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21:56 20th October 2009


A stunning equaliser from Asa Hall preserved Alan Neilson's unbeaten record in temporary charge of the Hatters against York City.

The midfielder crashed an unstoppable effort past Minstermen goalkeeper Michael Ingram from 25 yards on 65 minutes for his third goal of the campaign.

The visitors enjoyed the best of the play in the first half and took the lead nine minutes before the break when Andy Farrell touched home from close range under pressure from a plethora of Town defenders.

That said in the opening period the Hatters missed two gilt-edged chances to score.

Tom Craddock wormed his way through the York backline to send a shot scurrying wide of the target on 33 minutes and Adam Newton missed an even better chance to level matters 10 minutes later when he skied a shot over the bar from six yards following a neat pass from Craddock.

After a subdued opening the second period, the Hatters began to get on top.

Ed Asafu-Adjaye tested Ingham's agility with a fine save on 58 minutes after a rampaging run and shot but the Hatters faithful didn't have long to wait to celebrate an equaliser.

Referee Kinseley played a superb advantage after his linesman had flagged for a foul on Claude Gnakpa and as the ball fell to Hall outside the penalty area he drilled a fine shot into the top corner of the goal.

Although the Town's tails were up, Martin Foyle's visitors weathered the storm and as the game swung from end to end in the final 15 minutes, City almost snatched the three points at the death when substitute Adam Boyes failed to touch home Richard Brodie's cross.

For a minute-by-minute analysis see below:

Live from Kenilworth Road

Luton Town 1 (Hall 65)

York City 1 (Barrett 36)

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FULL-TIME whistleLUTON TOWN 1-1 YORK CITY - It's all over at Kenilworth Road and the Town have had to settle for a share of the spoils. All the post-match reaction to come plus all the match action too. Keep your eyes peeled and see you Saturday.

90 mins + 4 - A chance at the death for City to steal it by substitute Adam Boyes can't touch home Brodie's low left-wing cross. Real let off.

90 mins + 2 - Goalscorer Barrett whips in a great cross from the right but Tyler does well to punch away the danger as City press for a late winner themselves.

90 mins - We've got four additional minutes to find a winner...

89 mins - Still no sign of that elusive winner. Town are trying. Charles does well to swing in a cross from the right from a tight position but Hall can't quite get on the end of it as he looks to head goalwards.

85 mins - ...however, Hall tries another blockbuster and gets it all wrong as the resulting free-kick ends up hitting the advertising hoardings above the goal.

84 mins - More drama outside the same penalty as in the first half as Ingham handles the ball outside his area after Craddock looked to get on the end of Gnakpa's flick-on. Free-kick in a great position for the Hatters...

80 mins - Talking of work ethic, Hall has been outstanding too and that goal has given him real confidence. He chases a lost cause down the left and tries to belt the ball back across goal but it goes out of play as it fizzs out.

79 mins - Craddock's endeavour this evening has been first class. This time he robs Carruthers down the Town right and finds Hall but the goalscorer can't recreate his equaliser as he scuffs his shot wide of Ingham's right-hand post.

75 mins - This has got the making of an interesting final 15 minutes. The rain is still teeming down and York are certainly not content with a point at this stage. The Hatters want the points too, obviously, and are still on a high after the leveller.

73 mins - In all honestly York have come back into this and have weathered the Town's fight. For now.

71 mins - Town are looking hungry for that win now. Gnakpa and Charles combine down the right which sees the Frenchman whip across to the near post that Craddock is inches away from getting his head to.

65 mins - GOAL! GOAL! HATTERS 1-1 York - Wow. What a strike. The Hatters pull level as Hall, 25 yards, out hits a screamer into the top left-hand corner of the net. It came after excellent advantage was played by referee Kinseley. Gnakpa is barged off the ball on the right-hand touchline. The ball edges square to Hall who looks up a let's fly. There's a split second silence before the ball hits the back of the net before the ground erupts. Love it. Get in. Game on!

63 mins - Tonight's attendance at Kenilworth Road has been texted to me - yes, technology is that advanced! 6,387 are here including 257 in the Oak Road cheering for City.

60 mins - Stoppage in play and the crowd are pointing at York's Smith who lies polaxed on the floor. Eventually, after the Hatters put the ball out and the ref stops proceedings, the midfielder gets up from his feet.

58 mins - The Town are well on top and right wing raid by Gnakpa results in his cross hitting the bar, then Asafu-Adjaye picks up the ball 40 yards from goal, runs unchallenged and hit a shot destined for the top corner that Ingham does well to turn around the post. Ed's not scored for the Hatters yet and that was probably the closest his come to so far. Unlucky. Great hit. Good save.

56 mins - Contender for worst cross of the season? As York look to start an attack of their own, Smith, the right winger, looks up for Brodie but instead the ball hits his wrong foot and bounces about 20 yards wide.

55 mins - The Hatters are trying to get back in this but after forcing two corners in succession, the second from Nicholls is half-cleared and Newton - waiting on the edge of the penalty area - volleys over the bar.

50 mins - A short corner routine involving Nicholls and Howells sees the latter beat his man and float a cross to the back post. White and Pilkington are up for it but unfortunately it looks like they get in each other's way and Ingham pounces on the loose ball.

48 mins - Cool play from City right-back Ben Purkiss as he guides the ball back to Ingham with a neat chest-back. That was confident.

46 mins - York get us under way with the Hatters kicking towards the Oak Road end. An early goal for Neils' boys and we've got a game on. Come on!

20:47 - The two sides and officials are back out on the Kenilworth Road turf. Can the Town get back in this? Stay tuned for all the updates as they happen. COYH!

HALF-TIME whistleLuton Town 0-1 York City - Referee Kinseley brings the first-half to a close with the Town behind. It's not been great so far. But we've seen some great comebacks recently and it will need another one tonight if the Hatters are to pick up three points and a fourth straight victory. Check back in 15 minutes for the second half.

45 mins - Substitute Charles almost makes an immediate impact as he swings over a cross from the right and Hall heads straight at Ingham at the back stick. Meanwhile we've got three additional minutes as indicated by the fourth official.

44 mins sub It's an early change from the Hatters as Ben Wright - it's not been his night to be fair. He's replaced by Ryan Charles.

43 mins - What a great chance...Craddock plays a lovely square pass into the path Newton who is one-on-one with Ingham. He looks all set to whack it past the City keeper for the equaliser but instead blasts the ball well over the crossbar. Oh dear.

38 mins - Well we've been behind before plenty of times already this season and come back to put in a fantastic second-half showing. Let's hope we can do it again. Although one before the break would be handy...

36 mins GOAL! GOAL - Hatters 0-1 YORK - Well it has been coming. Minstermen midfielder Neil Barrett takes a pass from Brodie and bears down on goal. With a clutch of Hatters defenders trying in vain to get a foot in, Barrett touches the ball past the on-rushing Tyler for a tidy finish.

33 mins - Best chance of the game for the Hatters falls to Craddock and it's all the striker's own work. He feeds off a loose ball and goes on a slaloming runs past Chris Carruthers and then shrugs off City's man mountain centre-half Sangare. He's in on goal and in the area but his strike can't quite find the bottom corner. Superb play. That was the Craddock of old.

28 mins - Ouch! My word that has got to hurt. Poor Ed has just taken a fierce drive from Rankine in privates. He goes down clutching them but has to quickly get up to clear the danger as the ball is lofted back into the box.

27 mins - The visitors are piling on the pressure and Alan White gets a crucial header in to avert another Smith cross from finding Ferrell at the backpost.

26 mins - ...Michael Rankine hits the free-kick into someone (sorry every single Town man was in the wall) and from the follow-up Rankine he's another shot blocked.

25 mins - Some drama here as Tyler is adjudged to have fouled Brodie on the edge of the area after the goalkeeper attempted to claim a cross from Adam Smith. York now have a free-kick right on the edge of the area...

23 mins - A good passing move from the Town involving Wright, Nicholls and Newton results in Asafu-Adjaye crossing from Gnakpa but the Frenchman - 15 yards out - drives a wild shot way over the crossbar. Encouraging.

18 mins - We're only 18 minutes in but Craddock's already putting in a great shift. He's closing down, chasing and harrying every ball. He almost gets lucky when closing down Ingham's kick but the visiting goalkeeper gets away with it.

15 mins - Back come the Town and Hall, known for his great ability in the air, rises above everyone in the York penalty area to meet Nicholls' corner but his header goes over Ingham's crossbar. Unlucky.

14 mins - York are looking dangerous at times and Tyler has to be alert to grab Andy Ferrell's snap-shot from 12 yards after the City midfielder had got free in the Town's penalty area. It was a decent effort by Tyler makes it look so easy. Cool as you like.

10 mins - First real chance for the Town as Ed Asafu-Adjaye gets to the byline and whips in a cross from the right. As the ball flashes across goal Tom Craddock can't get a touch on it and neither can Hall at the back-post and the scores remain goalless.

7 mins - Still not much to report although York almost spring a surprise as from Danny Parlow's header from defence finds Richard Brodie clean through but the striker with tie on his side tries to lob Mark Tyler but the ball sails over the crossbar.

4 mins - A very subdued opening here at Kenilworth Road - still no sign of a chance of an effort on goal, although a misplaced pass from Gnakpa lands up into the gloves of York goalkeeper Michael Ingham...I'm not sure that counts as a shot on target.

2 mins - As it's the same team as Saturday the formation still looks like a 4-4-2 that can change into a 3-5-2 with Claude Gnakpa and Jake Howells providing the width down either flank.

1 mins whistleKevin Nicholls and Asa Hall kick-off with the Town attacking the Kenilworth Road end.

19:42 - The two teams are out on the field with the Hatters in their now traditional orange shirt and white shorts. York are all in sky blue. Alan Neilson is suffering from an illness so he's not on in the dugout...but don't worry he is here, sitting in the stands. Following the toss both teams changes end and it will be the Town to get us underway. We're nearly set...Come on you Hatters!


Team news

It's as you were for the Hatters following Saturday's 1-0 win at Altrincham as caretaker manager Alan Neilson names an unchanged team to face York tonight. The subs are the same too.

The visitors meanwhile won their appeal to overturn Richard Brodie's yellow card on Saturday that was his fifth of the campaign. It was a case of mistaken identity and the striker is allowed to line-up for the Minstermen.

Hatters: Tyler, Asafu-Adjaye, White, Pilkington, Newton, Nicholls, Craddock, Hall, Howells, Gnakpa, Wright.

Substitutes: Gore, Charles, Burgess, Reynolds, Basham.

York City: Ingham, Purkiss, Parslow, Smith, Ferrell, Lawless, Barrett, Rankine, Brodie, Sangare, Carruthers.

Substitutes: McGurk, Nelthorpe, Mimms, Mackin, Boyes.

The players begin their warm-up before the game with York


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