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00:43 20th October 2010


The Town hit Forest Green for six to go third in the table and register their fourth win in five games in a confident, stylish and comprehensive performance at Kenilworth Road. It didn't take the Town long to take the lead. Freddie Murray's left-wing cross was heading towards an offside Danny Crow. The assistant referee raised his flag but referee Long waved play on allowing an unmarked and onside Andy Drury to take his time to round James Bittner in the visitors' goal and tap home his fourth of the season. One became two eight minutes later when Drury turned provider, swinging in a lovely low left-wing cross aimed for Amari Morgan-Smith who did the rest, ghosting ahead of his marker to side-foot home from five yards. With the Town tails up plenty of chances continue to fall their way and it was no surprise when Danny Crow made it 3-0 on 34 minutes when finishing with aplomb after Bittner had presented a poor goalkick straight to the striker. But all of a sudden the Hatters got sloppy and Rovers pulled a goal back six minutes before the break when Mark Tyler attempted to dribble around Reece Styche but only succeeded in being tackled allowing the visitors striker to stroke home into an empty net from the edge of the penalty area. At the break Richard Money introduced Claude Gnakpa for Drury and the Frenchman took little time to make an impression on the game when, on 49 minutes, he laid on the Hatters' fourth of the night when surging into the box to square for Crow to tap home his second. The Town were always well in command and after a lull in proceedings they got their fifth goal of the night on 81 minutes with Gnakpa again the architect: beating two men in the box and cutting the ball back for Matthew Barnes-Homer to fire his ninth goal of the season beyond Bittner. But that wasn't the end of the scoring and Dan Walker, who had earlier missed a great chance when one-on-one with Bittner, belted home the goal of the night in the first minute of stoppage to crown a great display from the hosts and give the striker his first senior goal. More detailed report to follow, for minute-by-minute analysis see below. Result from Kenilworth Road Luton Town 6 (Drury 6, Morgan-Smith 14, Crow 34, 49, Barnes-Homer 81, Walker 90) Forest Green Rovers 1 (Styche 39) FULL-TIME LUTON TOWN 6-1 FOREST GREEN ROVERS - Reaction, analysis, pictures and interviews to come. 90 + 1 mins - As the Town go for a seventh, Kroca sees a header saved by Bittner. Three added minutes by the way. 90 mins  HATTERS 6-1 Rovers - We said he was after one and there it is and it's something special from Walker as he looks up and blasts a fantastic effort from 25 yards beyond Bittner. What a strike. Get in! 89 mins - Time ticking here as MBH blasts a shot into the Kenny end from an acute angle. Keane is voted the match sponsors' man of the match. And then he goes and scuffs a shot wide of the target following Barnes-Homer's pass. 86 mins - Another chance for six as Gnakpa, racing clear onto a defence-splitting Morgan-Smith ball, sees a shot cleared off the line by McDonald after his shot had beaten Bittner. The defender knew little about it as he was still running back to cover. 85 mins - Walker certainly wants a goal, especially after missing that early chance. This time he draws a scuttling save from Bittner at his near-post down the left-flank with MBH screaming for a cut back. 81 mins HATTERS 5-1 Rovers - Well there's the fifth and Gnakpa lays on another, this time for Barnes-Homer. The Frenchman takes a ball from the eventual score, runs past two defenders before pulling the ball back for the striker who is on hand to net his ninth of the season. Get in! 78 mins - A period of pressure from the visitors but nothing of note. It's getting cold and my fingers are too. Hopefully a fifth will warm them up. 76 mins - Sorry, don't worry we are still here and it is still 4-1. Just not much has happened really. 71 mins - Oh it should be five as Walker misses a great chance for his first senior goal. MBH flicks on to the sub who runs clear of the Rovers defence but he can only see a low shot saved by the legs of Bittner. 67 mins Third and final change of the night and it's two-goal Crow who is replaced by Walker. 66 mins - Great chance for Rovers to pull another goal back as great work down the right flank by Kamara finds Flood unmarked at the back-post but the midfielder heads inches wide diving to meet the Kamara cross. 65 mins - It must be said, a bit of a lull here and a dearth of chances. Nowt to report with 20 minutes left. 62 mins - Tonight's attendance is in and it's the lowest of the season so far of 5,704 which includes just 18 in the away end cheering for Rovers. 60 mins And it's Poku who replaces Howells in the second Hatters change of the night. 58 mins - Crow of course is on a hat-trick but he can't quite get on the end of the a lovely dinked cross from MBH after Rovers failed to clear their lines two or three times. Meanwhile activity on the Town bench. 56 mins - Another chance rains down on the visitors goal as Gnakpa, forced wide, thumps a shot into the Kenny end after wriggling free of his marker. Pressure continues to rise. 55 mins - Decent effort from a confident Morgan-Smith as he belts a shot just wide of the post from the left-hand edge of the penalty area. Unlucky. Some goal that would have been. 53 mins - Yep, Claude's definitely in the mood as he does well down the right to tee-up Keane to cross but Crow is offside as he heads way over. Still plenty of chances for more goals in this for the Town. 49 mins  GOOOOOOAL! HATTERS 4-1 Rovers - Well Claude's certainly made a great impression since coming on and he's provided Crow with his second and the Town's fourth of the night. Robbing McDonald of the ball the Frenchman surges into the box and squares for an unmarked Crow who can't miss, sliding to tap home from two yards. Get in! 47 mins - Great chance for 4-1 90 seconds in the second half as Gnakpa finds MBH down the right who whips in an excellent cross aimed for Crow but the striker can't quite connect and the visitors clear. 46 mins  Annnnnnd we're off for the second half here at Kenilworth Road and there is a change for the Town. Scorer and provider of two of goals, Drury, is replaced by Gnakpa. HALF-TIME That's the first 45 over with and four goals for our money, three of which have been from the Town. Plenty more to come in the second period. Stay tuned. Return in 15 and we promise more goals! COYH. 45 + 2 mins - As the Town continue to press Keane sees a shot chested off the line by Norwood from Drury right-wing corner. 45 + 1 mins - Another effort from MBH as he sees a left-foot shot tipped over by Bittner after Crow's great flick-on. Good link-up play between the two and good strenght by Barnes-Homer. 45 mins - Two additional minutes here to play at the end of this half. 44 mins - More Town pressure as they chase a fourth. MBH runs forward and tries to find the small gap at Bittner's near post but the keeper claws the ball around the post for a corner. 43 mins - What a miss! It should be 4-1 and we're all about to type the same. Keane does brilliantly to curl a cross deep from the right flank but Pilkington, all alone unmarked in the six yard box somehow glances a header the wrong side of the post and it stays 3-1. No ask me how. Plenty of hands on heads. 42 mins - The Town are getting sloppy and a poor back header from Pilkington falls short of Tyler but Enver-Marum is beaten to the ball by the goalkeeper - just. 39 mins  GOAL - Hatters 3-1 ROVERS - Note the lack of O's in the word GOAL to the left. Rovers have pulled one back and it's a right old mess as Tyler comes out of his box to clear the danger but it is tackled by Sytche who looks up a floats home from 20 yards to silence Kenilworth Road. The 20 or so Rovers fans barely got off their seats though. 37 mins - Another before the break? Who knows. There's talk of a repeat of last year's 8-0 win over Hayes in the pressbox but we'll see. That goal from Crow was is fourth of the season and third in two. 36 mins - There's plenty more goals in this game for the Town as Bittner makes a small amends for his error two minutes ago as he blocks a MBH shot with his legs at the near post following Drury's throughball. 34 mins  GOOOOOOOOAL! HATTERS 3-0 Rovers - Simple one this but don't show Rovers goalkeeper Bittner the dvd. His poor goal kick - incidentally after a super shot from Keane had whistled wide of the post - goes straight to Crow who takes once touch, bares down on goal, opens his body and curls a firm shot past the poor stopper. Get in! 32 mins - As we've been talking about records and stats today, Forest Green's support has to be lowest ever in league history. There can't be more than 20 in the Oak Road end. I say league because I'm not sure how many Ancona and Genoa brought in the Anglo Italian Cup in the mid-1990s. 29 mins - Still the Town dominate but a dearth of chances at the minute. Tyler hasn't had a save to make just yet but he needs to be alert to gather the ball ahead of an on-rushing Styche after the Rovers striker had sped clear. 27 mins - Every week we have a contender for the 'worst free-kick of the season award'. Tonight it's the turn of Forest Green's Gary Mills who kicks his attempted effort straight at the referee who was standing 10 yards away from him, drawing plenty of laughs from the Hatters fans. And me. 24 mins - Should be 3-0. Drury does brillaintly to slip in Crow inside the right channel. He squares to Barnes-Homer who has a tap in but he gets his legs in a tangle and can't convert. He eventually gets a shot away and it looks like it's going to curl home before McDonald clears off the line. Crow then scuffs the follow-up and everyone inside the ground have their heads in their hands. 21 mins - Another half chance for the visitors as Murray, who's having a good game, bar is booking, whacks clear a mis-hit effort from Enver Marum that Tyler had covered anyway (I think). 20 mins - The Hatters are still playing some fine football at the minute and home faithful are lapping it up. Then Murray becomes the first man yellow carded for scything down Sytche. It's the left-back's first booking this season. 18 mins - Drury fancies as another but, after Murray is hauled down on the left-hand edge of the penalty area (it was inches away from being a penalty), the midfielder whacks the resulting free-kick into the empty seats in the Oak. 14 mins  GOOOOAL! HATTERS 2-0 Rovers - The home faithful were only singing "we're gonna score in a minute" a minute ago and hey presto, the Town do. Murray sends Drury scampering down the left. He looks up, weighs-up the options and sends a curling left-foot cross to the near post that is side-footed home from five yards by Morgan-Smith for his second in Town colours, ghosting past defenders rushing into the box. Get in! 13 mins - Oh so close to 2-0 as Pilks, always a threat from set-pieces, especially on Tuesday nights it seems, sees a header cannon back off the crossbar from Drury's right-wing corner. 10 mins - A few facts for you: That's Drury's fourth of the season. Last term, with Conference champions Stevenage he only managed two. As for Murray's assist that's his fourth of the campaign - only Drury - with six - has more. 9 mins - As the rain swirls around Kenilworth Road talks continues about the goal but it was fantastic advantage played by the ref. Rovers probably won't like the sound of that but they didn't play to the whistle. 6 mins  GOOOOOAL! HATTERS 1-0 Rovers - Credit here for the referee here as the Town lead. Murray runs down the left and crosses across the six yard box. MBH is standing offside in the middle but doesn't go for it. The linesman puts his flag up but the ref allows play to continue allowing an onside Drury to run free, unchallenged to round Bittner and tap home from six yards for his fourth of the season. Get in! 5 mins - Half a sniff for the visitors who have started brightly and Styche drags a shot wide of the post after he'd got clear of Pilkington. 3 mins - As the rain begins to lash down the Town are lining up as they did at Eastbourne. Tyler in goal, a back four of Gleeson, Pilks, Kroca and Murray, a midfield four of Howells and Keane in the middle, Drury on the right and Morgan-Smith on the left. It's MBH and Crow up top. 2 mins - 90 seconds in and Barnes-Homer draws a sharp save from Bittner in the FGR goal after being found by a super pass by Drury. From the follow-up after the keeper parries Crow sees a shot well-blocked by Jones. 1 min - Early pressure from the visitors as they win a corner inside the first 30 seconds but eventually, after a game of ping-pong in the penalty area, the Town clear. 1 min Right, the handshakes and coin toss is over and we're off as the visitors kick off shooting towards the Kenny end, enjoy the updates...COYH! 19:42 LET'S BE HAVING YOU The Oak Road looks a sorry sight. There's about seven people in it at the minute. 19:41 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides onto the pitch, Town in their usual orange, Rovers in their all green away strip. 19:40 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 5-0 Luton, Simon Pitts: 2-0 Luton, Ian Pearce: 4-0 Luton, Mark Wood: 5-0 Luton, Mike Simmonds: 5-0 Luton, James Cunliffe: 2-1 Luton, Euan Duncan: 2-1 Luton, Bill Cole: 4-1 Luton. 19:35 WEATHER WATCH Clear, dark, cold. Scarves are out for the first time this season. 19:20 ON THIS DAY The Town's record on 19th October is: played 15, won six, drawn four, lost five, scored 26, conceded 18. The last time we played on this day was a 2-0 defeat at Walsall in 2004 with the last victory a 2-1 success over Oldham in 2002. Strikers Tony Thorpe and Andrew Fotiadis were on target as the Town came from a goal down to record a rare win at Boundary Park. Other notable fixtures on this date include a 1-1 League Cup draw at Liverpool in 1960 with David Brogan on target. Most impressively and famously was the 7-0 hammering the Hatters gave Southampton at Kenilworth Road in 1985. Brian Stein scored a hat-trick with Emeka Nwajiobi, Ricky Hill, David Preece an Ray Daniel also scoring past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. Naturally all of this information can be found in Roger Wash and Simon Pitts' new book available now in the club shop and online. You can immerse yourself in all the stats, spreadsheets and results from the last 125 years. A must buy. 19:00 UNCHANGED Richard Money makes no changes to the Town side for the visit of Forest Green Rovers. The only change the boss makes is on the substitutes' bench as Claude Gnakpa returns from suspension. There is no place for Adam Watkins. Meanwhile Rovers field ex Town loanee Gavin Caines in central defence. Hatters: Tyler, F. Murray, Kroca, G. Pilkington, Gleeson, Howells, Morgan-Smith, Keane, Drury, Crow, Barnes-Homer. Subs: K. Pilkington, Gnakpa, Poku, Walker, Asafu-Adjaye. Forest Green: Bittner, Hodgkiss, Jones, Styche, Norwood, Klukowski, Caines, McDonald, Flood, Mills, Enver-Marum. Subs: Armstrong, M. Fowler, Jones, Head, Kamara. 18:50 AUTHOR-ITY   On sale now in the shop is a new book on the Hatters. Authors Roger Wash and Simon Pitts are pictured with their wonderful piece of work. Supporters can also buy it online 18:20 TEAM NEWS Had a little chat with assistant boss Gary Brabin. He's told me what the team is...shame I can't reveal it until the manager has signed it and the ref's had a look at it. Stay tuned between now and 7pm... 17:40 PITCH PERFECT A lot of rain has fallen but does the pitch look like a reservoir? Thanks to investment in a new drainage system over the summer, no it doesn't. The pitch looks great and the droplets of water on the surface will help the Town zip the ball about to good affect tonight. 17:15 WEATHER WATCH In a word, wet. Bring a brolly if you're walking up to ground and mind the puddles. 16:40 MAKING IT COUNT "It's our game in hand and we're well aware we need to make it count," said Town boss Richard Money yesterday. The Hatters have an opportunity to get in amongst the promotion hunt - if you ever believed they were out of it in the first place - when they take on Forest Green Rovers at Kenilworth Road. It's a game that has twice been rearranged. Firstly due to television scheduling and then due to international call-ups. While both circumstances are usually unheard of at Conference level, it perhaps goes to show how far this league has come over the years...clubs rescheduling games due to tv commitments one week, while calling-off matches the next because two of your players are jetting off to Estonia to represent their country. Really? "People will probably get bored of me saying this but there are no easy games in this league and that's the truth," Money added yesterday when talking to the media pack. More to point it's difficult for the Town to overcome sides who are fighting for their lives at the other end of the table, such as tonight's visitors. Rovers haven't won for 11 games and will be out to derail the Hatters' promotion push - just like every other club that visit Bedfordshire this season. They nearly did it last year and were only denied a share of the spoils in March when a Tom Craddock goal gave the Hatters all three points. Craddock has since departed while most of the players in the Rovers side have left too. "Forest Green have had some decent results and will come here to enjoy themselves," continued Money. "Every team does, it's a big game in front of a big crowd but we know what we have to do and what we expect from them." With 6,000+ locals roaring on the hosts tonight Dave Hockaday's side will either sink or swim. And it's up to Money's men and a little help from the home faithful decide how the visitors will cope. Draws with Grimsby and Wimbledon show the Gloucestershire side are no mugs but the Hatters, despite that gut-wrenching last-gasp defeat to Crawley, have been in top form. A win tonight and the loss to the Red Devils will be a distant memory. Well, whatever happens tonight, 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 - 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. 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