All you need to go about tonight's game with Tamworth
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In John Still's words, we’re “as you were” for tonight. Andy Parry, Luke Guttridge, Jonathan Smith and Danny Fitzsimmons are all still out with injuries.
HAVEN'T WE MET BEFORE?
The game between the two sides earlier in the season ended in a pulsating 4-3 victory for the Hatters. Despite Duane Courtney putting the hosts in front, Luton went in to the break 2-1 up thanks to Jonathan Smith and Andy Parry's goals. Paul Benson and top scorer Andre Gray put Town 4-1 up, before Lateef Elford- Alliyu's penalty and Courtney's second of the game ensured a heart stopping finish.
HOW ARE TAMWORTH DOING?
Tamworth's fifth successive season at this level has been by far their worst yet. On the verge of relegation with a poor return of 33 points from 41 games, relegation could be ensured for the Lambs with a defeat tonight. A return of one win in 13 games, including a 5-0 defeat at Gateshead last time, out has severely damaged their chances of survival and they now surely need the great escape of all great escapes to survive. They have also found goals hard to come by, having only scored one goal in the last five outings.
Tamworth were formed in 1933 as the previous club Tamworth Castle ceased to exist. They moved to their current ground the Lamb ground a year later. They won the FA Vase in 1989 under Graham Smith, beating Sudbury 3-0 at Peterborough's London Road after a 1-1 draw in the first game at Wembley. They won the Southern Premier League in 2001/02, and reached the final of the FA trophy in 2002/03 but were defeated 2-1 by Burscough Town.
Their highest profile player was Paul Merson. He joined the Lambs on loan in 2005/06, but only played one game. He came on as a substitute for his final appearance in a 5-0 defeat away to Grays Athletic. He left the club soon after.
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE MET?
The Town and Tamworth have met each other nine times competitively. Luton have the better head-to-head record, winning six of the nine games played against the Lambs. Tamworth's only victory came in August 2010, a 3-1 victory at the Lamb ground. The other two games ended in draws, including a dour goalless draw at Kenilworth Road last season.
HOW ARE WE DOING?
On the verge of promotion, this season couldn’t have gone much better for the Hatters. 89 points from 41 games and a goal difference of +60 has pushed Luton to the brink of a return to the Football League.
The Hatters only need two more wins to lift the Skrill Premier championship. The Hatters could even go up as early as Thursday. If Luton win tonight and Cambridge lose to the Hatters recent conquerors Woking it’s all over and the Town will be promoted.
The Hatters attendance record is, for the fourth season, the highest in the Conference. The average attendance record for home games this season is 7,064, which is over 3,500 more than Grimsby who have the second best attendance record. The last few games at home have seen attendances over the 8,000-mark; while the forthcoming games with the Braintree and Forest Green Rovers already sold out.
The away attendances have been even more impressive. Before the Dartford match, a statistic showed that the average attendance for away games was 945, an incredible stat for a team in the fifth tier. Luton would have the 25th highest average attendance for away if they were in the Football League. Nearly 2,000 supporters travelled to Dartford to witness the 2-1 victory last Tuesday.
WHAT STILL SAYS
“Since I’ve been here, I have seen such an unbelievable turnaround at the club. Taking a team in to the Football League, other than winning and getting in to the Premier League for me is the biggest thing that can happen.
“Last week I called it; it’s like a new Luton. For me to be part of that new Luton is special, it really is. If we achieve promotion, it will be a special, special moment in my life, and something that I will never ever forget.”