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23:06 13th September 2011


Two goals from Amari Morgan-Smith earned the Hatters their first back-to-back wins of the season at newly promoted AFC Telford, despite playing the last 24 minutes with 10 men. Ed Asafu-Adjaye was red carded for a second bookable offence - earning two yellow cards in the space of 60 seconds - but it was Morgan-Smith's fifth and sixth goals of the season either side of the break were enough to lift the Town into third place in the Blue Square Bet Premier and keep up their unbeaten start to the season. Town boss Gary Brabin made one change to the side that beat Darlington 2-0 on Saturday. With Jamie Hand serving a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season, Asafu-Adjaye slotted in at right-back and Keith Keane, appearing for the 250th time in Luton colours, move into midfield. The Hatters bossed the opening stages, forcing two corners in the first five minutes and they made their pressure count on eight minutes when they took the lead. Asafu-Adjaye superb centre from the right was headed goalwards but looked to be heading out of play until Robbie Willmott reacted first to fizz a low cross into the path of Danny Crow. His shot from four yards was blocked by Ryan Young in the home goal but the goalkeeper's parry fell straight at the feet of Morgan-Smith who couldn't miss from two yards and duly tapped his fifth goal of the season. It was pretty low key stuff but the goal woke the hosts up with Phil Trainer heading an effort wide on 18 minutes. A minute later the Town almost doubled their lead when Stuart Fleetwood rifled a shot from the edge of the area that Young needed to hold onto with Crow lurking to snaffle any spill. Brabin's men were looking menacing on the break with Fleetwood then linking up well with Alex Lawless that saw the midfielder's progress into the box thwarted by an unlucky handball decision. With the Hatters comfortably dealing with the home side's threat they should have made it 2-0 on the half-hour when Willmott's drilled right-wing corner was headed over the crossbar by the rising Dean Beckwith five yards out. The Town's raids on the break at pace were causing the Bucks all sorts of problems and a terrific burst from left-back from Jake Howells saw the youngster play a one-two with Crow and burst into the penalty area but he eventually saw himself crowded out. Howells then saw a shot blocked on 35 minutes after a clever corner routine (remember Wrexham away in the play-offs) that the hosts cleared. The Hatters were trying to double their lead before the break but they got that all important goal just 19 seconds into the second half. The hosts, not helping themselves, gifted Crow the ball straight from kick-off before the ball was eventually shifted wide to Willmott who crossed for Crow whose flick-on found Morgan-Smith unmarked at the back post who steadied himself before absolutely hammering an unstoppable shot beyond Young for his second of the night. Chances were few and far between has the half progressed, the Bucks almost reducing arrears on the hour when Sean Newton's corner swung in from the right eluded every player in the six yard box when a touch from a man in white would have made it 2-1. Six minutes after that let-off the Town, despite being two goals up, found themselves a man down when Asafu-Adjaye was sent-off for a second bookable offence, a minute after he'd picked up his first caution. The Hatters were coming under the cosh from the hosts but it took until the 75th minute for Andy Sinton's side to force Tyler into a save when he dived away to his left to keep out Chris Sharp's glancing goalbound header. Tyler then came to the rescue to stop Andy Brown's shot in injury time as Telford pushed for a late consolation before Howells and Beckwith denied a header from the same player creeping over the line but the Town held on to record the three points and their first away win of the campaign. For minute-by-minute analysis see below. AFC Telford United 0 Luton Town 2 (Morgan-Smith 8, 46) Full-time FULL-TIME It's all over here at the New Bucks Head and the Town have picked up another three points. Reaction, photographs, reports and reaction to follow. 90 mins + 4 - Off the line from a combination of Howells and Beckwith to deny Brown. 90 mins - Crucial stop from Tyler to deny Andy Brown. Five minutes injury time. 90 mins - Into injury time now... 85 mins - Five left to play now... 82 mins Second change for the Town, Fleetwood replaced by Aaron O'Connor. Another Hatters man in the book...goalscorer Morgan-Smith for kicking the ball away. 80 mins - 10 minutes left here now... 75 mins - Almost 2-1 and it's Tyler to rescue to spring to his left to keep out Chris Sharp's goalbound header. Phew. 73 mins - Shane Killock in the book for the hosts for an ugly challenge on Keane who was left flattened by the tackle on the half-way line. 71 mins First change of the night for the Hatters and it's a midfielder for a striker, James Dance replacing Crow. 70 mins - 20 minutes left for the Town to hold on a man light, Telford tails are up now. 66 mins - Town down to 10 men, Asafu-Adjaye sent off for a second yellow card, a minute after his first. 65 mins - A second booking for a Town man, Asafu-Adjaye earning a yellow when it seemed all he did was stand his ground. 60 mins - On the hour and a great chance for the hosts to reduce arrears as Sean Newton's right-wing corner eludes every man in the box. Any touch and it would have been 2-1. 59 mins - Attendance here at the NBH is 2,640. No official away figure but approximately 500 from Bedfordshire backing the Town. 54 mins - Very little to report since the goal, Lawless the first Town man in the book, nine minutes into the second half. 46 mins  GOAL! Telford 0-2 TOWN - (Morgan-Smith) A perfect start to the second half for the Town. The hosts gift the ball to Crow straight from the kick-off. The ball is then shifted wide to Willmott whose cross is headed on by Crow to AMARI MORGAN-SMITH who takes a touch and blasts it home for his second of the night. Get in! 46 mins And we're off again as the hosts kick-off. The Town are now shooting towards their 500 or so fans behind the goal away to our right. HALF-TIME First 45 minutes over here at the New Bucks Head and Hatters have their noses in front thanks to Amari Morgan-Smith's fifth goal of the season. Check back in 15 minutes for the second half updates. 45 mins - We've got two added minutes to play at the end of this first half. 43 mins - Almost a chance for 2-0 as Fleetwood backheels the ball into the path of Willmott down the left and into the box but his low cross eludes everyone in the box with Lawless and AMS lurking for a tap in. 40 mins - Five minutes to the break here. Still the Hatters lead. 38 mins - More pressure again for the visitors. This time Willmott wins a free-kick that he whips at pace into the box but with a plethora of players attacking the ball, the referee spots a foul. 35 mins - Another chance for the Town and again it comes from the boot of Howells who drives an effort from the edge of the box following Willmott's floated corner was to the young left-back standing all alone outside the penalty area. 33 mins - Lovely, lovely burst forward from Howells as races through the Telford defence from left-back, plays a one-two with Crow but is crowded out by defenders. The ball then drops back to Crow but his shot from the edge of the box is blocked. Great play from Howells, though. 30 mins - Chance. Should be 2-0. Willmott drills a corner from the right that Beckwith heads inches over the crossbar. 27 mins - Dearth of chances for either side at the minute but the Hatters in control with their lead. 23 mins - Again the Hatters press at pace, Fleetwood and Lawless linking up well as the latter bursts into the box but is denied by a handball shout. 22 mins - First booking of the night as Dwayne Samuels's high foot on Tyler earns the Bucks' midfielder a yellow card. 19 mins - Back come the Hatters as they break at pace, Willmott finding Crow who sprays the ball out to the left to Fleetwood who cuts inside and blasts a shot from just inside the penalty box that Young gets down to his right to keep the ball out at his near post. 18 mins - Half a sniff for the hosts as Trainer heads just wide following a right-wing cross from Salmon. 13 mins - Telford definitely upped the ante since going behind but we've just passed the 13th minute and Mark Tyler makes his first contribution of the evening to kick a goal kick high up the field. 8 mins  GOAL! Telford 0-1 TOWN - Get in. The Hatters find themselves a goal up inside eight minutes as Asafu-Adjaye's cross from the right is headed goalwards, kept in by Willmott who fizz a low cross into the six yard box. Crow has a shot saved at point blank range by Ryan Young and AMARI MORGAN-SMITH taps home from a yard out for his fifth goal of the season. 4 mins - Four minutes on, not a lot to report a lot on so far, the Hatters have forced two corners and looked dangerous from wide areas but neither goalkeeper has been called into action. Mark Tyler hasn't touched it yet. 2 mins - Town on top early doors but as we'd expected prior to kick-off, it's Tyler in goal, Ed AA at right-back, Howells at left-back, Antwi and Beckwith centre-half, Willmott and Morgan-Smith on the wings, Lawless and Keane in the middle, Crow and Fleetwood in attack. 1 min And we're off, up the Town! Enjoy the updates. 19:40 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides, Telford in yellow tracksuits (soon to be white shirts) with the Town in orange, lead by Keano. 19:35 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 1-0 Luton, Simon Pitts: 3-1 Luton, Mike Simmonds: 3-1 Luton, James Cunliffe: 1-0 Luton. 19:25 250 NOT OUT Congratulations Keith Keane, tonight is his 250th appearance for the Hatters. 19:15 ONE CHANGE Ed Asafu-Adjaye replaces the suspended Jamie Hand in one change for boss Gary Brabin following Saturday's 2-0 win over Darlington. Team: Tyler, Asafu-Adjaye, Antwi, Beckwith, Howells, Morgan-Smith, Willmott, Keane, Lawless, Fleetwood, Crow. Subs: O'Connor, Dance, Kissock, Watkins, K. Pilkington. AFC Telford: Young, Salmon, Newton, Rodgers, Whitehead, Killock, Trainer, Samuels, Davies, Mill, Sharp. Subs: Valtentine, Robinson, Adams, Brown, Farrell. 19:05 NBH The New Bucks Head is a very smart, tidy, new ground. Town fans are currently filing into a large covered terrace away to our right. It's our first visit here. 18:55 PLEASED TO MEET YOU George Pilkington is here but he won't be playing tonight. He's talking to new signing Collin Samuel. 18:50 LOOKS LIKE WE'VE MADE IT No dramas tonight, we're here live at the New Bucks Head. It's a sunny but cold evening here in Telford. Team news coming soon. 15:00 TAKE TWO The first game of the season is one we all look forward to. There's something in the air on 'opening day', isn't there? The optimism of the new season, the slight apprehension, the new chants of new summer signings before the quick glance at the league table come 4.45 to see where the win/loss/draw has put you in the standings. On 13th August supporters of the Town and AFC Telford United watched the scores filter through on the television as they sat on a spare Saturday following the postponement of the eagerly-anticipated curtain raiser. Ever since that sad, empty void on the fixture calendar back in August, both clubs have been playing catch-up. Both the Town and the Bucks have done well to keep their focus as all the sides in the division clock up points to give the league table a distinctly unbalanced view. Talk soon begins of calculating where a win or a draw would lift you in the table. It's all what ifs. Tonight, the 13th September, both sides go toe-to-toe for the first time in their history, belatedly locking horns for three vital points in the Blue Square Bet Premier. The Hatters are protecting an unbeaten record. A place in the top five beckons if - if - three points wing their way back down the M54, M6 and M1 by gone midnight tonight. It's all what ifs. Telford chief Andy Sinton has gone on record in praising the Hatters. He still has the image of Gary Brabin's men dismantling Premier League QPR in a friendly before the originally scheduled game. The Bucks have made a steady if unspectacular start - again, a game behind the rest makes it difficult to gauge. Sinton's troops were victorious in last season's Blue Square North Play-Off final and have already recorded fine victories over much fancied York City and Newport County. The Town are slowly finding their feet and will take incredible heart from Saturday's fine win over Darlington on Saturday. But whatever the result at the New Bucks Head tonight, at least the league table will begin to make a bit more sense...   Well, whatever happens tonight, and throughout the season, your official website will have everything covered: every step of the way: live, on radio and via social media. 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! 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