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MATCH REPORT

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17:36 16th November 2010

ALTRINCHAM 0-1 HATTERS - REPORT & ANALYS

Alex Lawless' first goal for the Club gave the Town their fifth win in seven matches to go within two points off top spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier. In what was the Hatters' 5,000th competitive match it was the recent signing from York City who grabbed the all important winner two minutes after the break to ensure victory over bottom-of-the-table Altrincham. After a slow start the Town soon found their feet with Claude Gnakpa the main tormentor-in-chief with his pace and power down the right flank but it took Richard Money's men until the 18th minute to test home goalkeeper Stuart Coburn when Matthew Barnes-Homer saw a shot turned behind. Neither goalkeeper though was in danger of being over extended but as the Hatters continued to lay siege in the Alty half, the hosts' resilience enabled them keep the visitors at bay. Half chances for the returning Danny Crow, Gnakpa and Barnes-Homer failed to break the deadlock before the interval but two minutes after the restart the Town did have the lead. Barnes-Homer did well down the right flank to square for Lawless who poked a shot that trickled over the line. At first neither the referee or assistant awarded the goal before it was eventually given despite strong Altrincham protests. Going behind spurred Alty into life and the Town had George Pilkington and Dan Gleeson to thank for preserving the lead when the defenders blocked efforts from Michael Twiss on 57 minutes. Back came the Town though but Coburn was still left largely untroubled as Andy Drury, Gnakpa and Pilkington saw efforts fly high and wide. With time ticking Alty pushed forward in search of an equaliser with substitute Chris Denham their main threat but it was a Wes Baynes free-kick on 74 minutes that had Town hearts in their mouths when his strike from the edge of the area whistled narrowly past the post. Altrincham's efforts to find an equaliser were allowing the Hatters plenty of time and space on the counter attack which resulted in Drury, Lawless and Barnes-Homer all coming close to putting the game beyond their hosts. Crow thought he had done so with two minutes to spare when he guided a shot from substitute Jake Howells past Coburn but was flagged for offside and that proved to be the last action as the Hatters held on to record three vital points. For minute-by-minute analysis see below Altrincham 0 Luton Town 1 (Lawless 47) Final score FULL-TIME  With the free-kick charged down the Town have held onto pick up three very well earned points here at Moss Lane. All reaction, photographs and reports to come. 90 + 5 mins - A minute played additonally, free-kick to Alty... 90 + 4 mins Another change for the Town as Walker is brought on for Crow. 90 + 4 mins - Into the last 30 seconds as Waynes flashes a shot well wide of the post for the hosts. 90 + 2 mins - All hands to the pump for the Town as Alty throw the kitchen sink but all of a sudden Drury spots MBH who races through on goal but the striker can only shoot wide of the target. 90 + 1 mins - Wasteful from Drury as he cuts in from the right to blast a wayward shot out of the ground. 90 mins - We've got four additional minutes at the very least here at Moss Lane. 90 mins - We're into the last minute here. 88 mins - The ball is in the Alty net but it's not going to be 2-0 as a goalbound Howells shot driven into the area takes a deflection off Crow who guides it past Coburn but the assistant is quick to raise his flag. No goal. Still 1-0. 87 mins - Alex Lawless has been awarded the visitors' man-of-the-match award by today's match sponsors. Three to go... 85 mins - The Town are five minutes away from earning three valuable points now as darkness descends on Moss Lane. 82 mins - Drury goes within a whisker of making it 2-0 as he turns and curls a fine shot inches past the angle of the post and bar. Great hit. Unlucky. 81 mins - Yet more pressure from the visitors as more good play for Lawless, who looks a fine acquistion, finds Howells down the left but his cross-cum-shot is cleared. 80 mins - More great play from the Town but the Lawless, looking for a second, whacks an effort 18 yards out way, way over the crossbar, hitting a nearby house in the process! 78 mins - Great football from the Town as Barnes-Homer sees a goalbound shot deflected behind for a corner after good play from Howells and Crow. 77 mins  First change of the afternoon for the Hatters as Jake Howells replaces Gnakpa. Drury moves over to the right flank with the substitute moves to the left. 75 mins - Almost a chance for Altrincham as they win another free-kick which, curled in from the left, is headed a yard over by Milne. 74 mins - Hearts in mouths time for the Town as Baynes hits a vicious free-kick inches the wrong side of the post from the edge of the area after Kroca had been adjudged to have fouled Twiss. Pressure rising from the hosts. 73 mins - Alty are all of a sudden looking dangerous as Reeves tries his luck from 20 yard with a well-hit shot that Tyler does well to save, away to his right. 71 mins - Denham has looked lively since his introduction and he almost gets the better of Murray, racing onto a long throughball. But eventually the Town can clear. 70 mins - With 20 left the Hatters are looking to double their lead but Crow, trying to do so, hits a shot past the post after taking a pass from Drury on the left-hand edge of the penalty area. 68 mins - Back come Alty as substitute Denham shows good close control to beat Murray down the Town left but the striker's effort is comfortably for Tyler to gather at the stopper's near post. 67 mins - Great wing play from Gnakpa gets him way past the attentions of Smith but the less said about his cross the better as it goes high and out of the ground behind the goal. 66 mins - Pressure from Alty now but all they can muster is an always-rising effort from Densmore from 25 yards that sails way over the bar. 65 mins - Second change for Alty as the booked Danylyk is replaced by Chris Denham. 64 mins - Another corner, another half chance for the Town as Drury's flag-kick from the left this time finds Pilkington alone at the back post but his volley bounces well wide of the target. 61 mins - Half a chance for 2-0 to the Town but Gnakpa heads over Drury's right-wing corner. 59 mins - First change for Alty as Clee is replaced by Damien Reeves - the scorer of the goal at Kenilworth Road on the opening day of the season. 57 mins - Almost a great chance for the hosts as Altrincham press and the Town have Pilkington and then Gleeson to thank for two blocks in quick succession to prevent Tyler from being called into action after Twiss and Somner had battled their way into the box. Great defending. 56 mins - Trailing, Alty have upped their game in search of an equaliser. Tyler has yet to be tested as yet. 52 mins - The Press Association are crediting Crow with the goal. It was definitely Lawless. 51 mins - A lot of purpose about the Town now as Drury rifles an effort goalwards that whistles narrowly over Coburn's crossbar after strong play from Gnakpa. 47 mins  GOAL! Altrincham 0-1 HATTERS - Drama here as the Town lead but the hosts can't believe it. MBH does well down the right to cross to an unmarked Lawless who poked a shot goalless that looked over the line. The assistant and referee seem to agree that it hadn't but after Crow and Lawless had appealled, eventually the linesman signals that the ball had crossed the line. Bizarre. But who cares? 1-0. Get in! 46 mins - All guns blazing now, the Hatters test Coburn as Drury hammers a shot goalwards that the keeper stops brilliantly, preventing it from the top corner. 46 mins - Within the first 15 seconds Drury surges down the left and beats his man but can't find Crow. A good start to this half. 46 mins Annnnnd we're off for the second half, with Alty kicking-off. No changes for either side at the break. 16:01 The Town players are out all ready on the pitch to warm-up way before their Altrincham counterparts. The attendance has also been given to us which is 1,416 which includes a magnificent 559 shouting for the Town. HALF-TIME  Referee  West calls time on the first 45 minutes here at Moss Lane but in the Town's 5,000th game neither side have failed to break the deadlock. Check back in 15 minutes for the second half updates. 45 mins - Two added minutes here at the end of the first half. 43 mins - The Town still dominate and quick thinking from Murray, taking a throw, releases MBH who in turn finds Gnakpa but Altrincham manage to clear once more. 40 mins - Altrincham have been defending very well and this time the home side hassle the Town from a position from just outside the 18 yard box all the way back to Tyler. Then, Pilkington is the first Hatters man in the book. Very harsh as the skipper argues his cause. It did look like he'd won the ball. 39 mins - Just noticed a flag in the away end. LTFC = Just can't get enough. Absolutely. 36 mins - Under 10 minutes to the break but this first half has pretty much been played in the Altrincham half. Still goalless. 33 mins - Still the Town press but Coburn isn't under any threat. Alty needlessly give the ball straight to Gnakpa in the centre circle who then races through the middle of the pitch. Once the Frenchman gets to the penatly area he has options to his left, MBH, and right, Crow. He opts for the former but his pass isn't accurate. Barnes-Homer retrieves the ball but then gives it away before doing well to win it back, racing back to the halfway line. 30 mins - Another contender for the worst free-kick taken of 2010/11 as home striker Twiss wins a foul and immediately kicks the ball straight at Kroca much to bemusement of his teammates. 27 mins - Still the Town press, it's been all Money's men, as Lawless drives into the box and finds MBH who sees a shot cleared by the head of Smith. Can they make this possession count? 25 mins - Great close control and passing from Drury close on the left-hand touchline sees the midfielder spread the play superbly to Gnakpa who runs at the home defence. The ball eventually falls to Crow who sees a cross-cum-shot blocked before he kicks the ball out with an Alty man requiring treatment. 23 mins - More pressure from the Town as they forge a chance following Gleeson's right-wing cross. It eludes Kroca but finds MBH at the back post who in turns finds Lawless who helps the ball into the box but Coburn eventually battles his way through to claim it. 21 mins - Tyler then bowls the ball quickly out to Gnakpa, who races down the right and wins a corner but from Drury's set piece, Alty clear. 21 mins - First real action for Tyler as he gets down comfortably to collect a long-range volley from Clee. 18 mins - Another minute, another chance for the Town as again Barnes-Homer sprints into the box from the left hand edge of the area. He beats Smith and gets a toe to the ball as goalkeeper Coburn advances and the ball trickles behind for a corner. From the resulting flag-kick, swung in by Drury from the left, Gnakpa powers a header wide. 17 mins - Still the Hatters attack and Gnakpa is unlucky to see a header bounce over the bar following Lawless' right-wing centre. 16 mins - More pressure from the Town as Crow does superbly to play in MBH. He's momentarily clear and squares back to Crow but he takes too many touches and the hosts can clear. 15 mins - And it nearly does. Great play between MBH and Drury sees the latter pick out Crow six yards who guides a header just wide of the post, under pressure from Alty captain Smith. Unlucky. 14 mins - Not much to tell you about so far and I'm hoping that spurs on the Town to go and get a goal. 11 mins - Half a sniff for the Hatters from a Drury free-kick swung in from the left after a handball but Kroca can't get on the end of it despite making a nuisance of himself. 10 mins - Pressure from the Town now as good football down the left involving Gleeson and MBH sees Gnakpa cross but his pass, looking for Crow, is cleared. 8 mins - The bottom-of-the-table hosts get in the Hatters box for the first time as nifty footwork from Nicky Clee gets him past the challenge of two Town defenders but his square pass only finds Keane, covering in central defence. 5 mins - After that stoppage Crow is back on and the Town are lining up as follows: Tyler in goal, Pilks, Kroca, Murray and Gleeson in defence, Keane and Lawless in centre mid, Drury on the left, Claude on the right and MBH and Crow, now okay, up top. 4 mins - The Town striker is up and looks like he'll be okay to continue. There were some fears there for the former Cambridge frontman. 3 mins - Anxious glances as Crow is down holding his head. Physio Simon Pursell is quickly on the scene. 2 mins - As the Town begin their 5,000th competitive game a first chance at goal falls to Crow who lashes a drive over the crossbar quickly reacting to MBH's chested lay-off. 1 min And we're off here at a sunny Moss Rose with the Town kicking off shooting towards the travelling fans behind the goal. 14:58 MINUTE'S SILENCE 14:56 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides onto Moss Lane pitch, the Town in their orange home colours, Alty in their home red and white stripes shirts. 14:54 TOWN TRAVELLERS To our right is, at the minute, around 400 odd Hatters fans standing out in the sunshine. A few more will filter through the turnstiles as kick-off approaches. 14:48 MATCHDAY MUSIC Perfecto Allstarz - Reach Up (Papa's got a brand new pig bag) currently playing out to the crowd at Moss Lane. 14:40 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 2-0 Luton, Simon Pitts: 2-1 Luton, Ian Pearce: 2-0 Luton, Mark Wood: 3-1 Luton, Mike Simmonds: 2-1 Luton, Bill Cole: 3-0 Luton. 14:22 THE TEAMS Following Thursday's 1-0 defeat at wet and windy Wrexham, Richard Money makes one change to the side for today's game at Moss Lane. Danny Crow returns from injury to partner Matthew Barnes-Homer in attack with Jake Howells the man dropping to the bench. There's no goalkeeper on the bench for the Hatters. Hatters: Tyler, Murray, Gleeson, Pilkington, Kroca, Drury, Keane, Lawless, Gnakpa, Barnes-Homer, Crow. Subs: Atieno, Howells, Asafu-Adjaye, Besta, Walker. Altrincham: Coburn, Smith, Williams, Densmore, Twiss, Clee, Brown, Danylyk, Baynes, Somner, Milne. Subs: Coates, Joseph, Lawton, Reeves, Denham. 14:20 ONE CHANGE INDEED Crow for Howells. Full team to follow. 13:56 WORD IN YOUR EAR Just spoken to Richard Money who has told me the side today. I can't officially reveal the team until it's official though. I can tell you though there is one change. Stay tuned. 13:55 WEATHER WATCH A lovely crisp, sunny afternoon here in autumnal Cheshire. 13:00 ON THIS DAY There has not been a lot to shout about for Town fans on the 13th November. While there have only been 11 fixures played on this date, the Hatters have only ever won once. But that came against Liverpool at Kenilworth Road in 1954 in a 3-2 victory. The record stands at one win, two draws and eight defeats. The last time the Town played on this day was a 2-1 defeat at Southend United in 1992. The full record: 1897 DIV2 Burnley A L 0-4
1920 DIV3 Crystal Palace A L 1-2
1926 D3S Coventry City A L 1-4
1937 DIV2 Sheffield Wednesday A L 0-4
1948 DIV2 West Bromwich Albion A L 1-2
1954 DIV2 Liverpool H W 3-2
1965 FAC Romford A D 1-1
1971 DIV2 Watford A L 1-2
1976 DIV2 Millwall A L 2-4
1982 DIV1 Sunderland A D 1-1
1993 LD1 Southend United A L 1-2
12:30 AWAY THE LADS Today will be the Town's 2,492nd game on the road. The record? Won 606, drawn 613, lost 1,272, scoring 2,849 and conceding 4,460. 11:50 GOALS 4,999 games = 7,924 scored, 7,326 conceded. That's a whopping 15,250 goals in total in games the Town have played in. That's an average of just over three goals a game. Not bad entertainment, eh? 11:15 5,000 UP Good morning one and all. I'm not sure if you're ready for a blitz of statistics at this hour on a Saturday but we're going to anyway and for a damn good reason. Why? Because today sees the Hatters play their 5,000th competitive game since their first way back in 1885. That day, on 31st October 1885, the Town were downed 3-0 by Great Marlow in an FA Cup tie in Buckinghamshire. Fast forward 125 years and 4,998 matches, the Hatters take on Altrincham this afternoon in their quest for promotion from the Blue Square Bet Premier. We'll have plenty more stats to fire your way throughout the morning but here is your first dosage: 1,971 wins 1,206 draws 1,822 defeats So, over the years we've won more than we've lost. And they it's hard following the Hatters... It means the Town go to Moss Rose to face the BSBP's bottom club looking for their 1,972. What ever happens this afternoon lutontown.co.uk will be following every step of the way. As usual 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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