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MATCH REPORT

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11:45 2th September 2010

HATTERS 1-1 HAYES & YEADING

Andy Drury scored his first goal for the club but later got sent-off as the Hatters had to settle for a draw against Hayes and Yeading United. Last year the Town put Garry Haylock's side to the sword with a swashbuckling 8-0 victory but it was an altogether different story this time round with the visitors playing their part in a frustrating but entertaining game. The Town could have led as early as sixth minute when Zdenek Kroca and Matthew Barnes-Homer came close to turning home from close range following a Drury corner. However on 12 minutes the Hatters had a fantastic reaction save from Mark Tyler to keep the score goalless when the stopper pushed away Michael Malcolm's snap-shot from close range. Richard Money's men were struggling to find the breakthrough but eventually tested Lee Harrison in United goal on 25 minutes when the goalkeeper tipped over George Pilkington's looping header. The visiting goalkeeper was beginning to get busy with fine saves from Danny Crow's glancing header on 37 minutes and Drury's fierce drive on 41 minutes eventually leading to an injury and his substitution. United were the quickest out of the blocks at the beginning of the second half and, five minutes after Tyler had produced another stunning save to thwart James Mulley's curling effort, they had the lead. Left-back Adam Green scampered down the left and hung up a high cross that Tyler could only punch and Bradley Pritchard was first to the loose ball to clip a lofted effort into the empty net to stun Kenilworth Road. The Hatters' response was good and after a double change following the introduction of Claude Gnakpa and KevinGallen they were level on the hour mark. Gallen was fouled by Tom Cadmore 35 yards from goal and from Keith Keane's floated free-kick Drury sneaked home unnoticed at the back post to head firmly past substitute goalkeeper Josh Lennie. With their tails up the Hatters were looking good to go on and win. On 69 minutes Kroca saw a header hit the bar and, as the pressure mounted, the hosts thought they should have had a penalty nine minutes from the end when an Adam Murray shot was handled in the penalty area. However a winner seemed unlikely and , as frustration grew, Drury was cautioned for remonstrating with the referee that a United defensive wall wasn't 10 yards back while with two minutes left Haylock's side almost snatched all three points when a Green free-kick was well blocked by Tyler. Then in the third minute of four additional minutes Drury was shown his second yellow and was subsequently dismissed and that was that. For minute-by-minute anaylsis, see below. Result from Kenilworth Road Luton Town 1 (Drury 60) Hayes & Yeading United 1 (Pritchard 54) Final score 16:57 - The players haven't come off yet, Money and the players are having a post-match discussion. FULL-TIME HATTERS 1-1 HAYES & YEADING - It's all over here and it's a point for the Town. Reaction, highlights and interviews to come. 90 mins + 4 - 90 seconds left... 90 mins + 3 - Red card for man-of-the-match Drury for sytching down Mulley down the right. Town down to 10. It was his second yellow. 90 mins + 1 - Tyler again to the rescue as Malcolm races through down the left, cuts inside and is denied by the boot of the Town keeper. 90 mins - Almost 2-1 to the visitors as Green thumps a free-kick at Tyler. The ball drops free to Malcolm but Pilks is on hand with a last ditch tackle. Five added minutes, here... 89 mins - 90 seconds left plus stoppage time... 86 mins - Four minutes left and it's all the Hatters. Kenilworth Road will explode should a goal go in. For us that is. 84 mins - The crowd react wildy as the linesman awards a free-kick forhandball. Drury then goes in the book for walking out 10 yards for the wall from which Murray sees another volley blocked by Bygrave. All hands to the pump for the visitors. With five left can the Town find a winner? 81 mins - Oh was that handball? Everyone seems to think so as Murray's shot is blocked in the penalty area but the ref's not interested. That's one to have a second look at. That had come after sustained pressure from the Town which also saw Gallen have a hooked shot blocked by Bygrave. Kitchen sink time. 79 mins - Strange attempted header from Claude as he gets his body close to Blackett's left-wing cross but it goes well, well wide. 77 mins - A little bit more pressure from the Town but Gnakpa can only head wide of the target following another dangerous Drury set-piece. 76 mins - Another half chance for the visitors as Bygrave (somehow - it can't be easy) outjumps Kroca to head wide Holmes' left-wing cross. 74 mins - United have weathered the Hatters' storm and Tyler is again called into action to tip over a decent effort from Holmes as he shoots from 25 yards. 73 mins - Half a chance for the visitors as Pritchard sees a shot deflected behind by Kroca but the Town eventually clear. 71 mins - The ball is the Town net for a second time but don't worry Yiadom's effort isn't going to count, he's about five miles offside when reacting to Hand's deflected shot. 69 mins - But then there's a chance as Kroca glances a near-post header onto the crossbar from Drury's corner. The ball falls to his fellow centre-back Pilkington who heads across goal. Gallen tries a shot that is blocked before pinball ensues and, eventually, H&Y can clear. My that was close. 20 left... 68 mins - The Hatters onslaught hasn't really come since the leveller as Murray chances his arm from long distance but gets underneath it too much and ball flies well over. 65 mins - With the score level at one a piece Money emerges from the dugout and gestures for his players to pick it up, up the ante, get another. Can they? 63 mins - 6,354 are inside Kenilworth Road on this Bank Holiday Monday, including 80 shouting for the visitors. 61 mins - Now they're level and their tails are up they need to go on from here. From a Keane corner from the right Gnakpa gets up above everyone but sees a header just drop narrowly over. 60 mins  HATTERS 1-1 United - That's better. Six minutes after going behind the Town are level. Keane floats a free-kick into the box that skims over the head of Blackett but who's at the back stick? new signing Andy Drury to powerfully head home unmarked past Lennie for his first goal in Luton colours. Get in! 59 mins - Okay, so 31 minutes left and two goals required to rescue this. The thing is the Hatters haven't tested Lennie in the visitors goal so far this half. 57 mins And now the second substitution as Howells is replaced by Claude. The Frenchman goes down the right-flank with Drury swapping to the left. 55 mins Immediate change from Money as MBH is withdrawn for Barnes-Homer. Kenilworth Road is stunned as the Town trail. 54 mins  GOAL! Hatters 0-1 UNITED - Well, they have been threatening and the fact the visitors lead is no surprise. Green scampers down the left, Tyler punches clear but the ball falls to Prichard who takes a touch before lobbing home into an empty net from 22 yards. Oh dear. 52 mins - In fairness it's been all the visitors at the start of this half. The Town need to step it up. 50 mins - From the resulting corner United come close again as Yiadom's volley from 12 yards is saved by Tyler, that time he made it look so easy when it was another great save. The Hatters are living dangerously. 49 mins - Nearly a disaster on the pitch as Tyler pulls off a tremendous stop to prevent Mulley's fantastic shot from finding the top corner. What a save. That's the second super stop of the afternoon from the Hatters keeper. 47 mins - Nearly a disaster...in the press box as the ball flies towards us but thankfully a hand in the enclosure below us avoids any coffee spillages. That was close. 46 mins And we're away for the second half as the Town kick-off towards the Kenny. No changes at the interval for either side. COYH! HALF-TIME LUTON TOWN 0-0 HAYES & YEADING UNITED - That's the end of the first 45 and it's deadlock at the interval. Plenty of possesssion and chances towards the end of the half but it's goalless at the break. Check back for the second half updates in 15 minutes. 45 + 2 mins - Drury whacks a shot over the crossbar from 20 yards but that's not harming Lennie. 45 mins - Half an opportunity for the visitors as they work it well down the left but Pritchard, left alone at the back-post can't control it. Bit of a let off there for the Town but it was always going to be tough to control. 41 mins - The H&Y goalkeeper receives treatment and is going off, he's taken far too many shots in the past 15 minutes. He's replaced by Josh Lennie. 41 mins - This goalkeeper is getting overworked now, the Town won't want half-time as Harrison beats away an effort from Drury 20 yards out. The stopper parries it before dropping just wide. 40 mins - Harrison gets his gloves warm again, but this time it's a routine catch as he collects Howells' header following MBH's deep right-wing cross. 37 mins - Then from the resulting corner from Drury the ball reaches Pilkington at the back post but the skipper sees his left-foot shot blocked by a combination for Ferrell and Yiadom. 37 mins - Great stop from Harrison this time as the Town press for the opener. MBH, down the left, swings in a peach of a right-foot cross that is glanced goalwards by Crow. His header looks destined for the top corner but a strong arm from the visiting goalkeeper turns the ball behind for a corner. Unlucky. 35 mins - Back come the Hatters now as Murray sends a disappointing shot over Harrison's crossbar after Cadmore could only half-clear Howells' left-wing cross. 34 mins - He says, as United counter and only a superb intervention from Blackett stops Holmes' left-wing cross reaching Yiadom in the six yard box. 33 mins - Yep, it's well and truly all the Town now as MBH attempts to guide the ball home following Drury's cross with the faintest of headers but it's a comfortable catch for Harrison. 32 mins - Crow is a pest for the away defenders as he comes close to testing Harrison, wriggling past two United centre halves before the goalkeeper whacks it clear. 31 mins - Pressure is rising here as Howells and most inside the Main Stand shout "penalty" as the winger sees the ball hit what looked like the arm of Bygrave but the ref's not having it. No pen. 28 mins - Half a sniff for Crow as he momentarily breaks free and forces Harrison into a smart low save but the little striker is adjudged offside. 26 mins - From the resultant flag-kick, again taken by Drury on the right, H&Y half clear and MBH turns and hits a right-foot shot that whistles just past th post. This is better. 25 mins - And then Harrison is made to work as Drury curls in a devlish right-wing corner into the six yard box and Pilkington sents a looping header goalwards that is tipped over the crossbar. Unlucky. 23 mins - I wish I could tell you more but, at the minute, there isn't much to report. It is very subdued around Kenilworth Road. A goal should see to that. COYH. 20 mins - H&Y have had the better chance there's no doubting that and Garry Haylock's side certainly fancy this as this time Pritchard drags a shot wide that looked to initially worry both Tyler and Pilkington. 18 mins - Nothing for Harrison to deal with yet as Kroca confidently surges upfield with the ball and hits a shot wide from 25 yards after being urged to shoot by the home crowd as the visiting defence parted. 15 mins - Still goalless here as our minds cast back to that 8-0 victory last March. Gallen, Craddock and Claude all scored twice that day and are all on the bench this afternoon. 12 mins - Oh what a chance, what a save and United almost have a shock lead as Mark Tyler comes to the Town's rescue. Mulley swings in a dangerous left-wing cross that finds H&Y striker Malcolm who sends a well-hit shot on turn aiming at the top corner that Tyler does superbly, reacting brilliantly to claw it away before snuffing out the danger when the loose ball drops. Top, top goalkeeping. 10 mins - The Hatters are seeing plenty of the ball so far. But Harrison in the visitors' goal hasn't had a shot to worry him as of yet. 8 mins - By the way, today's press box predictions are: Andrew Barringer: 4-0, Mark Wood: 3-0, James Cunliffe: 1-0, Mike Simmonds: 4-1, Simon Pitts 3-0, Ian Pearce: 4-0. 6 mins - Oh it should be 1-0 as Drury's resultant corner from the right is headed on by Pilkington. That is in turn headed across by Crow to Kroca who can't touch home before MBH swings a boot at the ball with the goal gaping but mis-kicks. Unlucky. 5 mins - The Hatters are well on top at this early stage and right-back Gleeson fancies his first goal in orange when rifling a shot from the right-hand edge of the area that is blocked behind by Adam Green the United left-back for a corner. 2 mins - With the five changes, the Hatters are lining up: Tyler in goal,  a back four of Gleeson, G Pilks Kroca and Blackett with Keane, A Murray, Howells and Drury in midfield and Crow and MBH up top. 1 min - It's a bit on the blustery side here and a bit overcast although it is bright. Pitch looks in excellent nick by the way as the Town force their first corner. 1 min - And we're off as the visitors get us underway kicking towards the Kenilworth Road end. A repeat if 8-0 today? I'd take any old win. COYH! 14:55 HERE THEY COME Town in orange, Hayes and Yeading, led by skipper Peter Holmes, all in blue. 14:50 ER, IT'S FIVE! Sorry, I can't add up. It's FIVE changes from Saturday, not four! Howells, Crow, Tyler, Keane and Blackett. Silly me. 14:45 TODAY'S TRACK Lightening Seeds - Life of Riley currently playing out at Kenilworth Road. 14:35 OLD CHUMS Adam Murray and Hayes and Yeading's Jamie Hand reunite in the tunnel before the game. 14:30 HISTORY LESSON 50 years ago this weekend the Town lost 3-2 at Portsmouth while 25 years ago it was another defeat, also away, at Aston Villa in the First Division going down 3-1. 14:11 FOUR CHANGES In come Mark Tyler, Keith Keane, Shane Blackett and Danny Crow as Richard Money makes four changes to the side that lost 3-1 at Tamworth. Hatters: Tyler, Gleeson, G. Pilkington, Kroca, Blackett, Drury, Howells, Keane, A. Murray, Barnes-Homer, Crow. Subs: Newton, Craddock, Gnakpa, Gallen, K. Pilkington. H&Y: Harrison, Ferrell, Green, Cadmore, Bygrave, Mulley, Holmes, Malcolm, Hand, Pritchard, Yiadom. Subs: Buchanan, Lennie, Wassmer, Wishart, Webb. 13:45 BOUNCEBACKABILTY bouncebackability (ˌbaʊnsˌbækəˈbɪlɪtɪ) — n informal the ability to recover after a setback, esp in sport Coined by former Hatters Iain Dowie that's what the Town will be hoping to do today against Hayes and Yeading United at Kenilworth Road this afternoon. Simples. Well, whatever happens at the Kenilworth Road 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. 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