Andre Gray's brace helped Luton Town move to within a point of top spot with an impressive win at Alfreton Town.

Gray tapped in the opener from close range before Paul Benson coolly slotted home to double the visitors' lead.

Benson then turned provider for Gray to fire in his second before Luke Guttridge's neat finish made it 4-0 with only 18 minutes gone.

Alex Lawless completed the scoring with a second half strike that capped off a miserable day for the hosts.

Luton's victory sees them close the gap on leaders Cambridge, who have two games in hand on their closest challengers, to one point while Alfreton lie eighth.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Alfreton manager Nicky Law told BBC Radio Derby:

"I thought we started well for 10 minutes, but then we came up against a side which were good everywhere they needed to be and we were poor everywhere you don't need to be.

"They were strong in the middle of the pitch. Steve McNulty holds it together at the back, the two central midfielders had too much power and pace for us, and [strikers] Andre Gray and Paul Benson - we just couldn't handle them.

"You have to hold your hands up - they're a much better team than we are. They're the best that we've seen this year and the best we've come up against by a long, long way."

John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I think the combination of our play was above the level. I can only be delighted with what I saw.

"You can only do what you do yourself. We can't worry about the other teams. From my own point of view, Luton Town go out, play every week, give everything they've got, work as hard as they can, everyone does their bit, and I'm happy. The rest will take care of itself.

"I think the supporters are part of our team. The team isn't just the 11 on the pitch; the team is the people on the pitch, the substitutes, the supporters, the staff, the directors. The more people that are in and around our team, makes them stronger."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Alfreton Town

  • 01 Atkins
  • 03 Franklin
  • 02 Wood
  • 05 Wylde Booked
  • 04 Westwood
  • 12 Meadows
  • 14 Taylor (Kempson - 20' )
  • 08 Shaw (Wishart - 71' )
  • 17 McGrath Booked
  • 18 Akinde
  • 09 Clayton Booked (Akinde - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Hooper
  • 13 Wishart
  • 22 Akinde
  • 06 Kempson

Luton Town

  • 01 Tyler
  • 05 McNulty
  • 15 Ruddock
  • 25 Henry
  • 12 Griffiths
  • 24 Mawson (Davis - 46' )
  • 04 Smith
  • 21 Guttridge
  • 07 Lawless
  • 26 Benson
  • 27 Gray

Substitutes

  • 11 Howells
  • 23 Robinson
  • 16 Justham
  • 19 Davis
  • 22 Whalley
Ref: Simon Bennett
Att: 1,279

Match Stats

Shots

10 15

On target

1 6

Corners

0 0

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

+2:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 5.

90:00 +1:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 5.

90:00 +0:34

Corner, Alfreton Town.

90:00 +0:22

Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

89:02

Corner, Luton Town.

88:54

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

88:30

Corner, Luton Town.

85:39

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

85:39

Steve McNulty (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

84:38

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

83:40

Foul by Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town).

83:40

Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

80:34

Hand ball by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

79:44

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

79:44

Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

76:46

Offside, Alfreton Town. John Akinde tries a through ball, but John Akinde is caught offside.

73:19

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

73:19

Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

72:32

Foul by Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town).

72:32

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

70:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Daniel Wishart replaces Tom Shaw.

68:17

Attempt missed. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pelly Ruddock with a cross.

66:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 5. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andre Gray.

65:59

Foul by Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town).

65:59

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

65:28

Attempt missed. Danny Meadows (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

64:11

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

62:33

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

61:52 Booking

Booking John McGrath (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:41

Foul by John McGrath (Alfreton Town).

60:41

Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

58:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Sam Akinde replaces Paul Clayton.

58:13

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

58:13

Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

57:53

Foul by John McGrath (Alfreton Town).

57:53

Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

57:04

Corner, Alfreton Town.

55:46

Corner, Luton Town.

54:38

Attempt blocked. Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:32

Foul by Joe Davis (Luton Town).

53:32

Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

50:40

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Westwood with a cross.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Joe Davis replaces Alfie Mawson.

45:00

Second Half begins Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 4.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 4.

45:00 +1:44

Offside, Alfreton Town. Darran Kempson tries a through ball, but Darran Kempson is caught offside.

45:00 +0:47

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

45:00 +0:47

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

44:58

Corner, Luton Town.

42:32

Offside, Alfreton Town. Danny Meadows tries a through ball, but Danny Meadows is caught offside.

41:19 Booking

Booking Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:13

Foul by Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town).

41:13

Steve McNulty (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

37:53

Foul by Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town).

37:53

Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

34:51

Attempt missed. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ron Henry with a cross.

34:19

Foul by Danny Meadows (Alfreton Town).

34:19

Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

33:10 Booking

Booking Michael Wylde (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:52

Foul by Michael Wylde (Alfreton Town).

32:52

Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

31:44

Attempt missed. Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John McGrath with a cross.

31:13

Foul by Ron Henry (Luton Town).

31:13

Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

29:41

Corner, Luton Town.

29:01

Corner, Luton Town.

28:35

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Luke Guttridge with a cross.

27:33

Foul by Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town).

27:33

Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

26:02

Corner, Luton Town.

25:28

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

22:58

Attempt saved. Danny Meadows (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

21:15

Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

21:15

Danny Meadows (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

19:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Darran Kempson replaces Alistair Taylor.

19:30

Attempt missed. Alistair Taylor (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

19:04

Foul by Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town).

19:04

John McGrath (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

17:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 4. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andre Gray.

16:37

Attempt missed. John McGrath (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

15:45

Foul by Andre Gray (Luton Town).

15:45

Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

13:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 3. Andre Gray (Luton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Benson with a cross.

12:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 2. Paul Benson (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Guttridge.

10:59

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

10:59

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

9:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 1. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Guttridge.

7:29

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

7:29

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

6:25

Attempt missed. Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

5:45

Foul by Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town).

5:45

Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

5:09

Attempt missed. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andre Gray with a cross.

4:28

Attempt missed. Paul Benson (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ron Henry with a cross.

1:45

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

1:06

Attempt missed. Alistair Taylor (Alfreton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Meadows with a cross.

0:28

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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