Luton Town 5-1 Gateshead

Blue Square Bet Premier

Jake Howells and Jamie Hand both scored twice as Luton Town thrashed Gateshead at Kenilworth Road to climb to third in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Stuart Fleetwood teed up Howells for the opener after keeper Paul Farman was adjudged to have picked up a back pass.

Howells' low 18-yard shot doubled the Hatters' lead before Aaron O'Connor headed in John Kissock's cross.

Jon Shaw pulled a goal back but substitute Hand sealed victory with a clever finish and a fine volley.

Gateshead drop from second to fifth in the table after their second heavy defeat in three games.

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Luton Town manager Gary Brabin told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It is a fantastic scoreline and a fantastic performance and I believe we are going in the right direction, but we can't get too carried away.

"We are picking up results along the way and we know we can get better. That's a big plus for me.

"Gateshead are a good side. We knew they would be difficult and they started quite brightly. But the lads responded brilliantly and thoroughly deserved the three points."

Gateshead boss Ian Bogie told BBC Newcastle:

"I've got no complaints because the goals we conceded were comical.

"We started brightly, dominated possession, should have taken the lead when we hit the crossbar but then they've taken the lead and you can't believe what you see sometimes - the first goal - the goalkeeper should ultimately kick it, he's given the kick away and they've scored.

"If you come to Luton with an expectant crowd, at 2-0, it's a mountain to climb and second half we never came out, so we're desperately disappointed, it's a mauling."

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