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21 July 2018

Club News


21 July 2018

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The Hatters took a confident step towards the start of the SkyBet League One season with an emphatic 6-3 win away at Vanarama National League South outfit St Albans City.

A hat-trick from Danny Hylton, along with efforts from Jorge Grant, Arthur Read and James Collins rounded off a productive afternoon for Nathan Jones' side.

Town opened the scoring in calamitous circumstances on five minutes when St Albans Goalkeeper Dean Snedker mistakenly threw the ball straight in the direction of Hylton who volleyed an effort over his head and into the goal.

Snedker was determined to make amends for the error and made two saves within the space of two minutes.

He made the first on 12 minutes when Harry Cornick set off on a run down the right and picked out Hylton who couldn't find a way past Snedker.

Two minutes later Cornick went on another rampaging run, but this time he played in Andrew Shinnie, who produced another save from Snedker, who would be in for a busy afternoon.

Town doubled their lead on 16 minutes when James Justin found Grant who notched his third goal in two friendly matches, lifting his shot over Snedker's head.

Luton kept up the pressure when a cross field ball was brilliantly kept in play by Justin who's delightful cross was parried to safety by the St Albans stopper.

On 24 minutes a Luton clearance was picked up by Hylton who's cross was met by the head of Cornick who couldn't direct it towards goal.

The hosts grabbed a goal back two minutes before the half hour mark when Ralston Gabriel produced a smart finish past Marek Stach to round off a nice passing move.

Encouraged by his goal, Gabriel went looking for his second but a shot from outside of the box was deflected out of play for a corner.

As the match neared half time, a free kick was whipped in by Alan Sheehan and Hylton rose to head the ball past Snedker for his second goal of the game.

Two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the first half, Town had their fourth when a great effort from Cornick following a short corner hit the underside of the crossbar and Hylton completed his hat-trick by tucking the rebound away – leaving the visitors three to the good.

After a quiet start to the second half, Jones freshened his side up on the hour mark by introducing ten substitutes to replace all of the outfield players for Town.

Three minutes later Luton had their fifth when Arthur Read shrugged off a challenge to continue his run into the box before unleashing a shot into the top right corner.

Not content with five, The Hatters pressed on for more, Jake Jervis thought he had put his side 6-1 up as he leaped to head in a Jack Senior cross but he was adjudged to push a defender in the process by referee Joel Mannix.

St Albans then took advantage of a misunderstanding between Hatters duo Lloyd Jones and goalkeeper Marek Stech which allowed substitute David Moyo to prod home to make it 5-2.

On 76 minutes Luton made the most of their sixth corner of the game when new signing Sonny Bradley headed the cross down in the box and James Collins struck it past Snedker.

Six minutes from time Moyo grabbed St Albans' third when he rounded Stech to tap in his second goal of the game and finish the scoring in this entertaining pre-season contest.

Luton Town starting line-up: Stech; Justin; Potts; Rea; Pearson; Sheehan; Mpanzu; Grant; Hylton; Cornick; Shinnie.

Changes on 60 minutes: Stacey; Jones; Bradley; Senior; McCormack; Gambin; Read; Lee; Jarvis; Collins.

Goalscorers for Luton Town: Hylton x3; Grant; Read; Collins.

Attendance: 1,044

Referee: Joel Mannix

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