Paul Benson scored one goal and made another as Luton moved to second in the table by winning at Braintree.

Benson opened the scoring by tapping home a rebound after Andy Parry's shot had been cleared off the line.

Andre Gray, who had been involved in the first goal, came close just before Benson set up Parry for the second.

Dan Holman immediately pulled one back with a deflected shot from the edge of the area but Luton held on in their fifth consecutive away match.

The Hatters play their sixth successive game away from Kenilworth Road when they visit Chester this Saturday.

They move a point above third-placed Kidderminster in the table while Braintree are one point outside the play-off zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Luton Town manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Post-match: Luton manager Still

"The conditions were not good for both teams. The first half we were not in too much danger.

"We're 2-0 up and I thought, 'yeah, we're looking strong'.

"They get a deflection and it changes the pattern of the game a bit and we lose two experienced players in Steve McNulty and Paul Benson.

"The boys had to stand up and they did and they showed the will to win. When we needed a bit of help the supporters got behind us.

"I would put that down as one of our best all-round performances of the season."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 19 Wells
  • 05 Paine
  • 14 Carney
  • 11 Sparkes (Daley - 61' )
  • 04 Isaac
  • 26 Mulley (Enver-Marum - 84' )
  • 08 Davis
  • 09 Marks
  • 02 Peters
  • 22 Cox (Holman - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Holman
  • 21 Griffiths
  • 12 Daley
  • 01 McDonald
  • 18 Enver-Marum

Luton Town

  • 01 Tyler
  • 25 Henry
  • 05 McNulty (Stevenson - 62' )
  • 11 Howells
  • 12 Griffiths
  • 30 Lacey
  • 14 Parry Booked
  • 04 Smith
  • 07 Lawless
  • 27 Gray
  • 26 Benson (Cullen - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Cullen
  • 22 Whalley
  • 16 Justham
  • 21 Guttridge
  • 28 Stevenson
Ref: Justin Amey
Att: 1,518

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

6 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

3 10

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Luton Town 2.

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Luton Town 2.

90:00 +2:27

Attempt saved. Luke Daley (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

86:56

Attempt missed. Dean Wells (Braintree Town) header from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chez Isaac.

86:46

Corner, Braintree Town.

86:30

Attempt blocked. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:25

Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

83:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Liam Enver-Marum replaces James Mulley.

81:32

Foul by Alex Lacey (Luton Town).

81:32

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

81:03

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

81:03

Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

79:09

Foul by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

79:09

Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

77:26

Attempt missed. Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Luke Daley with a cross.

77:01

Corner, Braintree Town.

75:13

Offside, Luton Town. Mark Cullen tries a through ball, but Mark Cullen is caught offside.

73:44

Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

71:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Mark Cullen replaces Paul Benson.

66:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 1, Luton Town 2. Dan Holman (Braintree Town).

65:53 Booking

Booking Andrew Parry (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 0, Luton Town 2. Andrew Parry (Luton Town).

64:33

Corner, Luton Town.

64:17

Attempt missed. Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Jake Howells.

63:59

Corner, Luton Town.

63:50

Attempt blocked. Andre Gray (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Gray with a cross.

62:32

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

61:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Jim Stevenson replaces Steve McNulty.

60:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Holman replaces Jordan Cox.

60:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Luke Daley replaces Daniel Sparkes.

51:57

Attempt missed. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

50:22

Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

50:22

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

49:29

Foul by Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town).

49:29

Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

46:47

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

46:47

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Braintree Town 0, Luton Town 1.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

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

45:00 +0:11

Corner, Braintree Town.

42:27

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

42:27

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

38:47

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

38:47

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

38:09

Attempt missed. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

37:38

Corner, Braintree Town.

35:29

Attempt missed. Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Chez Isaac.

35:11

Corner, Braintree Town.

34:48

Corner, Braintree Town.

33:50

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

33:50

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

32:15

Corner, Braintree Town.

31:08

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

29:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 0, Luton Town 1. Paul Benson (Luton Town).

29:01

Attempt missed. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box.

25:42

Attempt saved. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

25:00

Attempt missed. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

23:20

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

19:03

Foul by Jake Howells (Luton Town).

19:03

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

17:00

Offside, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox tries a through ball, but Jordan Cox is caught offside.

13:03

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

12:35

Foul by Andre Gray (Luton Town).

12:35

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

11:37

Corner, Luton Town.

11:18

Corner, Luton Town.

10:28

Attempt saved. Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

9:42

Foul by Jonathan Smith (Luton Town).

9:42

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

9:11

Attempt missed. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

8:36

Hand ball by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

6:59

Offside, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox tries a through ball, but Jordan Cox is caught offside.

5:49

Attempt missed. Alex Lacey (Luton Town) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Lawless.

5:28

Corner, Luton Town.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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