National League
Luton3Southport0

Luton Town 3-0 Southport

Steve McNulty

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.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Luton boss John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Media playback is not supported on this device

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:

Media playback is not supported on this device

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."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 14Parry
  • 30LaceySubstituted forRobinsonat 37'minutes
  • 5McNulty
  • 25Henry
  • 12Griffiths
  • 7LawlessSubstituted forWhalleyat 77'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 21GuttridgeBooked at 45mins
  • 26Benson
  • 27GraySubstituted forCullenat 86'minutes

Substitutes

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

Southport

  • 1Hurst
  • 20Fitzpatrick
  • 2Smith
  • 5Flynn
  • 4Akrigg
  • 28LoganBooked at 62minsSubstituted forOsaweat 63'minutes
  • 8Milligan
  • 26Irie-Bi
  • 7HandBooked at 15mins
  • 25BrodieBooked at 21mins
  • 27AbadakiSubstituted forHattersleyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Hattersley
  • 21Osawe
  • 29Mason
  • 14Rutherford
  • 3Willis
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
6,057

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home23
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 3, Southport 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Southport 0.

Corner, Luton Town.

Hand ball by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Mark Cullen replaces Andre Gray.

Corner, Luton Town.

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

Corner, Luton Town.

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

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

Richard Brodie (Southport) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Brice Irie-Bi (Southport).

Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Shaun Whalley replaces Alex Lawless.

Foul by James Smith (Southport).

Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

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.

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

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

Corner, Luton Town.

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

Foul by Matthew Flynn (Southport).

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Hand ball by Andre Gray (Luton Town).

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.

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

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

Foul by Jamie Hand (Southport).

Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Danny Hattersley replaces Godwin Abadaki.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Osayamen Osawe replaces Joel Logan.

Booking

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

goal

Top Stories