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7 March 2014

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Latch onto Lawless to score anytime

Some say that all good things to come to those who wait.

The Town’s loyal followers will say they’ve waited long enough. Three successive relegations between 2007 and 2009 and two Play-Off final defeats, in 2011 and 2012, would dampen the spirits of any football follower.

Yet with their team top of the table and unbeaten in 25 matches, 1,500 Hatters fans will travel the 100 miles to Salisbury on Saturday. Loyalty knows no bounds.

There once was a time when the travelling hordes’ away-days were let down by disappointing defeats on the road. Not anymore. The Town haven’t lost a league away game in 11 matches – and even that came at Wrexham, and the Hatters rarely win there anyway.

But some say that all good things come to an end.

Salisbury are this season’s surprise package. Chasing a Play-Off spot, having won promotion only last season, Mikey Harris’s team will be buoyed, no doubt, by news that they won’t be facing Luke Guttridge, who misses the game through injury.

The bad news for Salisbury is that the Town’s player of the year from last season, Alex Lawless, is likely to get the go-ahead in Guttridge’s place. A certain Welshman who has six goals in 14 starts to his name so far this term. Now that’s what you call a replacement.

The last time Lawless enjoyed a sustained run in the side, during December, he netted four goals in three games. He’ll be back in the starting XI for the first time since early January on Saturday. Remember, good things come to those who wait.

As for good things coming to an end…well, that can wait a while longer.

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