League Two
Luton4Crawley1

Luton Town 4-1 Crawley Town

Luton maintained their six-point lead atop League Two after striker James Collins scored twice in a 4-1 victory over his former club Crawley.

Collins bagged 20 league goals for Crawley last season before moving to Kenilworth Road in the summer and he returned to haunt his old side, who slip to 11th in the standings.

The Hatters made a vibrant start as Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris was forced to deny Harry Cornick and Olly Lee either side of Collins' volley rattling the post.

Lee then opened the scoring in the 28th minute after a swift break from Collins saw him blast over Morris.

Town went on to waste a host of chances, Cornick's effort parried by Morris, Glen Rea's header cleared off the line and Collins' effort flipped over by Morris.

Cornick was denied by a wonderful block from defender Josh Lelan, while Crawley's Jordan Roberts struck the post.

Collins gave Luton a cushion on the stroke of half-time when his header from Lee's corner deflected past the unfortunate Morris.

After the break Crawley went close through Thomas Verheydt and Enzio Boldewijn but Luton increased their advantage in the 56th minute when Luke Berry drilled low past Morris.

Collins added further gloss to the scoreline, sending Morris the wrong way with his 76th-minute penalty, awarded after the striker was felled in the area by Lelan, before Crawley striker Karlan Ahearne-Grant scored a consolation with three minutes left.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Stech
  • 7Stacey
  • 16Rea
  • 44Sheehan
  • 2Justin
  • 8Lee
  • 20DownesBooked at 15mins
  • 18BerryBooked at 80mins
  • 11ShinnieSubstituted forJervisat 83'minutes
  • 14CornickSubstituted forGambinat 90+2'minutes
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 5Mullins
  • 10Cook
  • 15Jervis
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 22Gambin
  • 24D'Ath
  • 36Shea

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 2Young
  • 22Lelan
  • 6Connolly
  • 19Evina
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 8Smith
  • 4PayneBooked at 58mins
  • 9Ahearne-Grant
  • 25RandallSubstituted forVerheydtat 45'minutes
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forDohertyat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Doherty
  • 5McNerney
  • 12Mersin
  • 20Tajbakhsh
  • 21Bulman
  • 23Verheydt
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
8,020

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 4, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 4, Crawley Town 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Gambin replaces Harry Cornick.

Attempt missed. Jake Jervis (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Marek Stech.

Attempt saved. Thomas Verheydt (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 4, Crawley Town 1. Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jimmy Smith.

Jack Stacey (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Thomas Verheydt (Crawley Town).

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Luton Town).

Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jake Jervis replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Jack Stacey (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cedric Evina (Crawley Town).

Booking

Luke Berry (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Berry (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Olly Lee (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 4, Crawley Town 0. James Collins (Luton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Luton Town. James Collins draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Josh Lelan (Crawley Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

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

Foul by Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Olly Lee (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

(Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

James Collins (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town).

James Collins (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Payne (Crawley Town).

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town).

Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton33207672324067
2Accrington32194956371961
3Wycombe32178763461759
4Notts County32169754351957
5Mansfield321511651341756
6Swindon33173135147454
7Lincoln City321411744301453
8Exeter30164104135652
9Coventry32155123627950
10Colchester33131194539650
11Crawley33146133840-248
12Newport321210104143-246
13Carlisle32119124444042
14Cambridge32119123143-1242
15Cheltenham33109144648-239
16Stevenage33109144248-639
17Yeovil32108144550-538
18Grimsby3399152947-1836
19Port Vale3297163546-1134
20Forest Green3295183655-1932
21Morecambe31710142941-1231
22Crewe3293203554-1930
23Chesterfield3276193358-2527
24Barnet3267193048-1825
View full League Two table

Top Stories