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18:14 16th October 2010

EASTBOURNE 2-4 HATTERS - REPORT & ANALYS

The Town came out on top in a six goal thriller at Eastbourne to register their third win in four matches. Priory Lane is certainly the place to go for goals in the Blue Square Bet Premier and both sides played their part in a thoroughly entertaining clash. After a bright start it was the Town that drew first blood when captain George Pilkington headed them ahead on 18 minutes after Keith Keane had done well to head a deep Andy Drury corner across goal. But just when it looked as though the Hatter were going to build on that goal, Eastbourne levelled matters against the run of play on 36 minutes when Steve Cook got up ahead of the Town defence. The Hatters began the second half well but it took them until the 63rd-minute for them to restore the lead when Matthew Barnes-Homer delicately lobbed Nikki Banks in the home goal for his eighth goal of the season. Again the hosts had other ideas and the Town's lead lasted five minutes when Matt Crabb was allowed room to cross from the left to pick out the on-rushing Simon Johnson who stabbed home from close range. But that was harsh on the Hatters and they retook the lead for the third time five minutes later when on 72 minute Danny Crow scored the first of two goals in a three minute spell to put the game beyond Eastbourne. Firstly the striker finished from close range after Banks had parried Barnes-Homer's shot following Drury's right-wing cross. Then, after Drury's attempted pass into the path of Crow was handled, the striker stepped up to slot confidently to Banks' outstretched left glove. That knocked the stuffing out of the hosts and the Town were able to see out their fourth away win of the season. Full report to follow, for minute-by-minute analysis see below. Result from Priory Lane Eastbourne Borough 2 (Cook 36, Johnston 67) Luton Town 4 (G. Pilkington 18, Barnes-Homer 63, Crow 72, 75 (pen)) Final score Press F5 or refresh for updates FULL-TIME It's all over here and a thoroughly deserved victory it is here for the Hatters - EASTBOURNE BOROUGH 2-4 LUTON TOWN - Stay tuned for a report, reaction, photographs, interviews and much more in the next 24 hours. 90 mins + 4 - The last chance falls to Langston for the hosts as he blasts a shot from 25 yards just wide. 90 mins + 3 Dying stages here but a second change for the Town bring on Walker for Drury. 90 mins + 2 First change for the Town and it's Poku for Morgan-Smith. The attendance here is 2,518 which include at least 800 from Luton, no official figure given yet. 90 mins - We've got an additional three minutes to play here as the Town clear a danger Eastbourne corner. Still 4-2. 89 mins - 90 seconds left... 88 mins - Two left on the clock and it's still all the Hatters, can they get a fifth? 84 mins - Six minutes left on the clock as Eastbourne make their first substitions of the game, a double change up front. 82 mins - More Hatters pressure as Drury whips in a corner from the left that Kroca and Keane both go for but as the ball drops,  Eastbourne are the first to it to whack it clear. 79 mins - Well there's certainly now a hush around Priory Lane as the Town now have a two-goal cushion...and then somehow the Town are denied a fifth as a Drury cross is met by Crow who can't turn it home before Morgan-Smith sees a shot bounce over the goalkeeper, hit the post and bounce across the goal-line and wide. Still 4-2 but I'm not sure how. 75 mins  GOOOOOOAL! Eastbourne 2-4 HATTERS - No dramas here as Crow finishes excellently with a right-foot finish well out of Banks' reach, diving to his left. The pen was for handball and a clear pen, given by the assistant. Time to relax? 75 mins - PENALTY TO LUTON - CROW TO TAKE IT 72 mins  GOOOOOAL! Eastbourne 2-3 HATTERS - This IS the place for goals, there's no doubt about that as the Hatters take the lead for the third time. Drury is found unmarked by a lovely pass from Howells. Drury's right-wing cross is met by a side-foot shot by MBH which is turned away by Banks but the goalkeeper's parry goes only as far as Crow who slides to bundle home his second goal of the season. Get in! 71 mins - Hearts in mouths time for the Hatters as Taylor comes close to putting the hosts in front for the first time with an acrobatic overhead kick from 15 yards that just goes wide. 70 mins - 20 minutes left. What thing I can say is that Priory Lane is certainly the place to come if you want to see goals. 67 mins  GOAL EASTBOURNE 2-2 Hatters - Uh-oh we're back to level pegging again as the hosts go up the other end to equalise as a low left-wing cross from Crabb is turned home by Johnson who dashes unapposed into the box to tap home, nutmegging Tyler in the process for two apiece. 65 mins - The Town are playing some good stuff and only a foot in from Langston at the crucial moment denies Crow after Drury had turned a MBH pass around the corner. All the Hatters now, brimming with confidence. 63 mins  GOOOOOAL! Eastbourne 1-2 HATTERS - And a deserved goal for the second time and it's a simply one this. Howells plays the ball over the top to an on-running Barnes-Homer who sees the goalkeeper coming to meet him. Unlike his effort against Crawley that looped wide, this rolls in as shoots past the keeper. Get in! 61 mins - Then Eastbourne break as Taylor finds space down the right flank to drive into the box but his cross looking for an unmarked Pacquette is behind the striker allowing Tyler to gather. 59 mins - Still the Town press and great feet from Morgan-Smith finds Drury down the right flank but his cross is deep and is down the throat of Banks who does well to catch underneath his crossbar with the sun in his eyes. 56 mins - Oh it should be 2-1 this time as Crow heads straight at Banks from Drury's cross-cum-shot had found the striker unmarked six yards out. What a chance. 55 mins - Millimetres away from 2-1 as Howells curls a left-foot free-kick around the Eastbourne wall and past the post after Morgan-Smith had been upended on 25 yards from goal. The Hatters have upped it but need to be cautious at the back against this swirling wind. 53 mins - Almost a direct sniff at goal for Drury who latches onto a long pass but he can't quite control the ball and is eventually nudged off it and Banks claims. 52 mins - Better from the Town as Drury has two attempts to cross from the right after good work from Keane and Crow. Eastbourne eventually clear but there's still plenty of time and chances in this for the visitors. 49 mins - Then there's one of those frustrating offside decisions where a player is flagged off when it's the other player interfering. On this occasion it's Crow who is off but he leaves it for Drury but who is flagged ahead of the play when he wasn't. 48 mins - A sight of goal for the hosts leading goal-getter Pacquette who rifles a fierce shot over Tyler's crossbar after determined play by Cook fashioned the chance. 47 mins - The Town are now playing against the wind in this second 45 but have began on top. Then, Taylor runs through and draws a save from Tyler but the assistant referee had already signalled for offside. 46 mins Annnnnnd we're off for the second half as the hosts get us restarted. The Town are now kicking to their massed ranks for fans away to our right. There's no changes for either side at the break. Come on Luton! HALF-TIME That's the half-time whistle and it's EASTBOURNE 1-1 LUTON TOWN here at Priory Lane. The Town have had the wind at their back and looked to have used that to their advtanage but after taking the lead the hosts have clawed their way back into this and it's level at the interval. Check back in 15 minutes for the second half updates. 45 + 1 mins - A slaloming run from Drury sees the midfielder cruise past three players before his left-wing cross is met by Morgan-Smith but the ball bounces to high and Eastbourne clear. 45 mins - The Hatters football certainly has been eye-catching this afternoon but Eastbourne have nullified the threat in the past 15 minutes or so. We've got two added minutes. 44 mins - Danger for the Town to avoid as Pacquette, who did look offside, flashes a ball across the six yard box but neither Taylor or Crabb can capitalise on the over-hit right-wing cross. 42 mins - Almost indecision at the back fo the Town as Tyler and Gleeson look upwards at the ball high in the air after it had been lofted forward. Eventually Tyler claws onto it under immense pressure from Pacquette who gets a word in his ear from the ref. 40 mins - The hosts are beginning to cause the Hatters problems and Jamie Taylor is almost in on Tyler's goal but a long leg from Kroca clears the danger. 38 mins - A good response from the Town to being pegged back as goalscorer Pilks finds Barnes-Homer who does well to roll his man, square to Crow who volleys a shot goalwards that catches Langston on the chest despite protests for handball. 36 mins  GOAL EASTBOURNE 1-1 Hatters - Well we didn't see that coming and after Morgan-Smith had committed a foul down the right, Matt Crabb curls in a floated free-kick that Cook gets up highest to glance a header home in off the post. 33 mins - Chances and Town pressure seems to have ceased for the time being but they are still looking very comfortable. 29 mins - Better from Eastbourne now as they find their feet for the first time. The wind noticably takes a Cook effort from the edge of the area into Tyler's gloves before the home side are frustrated by the officials after a Matt Crabb effort goes just wide after taking what looked a deflection. 27 mins - More good work from AMS as he gets into the box but as the Town appeal for a pen as he goes to ground the ref say no. 26 mins - It must be said that the Hatters do have the wind at their backs. Then Steve Cook is the first man in the book as he cynically hauls down Morgan-Smith after quick and impressive footwork from the youngster. 25 mins - Almost 2-0 as the Town attack the right flank. Gleeson and Drury combine to release Barnes-Homer who sends a curling cross dangerously into the six yard box for the waiting Crow but the front-man can't direct his header and the bounces high and wide. Unlucky. Great move. 21 mins - It's windy here and Drury is trying to use that to his advantage as he attempts a curling free-kick from 25 yards that drifts over the crossbar. 20 mins - It's been a very one-sided affair so far and the Town are good value for this. As I said earlier, it reminds me of the game here last season. That game ended 1-0 when it should have been about five. 18 mins  GOAL! Eastbourne 0-1 HATTERS - And there is it, the thoroughly deserved opening goal. From another superb corner from Drury from the left, Keane heads back across goal and there's the captain Pilkington to guide a header in off the post beyond Banks. Get in! 16 mins - Half a sniff for the Sports but Pacquette's effort from the right-hand edge of the penalty area isn't troubling Tyler. 15 mins - And it's not just his set-pieces either as Drury pings a superb pass looking for Crow but a last ditch header from Langston denies the striker a run on the home goal. 13 mins - Drury's set-pieces have been nothing short of awesome this season. He's the leader in our assist chart by some distance. He should have another assist added to that tally but from his impressive left-wing corner somehow no Luton man is on hand to touch home an opening goal. 12 mins - Almost another sentence beginning "still the Hatters..." but instead I thought I'd mix it up. I don't think Tyler has had a touch yet between the sticks for the Town. 8 mins - Still the Town continue to dominate and a quick breakaway deserves better as Gleeson's pass down the line finds Crow who rolls is marker and bares down on goal. He cuts the ball back for Morgan-Smith who decides to pass square again to Barnes-Homer but the ball isn't the best and MBH's shot is blocked. Encouraging stuff here so far, though. 4 mins - It's all the Hatters at the minute and they have nearly have the lead as a Morgan-Smith cross is inadvertely headed just over the top by Eastbourne's number 8 Simon Johnson. From the resulting corner from Drury the Town almost profit but eventually the hosts clear. 2 mins - I remember the Hatters started brightly here last season when winning 1-0 and they're almost in front inside 90 seconds as unapposed, Gleeson's eyes light up and drives a shot goalwards that only whistles inches the wrong side of the post. 1 min - On a lovely Priory Lane pitch the Hatters begin on the front foot. So, as you may have guessed yourself it's  back four of Murray, Gleeson, Kroca and Pilks, a midfield four of Howells and Keane in the middle, Drury and Morgan-Smith on either flank and MBH and Crow up top. 1 min And we're off after 12 days without a game it's the Hatters that get us under way kicking towards the home terrace. Enjoy the updates. COYH! 14:56 TOWN TRAVELLERS 800 tickets were sold for the away end and there's plenty more inside the ground now as the two teams make their way onto the pitch. The Hatters are in their change shirts of navy blue, white shorts and orange socks. 14:50 THREE CHANGES So, apologies for the delay we've had a small internet connection issue but it's been resolved! And to the teams and it's three changes for the Hatters this afternoon with Amari Morgan-Smith, Jake Howells and Danny Crow in for Claude Gnakpa, Taiwo Atieno and Shane Blackett. It's a youthful bench, including Ed Asafu-Adjaye, Dan Walker, Godfrey Poku and Dan Walker. Hatters: Tyler, Gleeson, Murray, G. Pilkington, Kroca, Howells, Drury, Morgan-Smith, Keane, Crow, Barnes-Homer. Subs: Walker, Watkins, Poku, Asafu-Adjaye, K. Pilkington. Eastbourne; Banks, Austin, Brinkhurst, Cook, M. Crabb, Jenkins, Johnston, Langston, Pacquette, Taylor, Weatherstone. Subs: Atkin, Elphick, Strevett, N . Crabb, Baker. 13:40 WEATHER WATCH Currently bright and sunny with blue skies. Windy though. 12:45 ON THIS DAY Another day, another mixed record for the Hatters. It's played 16, won five, drawn five and lost six on 16th October with the last victory coming 11 years ago at Kenilworth Road when Gillingham were defeated 3-1. The last time the Town were in action was for a 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield Town in 2004 - the season we went onto lift the League 1 title. Here's the full list...were you at any of these games? 1897 DIV2 Loughborough A L 0-2
1920 DIV3 Grimsby Town A W 1-0
1926 D3S Newport County A L 2-3
1937 DIV2 Bradford Park Avenue A D 1-1
1948 DIV2 Brentford A L 0-2
1954 DIV2 Plymouth Argyle H W 3-1
1962 LGEC Barnsley A W 2-1
1965 DIV4 Bradford City A D 2-2
1971 DIV2 Norwich City A L 1-3
1973 LGEC Grimsby Town A D 0-0
1974 DIV1 Middlesbrough H L 0-1
1976 DIV2 Carlisle United A D 1-1
1982 DIV1 Ipswich Town H D 1-1
1993 LD1 Notts County H W 1-0
1999 LD2 Gillingham H W 3-1
2004 LGE1 Huddersfield Town H L 1-2
11:20 BACK AGAIN... I don't know about you but a Saturday without football during the season is always strange. Even stranger I guess when, despite playing in the fifth tier of English football, a game of yours is postponed due to international call-ups. However, as Hatters boss Richard Money eluded to in his press conference yesterday, an enforced break has done his players the world of good. If any team in the country needed one then it was the Town. While they've faced away trips to Fleetwood, Grimsby, Darlington, Gateshead and Barrow (earning god knows how many miles from easyJet in the process) they've had to contend with home games against Crawley, Wimbledon, Mansfield and Newport - teams who have already shown the the division they mean business this season. It was 12 long days ago the Hatters were last in action when we were left gutted/stunned/baffled by Crawley's last minute winner. Since then its been hard work on the training ground. Yes the Crawley result was disappointing but the performance up until injury time warranted probably more than just the one point that we stood to earn before Craig McAllister popped up to break our hearts and send us home with the hump. "Buoyant" is how Richard Money described his troops yesterday. Today the Hatters are beside the seaside in Eastbourne. Okay the Priory Lane ground is no where near the promenade - some miles north of the town in fact - but buoyant Money's side are, confident of continuing a good run of form against a side whose games involve plenty of goals. Garry Wilson's side have scored more goals than anyone in the division, none more so at home where they've hit the target 19 times in seven games, winning four in the process. Looking through their results home and away gives you the indication of their strengths and weaknesses: lost 4-2, won 4-3, won 5-0, lost 3-2, lost 4-0, won 5-0, won 4-3, lost 4-0, drew 3-3. Coral go 8/1 for a 0-0 draw... It's a game that should blow away the cobwebs. Sea air and Conference football. What more do you want on a Saturday afternoon? Well, whatever happens today, and indeed 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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