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20:23 17th April 2010


The Hatters will have to win promotion from the Blue Square Premier the hard way after a frustrating goalless draw at Kenilworth Road was coupled by news that leaders Stevenage had won at Kidderminster. A victory over a resilient Altrincham side still wouldn't have been enough but manager Richard Money's pre-match prediction for a tight-game was spot on as the Town's run of seven successive home wins was brought to an end. It wasn't for the want of trying as the Hatters dominated much of the 90 minutes. Alty goalkeeper Stuart Coburn was the Town's main tormentor as he pulled off two fantastic saves to thwart the hosts. Firstly in the first-half he kept out a stinging snap-shot from Tom Craddock before he pulled off an even better one seven minutes from the end when getting down to keep out Kevin Gallen's low drive after good work from Matthew Barnes-Homer. The Town continued to huff and puff but could not find a winner despite having four strikers on the field for the final 27 minutes and, with Stevenage clinching the title, Richard Money's men can look ahead to an extended season in the Play-Offs. After the recent goal gluts at Kenilworth Road, it was a strange end to the regular home campaign and meant that it was the first time since December 2nd that the Town had failed to score at home. Full report to follow, for minute-by-minute analysis see below. Full-time from Kenilworth Road Luton Town 0 Altrincham 0 Result FULL-TME LUTON TOWN 0-0 ALTRINCHAM - All the reaction, photographs and highlights to come. Stay tuned. 90 mins + 4 - Play-offs it is. Stevenage have won 2-0 at Kidderminster and are Champions. Bring it on. 90 mins + 3 - Not long left now but it isn't looking likely I'm afraid. 90 mins + 1 - Half a chance for Town as Hatch's flick-on finds Gallen inside the area but after turning his marker his shot is weak and straight at Coburn. 90 mins - Six additional minutes to find a winner as the noise around Kenilworth Road goes up a notch. 87 mins - We're still here don't worry, just not much is happening. Looks like a 0-0 and has done for the past hour or so. 83 mins - Great chance and it's Coburtn to the rescue as he does brilliantly to keep out Gallen's low left-foot drive from 10 yards following MBH's cut back after he had taken a superb pass from Howells. The Town are camped in the visitors half minutes left to find one. 81 mins - Mix-up in the Alty area as Coburn comes flying out to catch a Howells cross and gets no-where near it but no Town man is there to knock home. 80 mins - Still (and yes I am aware I keep typing that word) the Town press and are enjoying plenty of possession  but it just aint happening. 77 mins - Half chance for Craddock as head goalwards after good wing play from Barnes-Homer but it lacks the necessary power and it's easy for Coburtn. Not long left now... 74 mins - Oh, so close! Howells finds Gallen who flicks the ball into the path of MBH with a superb deft header. The Town sub gets to the byline and sends the ball goalwards. Was it a cross or a shot? Who knows. Whatever it was, it flashed across the goal and no-one was on hand to turn home the ball. Still goalless. 72 mins - Still all the Town but it's still goalless as Hatch heads a Howells corner over the bar. What a frustrating afternoon this has been. So much for my 5-0 prediction. 68 mins - Bad, bad news elsewhere: Kidderminster 0-2 Stevenage. It looks like the play-offs for the Town then even if we do manage to win this. 65 mins - Trying to make head or tail of this formation. Looks 4-2-4 to me. Newton and Howells are now the right and left backs, Heslop and Hall are in the middle. Hatch and Gallen are central roles while MBH and Craddock are on either flank. Can they get one with 25 to play? 63 mins Double change then and the Town have four strikers on the pitch. Hatch and Barnes-Homer are on for both full-backs, Murray and Asafu-Adjaye. 63 mins - Activity on the Hatters bench, MBH and Hatch are getting ready... 60 mins - Shot from distance from Doran for the visitors that Tyler watches over the crossbar. 59 mins - This afternoon's attendance is 7,374 including 97 shouting for Alty. 58 mins - Chance for the Town as Craddock heads over a Asafu-Adjaye cross after the defender did well to rob Brown of the ball down the right flank. Unlucky. Good play from Ed. Some fans in the Kenny End felt it should be a corner. 56 mins - Still plenty of time but at the minute it's just not falling for the Hatters at the minute. Plenty of options on the bench, though. Let's way and see. 53 mins - Good link-up play from Howells and Gallen see the latter see a shot deflected over the crossbar for a corner which Alty eventually clear. Is it coming? 52 mins - Plenty of effort from the Town so far but nothing to show for it. One in-on off someone's backside will do thank you, please. 50 mins - Yet another effort from 25+ yards, Heslop this time chances his arm with a shot that clears the crossbar. 48 mins - Another chance from distance by Hall, that's about his fourth effort from the edge of the area. He plays a one-two with Gallen before shooting wide of Coburn's left-hand post. 47 mins - The Hatters have started on the front foot as Heslop again tries his luck from the edge of the box he sees a shot deflected into the arms of Coburn. 46 mins Altrincham gets us underway for the second 45, kicking towards their 80 or so fans in the Oak Road end. There are no subs at half-time for either side. KEANE UPDATE: The Town's number four felt a slight knee problem in the warm-up and was withdrawn before kick-off. It's Rossi Jarvis on the bench instead. HALF-TIME LUTON TOWN 0-0 ALTRINCHAM - All square at the break and not much to tell you about in all honesty. The Hatters have been on top but it's still goalless. Check back in 15 minutes for the second half updates. 45 + 2 mins - Another long-distance effort from Hall, this time on his left foot, goes high and wide. 45 mins - Coburn is again tested as the Hatters come close to notching before the break as Heslop hits a great first-time effort from the edge of the area that the Alty keeper gets done well quickly to deal with. The Town have upped it slightly but it remains goalless. We've got an additional two minutes added time. 44 mins - Tenacious and skilful play from Craddock wins a free-kick 30 yards from goal but from the resulting set-piece Howells sees his effort sail harmlessly over the bar. 40 mins - It's not been great so far. Still 0-0 with the Hatters just about on top. 37 mins - Best chance of the game for the Town as Craddock does brilliantly in the penalty area to turn away from his marker before finding room to blast a shot goalwards that is beaten away by Coburn. The loose ball is almost seized upon by Newton but Williams does well to hack the ball clear to keep it goalless. 36 mins - First booking of the game for Murray as he scythes down Doran who could have been away at goal. 34 mins - Still 0-0 and we're struggling to tell you anything remotely interesting. Heslop does well in the centre of midfield to feed Newton down the right but his cross is dealt with by the visiting defence with Howells challenging. That's as good as it's got in the last 15 minutes. 30 mins - Half-an-hour gone - now's the time for a Town goal... 25 mins - Quiet elsewhere too. Only four goals in the BSP so far this afternoon. Honestly, not much is happening here...yet. 21 mins - Still goalless but its not for the want of trying. I think everyone in the ground knows Stevenage are winning and it's filtered through to the support. It's very subdued and the game has a real end-of-season feel to it at the moment. 17 mins - Still all the Hatters though as they work the ball well again down the left but Howells' pass to find Gallen is taken off the striker's feet by Heslop and the move breaks down. Usually it takes us half-an-hour to get the first... 15 mins - Great chance for Alty to take the lead and the Town have Tyler to thank. The ball drops kindly to Robbie Williams - no, not THE Robbie Williams - who sends a snap-shot arrowing to the top corner that is palmed over the crossbar well by the Hatters' number one. 13 mins - Just as I say that Hall finds himself 25 yards from goal with the ball at his feet. There's only one thing in his mind: shoot. This time his effort is on target and Coburn in the Altrincham goal gets down to save it, gathering at the second attempt. 11 mins - Keane might be missing but Hall has done very well in the middle of the park so far and is impressing going forward as well as putting his foot in and doing the dirty work. 10 mins - Like it's been in recent home games it has been a very low-key opening to proceedings. Not much to tell you about really. Sorry. 6 mins - Bad news elsewhere already: Kidderminster 0-1 Stevenage. 3 mins - A break down the left for Alty through Lawton but terrific covering from Heslop snuffs out the danger and the referee awards the Town a goal-kick. Great work-rate from the on-loan midfielder. 2 mins - Bright start from the Town with Howells and Gallen already looking lively. They combine to tee-up Hall 25 yards out who drives a low shot just wide of the post. Good start. 1 min  And we're off as the Town kick off shooting towards the Oak Road end. The ground is bathed in warm April sunshine - definitely shorts and t-shirt weather. 15:01 LAST MINUTE CHANGE Asa Hall is in for Keith Keane moments before kick-off. 15:00 MORE AWARDS Applause all round for Richard Money and Claude Gnakpa as they receive their Blue Square Manager and Player of the month awards for March. 14:58 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides onto the pitch with the Town in their orange and Alty in their traditional red and white stripes. 14:54 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 5-0 Luton. Carl Field: 7-0 Luton. Thomas Leech: 3-1 Luton. Euan Duncan: 5-0 Luton. Ian Peace: 3-0 Luton. Bill Cole: 2-0 Luton. 14:50 AWARDS DOUBLE OF PILKS Loyal Luton and the Bobbers Travel Club both present Player of the Season awards to George Pilkington. 14:45 HOW TIMES CHANGE 25 years ago, Saturday 21st April 1985, Luton Town 2-1 Manchester United. Two goals from Mick Harford at Kenilworth Road. Believe it or not the crowd that day was only 10,320. Five levels below today, they'll be around 3,000 less inside the famous old ground. 14:30 UNDER-18s DEFEATED Liam Toomey has been on fire for the Town's youth team and has scored again this morning against Aldershot. However, Martin Prickett's side have been beaten by the Hampshire side 2-1 at Ely Way. 14:26 FACEBOOK THOUGHTS Craig Penman 9-0
Emma Humphreys 3 0 we gunna win x
David Ltfc Hailey 2-0 orange army
Andy Brett 4-0, howells hatrick and stevenage WILL get beat!
Craig Griffiths 4-1
Anthony John Allen 5-0
Emma Cooke 3-1
Adam 'Asa' Driscoll Tough game but should see goals if we can get an early breakthrough. I'm going for Luton 4-0 Altrincham. Let's hope Kiddy can get something against Stevenage!
Chris Frankland 3-1
Ken Horn 3-0 and come on kiddy
Carol Duffy Lyons I just hope they win. I'm married to a dedicated fan and the last few wks have BEEN BLISS. Come on luton from your irish supporter. 14:10 TODAY'S VISITORS Here's the Altrincham line-up. They've been involved in two tight games in the past seven days against two of the Town's promotion rivals going down twice 1-0 to Oxford, last Saturday, and Stevenage on Wednesday. Alty: Coburn, Smith, Youing, Densmore, Lawton, Clee, Williams, Danylyk, Senior, Doran, Brown. Subs: Little, Denham, Saunders, Welch, Carden. 14:05 UNCHANGED Simple as that. It's the same side that beat Histon 6-3. There's one change on the bench though: Asa Hall is in for Rossi Jarvis. Hatters: Tyler, Asafu-Adjaye, Keane, Pilkington, Newton, Craddock, Blackett, Howells, Gallen, Murray, Heslop. Substitutes: Kovacs, Hatch, Barnes-Homer, Hall, Nelthorpe. 13:45 SQUAD SECRET I've just been told the team by First Team Coach Kevin Watson. I can't let you know until I've had the official papers through from the dressing rooms though. Stay tuned... 13:30 WEATHER WATCH No volcanic dust in the Bedfordshire sky...yet. There's not a cloud in the sky above Kenilworth Road and the sun is beaming down, it's a beautiful day, the best of the year. 13:15 THE MESSAGE The Town know what they have to do, as do Stevenage. The race for the title could be all over come five o'clock this afternoon. We're not going to go into detail to open our text commentary and bombard you with a load waffle like we usually do, we'll just hand over to Richard Money with an excerpt from his programme notes: "The players and management full appreciate your backing which has been nothing short of magnificent - particularly away from home. "We have slowly but surely turned Kenilworth Road into the fortress we want and expect it to be and make it an unpleasant place for teams to come and play. "The noise you generate can be the different from turning our home from a fortress into a real cauldron and that's what I want you do today and should we need to play here again this season. "That kind of atmosphere will boost us even more and YOU can make it happen." So there it is - get along to Kenilworth Road and raise the roof - those players need you. Well, whatever happens at Kenilworth Road this afternoon 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 has made international radio while groups in his honour have sprouted up on social networking site Facebook. He'll be once again calling home the shots from the best view on the house, way up in the gods of the gantry giving you the BEST commentary around. Afterwards we'll have all the reaction from the men that matter this after, bringing you exclusive video content! 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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