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1 October 2013

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Shaw nets on return for development side

Goals in the final five minutes from strikers Jon Shaw and Zane Banton saw the Hatters development squad fight-back from 2-0 down to earn a 3-2 win over Northampton on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cobblers scored twice in the first of three 30-minute thirds, including a fabulous strike from 35 yards.

However, the Town reduced the deficit in the second third when Matt Robinson was fouled in the penalty area and Alex Wall smashed home the resultant spot-kick.

In the final 30 minutes the Hatters upped the ante and, following the introduction of Shaw and Banton they completed the turnaround.

Shaw levelled the score with a fine curling strike with five minutes to go before Banton show quick feet to fire home the winner with just minutes left on the clock.

The win maintains the Town development squad’s winning run, much to the delight of first team coach Hakan Hayrettin.

He told “It was a real game of three thirds. We lost the first 2-0, won the second 1-0 and won the third 2-0. 

“We want that winning mentality instilled in every player and, especially in the final 30 minutes, we showed that.

“Elliot Justham was terrific throughout. Goalkeepers don’t often get the credit they’re due and he was magnificent.

“Anthony Charles played a full 90 minutes without any problems which is great news and Jon Shaw capped a very positive half-an-hour with a goal.

“It’s another win against a Football League club which can only do wonders for the players’ confidence. 

“The players know that good performances in these games do get noticed by the manager, as shown by John Still’s selection policy already this season. We want a squad full of hungry players champing at the bit to muscle themselves into the first team.”

Town development: Justham; Stevenson (sub Longden), Trialist, Charles, O’Donnell; Taiwo, Robinson, Viana; Martin (sub Banton), Trialist, Wall (sub Shaw).

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