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17:35 16th November 2010


The Hatters' three-match winning streak in the Blue Square Bet Premier came to an end in front of the live television cameras at a wet and windy Racecourse. At a ground in which the Town rarely return with three points, a fifth-minute mistake from Freddie Murray presented home striker Andy Mangan with a simple tap-in which ultimately proved to be the winner. Playing with the wind in the first half the Hatters started well until Murray's mistake, mis-judging the long ball with Mark Tyler out of his goal, enabling Dean Saunders' side to take the lead. Despite the wind wreaking havoc, the Town were dominating with debutant Alex Lawless impressing on the right side of a narrow midfield three with Claude Gnakpa playing off Matthew Barnes-Homer in attack. Half chances fell for Gnakpa and Andy Drury before a smart move on 27 minutes almost saw the Hatters level when a Drury cross kept in by George Pilkington and helped on by Lawless found Gnakpa but home goalkeeper Ryan Maxwell was there to quell the danger. The visitors should have made it all square six minutes later when fantastic wing play from Drury saw him cross for Barnes-Homer but his header from six yards went straight down the throat of Maxwell. Wrexham were looking nervy as the Town continued to make use of the wind at their backs but Barnes-Homer missed another decent chance on the stroke of half-time when he showed great strength to beat Marvin Andrews but with time on his side he could only thump a shot over the bar. The hosts had the wind in their favour in the second 45 minutes but the Hatters started the better of the two sides after the interval and Jake Howells came within a whisker of equalising after the youngster showed strength and skill to burst into the box and drive a shot inches wide. By this time the wind had increased velocity which was causing both sides problems, especially for the Town as they struggled to clear the ball out of their own half. Tyler had to be alert to twice save well in the space of 60 seconds on 64 minutes when firstly keeping out Andy Morrell's shot on the turn and then scuttling away to thwart a long-distance drive from Jay Harris. But back came the Town as they hunted what would have been a deserved leveller which they almost got on 67 minutes when a sweetly-hit 25-yard piledriver from Keith Keane was kept out by a sprawling save by Maxwell. The impressive Lawless saw a shot blocked on 75 minutes after good work from Drury but it was almost curtains for the Hatters two minutes later when Jamie Tolley saw a free-kick graze the crossbar. Both sides continues to struggle against the elements, none more so than the Town and as time ticked down they couldn't find an equaliser and it stayed 1-0. For minute-by-minute analysis see below. Result from the Racecourse Wrexham 1 (Mangan 5) Luton Town 0 FULL-TIME All over here folks and it's a win for Wrexham. Report, reaction, photographs and interviews to come. 90 mins - Three added minutes. 90 mins - Into the last minute..the Town press... 87 mins - Clock continues to tick now...three minutes left now as Gary Brabin barks out encouragment from the dugout. Can they find a late leveller? 84 mins - Six left now but Wrexham are upping it now as they look to pick holes in the Town who are pushing more men forward in search of an equaliser. 81 mins - Nine minutes remain. The Hatters have been kicking against the wind this half and it seems to have got worse as this period as progressed.  Can the Town find one? They need to up it if they are to do so but in these conditions it will be tough. 79 mins - 11 left on the clock and Wrexham make a second change: Pogba on for Morrell. 77 mins - Almost a sniff for the hosts' second goal as Tolley whacks a free-kick piledriver that is arrowing goalwards. The officials give a goal kick but it looked like Tyler had got fingers to it. Might have hit the bar had he not done but the home faithful aren't happy. 75 mins - As the wind and rain continues to cause both sets of players problems another brave block from a Wrexham defender denies a Lawless effort from threatening Maxwell's goal after good play from Drury and Keane down the right flank. 74 mins  Second change on the night for the Town as Dan Walker replaces Howells. 70 mins - Hardly worth a mention by Tolley scuffs a shot wide of the post. More significantly we have 20 minutes remaining to return home with a point at least. Still no let up in the weather the rain continue to tip down and wind is howling at speed around the ground. 67 mins - Oh terrific hit from Keano from 25 yards whistles through and looks all the world for 1-1 until Maxwell paws the effort away diving away to his right. My word, Keano hit that sweet. What a chance. How unlucky. 66 mins - Change for the hosts and it doesn't sound too popular as Dean Saunders brings off goalscorer Mangan for Nat Knight-Percival. 64 mins - Two chances in the space of 30 seconds for the hosts to extend their lead and it's Tyler to rescue once more. Firstly the Town stopper does brilliantly to save a shot-on-turn from Morrell from 12 yards before he dives down to his left to keep out Harris's long-distance daisycutter. 61 mins - Shades of Keith Keane's corner against Oxford as Tolley, the Wrexham midfielder, sees his left-wing effort turned over Tyler before the ball could creep underneath the crossbar and in. 58 mins - Drury's corners create havoc. This time from a right-wing flag-kick, Keane is the first to meet it at the near post but his header flies over the bar. 57 mins - There are 2,733 hardy souls inside a wet and windy Racecourse, including exactly 200 from Bedfordshire. A fantastic effort in this weather and with the game on the box. 56 mins - They might be playing against the wind but the Hatters are still well on top in this but, as was evident in the first half, the ball isn't falling their way. 52 mins - The Town's formation in the first half was a 4-5-1 / 4-3-3 combination but since Atieno's introduction it's now 4-4-2 with Jake on the left, Drury on the right with Keane and Lawless in the middle. Still the Hatters press and Atieno isn't far off getting his head to a curling Howells' cross. 50 mins - Almost 1-1 as this time Howells does well to battle past two Wrexham challenges to burst into the box but with teammates screaming for a cut-back the youngster goes for goal with a shot that whistles just past the post. Unlucky. 48 mins - Then back come the Hatters as Drury cuts in from the right and sees a shot deflected skywards. The ball drops to Atieno who sees a shot well saved by Maxwell but the flag is up and effort wouldn't have counted anyway. 47 mins - Half a sniff for Wrexham as Atieno gifts possession to the hosts but Harris can only fire a left-foot shot high and wide. 46 mins  The Hatters get us underway for the second half and there's a change as Taiwo Atieno replaces Gnakpa. HALF-TIME That's the first 45 been and gone and the Town are a goal down at the break. Since the early opener from the hosts it has been all the Hatters but they have failed to find an equaliser. Check for updates in 15 minutes for the second half. COYH! 45 mins + 3 - The Town really have been on top this half and Wrexham have brave defending fom left-back Neil Ashton to thank to keep out a vicious low shot from Lawless after the new signing had taken Drury's low left-wing corner on the edge of the area. 45 mins - We've got three additional minutes to get one before the break. 45 mins - Oh super chance for MBH as a huge clearance from Kroca finds its way upfield. The Town striker gets the better of marker Andrews and bares down on goal. Instead of taking it further he goes for power and whacks it over from 15 yards. 39 mins - Harris is the first man in referee Adcock's book as he goes in on Drury. He had been warned earlier. From the resultant free-kick curled in by Drury, Kroca gets a head to it but can't guide it goalwards and Wrexham can clear. 37 mins - All the Town now, pressing for an equaliser and playing some good stuff. Wrexham look nervy in defence. Can the visitors level before the break. On the basis of play so far they certainly deserve to. 33 mins - CHANCE. Drury does brilliantly to wriggle down the right and produces a fantastic cross onto the head of MBH who can only plant a head straight down Maxwell's throat. What a chance for 1-1. 30 mins - Might as well try your luck from range in this wind but Drury's effort from the right-hand edge of the area flashes way over Maxwell's crossbar into the empty terracing behind. 29 mins - The Hatters are still having the better of the play but the ball doesn't seem to be dropping at the minute. Drury pings a ball to Pilkington who does well to keep it in at the back post. Lawless then lofts the ball back into the box to Gnakpa who takes a touch on his chest before Maxwell pounces on the ball. 27 mins - Good move and almost an equaliser from the Town. Lawless, who is popping up on the right a lot takes a MBH pass and squares to an unmarked Gnakpa 10 yards out. His shot is saved by the legs of Maxwell but the assistant had already flagged the Frenchman offside. Unlucky. 22 mins - Back come the Hatters though as Wrexham need Obeng to concede a corner with Drury lurking at the back post to convert a dangerous Lawless cross from the right. Better play from the visitors. Can they make their wind advantage count? 22 mins - Decent chance for the hosts to double their lead as Tolley blazes high over Tyler's crossbar after Mangan had done well to scamper down the left and swing in a low cross that was half cleared. 20 mins - By the way there's no doubt the Hatters have the wind blowing in their favour this half as Wrexham keeper Maxwell's kick proves, hanging in the air over the centre circle and blowing back from where it came. 18 mins - Still the Town press. This time Gleeson slides Gnakpa away racing down the right. All of a sudden it's 3v2 but Gnakpa only has Barnes-Homer with him and the Frenchman's cross is eventually cleared. 17 mins - More half decent stuff from the Hatters but a promising move breaks down when Drury takes a pass in his stride but the ball bounces up and hits his arm. Handball. Free-kick to Wrexham. 14 mins - We're almost a quarter of an hour in here and the frustrating thing is the only one effort - and subsquent goal - has occured due to a mistake. In this weather, anything can happen. Still, the Town are enjoying the lion's share of possession. 10 mins - The wind is wreaking havoc at the minute as a Tyler long punt downfield bounces all the way through to his opposite number Maxwell. 8 mins - All of a sudden the hosts look very dangerous and Murray is again almost in trouble as Morrell crosses from the right that Jamie Tolley is inches away from connecting to  make it 2-0. 5 mins  GOAL - WREXHAM 1-0 Hatters - The Hatters had begun well, and a Drury left-wing corner had momentarily caused confusion, but up go the hosts up the other end and a long ball over the top is headed across goal by Murray and with Tyler exposed, Andy Mangan has a simple tap-in. Head in hands by Murray. An uncharacteristic error from the left-back. 2 mins - It looks as though the wind is getting into our internet connection here but don't worry we're continue. As the Town start brightly it looks like MBH up front on his own supported by Drury and Gnakpa with Howells, Lawless and Keane in midfield and the usual back four and goalkeeper of Tyler, Murray, Glesson, Kroca and captain Pilkington. 1 min  After an impeccably observed we're off at a wet and windy Racecourse as Wrexham kick-off. 19:45 A MINUTE'S SILENCE 19:43 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides: Wrexham in red, the Town in their white and navy third strip. 19:42 TURF-TRACKER The Racecourse pitch is in very good condition. Much better than the weather. It's big, green, and got grass on it. Good. 19:41 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 2-1 Luton, Simon Pitts: 1-1, Ian Pearce: 2-0 Luton, Mark Wood: 1-1, Bill Cole: 2-2. 19:35 COUNTDOWN 10 minutes to kick-off here and it's still very wet and windy. And cold. Plenty of empty space around the Racecourse. Judging by the weather and with the game on tv it looks like people have decided to stay in. A wise choice...the front row of this press box has its own microclimate. 19:26 MATCHDAY MUSIC All Saints - Black Coffee. Lyrics: "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else" 19:15 THREE CHANGES So it's a trio of changes for the Town at the blustery Racecourse. Midfielder Alex Lawless makes his debut whilst there Andy Drury and Zdenek Kroca return from injury after missing Saturday's cup draw at Corby. It means Ed Asafu-Adjaye, Dan Walker and Taiwo Atieno drop to the bench. Town: Tyler, Gleeson, Pilkington, Kroca, Murray, Gnakpa, Howells, Keane, Lawless, Drury, Barnes-Homer. Subs: Atieno, Asafu-Adjaye, Walker, Poku, Kidd. Wrexham: Maxwell, Obeng, Ashton, Andrews, Blackburn, Harris, Taylor, Mangan, Morrell, Keates, Tolley. Subs: Brown, Smith, Ciezlewicz, Knight-Percival, Pogba. 19:03 TEAM NEWS Kroca, Drury and Lawless in. Walker, Asafu-Adjaye and Walker out. Full team to follow. 19:01 WET, TOO Oh and added to the howling wind is driving rain - not the heavy kind but the fine annoying-type. 19:00 WINDY IN WALES My word is it very, very, very, very, very windy here at the Racecourse. The ground is shaking and making a right old racket. The Hatters players are now out on the on pitch warming up in semi-darkness. Only two floodlights are fully on. 17:40 WEATHER WATCH Current conditions in three words: dark, wet and windy. Team news should be with us in an hour or so. Stay tuned. 16:00 TITLE TIP Remember you heard it here first. If the Hatters win tonight's televised clash at Wrexham then chances are Richard Money and co. will win the Blue Square Bet Premier. Forget the rest of the fixtures and the competition from other clubs. It'll be a given. Win at Wrexham and the Town will be crowned champions. But what do I know? If only it was that easy... But looking back into the history books (like Roger Wash and Simon Pitts' The Full Record - on sale in the Club Shop) makes interesting reading. Two of the Hatters' only victories at the Racecourse in league competition have been during seasons when they have gone onto celebrate a championship-winning campaign. In 47 years of meetings with the Red Dragons the Town's only successes in the league in North Wales have came in 1981/82 when David Pleat's side stormed to the Division Two (now Championship) title and 2004/05 when Mike Newell's side swept all before them in League 1. Six seasons on what hopes do the class of 2010/11 have to join the elite group of footballers to help the Hatters lift a league title. Winning at Wrexham seems to be a good starting point. "I'm aware of our record there," Richard Money said on Wednesday. He was talking of course that the Welshmen have toppled the Town 11 times in 16 fixtures when on home soil. Whether the Town boss knows the successes those Luton sides have gone to enjoy after earning a win at the Racecourse remains to be seen. But he takes his side to the North West for the start of a three-day double-header full of confidence. With the likes of Andy Drury and Zdenek Kroca available again after Saturday's FA Cup draw at Corby, the Town will be looking to resume their impressive form in the Blue Square Bet Premier. Five wins from six matches is top form in anyone's book and Money will be hoping three points this evening will enable his side to jump into second place, show the watching television audience what the Town are all about and, most importantly, gain a win that would test our championship-winning theory. We'll just have to wait and see...and on 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 - 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 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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