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HATTERS STILL UNBEATEN IN PRE-SEASON

25 July 2012

HATTERS STILL UNBEATEN IN PRE-SEASON

Town made a host of changes from the side that defeated St Albans 2-0 on Monday as Paul Buckle looked to keep the whole squad fresh and match-fit.

Meanwhile, the Wycombe squad that visited Kenilworth Road included the familiar faces of Matthew Spring and Gary Doherty, whilst new Hatters signing Scott Rendell was facing his old club for the first time.

The hosts began well, with JJ O'Donnell impressing down the left-hand side, linking up well with Jake Howells.

But it was Wycombe who had the first chance of note, as Matt Bloomfield clipped the crossbar in the fifth minute with an effort from the edge of the box.

A twelfth minute corner for Wycombe caused some danger as Doherty headed towards goal and Yaser Kasim had to clear off the line, before Mark Tyler saved Charles Dunne's effort.

Andre Gray was a constant threat for the visitors as he looked to get in behind the Wycombe defence, using his pace to threaten the visitor's goal.

The Hatters faithful witnessed some neat interplay between Fleetwood, Rendell, Gray, O'Donnell and Howells, but the scores remained level.

In the 36th minute the hosts really should have taken the lead as Rendell's cross from the right found Gray in acres of space, but his header went just wide of Nikki Bull's goal.

And just three minutes later, Luton had another great chance to go ahead. Gray and Howells played a great one-two, but the latter's left-foot shot went narrowly over the bar, meaning the scores remained level at half-time.

And the Hatters came out on the front foot in the second period, with substitute Alex Lawless' cross finding Gray, who could only guide his header just past the far post.

In the 61st minute some more O'Donnell pressing saw him break clear of the Wycombe defence, but the Town couldn't quite find a way through as Rendell's effort was blocked.

Mark Tyler had a nervy moment as Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, playing at centre-half, almost diverted into his own net from a Dennis Oli cross, but Tyler was alert to the danger to save well.

In the 75th minute Luton created another excellent chance as Rendell, Fleetwood and Gray combined superbly, with Fleetwood firing just wide following a great move.

A dipping effort from Stuart Beavon from just outside the Luton area that went narrowly over the bar proved to be the last real chance from either side, as the game finished goalless.

Luton now face Dunstable Town tomorrow, with the clash against Championship Ipswich on Saturday.



Luton: Mark Tyler; Greg Taylor (Matt Robinson, 69), Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, Ronnie Henry (Janos Kovacs, 46), Jake Howells; Yaser Kasim, Adam Watkins (Alex Lawless, 46), JJ O'Donnell (Charlie Smith, 75); Andre Gray (Jake Woolley, 75), Scott Rendell (Alasan Ann, 89), Stuart Fleetwood (Dan Walker, 75)

Subs not used: Dean Beckwith, Dean Brill, Leeroy Maguraushe

Wycombe: Nikki Bull; Marvin McCoy (Leon Johnson, 56), Gary Doherty, Anthony Stewart, Charles Dunne (Grant Basey, 58); Dennis Oli (Lee Angol, 78), Matt Spring, Matt Bloomfield, Sam Wood (Stuart Lewis, 58); Stuart Beavon, Joel Grant (Richard Logan, 58)

Subs not used: Matt Ingram, Kortney Hause


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