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Luton Town 7-0 Hereford United

Luton Town striker Andre Gray grabbed a hat-trick as the Conference Premier leaders thrashed Hereford United.

Gray's close-range finish put the Hatters ahead and the home side were rampant after the break.

Paul Benson's near-post header made it 2-0 and Jake Howells scored a penalty after Kingsley James tripped Benson.

Pelly Ruddock curled in a fourth, Gray made it 5-0 from 18 yards and got his third from Alex Lawless's cross before substitute Jon Shaw finished the rout.

It was Luton's 10th win in their last 11 games and stretched their unbeaten run to 22 matches and their lead at the top of the table to nine points.

Meanwhile, the result was not only Hereford's heaviest loss of the season but their worst league defeat in 50 years.

It outstripped the 7-1 Division Three battering at Mansfield on Boxing Day 1994, matching the 7-0 Southern League humiliation against Hastings United in the 1963-64 season.

The Bulls were also beaten 7-0 by Division One side Middlesbrough in a League Cup second-round first-leg tie in 1996.

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Luton Town boss John Still on Hereford win

Luton Town manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"If we're successful this year, it won't be me, or the players, or the supporters, or the ground staff, or the directors. It will be everybody.

"The wind was swirling. It was difficult to move the ball if I'm being honest. But we felt if we got to the second half without being too badly damaged, we could play our pass-and-move football - and we did.

"I thought at half time we'd be okay, because the conditions going that way were much easier for us."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 25Henry
  • 12Griffiths
  • 2Franks
  • 11HowellsSubstituted forLawlessat 76'minutes
  • 43Ruddock Mpanzu
  • 5McNulty
  • 21GuttridgeBooked at 39mins
  • 19McGeehanBooked at 37minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 69'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 27Gray
  • 26BensonSubstituted forShawat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Charles
  • 23Robinson
  • 7Lawless
  • 16Justham
  • 9Shaw

Hereford

  • 21Lloyd-Weston
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 6Graham
  • 5McDonald
  • 3BushBooked at 54minsSubstituted forCollinsat 70'minutes
  • 22Edge
  • 4JamesBooked at 43minsSubstituted forPurdieat 59'minutes
  • 17Brown
  • 15Rankine
  • 10SharpSubstituted forSmithat 62'minutes
  • 9Walker

Substitutes

  • 30Williams
  • 1Evans
  • 12Collins
  • 7Purdie
  • 11Smith
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
7,111

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamHereford
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home21
Away6
Shots on Target
Home12
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 7, Hereford United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 7, Hereford United 0.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 7, Hereford United 0. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Robinson.
Attempt saved. Matt Robinson (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Foul by Jonathan Brown (Hereford United).
Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Jamie Edge (Hereford United).
Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Offside, Hereford United. Michael Rankine tries a through ball, but Michael Rankine is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 6, Hereford United 0. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Lawless with a cross.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dan Walker.
Corner, Hereford United.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jon Shaw replaces Paul Benson.
Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Robert Purdie with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Alex Lawless replaces Jake Howells.
Foul by Rod McDonald (Hereford United).
Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Matt Robinson (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Matt Robinson (Luton Town).
Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Fraser Franks (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Jake Howells.
Corner, Luton Town.
Corner, Hereford United.

Substitution

Substitution, Hereford United. Dominic Collins replaces Chris Bush.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Matt Robinson replaces Cameron McGeehan.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 5, Hereford United 0. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Guttridge.
Foul by Sam Smith (Hereford United).
Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt blocked. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United).
Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Hereford United. Sam Smith replaces Chris Sharp.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 4, Hereford United 0. Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Benson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hereford United. Robert Purdie replaces Kingsley James.
Attempt missed. Kingsley James (Hereford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Brown with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Hereford United 0. Jake Howells (Luton Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.
Penalty conceded by Kingsley James (Hereford United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Luton Town. Pelly Ruddock draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Chris Bush (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Chris Bush (Hereford United).
Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town).
Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 2, Hereford United 0. Paul Benson (Luton Town) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron McGeehan with a headed pass.
Corner, Luton Town.
Foul by Kingsley James (Hereford United).
Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Paul Benson (Luton Town) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jake Howells.
Corner, Luton Town.
Attempt blocked. Jake Howells (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Second Half

Second Half begins Luton Town 1, Hereford United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Luton Town 1, Hereford United 0.
Attempt missed. Paul Benson (Luton Town) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Guttridge.
Corner, Luton Town.
Attempt blocked. Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Kingsley James (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Kingsley James (Hereford United).
Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Luton3019924566
2Cambridge2916942657
3Alfreton3218212056
4Nuneaton3315810153
5Gateshead3214810950
6Salisbury3215512-150
7Grimsby2714761549
8Halifax34139121048
9Barnet311399848
10Kidderminster3014412246
11Macclesfield2913511644
12Wrexham3012612642
13Welling3011910442
14Lincoln City3311913-442
15Forest Green27124111340
16Woking3111614-639
17Hereford3110912-839
18Braintree251159838
19Chester3171014-1831
20Southport318716-1931
21Aldershot2911711530
22Tamworth297715-1928
23Dartford317519-2526
24Hyde United331527-588
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