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Luton Report - Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
TOWN won several corners, but only one brought the remotest hint of interest. Barnard struck it beyond the far post from the left towards Crane, who had peeled away in an extravagant arc.
Luton Town 1 Grimsby Town 2
The ball sailed over Beckwith, just cleared the crossbar and kissed off the stanchion at the top of the netting. In the four minutes of added time Luton tried to exert some pressure, but the ball went to Neilson, a conveniently forgotten ex-short term Mariner from the dregs of the Lawrence era. Neilson reminded us why he was laughed out of Cleethorpes, for on the half way line he controlled the ball, fell over and Cas sprinted off down the touchline. Cas got to the edge of the area, went outside the last defender and smashed a rising shot against the crossbar, the ball sailing off into the crowd and dislodging several cravats.
That was the first half that was. Really a collection of clashings and hashings, with three Town shots thrown in for good luck. As has been apparent all season, the Town defence was a rocking and a rolling, three men in a boat with Barnard riding an old bicycle on the canal side bellowing instructions through an experienced international megaphone. Hamilton hardly touched the ball, or a Luton player. His best, no his only, moment to savour in the first half was when he did an extravagant dummy in the middle of the pitch, letting the ball roll up to Ten Heuvel. So his only contribution was to not touch the ball. But Luton didnâ€™t look particularly frightening, just couple of weak shots and nothing for Davison to do. They ran around a lot though. Three balls were kicked over the stands, a satisfyingly high ratio for just 45 minutes of football.
But this was Town, so would we be relying on the kindness of strangers for victory?
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Is he wearing his nephewâ€™s shirt?".
The report continues in the Second Half.
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