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Danny Hylton and James Justin are expected to be involved tonight

15 August 2017

Town take on Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s tonight in Nathan Jones' side's first game of the 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy group stages.

The Hatters did fantastically well last season, coming second in their group, before reaching the semi-finals of the competition, only to concede a late goal in a 3-2 defeat to Sky Bet League One side Oxford United at Kenilworth Road, denying them a place at Wembley.

Spurs are one of four new entrants to the competition this season among the 16 invited EPPP Category One academy sides – Manchester City, Newcastle and Fulham being the others. They must start with six players who were under the age of 21 on 30th June 2017.

The other teams the Town will come up against in Southern Group F are Barnet, who come to Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 3rd October, and League One AFC Wimbledon, who we visit on Tuesday 31st October.


On the squad he will pick: "There'll be opportunity for people to make debuts, so there will be an element of youth throughout the side and we'll make sure that we use the whole squad so that Saturday we go in and everyone is up to speed and ready, and available for selection.

"We'll pick who we want to pick, but to be fair, I think the rules are very sensible this year. For anyone to be fined this year I think you really would have to flaunt the system. But with us, we picked the side that we felt that we needed to give experience to, and to gain and to test and to challenge, and we'll do that against Tottenham."

On Spurs: "Ironically, you watch Spurs U23s as much as you watch Mansfield or Lincoln, or anyone, because they play regularly and it's a pool that a lot of clubs at our level dip into, so well have a good eye on them.

"We've watched them two or three times. I watched them against Cambridge in pre-season and had them covered at Sunderland the other day, so we'll know how they play. But we know how Spurs play. I've watched Spurs plenty of times last year, the U23s, they played Stevenage, which was very good for us, so we understand how they play. It'll be a good footballing game.

"I know Wayne Burnett very well, Justin Cochrane also – I played with Justin – so it'll be a good game."


A member of the Premier League 2 Division One, Tottenham U21s finished 10th out of 12 teams, having won six of their 22 games. They started the current campaign with a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland last Friday night. A number of Spurs' current crop of talent progressed through their youth ranks, including striker Harry Kane and midfielder Harry Winks.


The game takes place at Kenilworth Road tonight, with a 7.45pm kick-off.


Tickets for tonight's game cost just £5 for adults and £1 for Under-16s!

You can purchase in advance from the ticket office in person, by calling 01582 416976 or online by clicking here.

You will also be able to pay on the turnstiles, with the Main Stand, Main Enclosure and Kenilworth Road Lower open to home supporters. The Oak Road End is open only to visiting supporters.


Town last played Spurs back in March 1992 – a Kenilworth Road clash which ended in a 0-0 draw. In total the sides have faced each other 80 times, with Town winning 22 of those meetings, losing 33 and drawing the other 25.


You can follow the Hatters' Twitter feed on @LutonTown, or stay up to date on the LTFC website in the match centre.­ iFollow Subscribers will be able to tune into Simon Pitts' full match commentary, however, there will be NO live stream of the game for overseas supporters. For those experiencing iFollow Hatters issues, please email with your query, or use the live chat tool on the website, as Luton Town unfortunately are unable to deal with subscription and sign-up problems. ­

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Match Reports


Hatters take extra bonus point with penalty shoot-out win over

15 August 2017

Kenilworth Road witnessed a first tonight as the Hatters kicked off this season’s Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group H with an entertaining 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur U21s – then picked up a second bonus point with a penalty shoot-out victory

Luke Gambin and Josh McQuoid had netted the Town’s goals, either side of an unfortunate own goal from James Shea, making his Hatters debut in goal, and a Ryan Loft strike two minutes after half-time.

But at the end of 90 minutes, and with Spurs having missed two penalties under the new ABBA format, Gambin netted the Hatters’ fourth successful spot-kick out of four to ensure Nathan Jones’ lads were the winners who, maybe didn’t quite take it all, but finished the night with two points rather than one.

Jones had selected a side with a great mix of youth and experience, the likes of Akin Famewo and man-of-the-match Tyreeq Bakinson blending well with captain Johnny Mullins and Jordan Cook, while Danny Hylton and James Justin made their returns from injury, appearing for the first time this season.

There was debut too for Harry Cornick, signed from Premier League Bournemouth last week and given a first start in the striking role in which Jones is preparing to develop him, while 17-year-old Jack James made a terrific impression on his first senior appearance at right-back in the second half.

The Hatters started like a train, Cornick using his pace to reach the left byline and playing the ball back to Bakinson, who combined with Cook to set Elliot Lee up for a shot on the turn that was well blocked by Brandon Austin in the Spurs goal.

By the fourth minute the new-boy had worked his way to the same part of the pitch, sliding a ball across the six-yard box for Hylton, who was thwarted by Austin’s sliding block.

Cook was the next to have a crack, on five minutes, as a Gambin corner was only half-cleared, seconds before Lee’s attempted flick around the corner from Mullins’ knock-down went just wide of the post.

With 11 minutes on the clock, Lee, who had started brightly at the tip of the midfield diamond, fed Hylton, who took his shot early from 20 yards, but found Austin safely behind it to deny him once again.

Shea had to race off his line in the 14th minute to slide out of his area to deny Shilow Tracey a clear run on goal as he looked to get on the end of the excellent Keanan Bennetts’ through ball.

But five minutes later the Hatters had the lead, Gambin wriggling to find space after being fed in the area by Cornick and drilling his angled shot low into the bottom corner

Within two minutes the visitors were level, their captain Joe Pritchard allowed to drive unchecked towards the Town 18-yard box and arrow a low right-footed shot that came back off the post and hit the grounded Shea, trickling back over the line inside the post.

The visitors rattled the woodwork again in the 23rd minute, as Bennetts’ marauding run down the left finished with a low shot that came back off the far post.

Just before the half-hour the Hatters put together a superb flowing move that began with Justin at right-back and progressed across and up the pitch via Bakinson, Famewo, Shea, Senior and Gambin, before Justin delivered a right-wing cross that Hylton headed narrowly wide.

The Town were moving the ball well, and in the 33rd minute Cornick and Bakinson were at the heart of another burst down the left that ended with Gambin whipping in an inviting cross for Hylton to meet, but his downward header lacked power.

Cook, who had already sent a 25-yard free-kick narrowly wide, was keen to keep trying his luck, but his 35th-minute attempted curler was saved by Austin.

Tottenham were proving a real threat at the other end though, Bennetts cutting in from the left and seeing a shot deflected just wide as Shea scampered across his line, before the Town keeper then had to get down low to deny Tracey after the former Ebbsfleet United youngster fashioned an opportunity on the right side of the box.

Jones made two changes at the break, replacing the returning duo Hylton and Justin with McQuoid and James, the second-year scholar who doesn’t turn 18 until next January.

Within two minutes of the restart Spurs had their noses in front, Miller pouncing on the loose ball on halfway and slipping Loft for a clear run on Shea, who couldn’t keep the former Stevenage loanee’s cool finish out.

The Town responded well, however, Cook feeding a ball through for Lee to get a shot in, which Austin smothered on 49 minutes.

Then, in the 51st minute, the two game changers combined for the equaliser, James reaching an excellent pass from Bakinson on the right byline and standing up a wonderful deep cross for McQuoid to power a header home at the far post.

Shea had to be alert on the hour, however, to race off his line once again as Miller looked to get on the end of his own throughball – as his team-mates made their way back from an offside position.

Miller, along with Bennetts on the left, was proving a real handful, and the diminutive midfielder attempted a shot three minutes that just wouldn’t bend enough into the top corner.

Tottenham boss Wayne Burnett had introduced Timothy Eyoma at right-back and with 66 minutes on the clock, the 17-year-old arrowed a shot from the right side of the area that flew narrowly over into the Oak Road.

With just under a quarter-of-an-hour to go the Town almost profited from another raid down the right by out own teenager James, whose cross was deflected behind for a corner.

Cook delivered and Famewo got a head on it, with the ball eventually dropping at McQuoid’s feet, but Cornick’s flick from the striker’s chipped cross just eluded Lee at the far post.

Shea was keen to show his skills with his feet too, coming out of his box to lift the ball over an onrushing forward with his right foot, then spreading a terrific ball out to the left straight to Gambin’s feet.

The Hatters spurned two great chances to restore their lead with four minutes to go; McQuoid denied by a great block from Japhet Tanganga as he burst onto a pass from Cook, then James sending in another superb cross that the ex-Walsall man glanced inches wide.

Youngster James then got in again for a chance to cap an impressive debut in dream style, latching onto a great ball from Bakinson, but his shot was always on the rise.

With 90 minutes up, Spurs sub Kazaiah Sterling had a snapshot well held by Shea, and it was onto the shoot-out.

Lee went first for the Hatters, scoring, before Samuel Shashoua and Christian Maghoma went for Spurs; the former rattling the post but the latter netting to level things.

Cook and McQuoid then silenced the noisy Spurs following behind the goal in the Oak Road End with two more perfect efforts to make it 3-1, with Sterling netting and then Bennetts blasting over for the visitors to leave Gambin to make it 4-2 and put the bonus point out of Tottenham’s reach.


TOWN: Shea, Justin (James 46), Mullins ©, Famewo, Senior, Bakinson, Cook, Gambin, Cornick (Read 78), Hylton (McQuoid 46), Elliot Lee. Subs: Peck, Jones, Shamalo, Isted (GK)

Goals: Gambin 19, McQuoid 51

SPURS: Austin, Miller, Dinzeyi (Eyoma 52), Pritchard ©, Loft (Sterling 77), Maghoma, Tracey (Shashoua 81), Bennetts, Duncan, Tanganga, Skipp. Subs: De Bie (GK), Roles

Goals: Shea OG 21, Loft 47

REFEREE: Craig Hicks

ATTENDANCE: 2,699 (404 away)



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