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PREVIEW: Luton Town

24 August 2018

Marcus Braddock previews Saturday's Sky Bet League One game away at Luton Town

This weekend Shrewsbury Town travel to Bedfordshire for their fifth League One game of the season. Luton currently occupy 15th place after a win, two defeats and a draw and would have been in the bottom four with us but for their 2-0 win at home to Southend on Tuesday night. The win continues the Hatters unbeaten home record which stretches back to last season when they were promoted from League Two. The last time they were beaten at home was March 10th when they were beaten by Accrington.

Top Scorers
Danny Hylton 2
Elliott Lee 1
Matt Pearson 1

Head to Head
Luton and Shrewsbury have played each other 22 times and have never met in a cup competition. The last time we played each other was the 2014/5 season when we drew 0-0 at Kenilworth Road and won 2-0 at home. Luton's best result against us was a 4-1 home win  in 1982 whilst our best result, a 7-2 win in 1965, was also at their place. Out of the 22 games between us, Luton have won 11 and Shrewsbury have won six.

Stats
We're still a fair few games away from being able to spot any reliable patterns within the statistics but one or two interesting numbers are emerging. I notice that the all of the goals that Luton have conceded have been in the half an hour before half time. It may tell us nothing and I'm not sure what it suggests but it's still a bit odd that all of their conceded goals are concentrated in one third of the game.

Referee
Carl Boyeson from East Yorkshire. Games this season: 3. Yellow cards: 13. Red cards: 0.
Assistants
Joe Clark and Matthew Smith.
Fourth Official
Nicholas Cooper.

Squad News
Sam Jones has gone on loan to Cheltenham until January, Abo Eisa has picked up a Knee injury.
Luton have no new injury worries.

Summary
It's an interesting looking game with two slow starters facing each other just as form looks to be improving. Luton won their last game and haven't been beaten at home since early March which might suggest another victory is on the cards for the home team. However, John Askey's team seem to have found the right combination defensively and now need to start putting the ball in the back of the net. There is more than enough ability in the squad to score plenty and I think it's just a matter of time.

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REPORT: Luton Town v Shrewsbury Town

25 August 2018

Town lose out to Luton Town in a 3-2 away defeat

Luton: James Shea, Dan Potts, Sonny Bradley, Matty Pearson, Jack Stacey, Danny Hylton (James Collins, 45), Elliot Lee, Andrew Shinnie, Glen Rea, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Jorge Grant (James Justin, 77).

Subs: Marek Stech, James Justin, Harry Cornick, Jake Jervis, James Collins, Luke Gambin, Lloyd Jones.

Town: Joel Coleman, Ryan Haynes, Mat Sadler, Shaun Whalley, Greg Docherty, Lee Angol, James Bolton, Alex Gilliead (Fejri Okenabirhie, 77), Luke Waterfall, Josh Laurent, Anthony Grant (Ollie Norburn, 77).

Subs: Omar Beckles, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Lenell John-Lewis, Steve Arnold, Doug Loft, Ollie Norburn, Ryan Barnett.

 

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Assistants: Matthew Smith and Joe Clark

Fourth official: Nicholas Cooper

 

Attendance:  8518 (379)

 

Town couldn’t quite grab all three points on the road against Luton Town, despite taking an early lead.

Goals from Shaun Whalley and Lee Angol wasn’t enough to see Askey’s side pick up all three points at Kenilworth Road as Luton Town scored three past the Shrews.

Team News: John Askey makes one change to his starting 11 that will face the Hatters; Lee Angol is introduced into the starting 11 ahead of Lenell John-lewis.

 

First Half:

Town’s opening 10 minutes showed some positive signs with a fast-paced direct approach.  True to form, Shaun Whalley was looking dangerous on the wings, combining well with James Bolton down the right side.

In the 22nd minute Town were awarded a deserved penalty. Whalley was continuing to trouble the Hatters back four, as the winger dribbled past two defenders before being brought down by Jack Stacey.

With the ball on the spot, Whalley stepped up and put Town in the lead, sending the Hatters goalkeeper, James Shea, the wrong way and slotting home into the left side of the net.

Luton had their first real dangerous attack with just 10 minutes of the half left to play. George Grant found himself on the edge of the box with a yard of space, the attacking midfielder let off a shot, but his effort was blocked and Town cleared the ball well.

Lee Angol was given a yellow card as the half drew to a close. The referee, Carl Boyeson, deemed Angol to have raised his elbow as the Town striker challenge for a lofted pass.

The half came to an end with Town a goal to the good. Whalley gave his side the lead in the 22nd minute and Askey’s men remained resolute throughout the rest of the half.

 

Second half:

It only took the Hatters five minutes into the second half to register an equaliser. Luton’s Jorge Grant won a free kick on the edge of Town’s box in a dangerous area. Grant struck a wonderful looping effort towards goal that had the beating of Joel Coleman, putting Luton back on level terms.

The Hatters were in the ascendancy for the first 15 minutes of the half. Nathan Jones’ men were having the better of the chances, but Town’s back four were doing well to weather the storm.

Town were handed a second goal in the 66th minute. Angol wouldn’t have believed his eyes when the Hatters goalkeeper dropped the ball on the floor, so close to the Town striker. Angol sneakily nicked the ball away from Shea and fired home into the empty net.

Luton Town’s number seven, Jack Stacey, did a great job of redeeming his earlier foul, that lead to Town’s penalty. Some smart passing play around the box found the winger through on goal and Stacey fired the ball home into Joel Coleman’s near post, once again levelling the score-line.

Just for minutes later, Luton capitalised on their good form and found another goal, which took the home side into the lead. A big deflected free-kick saw the ball loop into the empty side of the goal.

Luton were awarded their own penalty in the 82nd minute, Luke Waterfall got a slight nick on Pelly Ruddock- Mpanzu and the referee awarded the Hatters a spot kick. However, Coleman did ever so well to get down and save the penalty, which looked destined for the bottom left corner of the net.

Agol came agonisingly close to getting Town an equaliser in the last knockings of the game. Ryan Haynes did well to beat his man and find Angol in the box with a driven cross. The striker couldn’t make a solid contact and the keeper claimed the ball, averting any danger for the Hatters.

The highly eventful game ended 3-2 on the score line to the home side. Lee Angol and Shaun Whalley’s goals wasn't enough to see Askey’s men take any points away from the home side.

 

 

 

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Ticket News

Luton Town Ticket Details

24 August 2018

Ticket details for our upcoming trip to the Kenilworth Stadium

Luton Town v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 25th August – 3pm Kick-Off
Kenilworth Stadium
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now off sale for our away game with Luton Town.

We have been sold 368 tickets and Town fans will be housed in the Oak Road Stand.

This game is ALL TICKET for Town fans with there will be NO CASH SALES on the day.

Luton have said they will sell tickets to Town fans over the phone on Saturday between 9am and 12:30pm if you haven't had chance to purchase.  Town fans will need to ring 01582 416976.

Adult: £22
Young Adults (under 22) and seniors (Over 65): £17
Under 19’s and Golden Seniors (Over 75): £14
Youth Under 17: £8
Juniors Under 10: £5

Disabled supporters (non-Wheelchair) will pay one category lower than their normal price with a Carer free if required. (Higher and Middle DLA).

Wheelchair users will need to contact Luton Town Ticket Office direct on 01582 416976 - there are only 5 wheelchair spaces.

Ambulant disabled will need to purchase through the ticket officer here either in person or over the phone as they pay one price category lower than their normal.

Any tickets for away games not collected will be taken to the away game on the day.

If you can't make it to the game you cn listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

 

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