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14:25 23rd January 2011


The Town closed the gap at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier with a five-star performance against nine-man York. Five different goalscorers got in on the act against a Minstermen side hampered by the 14th minute dismissal of goalkeeper Michael Ingham. The visiting goalkeeper upended Claude Gnakpa on the edge of the area and with no substitute stopper on the bench, the first thing captain Chris Smith had to do was pick out Andy Drury's free-kick out of the net which put the Hatters ahead. Soon the goals flowed and the Town doubled their lead on 31 minutes when Matthew Barnes-Homer's cross was headed home by Claude Gnakpa. York looked shell-shocked and soon it was three and five minutes later debutant Lloyd Owusu headed home right-wing corner from Drury at the near post. Owusu came close to scoring a second four minutes later when a header from a Keith Keane cross flashed just past the post. As half-time approached the Town would have been happy with three but in first half stoppage time they grabbed their fourth when a Drury free-kick from the right was volleyed home at the back post by Zdenek Kroca. The Minstemen swapped goalkeepers at half-time with substitute Greg Young taking over from Smith. George Pilkington's header three minutes after the break almost made it five and on 56 minutes the Town hit the woodwork for the sixth time in four matches when Gnakpa saw a header thunder off the crossbar following Drury's cross. However the Hatters didn't have long to wait for their fifth of the evening when Barnes-Homer took a pass from Drury to find substitute Taiwo Atieno with a cross that the striker headed past an exposed Young. Chances dried up as the Town changed things but the incident was not over and the visitors' Jonathan Smith became the second player to head for an early bath after picking up a second yellow card with nine minutes left. For minute-by-minute analysis see below. Result from Kenilworth Road Luton Town 5 (Drury 18, Gnakpa 31, Owusu 36, Kroca 45, Atieno 66) York City 0 Final score FULL-TIME All over here and it's an emphatic victory for the Hatters. Stay tuned for reports, action and reaction. COYH! 90 mins - Silly me. See 87 mins, of course York are now to nine. It's 10 v nine. 90 mins - As expected, five additional minutes to play at the end of the 90. 89 mins - Almost a sniff for six as Atieno robs Racchi of the ball but after being drawn wide the striker sees a shot from an acute angle saved by the legs of Young. 87 mins - So it's 10-aside now with the Hatters having used all their subs. Bound to be plenty of stoppage time. 86 mins - Four minutes later and we're off again. We'll keep you up to date with Gleeson's welfare when we have it. He receives a warm reception as he leaves the field in some distress. 83 mins - Real, real concern for the Town, Gleeson's boot is off and a leg splint is going onto his right leg. 82 mins - A lenghtily stoppage and concern here for Gleeson. He doesn't look in a good way and is going to be stretchered off. 81 mins - Oh dear, the night gets worse for the visitors - they're now down to 10 men as Jonathan Smith is shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Poku and he's got an early bath. 78 mins Third and final change for the Town tonight as Crow replaces MBH. Can they get one or two more? 75 mins - Tonight's attendance is 5,997 including 126 in the away end shouting for City. Meanwhile Danny Crow is striped... 73 mins Second change for the Hatters as Drury is replaced by Adam Watkins. 72 mins - Gleeson, one of few outfield players yet to score this season fancies one tonight but despite his best efforts he can't test Young as he lets fly with a shot from 25 yards that goes wide. 70 mins - Not often you see Richard Money get off the bench in anger but he's not happy with the ref after the whistler had blown for a foul by Pilkington on Chambers. It did look harsh. 66 mins  GOAL! TOWN 5-0 York - No doubt about where the points are landing up tonight as Drury finds space to run forward. He pokes it to the left to Barnes-Homer who takes one touch, looks up and sends a teasing cross onto the head of TAIWO ATIENO who gets up above Young to nod home the Town's fifth of the evening and striker's sixth goal of the season. 62 mins  First change of the evening for the Town and it's debut boy Owusu who goes off to a standing ovation. He's replaced by Taiwo Atieno. 59 mins - York are pretty much down to nine because McGurk is injured and can barely walk...Gnakpa maurauds through the middle and sprays the ball out to Howells. The left-back then runs forward, into the box, before seeing a shot saved well by Young at the near post. 56 mins - Oh almost five as the Town up the ante in search of more goals. Gleeson's shot from 25 yards is fumbled by Young allowing Kroca to feed Drury. He stands up a super cross which Gnakpa heads against the underside of the crossbar. A melee ensues but no man in orange, including Kroca, can turn the ball home. 53 mins - Half a sniff for the Minstermen to reduce arrears and the Town have Dan Gleeson to thank for a brave block to prevent Chambers' side-foot effort from eight yards making it 4-1. 50 mins - Cries for a pen from the Town faithful as Drury slaloms into the box and is upended but referee Bratt isn't interested. 48 mins - Town on top early on as you'd expect and they go close to making it five as Pilkington heads goalwards after Keane had flicked on a Drury corner. It bounces agonisingly close with Keane unable to turn the ball home. Somehow still 4-0. 46 mins  Annnnnd we're off and underway as the visitors kick-off shooting towards their support in the Oak Road end. They've made a change in goal, too Smith has gone back outfield and sub Greg Young has donned the gloves. HALF-TIME And that's break, as the Town go in not one, not two, not three but FOUR goals to the good at half-time. York will be wondering what's hit them in the dressing room and their job will be to make sure the Hatters don't run completely riot in the second period. A man light and without a keeper it's going to be tough. Check back in 15 minutes to see if the Town can do just that. COYH! 45 mins  TOWN 4-0 York - Indeed there was time - just. Drury is again the creator, whipping in a right-wing free-kick which eludes everyone but ZDENEK KROCA who left alone at the back stick turns to volley a spectacular effort beyond Smith. Get in! 45 mins - Three added minutes to play at the end of this half as the Hatters go in search of a fourth before the interval. 43 mins - First man in orange to get a yellow tonight as referee Bratt gets goalscorer Drury in his book for a tackle on Young. 42 mins - Mark Tyler in the Hatters goal hasn't had much, if anything, to do so far...and that remains the same as he watches Jonathan Smith's shot from 20 yards land up in row Z of the Kenny End. 42 mins - Town really controlling things and the home faithful are lapping it up. Cries of shoot every time they get the ball within 30 yards of the York goal. 39 mins - Almost a fourth and a second for Owusu and the Town are looking to run riot here. This time Keane bends in a cross from the right that the big man flicks goalwards...his header is a whisker away from making it four-zip. Unlucky. 35 mins  GOAL! TOWN 3-0 York - Debut boy done good. Simple one this as well as the Town hit their third as Drury's right-wing corner is met by a thumping header by LLOYD OWUSU. Hands go up around Kenilworth Road, the man and the crowd all celebrate his first goal in Town colours. York are shellshocked. 34 mins - A second change for the visitors as James Meredith replaces Levi Mackin. 31 mins  GOAL! TOWN 2-0 York - In answer to my last post...yes it would be nice for a second and that's exactly what's happened. And it's a simple  goal too, Barnes-Homer runs down the left, cuts inside and curls a cross to the penalty spot where an unmarked CLAUDE GNAKPA rises to power a header past Smith his seventh of the season. Get in! 29 mins - To be fair to the visitors they are doing well to restrict the Hatters' passing game at the minute. A second before the break would be nice though, wouldn't it? 26 mins - And they come within a whisker of doing just that as Drury hangs up a free-kick to the back post that Keane heads across goal but Owusu flicks it wide at the near post. 24 mins - A man to the good the Hatters have had plenty of the ball but have yet to test Smith, the rookie keeper. Get some on target is the call from the home faithful. 20 mins - By the way that goal from Drury is the midfielder's eighth of the season - a top return for the former Stevenage man. 19 mins - York are rattled now and MBH almosts wriggles past Parslow and into the box but the visitors, now down to 10 men and without a recognised goalkeeper, eventually clear. 18 mins  GOAL! TOWN 1-0 York - Well, it's going to be a long night for the visitors, who make a change with Till replaced by Greg Young, as up steps ANDY DRURY who belts the ball goalwards, it takes a ping off a Town man - possibly Owusu - but it's in the back of the net and the Town have the lead...get in! 17 mins - Minutes of waiting as the Minstermen decide who to put in goal...captain Chris Smith gets the to the Town on the edge of the area... 14 mins - Drama here...Drury's pass sends Claude through, who rounds Ingham who brings the Frenchman pen but the keeper is off and there's NO sub goalkeeper for the visitors. 13 mins - Still the Town press as Drury goes down in the box but McGurk timed his intervention to perfection - just as well given his early booking. From the right-wing corner curled in by Drury both Owusu and Gnakpa attack it and Ingham gathers. 9 mins - Back come City as the break forward for the first time, Peter Till ghosting down the left to deliver a teasing cross that Pilkington needs to head behind with Rankine lurking. The Town clear the resulting flag-kick. 8 mins - Oooh! It's a first league start for Godfrey Poku and no doubt he's keen to impress. He's told this website he wants to improve his finishing he comes close to breaking the deadlock, taking a square pass from Keane to blast a left-foot shot goalwards that flashes just the wrong side of the post. Good effort. Unlucky. 7 mins - First booking followed by the first effort on goal as Michael Ingham in the York goal claims a header from Gnakpa, rising to meet a Drury free-kick. Simple for the visiting stopper though. 5 mins - First man in the book and it's for the visitors' McGurk for polaxing Gnakpa as he looked to race down the right wing. 3 mins - Town on top very early on here but the they're rubbishing my attempts at picking the formation as Owusu looks like he's up on his own, assisted by Barnes-Homer on the left flank and Drury drifting in behind in an advanced central role. 1 min And we're off at last, no we're not starting at 56 minutes but all over again as the Town kick-off shooting towards the Oak Road end, MBH and Drury on centre duties. 19:44 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides - Town in orange, York all in sky blue. 19:37 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 3-1 Luton, Simon Pitts: 2-1 Luton, Ian Pearce: 3-1 Luton, Mark Wood: 2-0 Luton, Mike Simmonds: 1-1 draw, Bill Cole: 1-0 Luton. 19:20 ON THIS DAY Not a bad day in history for the Hatters is 18th January, just three defeats from 16 games. The first, back in 1930, was a 2-0 win at Kenilworth Road over Watford in Division 3 (South). In fact, the Town have won three and drawn one of the last four games, including the last in 2003 when two goals from Tony Thorpe and one from Matthew Spring gave us a 3-2 win at Barnsley. 19:10 TALKING TACTICS With that side it's the usual back four that have played in recent weeks with a midfield of Claude Gnakpa and Andy Drury on the right and left flanks respectively, Poku and Keith Keane in the middle of the park, Owusu and Matthew Barnes-Homer up top. 19:00 NINE CHANGES In a quick news snap: New man Lloyd Owusu starts with Mark Tyler and Godfrey Poku keeping their place in the side following the weekend win over Uxbridge. Hatters: Tyler, Gleeson, Kroca, Pilkington, Howells, Drury, Keane, Poku, Gnakpa, Barnes-Homer, Owusu. Subs: Atieno, Asafu-Adjaye, Besta, Watkins, Crow. York City: Ingham, J. Smith, McGurk, Parslow, Till, Carruthers, Rankine, Chambers, Boucaud, C. Smith. Subs: Meredith, Reed, Young, Constantine, Racchi. 18:45 TEAM NEWS... ...should be with us in the next 10-15 minutes. Stay tuned... 18:32 WEATHER WATCH Dark and still in here LU4. 18:20 NEW MAN Lloyd Owusu will be a familiar name no doubt to Town fans after his goalscoring exploits with Brentford down the years. He's scored at Kenilworth Road just once before. That was one of two goals for Brentford when they left with all three points in a 2-1 on 26th February 2000. 18:08 GOOD TIMES At home still? Check out ESPN Classic. They're showing the 88 League Cup Final at 6.20pm. "This is one of Wembley's finest finals" the channel reports. If you're still up later, catch it at 1.20am... 17:55 FIRST FOR NEWS It's been a busy day so far at Kenilworth Road and we're still two hours from kick-off. Missed something? Fear not...  Town boss Richard Money urges all supporters to tonight's game.  The big news of the day: Striker Lloyd Owusu signs.  The game against Crawley Town has been re-arranged and will be shown live on TV.  Our game with Newport County has also been moved. 17:00 BACK AGAIN Welcome back one and all, you glorious supporters. A Tuesday game of football under the Kenilworth Road awaits this evening - and you better get used to it too, as the Town embark on a hectic schedule of fixtures in the Blue Square Bet Premier between now and April. Back in league action as the race for the title hots up - both Wimbledon and Crawley are also playing this evening - the Hatters go toe-to-toe with a York City side who are enjoying a fine run of form. So too are the Town, unbeaten in the league since a 1-0 reverse at Wrexham on 11th November. York's last defeat: 2-1 at Forest Green Rovers on 30th October. Also, before you judge the Minstermen's 10th place position in the table just remember how they confidently took the game to the Town back on that fateful afternoon on 18th December. A victory tonight allied with Wimbledon and Crawley dropping points, could - could - put the Town top of the table tonight. It promises to be a fantastic spectacle - why not come along and be a part of it?o Well once more, as ever, win, lose or draw tonight 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. 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