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Luton Town 0-1 Colchester United

A late goal from Craig Slater earned Colchester United an unexpected win at promotion-chasing Luton.

The midfielder struck with six minutes to go, producing an astute finish from 18 yards when a corner was cleared to settle an encounter that was low in quality.

United went close early on, Tom Lapslie's deflected shot claimed by Christian Walton, with Owen Garvan's wonderful volley inches wide.

Danny Hylton's 10th-minute effort was easy for Sam Walker, while Colchester almost broke the deadlock only for Denny Johnstone to scuff straight at Walton.

In the second period Hylton fluffed a great chance as he failed to get enough power on his attempt after Frankie Kent made a mess of dealing with a hopeful ball forward.

Garvan then completely missed his kick when well placed while Alex Gilliead's effort straight at Walker and Johnstone not far away either.

Johnny Mullins missed a golden chance, blazing woefully over from inside the box with 20 minutes to go, before Colchester won it late on thanks to Slater.

Hylton looked to have had his shirt pulled as he tried to net a late leveller, but Kurtis Guthrie could have made the outcome even more comfortable, denied by some valiant James Justin defending.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Walton
  • 16Rea
  • 6Cuthbert
  • 5Mullins
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 8McGeehan
  • 19LeeSubstituted forCookat 87'minutes
  • 36JustinBooked at 80mins
  • 15GillieadSubstituted forRuddockat 81'minutes
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forVassellat 66'minutes
  • 9HyltonBooked at 23mins

Substitutes

  • 4Smith
  • 7Gray
  • 10Cook
  • 17Ruddock
  • 20Vassell
  • 21Senior
  • 42Gooch

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 6Kent
  • 18EastmanBooked at 60mins
  • 15ElokobiBooked at 23mins
  • 2BrindleySubstituted forVincent-Youngat 90'minutes
  • 4Lapslie
  • 24SlaterSubstituted forWrightat 88'minutes
  • 22GarvanBooked at 69mins
  • 11Dickenson
  • 28Guthrie
  • 17JohnstoneSubstituted forPorterat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 9Porter
  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 14Wynter
  • 25Barnes
  • 30Doyley
  • 31Fosu-Henry
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
9,164

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 0, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 0, Colchester United 1.

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Kane Vincent-Young replaces Richard Brindley.

Foul by Danny Hylton (Luton Town).

Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Craig Slater.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jordan Cook replaces Olly Lee.

Scott Cuthbert (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Stephen O'Donnell (Luton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 0, Colchester United 1. Craig Slater (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by John Mullins.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Chris Porter replaces Denny Johnstone.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Pelly Ruddock replaces Alex Gilliead.

Attempt missed. Richard Brindley (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

James Justin (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Justin (Luton Town).

Richard Brindley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Alex Gilliead (Luton Town).

Richard Brindley (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

Foul by John Mullins (Luton Town).

Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Brennan Dickenson.

Attempt missed. John Mullins (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Booking

Owen Garvan (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by George Elokobi.

Attempt blocked. Craig Slater (Colchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Isaac Vassell replaces Jack Marriott.

Foul by Danny Hylton (Luton Town).

Richard Brindley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Attempt blocked. Jack Marriott (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Booking

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

James Justin (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster22143544301445
2Plymouth22143535241145
3Carlisle221110141261543
4Portsmouth22115636221438
5Luton2298531201135
6Wycombe2210572925435
7Cambridge2210483025534
8Blackpool2296736241233
9Barnet228953130133
10Colchester228683027330
11Stevenage2293103334-130
12Grimsby228592927229
13Yeovil228592526-129
14Crawley228592836-829
15Exeter2283112526-127
16Crewe226972430-627
17Mansfield226882128-726
18Morecambe2182112538-1326
19Leyton Orient2273122529-424
20Hartlepool225892838-1023
21Notts County2264122537-1222
22Accrington2256112029-921
23Cheltenham224992434-1021
24Newport2145122535-1017
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