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03:04 28th January 2010


Second half goals from debutant Janos Kovacs and Asa Hall put the Hatters on their way to their third straight victory in the Blue Square Premier. After a goalless first half the Town took the lead seven minutes after the interval when the big Hungarian centre-half nodded home Kevin Nicholls' left-wing corner. The Hatters played some terrific football in the second 45 minutes and their seventh victory on the road this season was made safe on 73 minutes when Hall exchanged passes with Matthew Barnes-Homer to beat Stutes goalkeeper Danny Naisbitt from six yards for his fifth goal of the campaign. In truth the Town could have won by a greater margin and goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington was rarely threatened in the second half although the hosts had the better of the first half and could have taken the lead inside the first 25 seconds when Bradley Hudson-Odoi hit the crossbar. But that was the closest the Stutes came to scoring and the Town's second half show was fully worth the points as the stats show: shots on target: Luton 11-3 Histon, off target Luton 7-4 Histon. Three wins on the bounce was made even sweeter with the bonus of Liam Hatch returning for the first time since the beginning of October to complete 45 minutes. The striker had a goal ruled out and was a constant menace to the home defence. All in all, not a bad night's work. It's back to home comforts on Saturday for the first time in over a month when the Hatters look for four on the trot against Ebbsfleet at Kenilworth Road. Things are getting exciting now. Full report to follow. Minute-by-minute analysis below: Full time from the Glassworld Stadium Histon 0 Luton Town 2 (Kovacs 52, Hall 73) Result FULL TIME - Histon 0-2 Luton Town - All over here and its three more points for the Town. All the reaction and match action to come so keep it Great second half display Get in! 90 mins - Nearly 3-0 as Hall comes close with a header that dropped narrowly wide of the post. The attendance tonight is 1,543, No official away figure but we'll try and get one for you as soon as we can. 87 mins - Little action to report on as the Hatters look to see this victory out. It'll be seven wins on road and the third in the league in succession and this second half has been a joy to watch with some excellent, flowing, attacking football, 83 mins - Another lovely flowing move from the Town and Histon have Naisbitt to thank for preventing it becoming 3-0. Barnes-Homer found Newton with a lovely slide-rule pass and as the midfielder bared down on goal it looked certain for number three but the outstretched leg of the Stutes keeper had other ideas. 81 mins - With nine minutes left to play, dare I say it, the Hatters are looking very comfortable, As the game as gone on the Town have got better and better. COYH! 78 mins - Third and final change for the Town as Money introduces Jake Howells for skipper Kevin Nicholls who goes off to a nice round of applause from the travelling supporters. 74 mins - Almost 3-0 as the Hatters are looking ton run riot as Gwillem nearly sends the ball looping past Naisbitt after Craddock had ghosted down the left to find MBH. Good play from the Town again. 73 mins  GOAL! Histon 0-2 HATTERS - It's 2-0 to the Town and a lovely goal it is to as Barnes-Homer and Hall combine well down the right flank which sees the latter take a pass from MBH, take a touch before firing cooly past Naisbitt, Get in! 71 mins - More good play from the Town again from back to front as superb defending from Keane sets up a move for Craddock who eventually finds Hall who tries his luck from 25 yards with a shot that goes inches wide. 69 mins - No change in the score but a distinct change in the weather: it's raining even harder and getting colder. Not the greatest conditions for football. 66 mins - Another good chance for 2-0 Hatters as Craddock does well cutting inside off the left flank to find Newton he sends his shot wide of Naisbitt's right-hanf post. 65 mins - The ball is in the Histon net for the second time but the Town remain just one goal up after Hatch's header from Nicholls' vicious inswinging corner is chalked off by the referee for a foul on the keeper. That was unlucky. 63 mins - Still 1-0 to the Hatters but Histon have got back into things again after they had taken a bit of battering from the Hatters at the start of the half. 58 mins - The rain is lashing down at the Glassworld Stadium and it's all the Hatters at the minute. Very lively going forward with Hatch, Barnes-Homer, Hall and Craddock all impressing. Can they get another? 55 mins - Hatch has certainly been the difference at the start of this half, He's even helping out at the back. All good from the Hatters point of view. 52 mins GOAL Histon 0-1 HATTERS. The Hatters have the lead and its debut boy Kovacs, The Town have started this half very well with Hatch and Craddock doing well down the left. The goal came after Hall's shot from the edge of the area was deflected behind for a corner from which Nicholls found the Hungarian who dived to meet the flagkick at the near post to make it 1-0. Get in! 48 mins - A stoppage in play as Tann goes down for the hosts and won't be able to continue and is replaced by Callum Stewart, That gives MBH and Hatch the chance to have a quick chat on how to go about getting the Town in front. 46 mins - Yep, that change is confirmed. Hatch is coming on for Gallen as it's the Town that get the second period under way. He joins Barnes-Homer in attack with Craddock remaining on the left. 20:44 HATCH ATTACK! Striker Liam Hatch has just emerged from the tunnel to warm-up and is dressed as though he's about to come on. It will be his first appearance since the home victory over Tamworth back on 3rd October. HALF-TIME - Histon 0-0 Luton Town. No freak goals like Saturday but the Hatters were nearly behind within the first minute. Since the introduction of Barnes-Homer the Town have looked really threatening going forward but it remains goalless. Check back for second half updates in 15 minutes. 45 mins - Two minutes of stoppage time is added as the Town for the opening, Gallen sees a header saved by Naisbitt and then Hall does brilliantly to control the ball and find Barnes-Homer. The Hatters striker is quickly converged on by five Histon defenders when he looks all set to get a shot away. Then in the final minute of the half, Keane drives a half-volley wide of the post. Encouraging play from the visitors but still 0-0. 45 mins - Histon end the first half well as Wright turns Pilkington 35 yards from goal and cut across the field and in on goal but as the route to goal opens up he can only screw a poor left-foot shot well, well over Kevin Pilkington's bar. 38 mins - I say it's all Luton...then Histon break on the counter and the Town have George Pilkington to thank for getting in a brave block to thwart Hudson-Odoi's shot from just outside the area. He's been the man causing the most problems for the Hatters defence. 37 mins - We've had some connection issues here and at really crucial time as the Hatters have turned the screw since MBH's introduction. On 33 minutes Adam Tann was on hand to clear the danger with Gallen sniffing for a tap-in following good work from Murray, Nicholls and Craddock. A minute later Barnes-Homer teed up Craddock to send a left-foot shot straight at Naisbitt. As the Town continue to press, a minute later, on 34 minutes, Gallen, MBH and Craddock combined superbly to see Gallen send a fantastic throughball to the on-rushing Newton. He rounds Naisbitt but is forced wide and as Histon recover, they clear the danger. It's all Luton. 31 mins - Great chance for the Town as Gallen sees a shot deflected behind on turn following Keane's low right-wing cross. From resulting corner, Craddock flashes a cross goalwards that Naisbitt catches well. 28 mins - Yep, Gnakpa has been struggling and he's been replaced by Matthew Barnes-Homer. MBH joins Gallen up top, Newton moves to the right flank and Craddock goes onto the left wing. 24 mins - Still not much to tell you about but Histon are probably just shading this. They it looks as though the Town are about to make a change and I think it might be Gnakpa. 20 mins - Decent chance for the hosts following Lee Smith's right-wing corner as the ball falls kindly for Knight-Percival 15 yards from goal. It sits up to be hit but he gets too much on it and flies harmlessly way, way over the crossbar. 17 mins - Not sure if that will count as a shot on target but Kevin Pilkington has just tested his opposite number Danny Naisbitt as his long punt upfield looked as though it was bouncing goalwards. The home keeper though handled comfortably and there's no repeat of any freak goals like the one we saw at Gateshead. Unfortunately. 14 mins - Half chance for Histon as the pacy Hudson-Odoi runs at the Hatters defence and drives a shot high and wide of Pilkington's goal. 13 mins - No more chances of note and it's pretty even at the minute, Histon dangerous on the break and from set pieces but the Town look comfortable in possession. Still no goals. 10 mins - Back come Histon and another lucky escape for the Hatters. Gareth Gwillim sends an cross arching towards Stutes forward Danny Wright but the pass is a little too high for the home attacker. It takes a nick off a Luton man for a corner that the visitors eventually manage to clear through Nicholls. 8 mins - Great chance for the Town to get the opening goal as Craddock fluffs his lines at the front post after the ball had dropped kindly following Gallen's poke through. There might have been a hint of offside. 5 mins - The ref is stripping off and getting wolf whistles from the crowd as he changes his black shirt for a snazzy lime green number. 3 mins - Ok, so the Hatters are lining up 4-4-2. Kevin Pilkington in goal, a back four of (right-to-left) of Keane, Kovacs, George Pilkington and Murray; a midfield of Gnakpa, Nicholls, Hall and Newton with Gallen and Craddock up front. 1 min - Blimey, just like at Gateshead at the weekend the Town almost fall behind within the first 30 seconds and have their woodwork rattled. A break down the from Nathaniel Knight-Percival lands up with the ball falling to Bradley Hudson-Odoi at the back stick who fires a shot against the bar. That was close. 1 min - And we're off as Histon get us under way, the Town are kicking towards a very sparse home end. 19:44 HERE THEY COME Led by Nico, out come the Town all in white. Histon will be wearing their traditional red and black stripes shirts, black shorts and black socks. Once the handshake are out of the way the 11 are roared on by the support behind the goal. We're nearly all set. COYH! 19:40 TOWN TRAVELLERS The Hatters sold 800 tickets in advance of this game and there are plenty more inside the ground now. Probably more than those backing Histon - the home ends do seem eerily empty at the minute. The Luton fans are behind the goal and fill half the side down the side of the pitch. 19:35 THE BIG SQUEEZE Blimey, the press box is a tight fit tonight. Those covering the Town this evening are crammed on the front row, with very limited typing restrictions in place! Cosy. 19:30 THE TEAMS Hatters: K. Pilkington, Keane, G. Pilkington, Kovacs, Murray, Newton, Nicholls, Hall, Gnakpa, Gallen, Craddock. Substitutes: Gore, Howells, Asafu-Adjaye, Barnes-Homer, Hatch. Histon: Naisbitt, Tann, Gwillim, Langston, Smith, Hudson-Odoi, Tidswell, Knight-Percival, Oyebanjo, Wright, Okay. Substitutes: Sparkes, Stewart, Welsh, York, Werndley. 19:20 FOUR CHANGES It's four changes following Saturday's 1-0 win at Gateshead with Jonas Kovacs making his debut in the heart of the defence one of them. Elsewhere Kevin Nicholls and Kevin Gallen return to the starting XI having missed out completely in the North East while Adam Newton - who came on as a substitute at the International Stadium - is the fourth change. Liam Hatch is on a very strong bench alongside Matthew Barnes-Homer, Jake Howells, Ed Asafu-Adjaye and Shane Gore. 19:15 TUCK IN Taking a stroll to the refreshment kiosk to pick up a coffee to keep warm before the action gets under way we spot York manager Martin Foyle chomping on a hot dog, Although he's probably keen to see the Town in action he'll be disappointed to see that Craig Nelthorpe isn't included in the Hatters' squad this evening, Team news coming up... 19:10 WARMING-UP Other Town players out there are new signing Janos Kovacs and Ed Asafu-Adjaye. 19:00 HATCHBACK We're here at a cold and wet Glassworld Stadium and as the Town players come on to the pitch to warm-up there are some familiar faces. No more so than striker Liam Hatch. Also out there is skipper Kevin Nicholls sporting a fetching bobble hat. Full team news when we get it. 17:00 EVENIN' ALL After three weeks without a game the Town blew away the cobwebs with a workmanlike performance 250 miles away at Gateshead on Saturday and after three days without a game - they're back in action tonight. And it's a little bit closer to home this evening as the Hatters make the short trip to Histon, or - to be precise - Impington, a small village north of Cambridge, for another - as they always are and will continue to be - crucial game in the Blue Square Premier. It will be the first time the two sides have met, although for a variety of reasons, both teams could have played about 100 times already if it wasn't for the Great British Weather, the FA Cup and the FA Trophy. Thankfully, though, tonight's game is on and Richard Money's men will be gunning for a third straight league victory that will put them on the coat-tails of those teams currently occupying the BSP's top five. Histon, currently sitting 13th in the table, have only lost twice at home but will need to improve on their last outing where they were soundly beaten by Salisbury City. That said, as Money explained in the wake of Saturday's win at Gateshead, so will the Hatters. We'll have all the goals and incidents as it happens live at the Glassworld Stadium with the usual news in the run-up to kick-off with team news and chat. Games are going to be coming thick and fast over the coming weeks and months as an exciting second half of the season gathers pace. And remember will be with you every step of the way as we follow the fortunes of the Town's promotion push. Once again there will be a strong contingent of Hatters fans making the trip up from Bedfordshire but if you can't make it, then fear not: your official website will 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. 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's here as always and hopefully won't be stuck in a darkned room like he was at Gateshead on Saturday! We're once again grateful for our counterparts at Histon for allowing us to use their facilities to enable the DiverseFM and Luton Town media partnership to broadcast around the globe on Player. Of course after the action has finished, Hatters Player will have all the post-match interviews from all the men that matter tonight. 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. 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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