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10 February 2018 Venue Lamex Stadium Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW: STEVENAGE V LUTON TOWN

9 February 2018

The Town travel to the Lamex Stadium tomorrow aiming to pick up their 20th Sky Bet League Two win of the season as they take on mid-table Stevenage.

Should Nathan Jones' side accomplish that, they will have equalled their tally of league wins for the whole of last season – and it could also put them 11 points clear at the top of the fourth tier.

After a decent start, Boro's form has dropped off, having only picked up four wins in their last 20 league games, nine of those ending in defeat.

Darren Sarll's side are certainly a threat going forward though, as the experienced Alex Revell – a January signing from Northampton Town - bolsters a strike force of 14-goal Matt Godden and Danny Newton, who has 11. They did lose creative midfielder Tom Pett, however, who joined league rivals Lincoln City.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On our 7-1 win over Boro in our last meeting: "It was difficult here. It wasn't a walkover in any way, we were clinical on the day.

"We played very well, but we had to work at it. It was a very difficult game. We go away there and we have always had difficult games there.

"There are no easy games and Stevenage will be a very tough game, we know that. But I would imagine they know they're in for a tough game too, because it's that kind of game."

On our current position at the top of the table: "We have put ourselves in a wonderful position and all we can do is concentrate on what we do. If we get enough points, it will be very difficult for enough sides to catch us.

"That's all we can concentrate on us, not worry about 'if they win and we don't win...'. We go out and try and win every game. We are good enough to win games. We have to get to a certain level and once we get to a certain level, then it'll be very difficult for three or more teams to catch us.

On taking 1,857 supporters to the Lamex Stadium: "The locality of the games means they will turn out in numbers – it's a wonderful game. It's like a home game at times with the amount we take, they will create a great atmosphere.

"There's been some entertaining games between us and Stevenage. We lost there last year which we don't want to do again. Hopefully we can give them [the supporters] a better result than last time."

Click here for quotes from the gaffer on the fitness of Alan McCormack, Danny Hylton and Elliot Lee.

WHO?

The second half of last term saw Darren Sarll's side mount a serious challenge for a place in the top seven – including beating the Hatters in mid-March – and with six games to go they were fourth, five points clear of eighth. Their form fell apart, but some strong signings over the course of the last two transfer windows has seen them put a decent squad together – with a side already heavy with ex-Hatters.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday 10th February at the Lamex Stadium.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this fixture have sold out.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Of the 11 meetings, the Hatters have won six and lost four. Last season Boro completed the double over the Town. The last meeting however saw the Hatters scoop one of their biggest wins this campaign, as they put seven past Sarll's side, as Luke Berry netted a hat-trick. You can watch his iFollow Hatters interview from yesterday by clicking here.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

You can follow the Hatters' Twitter feed on @LutonTown, or stay up to date on the LTFC website in the match centre. iFollow Hatters subscribers can tune in for Simon Pitts' match commentary, whilst international subscribers can watch the game live. You can subscribe to iFollow Hatters by clicking here... and supporters who are overseas can buy an individual match pass for the live video stream via the Match Centre.

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REPORT: STEVENAGE 1 LUTON TOWN 1

Boro hit back late to cancel out Collins' 14th goal of the season

10 February 2018

The Hatters had to settle for a point from the trip to Stevenage this afternoon, despite taking the lead with a James Collins penalty with just five minutes to go.

Collins picked himself up after being brought down by former Town skipper Ronnie Henry to net his 14th goal of the season from 12 yards, in front of almost 1,900 travelling fans behind the goal.

But the hosts hit back with an 88th-minute header from substitute Danny Newton earning them a deserved draw on an afternoon when neither goalkeeper was called into a save of any real note.

It had been a real battle of attrition on a difficult Lamex Stadium pitch, and although disappointed at conceding the advantage so late in the day, results elsewhere meant Nathan Jones’ side’s advantage over fourth place increased to ten points – although Accrington moved up to second with a win at Coventry, cutting the lead at the summit to six points.

Jones named an unchanged side from last Saturday’s win over Exeter, with goalkeeper Marek Stech behind a back four of Jack Stacey, Glen Rea, captain Alan Sheehan and Dan Potts.

In midfield were Ipswich Town loanee Flynn Downes, Olly Lee and Luke Berry, with a front three of Harry Cornick – who scored the winner against the Grecians – Jake Jervis and Collins.

The only change from last week was on the bench, where Malta international Luke Gambin made his return from injury in place of top scorer Danny Hylton, who is still battling a hamstring problem.

The Town started brightly, winning a free-kick and corner inside the opening two minutes, both taken by Sheehan and the latter met by Collins, although the striker’s header was deflected wide for another set-piece.

Stevenage responded with a burst down the right by Luke Amos, his cross well cleared by the Town defence before Jonathan Smith hit an 11th-minute snap-shot – latching onto a Mark McKee free-kick that had been awarded for a foul by Collins on the former Luton midfielder – but it flew well wide.

Cornick’s pace was causing Stevenage concerns down the right, and only goalkeeper Tom King racing out of his area prevented the Town forward getting a clear run on goal in the 20th minute.

Then, on the other flank, Potts showed some great footwork in the box to burst to the byline after taking a pass from Jervis, but Boro centre-half Jack King read his cut-back to Collins and made a terrific sliding challenge to prevent the ex-Crawley man getting a shot off eight yards from goal.

Stevenage’s recent signing from Swindon, John Goddard, had the game’s next attempt, but Stech was right behind his 20-yard curler, before Sheehan whipped in a 30th-minute free-kick that Rea met at the far post, heading back across for Jervis, who couldn’t keep his volley down.

The game was playing out as a midfield battle, but when the Town got the ball down they looked like carving Stevenage open down the left, Potts playing a one-two with Olly Lee to burst into the area, but his cross went begging.

In the 38th minute Cornick hared down the right once more after Stacey set a move in progress from deep inside his own half. Cornick picked out Jervis with an inviting cross from the byline, but the deadline day signing from Plymouth saw his glancing header drift wide.

Cornick was starting to enjoy himself, and within seconds of the hosts replacing injured centre-half Jack King with another former Hatter, Fraser Franks, the ex-Bournemouth forward cracked a 25-yarder that didn’t quite dip enough to trouble Tom King, before Berry had a go from similar distance, this one straight at the Stevenage stopper, who dealt with the bounce off the greasy surface well.

Stevenage came out of the blocks quickly after half-time, Matt Godden crossing for Alex Revell to head just wide within 30 seconds of the restart, before the recent signing from Northampton stabbed Goddard’s centre wide in the 48th minute.

The Hatters were finding it difficult to gain any fluency going forward until Cornick created space for himself to get a shot in from the edge of the box on the hour, although it flew high into the Town fans behind the goal.

Goddard and Smith then had efforts from range that only troubled the diggers in the building site that currently sits where the North Terrace at the Lamex Stadium once stood, before Jones introduced Andrew Shinnie in place of Jervis with 62 minutes played.

Still it was Boro asking the second-half questions though, and Godden fired a low shot across the face of goal before Ronnie Henry sent a free-kick from inside his own half towards Revell, although the experienced striker’s looping header was easy for Stech to gather.

With quarter-of-an-hour to go, Stech had to be alert to drop on a header from Franks, meeting another free-kick thrown into the Town box from deep, before Jones introduced Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu in place of Downes.

The Hatters’ forwards had been feeding on scraps in the second half, but Sheehan’s set-piece deliveries always carry a threat, and a right-wing corner in the 81st minute almost brought joy for Potts at the far post as it winged its way through the six-yard box.

All of a sudden the Town were lifted, and the golden opportunity to win it came when Collins found himself clear in the 83rd minute and as he prepared to shoot just inside the box, Henry slid in from behind and brought him down.

After a long delay, in which the Boro right-back was shown the yellow card, Collins picked himself up and dispatched the spot-kick into the back of the net as Tom King dived the wrong way.

The equaliser came in the 88th minute when Newton met McKee’s corner with a powerful header that went in off the underside of the bar, and Boro had a deserved equaliser.

Another chance came Collins’ way two minutes into time added on, but Cornick’s cross from the right was just behind him and the striker’s volley flew high over the bar.

Referee Darren Handley penalised Stacey for a handball on the edge of the box a couple of minutes later, but thankfully for the Hatters, Goddard’s free-kick finished up in the building site and we could take home what could prove to be an important point in the long run.

 

TOWN: Stech, Stacey, Rea, Sheehan ©, Potts, Downes (Mpanzu 75), O Lee, Berry (D’Ath 79), Cornick, Jervis (Shinnie 62), Collins. Subs: Justin, Gambin, Jones, Shea (GK)

Goals: Collins 85 (pen)

Yellows: Collins

BORO: T King, Henry, Wilmot, J King (Franks 41), Vancooten, Amos (Kennedy 73), Smith, McKee, Goddard, Godden (Newton 82, Revell. Subs: Fryer, Wilkinson, Bowditch, Conlon

Goals: Newton 88

Yellows: Henry

REFEREE: Darren Handley

ATT: 4,365  (1,889 Hatters)

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Ticket News

AWAY TICKET NEWS: STEVENAGE - SATURDAY FEB 10TH

How and when you can get your ticket for the trip to the Lamex Stadium

19 January 2018

The Hatters have received a full allocation of 1,857 seats (1,360 in the South Stand and 497 in the West Stand for families and concessions only) for our Sky Bet League Two fixture at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday 10th February 2017.

Here’s how, and when, you can purchase your ticket for the short trip across the county border to watch the 3pm kick-off against our Hertfordshire neighbours.

DIAMOND SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Tickets are on sale from 10am on Monday 22nd January to Diamond season ticket holders at one per person until close of business on Saturday 27th January. These tickets will be on sale from the ticket office via phone or in person only.

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Season ticket holders will be able to purchase one ticket each from Monday 29th January. As tickets for this game will only be available on a like for like basis (i.e. one child season ticket = one child Stevenage ticket) they will only be available via phone or in person from the ticket office. These will remain on sale until close of business on Saturday 3rd February.    

GENERAL SALE

Any remaining tickets will be available from 10am on Monday 5th February online, over the phone and in person, and will remain on sale until close of business on Friday 9th February.

AWAY SEASON TICKETS

Supporters who have taken an Away Season Ticket will automatically receive one ticket which will be processed on Friday 26th January. If you do not require a ticket for this fixture please advise to ticketoffice@lutontown.co.uk before this date.

DISABLED SUPPORTERS

Wheelchair Disabled tickets will be available in the South Stand and can be purchased directly from Stevenage on 01438 223223 (ext 62)

TICKET PRICES

  • Adults (22-59): £24
  • Concessions: £21
  • Under-22s: £16
  • Under-16s: £12
  • Under-12s: £10

Concessions are Over-60s, Students, UB40 holders, Ambulant Disabled, members of Armed Forces/Emergency Services (Proof must be seen on purchase)

You can call the LTFC ticket office on 01582 416976 to purchase a ticket, pop in to buy one, or click here to buy online!

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