National League
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Luton Town 3-0 Alfreton Town

Paul Benson

Luton Town kept their lead at the top of the Conference Premier table with a stylish victory over play off-chasing Alfreton Town.

Luke Guttridge fired Luton ahead from 12 yards midway through the first half after his initial shot was blocked.

It was 2-0 soon after when Scott Griffiths crossed for Andre Gray to tap in his 25th goal of the season.

Alfreton could not find a response and were punished when Paul Benson fired home from close range late on.

The win means Luton stay 14 points clear at the top of the table whilst Alfreton stay in fourth.

The Hatters have now scored 20 goals and kept clean sheets in their last four games.

Luton manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Luton Town boss John Still on Alfreton win

"They worked their socks off to frustrate us, but to be honest they didn't frustrate us. We just kept going, we waited for an opening and scored a goal. From that minute on I'm not sure I felt we'd get beaten then.

"It was a hard, difficult game where we had to dig in and grind out a result. And that's the pleasing thing for me, because when we play open and free we've shown we can score and win, but we've also shown away at Macclesfield we can battle and grind one out.

"It's great when you win and score lots of goals. I feel like we're almost doing ourselves an injustice by saying we only scored three. We scored three, that's fantastic.

"They man marked him [Luke Gutteridge] so we kept switching him and I think by doing that that helped him create a little bit of space arriving into an area where the marker doesn't know where he's going to be. I was pleased with that tactically and once we scored I felt they would have to push another person forward to get back in the game."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 11Howells
  • 25Henry
  • 5McNulty
  • 12Griffiths
  • 43Ruddock Mpanzu
  • 2Franks
  • 19McGeehanSubstituted forRobinsonat 64'minutes
  • 21GuttridgeSubstituted forLawlessat 68'minutes
  • 26BensonSubstituted forShawat 88'minutes
  • 27Gray

Substitutes

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

Alfreton

  • 15Worsnop
  • 10Bradley
  • 3Franklin
  • 7Law
  • 5Wylde
  • 16Fenton
  • 2WoodSubstituted forAkindeat 76'minutes
  • 25Jones
  • 8ShawBooked at 87mins
  • 23PokuBooked at 77mins
  • 24Harrad

Substitutes

  • 12Meadows
  • 9Clayton
  • 20McFadzean
  • 6Kempson
  • 18Akinde
Referee:
Peter Banks
Attendance:
8,412

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamAlfreton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 3, Alfreton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Alfreton Town 0.

Foul by Nick Fenton (Alfreton Town).

Jon Shaw (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jon Shaw (Luton Town).

Nick Fenton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Luton Town.

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

Corner, Luton Town.

Offside, Alfreton Town. Shaun Harrad tries a through ball, but Shaun Harrad is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Matt Robinson (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jon Shaw replaces Paul Benson.

Booking

Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town).

Jake Howells (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Goal!

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

Attempt missed. Steve McNulty (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Luton Town.

Corner, Luton Town.

Corner, Alfreton Town.

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

Attempt missed. Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

Alex Lawless (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. John Akinde replaces Bradley Wood.

Foul by Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town).

Mark Tyler (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Alfreton Town.

Andre Gray (Luton Town) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt saved. Andrai Jones (Alfreton Town) header from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Josh Law with a cross.

Foul by Ron Henry (Luton Town).

Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Alex Lawless replaces Luke Guttridge because of an injury.

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

Paul Benson (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Paul Benson (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Matt Robinson replaces Cameron McGeehan.

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