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06 July 2018 Venue Top Field Attendance 788 Referee A.Dale

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Hitchin Town
2 - 6
FT
Luton Town

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Michael Johnson
    GK
  • 2
    Toby Syme
    DF
  • 3
    Daniel Olaniran
    DF
  • 4
    Lewis Ferrell
    DF
  • 5
    Daniel Webb (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Josh Bickerstaff
    MF
  • 7
    Elliot Bailey
    MF
  • 8
    Matthew Spring
    MF
  • 9
    Ezra Forde
    MF
  • 10
    Robbie Burns
    FW
  • 11
    Charlie Smith
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Jack Smith
    SUB
  • 13
    Josh Mollison
    SUB
  • 14
    Trey Charles
    SUB
  • 15
    Keiran McCaffrey
    SUB
  • 16
    Kyran Wiltshere
    SUB
  • 17
    Michael King
    SUB
  • 18
    Keiran Barnes
    SUB
  • -
    Patrick Tskikala
    SUB
  • -
    Isaac Galliford
    SUB
  • -
    Kyle Davison
    SUB
  • -
    Jon Butler
    SUB
  • -
    Desejado DaSilva
    SUB
  • -
    Scott Belgrove
    SUB
  • -
    Jay Dowie
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Mark Burke

4-1-2-1-2
  • 1
    Marek Stech
    SUB
  • 2
    Frankie Musonda
    SUB
  • 5
    Matty Pearson
    SUB
  • 6
    Alan Sheehan (C)
    SUB
  • 3
    James Justin
    SUB
  • 4
    Alan McCormack
    SUB
  • 7
    Arthur Read
    SUB
  • 8
    Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu
    SUB
  • 11
    Elliot Lee
    SUB
  • 9
    Danny Hylton
    SUB
  • 10
    James Collins
    SUB

Substitutes

  • 13
    James Shea
    SUB
  • 15
    Lloyd Jones
    SUB
  • 16
    Sonny Bradley
    SUB
  • 17
    Jack Senior
    SUB
  • 18
    Glen Rea
    SUB
  • 19
    Luke Gambin
    SUB
  • 20
    Andrew Shinnie
    SUB
  • 21
    Harry Cornick
    SUB
  • 22
    Aaron Jarvis
    SUB
  • 23
    Jake Jervis
    SUB
  • 12
    Jack James
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Nathan Jones

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Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW | HITCHIN TOWN v LUTON TOWN

Hatters kick-off pre-season match programme tonight at Top Field, 7pm kick-off

6 July 2018

With just 29 days to go until the start of the Sky Bet League One season, the Hatters head to neighbours Hitchin Town tonight for the first match action of the pre-season programme.

Nathan Jones’ squad have been back in training for just over a week and the Welshman will look to give his full first-team squad – including new signings Sonny Bradley and Matty Pearson – 45 minutes each at Top Field.

Please be aware that kick-off is at the slightly earlier than usual time of 7pm, due to the early departure tomorrow morning for a week-long training camp in Slovenia.

 

The Gaffer Says:

"It's nice to get back at it. We like to go to Hitchin, there's good people over there, we've got a good relationship with their club.

"It'll be good to give them a run out, give them 45 minutes each. But pre-season is a good time, especially early on when you're finding your form and feet. It's a really good gauge and that's what Friday night will be.

"The youth team are away and I doubt me, Harty, Mick or Joaquin will want to play! We'll have a full squad going there. We've almost got a full squad in place anyway which is really, really positive for pre-season anyway. Everyone will get a run out at some stage."

CLICK HERE TO SEE NATHAN'S IFOLLOW HATTERS INTERVIEW FROM WEDNESDAY

 

Who?

Hitchin are about to kick-off their eighth consecutive season in the Southern League Premier Division, although this term the Non-League pyramid has a new look to it at Step 3 with the addition of a fourth division at that level meaning they now compete in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Central Division! Top Field legend and former Hatters youth player, Mark Burke, is in charge for a sixth season with Town youth team keeper Tiernan Parker’s uncle, Adam Parker, as his No.2. After missing out on promotion to National League South in the play-offs for the previous two seasons, last year saw the Canaries finish a respectable 11th in the table.

 

 

When and Where?

Kick-off is at 7pm tonight at Top Field, Fishponds Road, Hitchin SG5 1NU

All the information for visiting supporters can be found by clicking here

 

Ticket Information

Hitchin’s matchday turnstile prices are as follows:

  • Adults £12
  • Concessions £8 (Over 60, Student over 20 with ID card, Registered Disabled (accompanying carer free).
  • Young Persons £2 (13-19 inclusive)
  • Under 13s accompanied by an Adult FREE
  • Over 80s FREE

Unaccompanied under 13s will not be permitted entry to the ground.

 

Played Before?

Last season the Hatters visited the Hertfordshire club twice in the space of a fortnight, with a young Town side fighting back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with goals from Connor Tomlinson and Jack James on July 5th. Then, on July 18th, the Canaries stepped in at late notice after our scheduled friendly at St Albans City was cancelled following the tragic death of Saints supporter Clive Churchhouse on the day of the game. That night a senior Hatters squad ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Glen Rea (pictured below) and James Collins.

 

 

Minute's Applause

There will be a minute’s applause before kick-off tonight in memory of long-term Hitchin and Luton supporter Barry Revels, who sadly passed away last Saturday. All at LTFC would like to pass on their condolences to Barry’s family and friends.

 

Follow the Action

Regular updates from Top Field will be provided via the Match Centre on the club website, which you can access here

The main moments from the game will appear on the Hatters' social media feeds:

Twitter@LutonTown

Facebookwww.facebook.com/LutonTown/

Instagram   www.instagram.com/ltfc_official/

 

 

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Match Reports

REPORT: HITCHIN TOWN 2 LUTON TOWN 6

6 July 2018

The Hatters opened their pre-season match programme with a 6-2 win at Hitchin Town tonight.

Manager Nathan Jones fielded a different team in each half, with James Collins, Elliot Lee, Harry Cornick, Jake Jervis and Luke Gambin – with two fine late strikes – scoring the goals that saw off the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Central hosts.

The first half line-up saw Marek Stech in goal, Frankie Musonda, Matty Pearson, Alan Sheehan and James Justin across the back four with Alan McCormack, Arthur Read, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu and Lee in midfield and Danny Hylton and Collins up front.

Jack James, who had a youth loan at Top Field last season, was substitute for both halves at a sun-baked Top Field.

The hosts had the first sight of goal when Ezra Forde fired just wide from 20 yards in the opening minute, but the Town were soon on the front foot when Mpanzu picked up the ball in his own half, traded passes with James Collins on the left and burst to the byline, but his deep cross drifted behind.

Sheehan tested Canaries’ keeper Michael Johnson’s handling with a 25-yard free-kick in the eighth minute, after Lee had been brought down by former Hatter Matthew Spring, but the Canaries had a penalty appeal turned down when Stech took a heavy touch and Elliott Bailey nicked the ball and went down, but referee Alan Dale remained unmoved.

The Town were in front midway through the half when home keeper Michael Johnson couldn’t hold a 20-yard effort from Justin, cutting in from the left onto his right foot, and Collins was there to tap home from inside the six-yard box.

Five minutes later Hitchin tried to hit back when Robbie Burns pinched possession in the Town left-back area, but his angled shot flashed harmlessly across the face of goal.

With half-an-hour on the clock, Hylton hit the foot of a post after Justin again made progress inside from left-back to find him on the edge of the area, although a linesman’s flag wold have ruled it out, then Lee’s attempted curler was straight at Johnson.

Lee doubled the advantage six minutes before the break, dribbling brilliantly through the middle of the Hitchin half before playing a one-two with Read before burying a low shot into the bottom corner.

It was all change at half-time for the Hatters as Jones switched the entire line-up, James Shea taking over between the sticks with Jack Stacey, Lloyd Jones, Sonny Bradley and Jack Senior at the back. Glen Rea, Gambin and Andrew Shinnie made up a three-man midfield, with Cornick and Aaron Jarvis either side of Jake Jervis up front.

Looking sharp with his Eminem-style bleached blond hair, Cornick curled a lovely shot into the bottom corner from the left side of the area to make it 3-0 in the 53rd minute.

Then, soon after Hitchin had introduced ex-Hatters youth team forward Scott Belgrove, who was released at the end of his scholarship this summer, Cornick twice went close again, bringing good saves out of Johnson after Jarvis had done well down the right flank.

Jervis might have made it four after Shinnie put him through, but Johnson was equal to his attempted chip – and he did extend the lead in the 70th minute from the spot, picking himself up after being tripped in the area to send his penalty into the bottom corner.

Former Hatters youngster Isaac Galliford reduced the deficit in the 77th minute after robbing Jones 30 yards from goal, then racing clear and slotting past the onrushing Shea to make it 4-1.

Galliford was soon after a second, arcing a 25-yard free-kick towards the top corner, but Hatters keeper Shea was equal to it, tipping the ball over the bar.

Gambin had looked likely in the Hatters’ three-man midfield, and it was his deflected shot that made it five with five minutes left.

There was still time for plenty of action though as the hosts’ sub Michael King stung Shea’s palms before Trey Charles raced clear to net a second goal for the Canaries in the 89th minute, then Gambin added his second and the Hatters’ sixth to send the lads off to Slovenia for a week-long training camp in fine spirits.

 

TOWN 1st HALF: Stech, Musonda, Pearson, Sheehan, Justin, McCormack, Read, Mpanzu, Lee. Sub: James

2nd HALF: Shea, Stacey, Jones, Bradley, Senior, Rea, Gambin, Shinnie, Cornick, Jarvis, Jervis. Sub: James

Goals: Collins 22, Lee 39, Cornick 53, Jervis (pen) 70, Gambin 85, 90

HITCHIN: Johnson, Syme, Olaniran, Farrell, Webb ©, Bickerstaff, Bailey, Spring, Forde, Burns, Smith. Subs: Green, Mollison (GK), Charles, McCaffrey, Wiltshire, King, Barnes, Tshikala, Galliford, Davison, Butler, DaSilva, Belgrove, Dowie

Goals: Galliford 77, Charles 89

Ref: Alan Dale

ATT: 788

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