Steve McNulty helped move Luton to second in the table with a spectacular first-half volley against Southport.

Paul Benson hit the post for the hosts before defender McNulty's dipping volley from 25 yards put them ahead. 

Andre Gray then set up Jonathan Smith for the Hatters' second, before lashing home his 10th goal of the season.

Luke Guttridge almost added a fourth, crashing an effort off the bar, while Southport's best chance was a deflected Richard Brodie effort.

Luton remain unbeaten in the league at Kenilworth Road this season to move two points above third-placed Kidderminster in the table, and are just four points behind league leaders Cambridge United. Both teams, however, have a game in hand over the Hatters.

Southport crashed to their fifth successive loss in all competitions and have only picked up four points from a possible 33 away from home in the league this term.

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Luton boss John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Luton Town boss John Still on Southport win

"Five goals, six points, we can't ask for more than that. It's good when there's lots of different goalscorers.

"The back four is playing well, at the moment we're looking OK, but it's only one game.

"All we can do is worry about how we plan and the results we get, and as far as I'm concerned that's all very good."

Southport manager Alan Wright told BBC Radio Merseyside:

Post-match: Southport boss Wright

"We knew it was going to be very difficult and we set up to be quite solid. I thought we were quite solid without creating an awful lot of chances ourselves.

"The first goal from Steve McNulty was a fantastic strike. I know him well and he said afterwards that it was probably one of those that he'll never hit like that again.

"If we could have stayed in the game a little longer in the second half, it might have been a little bit different. It wasn't to be and we ended up with the defeat."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Luton Town

  • 01 Tyler
  • 14 Parry
  • 30 Lacey (Robinson - 37' )
  • 05 McNulty
  • 25 Henry
  • 12 Griffiths
  • 07 Lawless (Whalley - 77' )
  • 04 Smith
  • 21 Guttridge Booked
  • 26 Benson
  • 27 Gray (Cullen - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Cullen
  • 11 Howells
  • 23 Robinson
  • 16 Justham
  • 22 Whalley

Southport

  • 01 Hurst
  • 20 Fitzpatrick
  • 02 Smith
  • 05 Flynn
  • 04 Akrigg
  • 28 Logan Booked (Osawe - 63' )
  • 08 Milligan
  • 26 Irie-Bi
  • 07 Hand Booked
  • 25 Brodie Booked
  • 27 Abadaki (Hattersley - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Hattersley
  • 21 Osawe
  • 29 Mason
  • 14 Rutherford
  • 03 Willis
Ref: Anthony Backhouse
Att: 6,057

Match Stats

Shots

23 5

On target

9 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

9 16

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Luton Town 3, Southport 0.

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Southport 0.

90:00 +3:14

Corner, Luton Town.

90:00 +2:25

Hand ball by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

90:00 +1:35

Attempt missed. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +0:29

Offside, Luton Town. Paul Benson tries a through ball, but Paul Benson is caught offside.

89:38

Offside, Southport. Danny Hattersley tries a through ball, but Danny Hattersley is caught offside.

89:08

Attempt saved. Jamie Hand (Southport) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

88:38

Attempt saved. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

87:20

Offside, Luton Town. Paul Benson tries a through ball, but Paul Benson is caught offside.

85:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Mark Cullen replaces Andre Gray.

84:56

Corner, Luton Town.

84:31

Attempt saved. Shaun Whalley (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

84:07

Corner, Luton Town.

83:55

Attempt blocked. Shaun Whalley (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83:03

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

83:03

Richard Brodie (Southport) wins a free kick.

79:57

Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

78:38

Foul by Brice Irie-Bi (Southport).

78:38

Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

77:28

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

76:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Shaun Whalley replaces Alex Lawless.

75:51

Foul by James Smith (Southport).

75:51

Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

74:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 3, Southport 0. Andre Gray (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Alex Lawless.

73:42

Offside, Luton Town. Alex Lawless tries a through ball, but Alex Lawless is caught offside.

73:01

Attempt saved. Paul Benson (Luton Town) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved.

72:47

Corner, Luton Town.

72:25

Attempt blocked. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:54

Foul by Matthew Flynn (Southport).

70:54

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

67:48

Hand ball by Andre Gray (Luton Town).

65:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 2, Southport 0. Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andre Gray.

64:44

Offside, Luton Town. Paul Benson tries a through ball, but Paul Benson is caught offside.

64:11

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

63:29

Foul by Jamie Hand (Southport).

63:29

Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

62:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Danny Hattersley replaces Godwin Abadaki.

62:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Osayamen Osawe replaces Joel Logan.

61:28 Booking

Booking Joel Logan (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:19

Foul by Joel Logan (Southport).

61:19

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

59:06

Hand ball by Richard Brodie (Southport).

56:46

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

56:02

Corner, Luton Town.

55:34

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

54:14

Attempt missed. Paul Benson (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

53:38

Attempt missed. Matthew Flynn (Southport) header from outside the box.

53:09

Foul by Jonathan Smith (Luton Town).

53:09

David Fitzpatrick (Southport) wins a free kick.

51:44

Corner, Southport.

51:15

Attempt blocked. Richard Brodie (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:33

Attempt missed. Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box.

48:51

Foul by Matthew Flynn (Southport).

48:51

Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

47:54

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Guttridge with a cross.

45:42

Hand ball by Andre Gray (Luton Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Luton Town 1, Southport 0.

45:00 +4:38 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Luton Town 1, Southport 0.

45:00 +4:11

Corner, Luton Town.

45:00 +3:53

Attempt blocked. Paul Benson (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +1:40 Booking

Booking Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +1:26

Offside, Luton Town. Andre Gray tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

45:00 +0:46

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

45:00 +0:46

James Smith (Southport) wins a free kick.

44:50

Attempt saved. Joel Logan (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

40:25

Attempt saved. Matt Robinson (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

39:08

Foul by Jamie Hand (Southport).

39:08

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

37:32

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

37:32

Jamie Hand (Southport) wins a free kick.

36:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Matt Robinson replaces Alex Lacey because of an injury.

33:30

Foul by Steve Akrigg (Southport).

33:30

Alex Lawless (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

30:28

Attempt missed. Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

29:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 1, Southport 0. Steve McNulty (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Alex Lawless.

28:18

Foul by Jamie Hand (Southport).

28:18

Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

26:46

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

26:46

Godwin Abadaki (Southport) wins a free kick.

26:05

Attempt missed. David Fitzpatrick (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

21:50

Foul by Brice Irie-Bi (Southport).

21:50

Alex Lacey (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

20:23 Booking

Booking Richard Brodie (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

19:51

Foul by Richard Brodie (Southport).

19:51

Alex Lacey (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

18:38

Offside, Luton Town. Paul Benson tries a through ball, but Paul Benson is caught offside.

18:17

Foul by Richard Brodie (Southport).

18:17

Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

17:01

Corner, Luton Town.

15:31

Corner, Luton Town.

14:46

Andrew Parry (Luton Town) hits the woodwork with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ron Henry with a cross.

14:05 Booking

Booking Jamie Hand (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

13:42

Foul by Jamie Hand (Southport).

13:42

Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

12:19

Foul by Alex Lacey (Luton Town).

12:19

Godwin Abadaki (Southport) wins a free kick.

9:25

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

7:18

Foul by Richard Brodie (Southport).

7:18

Steve McNulty (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

2:54

Foul by Andre Gray (Luton Town).

2:54

Matthew Flynn (Southport) wins a free kick.

1:58

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:50

Corner, Luton Town.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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