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MATCH REPORT

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10:49 15th November 2010

CORBY TOWN 1-1 HATTERS - REPORT & ANALYS

Matthew Barnes-Homer's 10th goal of the season seven minutes from time rescued the Town from an FA Cup upset at Corby. The Town were reminded of their infamous defeat to the Steelmen in 1965 when Corby players on duty that they were paraded to the 2,000-strong crowd as the two sides emerged prior to kick-off. That rallied the hosts who started the brighter of the two sides and the Town had Jake Howells to prevent Nathan Jarman from testing Mark Tyler on 10 minutes. But that was brief respite for a Hatters side missing several key personnel through injury as their Blue Square Bet North opponents took a shock lead on 14 minutes when leading marksmen Ben Mackey was left unmarked to head past an exposed Tyler. The Town's response to going behind was swift with Claude Gnakpa causing the hosts problems with his pace and strength that almost saw the Frenchman level three minutes later with a shot that whistled the wrong side of the post. All of a sudden the Hatters were dominating and, after Barnes-Homer saw a shot turned behind, a goal-line clearance from Andy Hall kept out Taiwo Atieno's header from Keith Keane's corner before Dan Walker - making his first start for the Town - headed over. Still the Hatters pressed but Chris Mackenzie in the home goal continued to frustrate the visitors, this time making an excellent fingertip save to turn over a powerful header from Gnakpa from a deep Howells cross on 28 minutes. While the Town still saw plenty of the ball it took them until the 43rd minute to test Mackenzie again when the influential Gnakpa drew a smart save from the home custodian. Richard Money introduced Godfrey Poku for Walker at the break as the Town changed shape but despite dominating the Hatters could only muster a flurry off target efforts from distance. Corby again had a super reflex save from Mackenzie to thank on 76 minutes when skipper George Pilkington saw his fierce drive from the edge of the penalty area pushed over the bar. But just when it looked as though the Town were going to be on the wrong end of a cup shock, Barnes-Homer headed home from a similar position from which Corby scored earlier, steering Dan Gleeson's right-wing cross behind Mackenzie. For minute-by-minute anaylsis see below.  Listen Live on Hatters Player Live from the Rockingham Triangle Corby Town 1 (Mackey 14) Luton Town 1 (Barnes-Homer 83) Final score FULL-TIME It's all over here and it's a replay...Stay tuned for reaction, photographs and highlights. 90 + 2 mins - All hands to the pump for Corby as the Hatters look for a winner... 90 mins - Four minutes of additional time to find a goal as MBH, looking for a second, shoots wildly over the crossbar. 90 mins - We're into the last minute of the 90. 88 mins - Still the Town press, we've got two minutes left here to find a winner or we're going back to Kenilworth Road. 85 mins - All the Hatters now and with five left on the clock there's a real sense that they can go on and win this. 83 mins  GOOOOOOOAL! Corby 1-1 HATTERS - They've done it! Simple on this: Gleeson skips down the right and sends an inch-perfect cross onto the head of Barnes-Homer who guides a header past Mackenzie. Relief all round. Seven minutes to grab a winner... 83 mins - Half a chance for the Town but Atieno flicks a header wide when well placed following Keane's right-wing free-kick. 81 mins - Nine minutes left, as the Hatters attack. Can they salvage something from this cup tie? 79 mins - Corby have rarely threatened since taking the lead but they still look like they fancy their chances on the break. All of a sudden the Hatters are stretched at the back and substitute Diggin volleys an ambitious shot over the crossbar from outside the box. 76 mins - Chance and almost 1-1 as Pilkington sends a super shot from the right-hand edge of the penalty area goalwards that Mackenzie does brilliantly to turn over. All the Hatters now and it needs to be with less than 15 minutes left. 75 mins - Half a sniff for captain Pilkington as he flicks a long throw from Murray wide of the target. Then, as Corby fail to clear Murray sees a rasping effort deflected over the top for a corner. 72 mins - First change of the afternoon for the Steelmen as Stephen Diggin replaces Nathan Jarman. 71 mins - This is better from the Town as Poku does superbly to jink past statuesque Corby defenders and releases Murray down the left whose first time cross is smothered by Mackenzie at the near post. 70 mins - Good play from Murray down the left beats Danny Pitham and it looks like he's in on goal. He cuts it back to Howells who sees a first-time shot hit the leg of a Corby defender. 65 mins - Still not much to talk about here, 25 minutes left. Then, Poku tries his luck from distance once more but the less said about the effort the better. 62 mins - Almost a chance for the Hatters to level things as Howells and Murray combine down the left. The ball from the flank finds Barnes-Homer but he can't get a shot away. The ball then breaks to substitute Poku 20 yards out but his right-foot shot flies well, well wide. 59 mins - Another Corby man on the deck here so a stoppage in play. This half has failed to see many opportunities for either side. I think Mark Tyler has barely had a touch. Half an hour left for the Town to find a goal or two. 56 mins - Another chance for Claude but this one isn't as threatening as his first half efforts. Murray crosses from the left and finds the Frenchman who glances a header way wide. 54 mins - Steady period of possession from the Hatters but nothing to shout about in terms of chances. Still 1-0. 51 mins - Six minutes into the second period and not a lot to tell you about in all honesty. Oh, Corby have had a corner. 49 mins - A stoppage in play as Corby have a man down and it's got noticably colder here. Winter is coming. 46 mins - Poku's straight into the action, 30 seconds into the half, and is harshly adjudged to have fouled a Corby midfielder when it seemed he'd got the ball. 46 mins  Annnnnd we're off for the second half as the Town get us underway and there's a change from Richard Money. Godfrey Poku is on for Dan Walker. He'll join Keane in the middle with Howells moving to left-mid. HALF-TIME Referee Andy Penn calls time on the first 45 minutes and a huge roar goes up from the home support - they're 1-0 to the good thanks to Mackey's 14th minute strike. The Town have been the better of the two sides and created more chances since but the fact remains: the Town are losing. Check back in 15 minutes for the second half updates. 45 mins - One additional minute of added time here. Corby break again and look dangerous but Asafu-Adjaye, who has done very, very well at centre-back today, clears the danger and lays the ball of well. Top work. 43 mins - Yet another chance for Claude, that's his fourth effort of the half alone now, as he takes a Keane throw from the left, rolls his marker 15 yards out and whacks a left-foot shot goalwards. It looks like it's heading for the top corner but Mackenzie is there to grab the ball to keep it 1-0. 40 mins - Walker's done well down the left for the Town and he takes a quick Tyler throw in his stride before sprinting away from a challenge, tip-toeing down the left touchline. He looks up and spots Atieno haring into the box and tries to find the striker. However, what would have been a superb pass, is cut out by the head of Corby defender. Unlucky. 36 mins - It's still all the Town - they're restricting the Steelmen to hopeful passes forward. Good defending from Asafu-Adjaye sets up a move that sees Howells find MBH before he finds Walker. He attempts to dribble into the box but a crunching and well-timed challenge from a home defender results in the move breaking down. 34 mins - Almost a great chance for the Hatters to get back on level terms as Atieno bursts onto MBH's flick. He's faced by two Corby defenders and momentarily treads on the ball before trying to cross for Barnes-Homer but the hosts clear. 31 mins - Just an observation but the floodlights have been on since the first whistle and we've had nothing but sunshine. 30 mins - Small shout for a pen for the Town as Gnakpa gets dragged down in the box trying to attack Keane's long free-kick forward but the ref's not interested. No pen. 28 mins - Another chance for the Town and again it's Gnakpa. Howells bends in a deep, high cross from the left that is met by the Frenchman. He gets up head and shoulders above the rest of the Corby defence to power a header goalwards that Mackenzie does well to tip onto the crossbar. Unfortunately the linesman doesn't agree and signals for a goalkick much to the annoyance of the visiting support. 24 mins - Certainly all the Hatters at the minute and in fairness despite the scoreline they've been the side who have created more clear-cut opportunities. Claude has looked the main threat for the Town. 21 mins - All of a sudden the Town have really upped it and twice go close in the space of a matter of seconds to making it 1-1. From Keane's right-wing corner Atieno gets up to head goalwards but his effort his cleared off the line by Hall. The ball falls to Walker who, yards out, heads narrowly over. The pressure is rising. Can they find an equaliser? 21 mins - It's been a decent response from the Town and Corby have Mackenzie to thank for another smart and brave save, this time thwarting a MBH drive from the right-hand edge of the six yard box. 17 mins - Back come the Hatters and Gnakpa should put the visitors back on level terms. The ball breaks to the winger on the edge of the 18-yard box and he drives a left-foot shot just the wrong side of Mackenzie's left-hand post. That was close. 16 mins - The Town are shellshocked and a great intervention from Pilkington lets them off the hook as Glenn Walker, the home left winger drives forward into the box. 14 mins  CORBY 1-0 Hatters - Uh-oh not good here and Corby lead. Its a simple goal it's down to slack marking from the Town as a cross from the right finds centre forward Ben Mackey unmarked to head past an exposed Tyler from six yards. 11 mins - Mackenzie in the home goal wows the crowd here as he comes out of goal to head clear with MBH sniffing for a chance. The keeper needs to deal with it as the ball drops and he needs to get it right, which he does, whacking the ball out for a throw. 10 mins - Almost a super chance for Corby as Keane gives the ball away and Jarman races clean through. However, he's soon joined by Howells, covering superbly, to dispossed the home striker with a inch-perfect tackle to prevent the hosts having a shot at goal. Great work from Howells. Hearts in mouths moment for the Hatters. 4 mins - Pretty even here so far but the Town look the mostly likely to make the breakthrough. The only annoying thing here is the sun, it's blinding us in the pressbox and the numbers on the back of the Corby shirts are barely visible. Not that we're moaning. 3 mins - Great chance for the Town to take the lead as Gnakpa muscles off the attentions of home left-back Charlton to bear down on Mackenzie's goal but the home goalkeeper is quick off his line to block the Frenchman's strike. 2 mins - We're playing with a reddy-orange coloured ball Keane does well to get a toe to in the middle of the park. The pitch does look a bit bobbly and Tyler has to steady himself before kicking the ball, just to be on the safe side. 1 min - The Town are lining-up as follows: Tyler in goal, a back four of Ed and Pilks at centre half, Murray and Gleeson at full back, Claude right wing, Walker left wing, Howells and Keane in the middle with MBH and Atieno up top.  1 min And we're off as Corby get this FA Cup first round tie underway as a big cheer goes up from the home sections. 14:57 COLOURS Town in orange, Corby in black and white stripes. We're almost set here. Enjoy the updates. COYH! 14:56 CORBY LEGENDS We said we wouldn't talk about the cup defeat in 1965 but five of the Corby side that beat the Town that day are here as the two sides come out onto the field. 14:54 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 1-0 Luton, Simon Pitts: 2-1 Luton, Ian Pearce: 3-0 Luton, Bill Cole: 2-1 Luton, Mike Simmonds: 1-1 draw. 14:51 BUSY Still they come through the turnstiles. They say they'll be 2,000 inside the ground, I reckon they'll be a few more. 14:49 MATCHDAY MUSIC III They're playing a strange Corby version of Three Lions over the speakers. 14:47 YOUNG BENCH Lacey, 17, Patrick, 18, Woodrow, 15, Kidd, just turned 18, O'Donnell, 18. 14:43 TONGUE-TIED The PA announcer is having difficulty pronouncing a number of the Town's players. Atieno, Asafu-Adjaye, Gnakpa and Poku most notably. 14:37 MATCHDAY MUSIC II The Final Countdown...Just over 20 minutes to kick-off and the ground is getting busier now. The sun is shining and the Hatters side are being put through their paces on the far side of the pitch. 14:28 THE TEAMS Hatters: Tyler, Gleeson, F. Murray, Keane, Pilkington, Barnes-Homer, Atieno, Howells, Asafu-Adjaye, Gnakpa, Walker. Subs: Besta, Lacey, Patrick, Woodrow, O'Donnell, Poku, Kidd. Corby: MacKenzie, Pitham, Charlton, Hope, Gulliver, Lavery, Hall, Towers, Jarman, Mackey, Walker. Subs: West, Diggin, Thackeray, Webster, Green, Dolman, Frew. 14:26 TEAM NEWS No Kroca, Drury, Crow in come Gnakpa, Asafu-Adjaye and Walker. 14:17 WEATHER WATCH Bright and sunny. So sunny in fact I can't actually see through the press box window. 13:50 MATCHDAY MUSIC Born in the USA is powering through the temporary speakers dotted around the perimeter of the pitch. 13:40 SSSSH We've made it to the Corby and it's dead quiet here at the Rockingham Triangle. Richard Money is out inspecting the pitch. If he looks up at the one stand here he might notice there are not one but three press boxes crammed into the small and only stand here! The players are out on the field now too. 11:30 BARE BONES It was a phrase often used by a former manager when his side were missing key personnel. Today the same must be said about the current Town team who chase a place in the second round of the FA Cup without a number of their senior stars. Richard Money hasn't uttered those infamous two words yet but is lucky not only to have the required strength in-depth but also be blessed with a youth set-up that will no doubt see today's subs' bench crammed with the latest talent off the Kenilworth Road production line. That is sure to include a 15-year-old schoolboy and 17, 18 and 19 year-olds too. As the manager said yesterday today's FA Cup first round tie with Corby Town would be have difficult enough had he been able to call upon every man in his squad. St Albans represented a difficult enough test for 30 minutes at Kenilworth Road before the Hatters ran out comfortable 4-0 winners. Amari Morgan-Smith's hat-trick helped that day but the winner of the FA Cup performance of the round award won't be able to do the same at the Rockingham Triangle this afternoon. The Town and Corby have already been selected as a ball number two in Sunday's second round draw. And of course the Hatters won't want to be reminded of their last meeting with the Steelmen in this competition. Dumped out unceremoniously at Kenilworth Road in a replay back in 1965. After a 2-2 draw at Corby the Northamptonshire side pulled off a shock victory by winning the replay 1-0 at Kenilworth Road. The Hatters will be hoping that lightening doesn't strike twice. Whether it will or it won't  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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