National League
LutonLuton Town3ChesterChester0
Andre Gray

Andre Gray struck his 26th goal of the season to help Luton Town get back to winning ways as they comfortably overcame struggling Chester.

In a heated first half, Paul Benson and Ron Henry came closest to breaking the deadlock for the home side.

Matt Robinson put Luton ahead after his cross beat Chester goalkeeper Aaron Chapman and went into the top corner.

Chester found it difficult to counter and the hosts snatched three points when Gray and Paul Benson fired home.

Luton now go 14 points clear at the top of the Conference Premier, while Chester are two points clear of the relegation zone.

Luton Town boss John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We've come to the stage of the season where everybody has something to play for. We knew they'd be resolute, strong and slow the game down and not allow the game to get a tempo, which frustrated us if I'm honest.

"Second half, we got a fortunate goal. Not just a fortunate goal, I just think we upped our tempo in the second half, and I think a goal was always possible.

"As I always say, the harder you work, the luckier you get - we worked hard, and got a little bit of luck.

"The other night we played, we got beat [1-0 against Woking], did we deserve to win? No we didn't. I had no complaints about being beat. Today we deserved to win the game."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 43Ruddock MpanzuSubstituted forRooneyat 81'minutes
  • 11HowellsSubstituted forCullenat 62'minutes
  • 25Henry
  • 5McNulty
  • 2Franks
  • 12Griffiths
  • 14ParrySubstituted forRobinsonat 67'minutes
  • 7LawlessBooked at 79mins
  • 26Benson
  • 27GrayBooked at 43mins

Substitutes

  • 13Cullen
  • 23Robinson
  • 15Rooney
  • 16Justham
  • 9Shaw

Chester

  • 31Chapman
  • 3HeathBooked at 22mins
  • 12Turner
  • 2KayBooked at 24mins
  • 5Linwood
  • 8Jarrett
  • 24RooneyBooked at 29mins
  • 34MenaghBooked at 33mins
  • 15Turner
  • 16BondBooked at 33mins
  • 7Hobson

Substitutes

  • 35Blake
  • 26Carlton
  • 1Danby
  • 23Peers
  • 11Lindfield
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
8,475

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamChester
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 3, Chester FC 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Chester FC 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Luton Town 3, Chester FC 0. Paul Benson (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ron Henry with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

  5. Post update

    Matt Robinson (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

  7. Post update

    Alex Lawless (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

  9. Post update

    Paul Benson (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Luton Town 2, Chester FC 0. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Cullen.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Rooney replaces Pelly Ruddock.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box.

  13. Booking

    Alex Lawless (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).

  15. Post update

    Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Andre Gray tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andrew Bond (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Heath with a cross.