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Braintree Town 1-2 Luton Town

Paul Benson

Paul Benson scored one goal and made another as Luton moved to second in the table by winning at Braintree.

Benson opened the scoring by tapping home a rebound after Andy Parry's shot had been cleared off the line.

Andre Gray, who had been involved in the first goal, came close just before Benson set up Parry for the second.

Dan Holman immediately pulled one back with a deflected shot from the edge of the area but Luton held on in their fifth consecutive away match.

The Hatters play their sixth successive game away from Kenilworth Road when they visit Chester this Saturday.

They move a point above third-placed Kidderminster in the table while Braintree are one point outside the play-off zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Luton Town manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The conditions were not good for both teams. The first half we were not in too much danger.

"We're 2-0 up and I thought, 'yeah, we're looking strong'.

"They get a deflection and it changes the pattern of the game a bit and we lose two experienced players in Steve McNulty and Paul Benson.

"The boys had to stand up and they did and they showed the will to win. When we needed a bit of help the supporters got behind us.

"I would put that down as one of our best all-round performances of the season."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 20Hamann
  • 19Wells
  • 5Paine
  • 14Carney
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forDaleyat 61'minutes
  • 4Isaac
  • 26MulleySubstituted forEnver-Marumat 84'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 9Marks
  • 2Peters
  • 22CoxSubstituted forHolmanat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Holman
  • 21Griffiths
  • 12Daley
  • 1McDonald
  • 18Enver-Marum

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 25Henry
  • 5McNultySubstituted forStevensonat 62'minutes
  • 11Howells
  • 12Griffiths
  • 30Lacey
  • 14ParryBooked at 66mins
  • 4Smith
  • 7Lawless
  • 27Gray
  • 26BensonSubstituted forCullenat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Cullen
  • 22Whalley
  • 16Justham
  • 21Guttridge
  • 28Stevenson
Referee:
Justin Amey
Attendance:
1,518

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home3
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Luton Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Luton Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Daley (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dean Wells (Braintree Town) header from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chez Isaac.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Braintree Town.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Liam Enver-Marum replaces James Mulley.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alex Lacey (Luton Town).

  10. Post update

    Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

  12. Post update

    Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

  14. Post update

    Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Luke Daley with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Braintree Town.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Mark Cullen tries a through ball, but Mark Cullen is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Mark Cullen replaces Paul Benson.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Braintree Town 1, Luton Town 2. Dan Holman (Braintree Town).

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