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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
11:10 2th September 2010

TAMWORTH 3-1 HATTERS

Two goals in the last 12 minutes ended the Hatters' unbeaten start to the season at the Lamb. Tamworth enjoyed a bright start and it was no surprise when Gary Mills' side took the lead on 11 minutes when striker Kyle Perry was on hand at the back post to nod Richard Tait's right-wing cross beyond goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington. Four minutes later and with the Lambs on top, Pilkington had to be at his best to keep out a curling effort from Tait that looked destined for the top corner of the net. The Hatters were struggling to test home stopper Ross Atkins but it was the hosts that were threatening the most, and a mix-up between Pilkington and Andy Drury on 26 minutes almost put the Lambs two goals ahead. With the Town living dangerously it was almost 2-0 on 33 minutes when Alex Rodman saw a header hacked off the line by George Pilkington after his namesake Kevin had dropped a Daniel Bradley cross. Richard Money's men gradually got their passing game together and a positive start to the second half saw them level three minutes after the break. A sustained and controlled period of possession eventually led to Matthew Barnes-Homer and Tom Craddock causing confusion in the home penalty with both Town strikers creating space for each other that eventually saw Craddock fire home past Atkins. Buoyed by that goal the Hatters came agonisingly close to taking the lead for the first time when Barnes-Homer turned smartly in the box to fire a deflected shot that Atkins somehow managed to claw away. And that seemed to be the turning point as Tamworth weathered the visitors' storm and on 67 minutes the Town had Pilkington's agility to thank to tip over a well-hit free-kick from Rodman. That was a warning shot and the Hatters were not so lucky on 78 minutes when the Lambs re-took lead when a misplaced pass from Pavel Besta enabled Danny Thomas to hit a shot across Pilkington from the left-hand edge of the penalty area. Despite seeing plenty of the ball in their pursuit of an equaliser the Hatters could not find one and their misery was complete in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Bradley smashed an unstoppable effort home from the edge of the box to make it 3-1. For minute-by-minute anaylsis, see below. Result from the Lamb Tamworth 3 (Perry 11, Thomas 78, Bradley 90) Luton Town 1 (Craddock 48) Final score FULL-TIME TAMWORTH 3-1 HATTERS - It's all over here, reaction and photographs and interviews to come. 90 + 4 mins  GOAL! TAMWORTH 3-1 Hatters - Well that's it as Drury gives the ball away to Bradley who surges forward and smashes a superb shot beyond Pilkington to seal the win for the Lambs. 90 + 2 mins - Newton is tripped on the edge of the area and wins a free-kick but from it Drury sees his effort blocked by Smith and the Town can't get the ball back. Still 2-1. 90 mins - We've got four additional minutes to find a late, later equaliser. 88 mins - Plenty of the ball for the Town but Atkins yet to be tested. Tamworth, to their credit, are playing - and defending - well. 85 mins - All the Hatters now with five left on the clock. Can they find one? 83 mins Third and final sub for the Town as Besta is withdrawn for Newton. He goes to play on the right with Drury moving inside to central midfield. 80 mins - 10 minutes to find an equaliser here at the Lambs and it looks like Newton is ready to come on for the Town. 78 mins  GOAL! TAMWORTH 2-1 Hatters - Oh dear, after the Hatters had done well down one end to almost make it 2-1, up go the Lambs at the other end and do make it that scoreline as Besta gifts Thomas the ball down the left who sends a low shot scuttling past Pilkington. 74 mins - Fred Murray down for the Town after a raid down the left but now he's up and okay. 72 mins - The Lambs certainly have upped it having weathered the Town's early storm. Gary Mills' side are now dominating. 70 mins - Tamworth looking dangerous going forward now, especially with Rodman, who's been good all game. A cross of his is almost met by Bradley but with the ball running free Wylde can't convert the loose ball and Drury is on hand to clear. 20 minutes to find a winner. 68 mins - Back come the Town though as Craddock finds Gallen who looks clear on goal momentarily. He's still 20 yards from goal so decides to try and first time shot that Atkins gets to diving to his right. 67 mins - Almost 2-1 to Tamworth. Rodman curls a clipped free-kick from 20 yards over the Town wall and it looks as though it's in. However, Pilkington, Kevn that is, sticks a finger out and turns the ball over for a corner. Great save. 64 mins - Tamworth have responded well to this the Hatters dominance even though Perry twice sees shot sail harmlessly wide. 63 mins - Still all the Town and they're looking good. Just as Gallen enters the fray he sets up Adam Murray who lets fly with a monsterous volley that catches Smith full on the head. Good defending! 62 mins We've got their eventually, it's MBH off for Gallen. Richard Money and Gary Brabin aren't amused with the fourth official. 61 mins First up it's Howells and Gnakpa but there's confusion as Craddock was meant to come off for Gallen. I think Gallen is coming on though. 60 mins - Gallen and Howells primed for action on the far side... 58 mins - The attendance here at the Lamb is 1,694. With, at the very, very least 900 from Bedfordshire. 56 mins - Hearts in mouths time for the Hatters as Smith breaks clean through and is thwarted by K Pilks rushing out to clear. However, the pass goes straight to goalscorer Perry, who, being urged by the crowd to shoot, does, but his effort his wayward with the goal gaping. He was 45 yards out, mind. 53 mins - Back come Tamworth but it's nothing to worry about as Bradley drags a shot wide of Pilkington's right-hand post from 20 yards. 51 mins - From the resultant corner from Drury Adam Murray is unmarked at the back stick but as he tries to loft a volley home but it comfortably clears Atkins goal. 50 mins - All the Town now and it's almost two in two minutes. MBH turns well in the box and thumps a shot goalwards that looks for all the world it's heading in. It takes a nick off Marshall but Atkins pulls of a terrific save to keep it one a piece. Lucky. Top save, though. 48 mins  GOAL! Tamworth 1-1 HATTERS - Tom Craddock whoooooa, Tom Craddock whooooa. What a great time to score and to level as Craddock takes his time to fire a shot past Atkins from eight yards into the box corner. GET IN! 48 mins - Bright start to the second half, as the Town are on top. 47 mins - 90 seconds in and Claude's in the book for a hefty challenge on Wylde. It looked fair to me, but what do I know? 46 mins - No changes at the break for either side but like they ended the first half Drury is down the right and Gnakpa on the left. 46 mins aaaand we're away for the second and final 45 minutes of action here at the Lamb and it's the Town who restart, kicking away from their magnificent supporters, down the slope. COME ON LUTON, COME ON LUTON. HALF-TIME Referee Ross calls time on the first half here at the Lamb. The Town are kicking down the slope in the second half...Tamworth have done well very in the first 45 and we hope the Hatters will do the same. Check back in 15 minutes for the second half updates. 45 mins - The Town have had plenty of the ball and have got two added minutes to find an equaliser before the break. 41 mins - Pen? No as Drury, now on the right, with Gnakpa on the left, tries to beat Barrow and goes down but referee Ross isn't interested. 38 mins - Half a sniff for the Hatters as MBH beats Atkins, rushing onto a long ball over the top of the Tamworth defence, but the striker's first touch to take the ball around the goalkeeper is too heavy and the ball drifts out of the play. 36 mins - Tamworth really have been threatening every time they get into the final third. The Hatters have looked decent in possession but in truth Atkins hasn't had a save to make yet. 33 mins - Somehow the Hatters escape going two goals behind as a deft header from Bradley from a Rodman cross is played back into the box. Kevin Pilkington goes for the cross but doesn't get it and with the goal gaping Rodman sees an effort hacked off the line by George Pilkington. Shaky times back there. 30 mins - Pressure is beginning to rise. The Town work it from right to left and that man Gnakpa has a drive deflected behind by Tom Marshall before heading well wide Drury's right-wing corner. Can they find an equaliser before the break? 28 mins - Another move of promise from the Hatters that sees them have plenty of space and time results in Drury having a left-foot shot blocked and Gnakpa head well wide. 26 mins - Almost a calamity at the back for the Town as Kevin Pilkington and Drury get themselves in a pickle in the penalty by box with Rodman hunting the ball but thankfully the ball is cleared and stays 1-0. 25 mins - At the minute it's plenty of possession for the Hatters but nothing's doing in the final third so far. 22 mins - Tait and Rodman have been causing the Town a lot of problems down the right flank and nimble play from the latter sees him beat Fred Murray to square the ball but George Pilkington is able to slide to clear the danger with Perry lurking for what could have been a tap-in. 18 mins - Better from the visitors as a Drury free-kick causes confusion in the home defence and from the resultant corner Pilkington heads high and wide. 16 mins - Back come the the Town though as Drury moves down the left, looks up and spots Gnakpa unmarked in the penalty area but the Frenchman's touch isn't great and Tamworth manage to whack the danger clear. 15 mins - Tamworth have got the Hatters on the rocks and almost make it 2-0 as Pilkington sticks out a glove to wonderfully palm away a curling shot from Tait, destined for the top corner. Crickey. Great save, crucial save. 11 mins  GOAL! TAMWORTH 1-0 Hatters - After a bright Town move breaks down, the Lambs go up the other end and punish the visitors. Nice play down the right sees full-back Tait cross high to the back post where big centre-forward Perry is unmarked to loop a header over Pilkington. Oh dear. 9 mins - Goalkeepers are frustrated outfield footballers, we all know that and Pilkington shows his skill on the ball when dribbling around Rodman after receiving a back-pass from his name sake. 6 mins - No chances of note as of yet but one noticable observation is that Claude is winning a lot in the air down that right flank up against Lambs left-back Barrow. 4 mins - Tamworth had the most of the ball at this very, very early stage but then MBH robs Barrow of the ball down the Lambs' left but after feeding Craddock the striker slips on the slipperly turf and a promising move breaks down. 3 mins - Two Murrays and two Pilkingtons today. By the way, Hatters fans in good voice. An early goal and that end will be bouncing. 2 mins - Usual 442 for the Town, K. Pilks in goal, a back four of Gleeson, G. Pilks, Kroca and F. Murray a midfield four of Drury, Claude, A. Murray and Besta with MBH and Craddock, up top. 1 min After a pre-match huddle from Tamworth it's will be the Lambs to kick-off. Enjoy the updates, COYH! 14:57 COLOURS Hatters in their new navy blue away strip, white shorts and white socks this afternoon. 14:55 HERE THEY COME At a now sunny Lamb here come the two sides as the Fanfare for the Common man blasts out over the speakers. 14:51 TYPICAL The sun is out now. British summer summed up in the past hour... 14:50 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 3-1 Luton, Ian Ryan: 6-0 Luton, Simon Pitts: 1-0 Luton, Ian Pearce: 4-0 Luton (Craddock hat-trick), Bill Cole: 3-1 Luton, Mike Simmonds: 2-0 Luton. 14:45 TIGHT It's a very cosy press box...if there are more spelling mistakes than usual it's because my elbows are being knocked by certain Hatters Player commentators. Apologies in advance. 14:40 TOWN TRAVELLERS Plenty of the Hatters fans already inside a wet Lamb and a load of umbrellas too. We're expecting over 1,000 here today which, judging by Tamworth's attendances so far (their biggest was 863 on Tuesday against Cambridge), will mean it will be an outnumbering this afternoon. 14:30 WET WET WET Another sharp shower over the Lamb. 14:25 SO... Yes, three changes as Kevin Pilkington replaces Mark Tyler in goal, Tom Craddock replaces Kevin Gallen and Adam Murray takes the place of the suspended Keith Keane. It's the first time MBH and Craddock have stared as a front pairing this season. 14:18 THREE CHANGES K. Pilkington, Gleeson, F. Murray, G. Pilkington, Barnes-Homer, Craddock, Drury, Kroca, A. Murray, Besta, Gnakpa. Subs: Tyler, Newton, Blackett, Howells, Gallen. 14:18 HOSTS LINE-UP Atkins, Tait, Marshall, Wylde, Smith, Perry, Rodman, Thomas, Bradley, Barrow, Wilkinson. Subs: Mitchell, Mackenzie, Lake-Gaskin, Sheridan, Lyttle. 14:16 SQUAD STRENGTH The Town players are warm. All 20 of them. Including Godfrey Poku and Dan Walker. Teams news is here... 14:15 YOUNGSTERS DEFEATED Another Hatters' 100 per cent record is over. Martin Prickett's Under-18s were defeat at Northampton in the Youth Alliance this morning, going down by a single goal. 14:00 DOWNPOUR Huge, heavy shower currently working it's away across Tamworth...and all the players retreat to the sanctuary of the dressing room. 13:45 THERE'S ONLY ONE Keith Keane may be suspended this afternoon but here's here at the Lamb. 13:43 WEATHER WATCH Bright, with a outbreaks of blue sky both still plenty of big clouds about. 13:40 LATE! The Hatters' coach has been stuck in traffic and has only just arrived here at the Lamb and now the players begin to kick a few balls about in the tracksuits. 12:00 WISE WORDS "If supporters think we're going to win 46 matches then good luck to them," Richard Money said at his press conference on Friday. Here, here, Mr Money. A point against Newport on Tuesday kept the Town at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table and while the 100 per cent record ended it was always going to end at some point. Wasn't it? The Hatters do, however, have a 100 per cent record on their travels so far - whoops, that'll jinx it - following excellent 3-1 and 3-0 victories at Kettering and Fleetwood respectively. Today that record goes on the line on the notoriously difficult slopey pitch at Tamworth. Gary Mills' Lambs are unbeaten on home turf this season and will no doubt take comfort from frustrating the Town last season when they held Money's men to 1-1 draw and end a nine-match winning streak in the process. Over 1,000 Hatters fans are making the trip to Staffordshire this afternoon and after Tuesday's encouraging performance, despite the result, who would bet against another three goals and three points on the road for the league leaders? Well, whatever happens at the Lamb this afternoon, and throughout the season, 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 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 still brought to you by Simon "Statto" Pitts but he's got company this time! The DiverseFM team have collaborated with BBC Three Counties radio and the Club to bring you the Luton Town Show. Following the final whistle we'll have all the reaction from the men that matter this after, bringing you exclusive video content from Richard Money and from the dressing room. We'll have plenty of content to keep you interested as we'll have all of the post-match reaction from Richard as well as match action from Gareth Owen to follow after the final whistle. Be sure to check out www.hatterspics.co.uk - our online image library. Like a picture you see and fancy having that on a mug? Well, fancy no more - with Hatters Pics it's a reality. Remember, we want you to get in touch. Join the updates and get in touch. Email andrew.barringer@lutontown.co.uk 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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