edge of the penalty area after taking a lovely touch from Gallen in his stride. GET IN! 10 mins - Back come the visitors as Allen-Page cuts inside down the right and fires a left-foot shotr straight at Tyler. Easy for the Hatters keeper. 7 mins  GOAL! HATTERS 1-0 Hayes & Yeading - It's been coming and it's that man again Kevin Gallen who puts the Town in front. Murray lofts a high cross from the left to the back stick. The ball drops in the six yard box and Gallen is quickest to react to turn and fire a shot past Masters for his 13th of the season and his fourth in three games. Get in! 6 mins - Corner to the visitors as Cochrane - who scored a pearler back at Church Road three weeks ago - drives a shot goalwards from 20 yards that is blocked behind by Asafu-Adjaye. 3 mins - It's got a bit scrappy since then but the Hatters have had the fair share of the ball so far. H&Y have brought over 100 supporters who are making themselves known to the home faithful. 1 mins - Bright start from the Town as Gnakpa, fresh from last week's hat-trick, spreads the play from the right to the left looking for Craddock who runs at the visitors defence and shoots just wide. 50 seconds on gone. 1 min It's Hayes & Yeading that get us underway shooting towards the Kenilworth Road end. 14:58 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides on to the pitch, the Town in their usual orange shirts, white shorts while the visitors are in their change strip of royal blue shirts and black shorts. We're almost set. Enjoy the updates. Come on you Hatters! 14:55 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Thomas Leech: 2-1 Luton, Andrew Barringer: 5-0 Luton, Mark Wood: 5-1 Luton, Ian Pearce: 4-0 Luton, Euan Duncan 3-1 Luton, Bill Cole: 4-1 Luton. 14:50 EXPECTANCY There's a buzz of excitement around Kenilworth Road as the countdown to kick-off nears. Just wandered past the Town dressing room and there's plenty of positivity in there. COYH! 14:45 PITCH PERFECT Once again after over a week without a game the Kenilworth Road pitch is looking in great nick. It's looking greener ever game. Well done the groundsmen: you know who you are! 14:25 HISTORY LESSON 25 years ago today the Town ran out 3-1 winners over Ipswich Town at Kenilworth Road with two goals from Mick Harford and one from Emeka Nwajiobi before a crowd of 12,640 in the old First Division. 14:10 UNCHANGED AGAIN For the fourth match running Richard Money  names an unchanged starting XI. However, there is one change on the substitutes' bench as striker Liam Hatch returns in place of Asa Hall. Hatters: Tyler, Asafu-Adjaye, Keane, Kovacs, Pilkington, Craddock, Howells, Gnakpa, Gallen, Heslop, Murray. Substitutes: Gore, Blackett, Newton, Barnes-Homer, Hatch. Hayes & Yeading: Masters, Allen-Page, Green, Cadmore, Ruby, Marwa, Canham, Fitzgerald, Cochrane, Ide, Harris. Substitutes: Overland, Mulley, Binns, James, Wishart. 13:50 125 YEARS AND COUNTING (ALMOST) Club Historian Roger Wash has today brought in the Hatters' original minute book. It's first page details the meeting that saw the club formed on 11th April 1885. Delicately turning the pages we see read that "the club should play in navy blue and pink". It'll be orange today! Look out in the next few months as Roger and statistician Simon Pitts are due to a release a special 125-year anniversary book. 13:45 MORE PLEASE CLAUDE Claude Gnakpa's just paid our office a visit. He's beaming after seeing his picture plastered all over today's programme following last week's hat-trick at Ebbsfleet. Another treble this afternoon? Who knows! Stranger things have happened. 13:30 IT'S STOPPED It's not raining anymore, it's not raining anymore... 13:08 CHUCKING IT DOWN The rain is getting heavier here, so if you're walking to the ground bring a brolly! Or better still, for the walk home, pick up a Luton Town one from the club shop. 12:55 HATCH BACK? We've just caught up with striker Liam Hatch who is, as usual, all smiles. Is he in the team? Well, you're going to have to wait to find out! Team news will be out shortly after 2pm. 12:35 WEATHER WATCH It's a tad overcast here at Kenilworth Road and fine rain is falling from the sky. 12:00 SPOILT FOR CHOICE Five wins on the spin, an almost fully-fit squad to choose from, the arrival of two new signings and a team brimming with confidence following a 6-1 away win. Kenilworth Road isn't a bad place to be at the minute. So what better than to start a potentially massive week for the Town as they host Hayes & Yeading in the first of two home fixtures in the space of three days before a trip to league leaders Stevenage next Saturday. With the capture of defender Gavin Caines and striker Taiwo Atieno plus the return to fitness of Liam Hatch, manager Richard Money admitted yesterday he is "spoilt for choice" with a squad buoyed by a run of results which have, all of a sudden, propelled them into the title race. And who would have thought that a month ago? Three weeks ago the run of victories began with a 3-2 success at Hayes & Yeading. Money was fuming afterwards that his side did not take enough of their chances that day as they held onto record all three points depsite a late rally from the hosts. United have had a superb first season in the BSP, comfortably sitting in 14th place in the table with Garry Haylock's side making a mockery of the pundits' and bookies' pre-season predictions of a season of struggle. Just three days after the Hatters triumphed down in Middlesex, Haylock's side produced probably the result of the season so far by going to Oxford and winning 2-1. Which just goes to show not only what a good result it was for the Town on 6th March, but also highlights that today's fixture will be less than a stroll in the park for Money troops this afternoon. Well, whatever happens at Kenilworth Road today your official website will have everything covered: every step of the way. If you can't make the match then 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, 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. His commentary in injury time against Oxford last month has made international radio while groups in his honour have sprouted up on social networking site Facebook. He's back up in the gantry this afternoon calling home the shots with the best view in the house. As always 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. Be sure to check out - our brand new online image library. Remember, we want you to get in touch. Join the updates and get in touch! Email and we'll pick the best comments to go live on the site during our live updates. Don't forget we're also on twitter and Facebook so feel free to interact with your fellow fans online. Enjoy the game. COYH!
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