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Goals from Jorge Grant and Elliot Lee secured the win for the Hatters

28 July 2018

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The Hatters rounded off their pre-season at Kenilworth Road with a 2-0 win over Sky Bet League Two side Notts County, with the opening day of the 2018/19 EFL season just a week away.

Nathan Jones rotated his entire team from the one that was beaten 3-1 by Norwich City on Wednesday evening, whilst the visiting Magpies went full strength with new signings David Vaughan and Enzio Boldweijn starting.

Chances were at a premium in the first half, with the visitors failing to trouble Marek Stech in the Town goal. Alan McCormack had the first real effort of the game 25 minutes in as Harry Cornick teed him up to shoot from range, but his strike was well over Ross Fitzsimmons' goal.

The Hatters had a flurry of half chances late on in the opening 45 minutes, Elliot Lee seeing an effort blocked on the edge of the box, before Cornick failed to capitalise on a decent opportunity when his tame effort was well saved following a clever backheel from Jorge Grant.

The second half started with a little more punch as the Town broke the deadlock – Elliot Lee ran at the visitors' defence before passing it to Grant on the edge of the box. He turned well before calmly slotting it into the bottom left corner – Fitzsimons did get a touch, but was unable to stop it going in.

Kane Hemmings went close just before the hour mark as he couldn't quite guide Dan Jones' left-wing cross towards goal with a diving header, before the Hatters doubled their lead through Lee. The Hatters won a corner – Sheehan whipped it in, Potts saw his header saved by Fitzsimons, but the keeper could only parry it to Lee who fired in from a yard.

Nathan Thomas looked to drag his side back into the game as he found space in the Hatters' box, but his powerful effort was just over Marek Stech's goal when he looked certain to test the keeper.

Danny Hylton had a decent opportunity just before the referee blew for full-time, but his effort from a tight angle was blocked.

The Hatters final pre-season game before the trip to Fratton Park next Saturday sees Jones' team head to Bedford Town on Tuesday evening.

The Town: Stech, Justin, Pearson, Sheehan, Potts, McCormack, Mpanzu, Grant (Shinnie 87),, Lee, Collins (Jervis 87), Cornick (Hylton 87).

On the bench: Jarvis, Musonda, Jones, Bradley, Senior, Rea, Read, Gambin, Stacey, Shea.

Notts County: Fitzsimons, Tootle, Duffy, Brisley, Jones, Hewitt, Vaughan, Boldewijn, Thomas, Alessandra, Hemmings.

Town goals: Grant 49, Lee 63

Attendance: 2,301
Away: 83

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