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Match preview Vs Luton Town


Date: 10-10-09gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs
It's been a few years since we last played Luton Town and on both occasions the game did not pan out to our satisfaction.  The first game was supposed to be played in the Autumn of 2001 but a suspiciously suspicious flu bug decimated the entire (well something like five) thirty strong Luton squad and the game was called off.

Stuart Brock When it was finally played in the January of the following year our previous decent form had gone and Luton's had improved.  In the end the game was an embarrassment to us and goalkeeper Stuart Brock when the visitors put four goals past him including three that he actually got hold of, let fall from his grasp and into the net.

We made our way across to Bedfordshire just over two months later and this time managed to keep the score down to a single goal but again bad luck hit Stuart when he handled outside the area and got sent off.

Thankfully we never played them again because that year Luton got promoted and eventually climbed into the Championship.  That didn't last and a few years later they were relegated and plummeted through the Leagues mainly due to a strange habit of picking up points deductions through bad financial management.  Eventually relegation to the Blue Square Premier came about and they started the season as favourites, as all newly relegated clubs do, but have failed to deliver convincingly and look destined to stay around for a couple of years minimum.

Their promotion cause wasn't helped in the slightest when the other week, following a home defeat against local rivals Stevenage Borough, the manager Mick Harford was sacked (why has he never been called Michael Harford?)  Now the rumour mill is running strong and new names are being thrown into the ring with Kettering's Mark Cooper being the favourite.

We seem not to have any injuries for the game tomorrow but Luton have a few.  Liam Hatch (ankle), Kevin Gallen( shoulder), Lewis Emanuel (bruised toe) and Keith Keane (knee) are all doubtful but they could be welcoming the former Rushden and Oxford wideman, Andy Burgess, back from an injury to his Hamstring.  Following our two wins in a row, at home to Wrexham and away at AFC Wimbledon last Saturday, we'll be looking to add a third win to our run and whether Mark Yates decides to go with the same team that played at Wimbledon or if he'll bring Gavin Caines back into the starting eleven.

There should be a good crowd at Aggborough for the visit of this 'massive in their eyes' club and we should be well equipped to bring them down a peg or two.

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Harriers from:
Coleman, Singh, Baker, Riley, Courtney, Sharpe, Farrell, Finnigan, Knights, Hadley, McDermott, McPhee, Bennett, Hayward, Caines, Costello, Barnes-Homer, Smikle, Dolman, Matthews.

Luton from:
Tyler, Gore, Asafu-Adjaye, Emanuel, Keane, White, Pilkington, Newton, Nicholls, Hatch, Craddock, Burgess, Blackett, Hall, Howells, Jarvis, Charles, Gnakpa, Basham, Gallen, Reynolds, Murray, Wright, Watkins, Patrick.

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Previous games against Luton Town
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2001 - 02
1 - 4
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