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MATCH PREVIEW: GILLINGHAM v LUTON TOWN

6 October 2015

All you need to know ahead of JPT tie at Priestfield

Gillingham v Luton Town
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round
Tuesday 6th October 2015, kick-off 7.45pm

Live coverage on lutontown.co.uk and Hatters Player

• Place in the area quarter-finals at stake
• Town won six of their last seven games in all competitions
• Gillingham fourth in League 2
• No team scored more than Gills at home in FL (17)
• Town leading away scorers in FL with 15
• First visit to Priestfield since August 2008

To the Hatters fans that are making the trip to Gillingham tonight who have also been to Morecambe and Hartlepool in the past week…we salute you!

The Town have already clocked up 900 miles (and six points) in the space of four days following the midweek trip to Morecambe and Saturday’s game at Hartlepool.

Town followers who are making a hat-trick of journeys for this evening’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash will surpass the 1,000-mile barrier with the 150-mile round trip to Priestfield.

Justin Edinburgh’s Gills lie in fourth place in League 1 following an excellent start to the campaign. On Saturday they drew 3-3 at Oldham, four days after a 5-1 win at home to Fleetwood – which turned out to be former Hatter Graham Alexander’s last game in charge of the Cod Army.

The Gills have only lost twice in League 1 this season and are four points behind leaders Burton. No team in the top five divisions have scored more goals at home than Gillingham’s 17 and they are yet to taste defeat at home, winning five and drawing one of their six league games at Priestfield.

However, no side has scored more goals on the road than the Hatters’ 15 on their travels with the Town plundering seven away from home in the last week alone.

The Town’s record down the years in Kent is reasonably good, having won 13 and lost 15 of the 34 games that have taken place at Priestfield. 

The Hatters won 1-0 on their last visit thanks to a goal from Sam Parkin. That was our first win and points of that -30 season.

And believe it or not the two clubs have met before at Priestfield in the second round of the JPT, with the Gills coming out on top 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller in October 2007 before a crowd of just 1,417.

Tonight the Town are likely to make changes with leading goalscorer Jack Marriott in line for a start. The 21-year-old. The striker, who has six goals this season – and four in the past week – spent a short spell on loan at Gillingham in 2013/14, playing just once.

Tickets are still available from the Luton Town ticket office with a buy one get one free offer which is available up until 2pm. Tickets are still available on the turnstile at Gillingham. Click here for all the information.

As ever, we’ll be reporting live from Priestfield. Build-up starts at 5pm, so get on our early blog on the Wall for all the latest updates. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for photos, videos and all the behind-the-scenes action. Hatters Player subscribers will be able to listen to live commentary from just before 7.45pm with Simon Pitts in the press box. 

Post-match, remember to check out the official website, YouTube channel and Player for reports, interviews and photographs and don’t forget to tune in from midday on Wednesday for all the highlights in glorious HD!

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