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YOUNGSTERS HELD TO DRAW

1 October 2012

The Hatters Under-18s entertained their Northampton Town counterparts at Ely Way on Saturday and an injury time strike for the visitors saw the game finish all square at 1-1. 
 
In a high tempo first period which was fairly even in terms of possession in the early stages, the Hatters first real chance came in the 25th minute when a strong run and shot from distance by Brett Longden was saved by the Northampton keeper, Dean Snedker.
 
Then in the 30th minute, Snedker was again on hand to dive at the feet of Harley Haag as the striker burst though and the rebound fell to Arel Amu but his shot hit the post and ran to safety.
 
The Hatters had a good deal of possession and retained the ball well for the remainder of the period without troubling their opponents goal.
 
The second half started much as the first half had ended with good amounts of possession for the Hatters as they looked to make the break through.
 
When the goal did come in 65th minute, it was with an amount of good fortune as a cross by the impressive Jordan Davis beat Snedker in the flight and finished in the back of the net.
 
Darill Ngwala replaced Harley Haag as the game entered the final quarter of a hour and he had the best chance to extend the lead with a back post header that was tipped over by Snedker.
 
As the game entered injury time and with the Hatters looking about to seal their first home win after a run of home games, Northampton grabbed an equaliser when George Craddock found space in the box to fire home from 12 yards. 

A frustrated boss Paul Driver told lutontown.co.uk: “On one hand, I am really pleased with things in terms of how we played and in the individual performances of a number of the players.  Arel Amu, Jordan Davis and Zane Banton had excellent games for us today.  On the other hand, it's another concentration lapse late on that leads to a late goal and another two points dropped, in my opinion, like last week at the MK Dons."
 
Luton Team.  Carpenter, Longden, Jibodu (Nash 30), Rees, DeBattista, Chabata, Davis, Banton, Amu, Haag (Ngwala 74), Burtenshaw.  Subs Not Used: Barnes (GK), Stanley.
 
Remember the Hatters’ Under-18s are in action at Kenilworth Road on Wednesday evening when they take on Peterborough Northern Star in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy. So come along to see the Town’s stars of the future.

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