Luton came from a goal down against Cambridge to move up to second place in the Blue Square Bet Premier table.

Ricky Wellard opened the scoring for the visitors with a well-struck drive into the top corner from the edge of the area.

But the Hatters were soon level through Janos Kovacs's brave header, and Andre Gray's cool finish made it 2-1.

Dean Beckwith added his side's third with a curling effort, while Rory McAuley pulled one back with his head.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Luton manager Paul Buckle told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We were made to work for it, but overall I'm absolutely thrilled.

"I thought the performance levels were excellent and 3-2 wasn't really a fair reflection of the game.

"We fell behind to a wonderful strike but the good thing for me was that we didn't panic, we got back into it, our set-plays looked very good and dangerous, and second half, it was all Luton.

"When we got 3-1 up, it could have been four or five because we really were on the front foot but when we conceded from a set-play, we had to be strong and resilient to see us over the line."

Cambridge United boss Jez George told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"You've got to make a team like Luton work harder for their goals - two set-plays and a mistake when we've given the ball away in a bad position.

"We're frustrated and disappointed with how we've given the goals away when we got off to such a good start.

"But give credit to them, they're relentless, they keeping putting the ball in good areas, they've got great pace up front with Fleetwood and Gray and it's a good lesson for us to learn, that you've got to set a tempo and keep on at that tempo for as long as it takes to win the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Luton

  • 01 Tyler
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 03 Taylor Booked
  • 05 Beckwith
  • 06 Kovacs Booked
  • 11 Howells
  • 07 Lawless
  • 17 O'Donnell
  • 10 Rendell (Essam - 86' )
  • 13 Fleetwood (Woolley - 90' )
  • 27 Gray

Substitutes

  • 33 Brill
  • 24 Essam
  • 15 Watkins
  • 18 Kasim
  • 28 Woolley

Cambridge Utd

  • 01 Hedge
  • 03 Jennings
  • 04 Coulson
  • 05 Wylde
  • 12 McAuley
  • 08 Wellard
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 18 Berry (Moke - 63' )
  • 22 Willmott (Gibson - 74' )
  • 10 Elliott
  • 17 Hughes

Substitutes

  • 14 Garner
  • 06 Shaw
  • 07 Gibson
  • 21 Moke
  • 28 Smith
Ref: Barratt
Att: 6,592

Match Stats

Shots

8 3

On target

5 3

Corners

10 5

Fouls

13 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:58 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:46 Substitution

Substitution Jake Woolley on for Stuart Fleetwood.

87:40

James Jennings provided the assist for the goal.

87:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Rory McAuley - Luton 3 - 2 Cambridge Rory McAuley grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Luton 3-2 Cambridge Utd.

87:11

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by James Jennings,

86:44

Outswinging corner taken by James Jennings.

85:03 Substitution

Substitution Scott Rendell goes off and Connor Essam comes on.

85:03

The referee blows for offside against Tom Elliott. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

83:47

Jake Howells takes a shot. Brilliant save by Jonathan Hedge.

81:58

Greg Taylor is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by James Jennings.

80:57

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andre Gray. Indirect free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

78:22

Josh Coulson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Rendell. Stuart Fleetwood takes the free kick.

77:56

Andre Gray fouled by Rossi Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

77:03

Outswinging corner taken by James Jennings.

75:56

Foul by Janos Kovacs on Liam Hughes, free kick awarded. Billy Gibson takes the indirect free kick.

73:49 Substitution

Substitution Billy Gibson replaces Robbie Willmott.

73:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Jennings by Stuart Fleetwood. Free kick taken by James Jennings.

72:23

Corner crossed in by James Jennings.

70:38

Robbie Willmott challenges Greg Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Janos Kovacs.

69:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Elliott. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

65:55

Corner taken left-footed by Jake Howells from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hedge by Dean Beckwith. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

63:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Janos Kovacs on Tom Elliott. James Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

63:52 Booking

Booking Janos Kovacs receives a yellow card.

63:30

Andre Gray takes a shot. Save by Jonathan Hedge.

62:47 Substitution

Substitution Adriano Moke joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Berry.

62:03

Corner taken by Jake Howells from the right by-line, Josh Coulson manages to make a clearance.

60:19

The assist for the goal came from Andre Gray.

60:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Dean Beckwith - Luton 3 - 1 Cambridge Dean Beckwith finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Luton 3-1 Cambridge Utd.

58:28

Andre Gray takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Fleetwood from the left by-line, Jonathan Hedge makes a save.

55:37

JJ O'Donnell fouled by Ricky Wellard, the ref awards a free kick. Janos Kovacs takes the indirect free kick.

55:11

Unfair challenge on James Jennings by Andre Gray results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

52:04

JJ O'Donnell provided the assist for the goal. Tom Elliott challenges Janos Kovacs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

52:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Andre Gray - Luton 2 - 1 Cambridge Andre Gray grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Luton 2-1 Cambridge Utd.

50:57

Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Fleetwood, save by Jonathan Hedge.

49:28

Liam Hughes takes a shot. Save made by Mark Tyler.

48:41

Andre Gray crosses the ball, Josh Coulson makes a clearance.

47:52

Robbie Willmott produces a cross, Dean Beckwith manages to make a clearance.

45:28

Andre Gray crosses the ball.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +3:19 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:29

Unfair challenge on Rory McAuley by Stuart Fleetwood results in a free kick. Rossi Jarvis takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:06

Centre by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, Josh Coulson manages to make a clearance. Jake Howells has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

43:37

Dean Beckwith concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Elliott. Rossi Jarvis takes the indirect free kick.

42:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Berry on Dean Beckwith. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

38:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Howells on Tom Elliott. Indirect free kick taken by James Jennings.

35:54

Greg Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Willmott. Free kick taken by James Jennings.

35:54 Booking

Booking Caution for Greg Taylor.

32:51

Corner taken left-footed by Jake Howells from the left by-line, Tom Elliott makes a clearance.

32:26

Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Fleetwood, clearance by Jonathan Hedge.

31:47

Inswinging corner taken by Jake Howells, clearance made by Michael Wylde.

30:53

Tom Elliott challenges Janos Kovacs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Janos Kovacs.

28:24

Foul by Tom Elliott on Janos Kovacs, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Greg Taylor.

27:20

The assistant referee signals for offside against Robbie Willmott. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

24:06

Stuart Fleetwood is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

21:55

Unfair challenge on Rossi Jarvis by Jake Howells results in a free kick. Rory McAuley takes the indirect free kick.

20:10

The referee blows for offside. Jonathan Hedge takes the free kick.

18:44

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Fleetwood played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Wylde.

17:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Janos Kovacs - Luton 1 - 1 Cambridge Janos Kovacs finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Luton 1-1 Cambridge Utd.

15:49

Corner taken by Stuart Fleetwood,

15:15

Corner taken left-footed by Jake Howells to the near post.

12:13

Assist by Robbie Willmott.

12:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Ricky Wellard - Luton 0 - 1 Cambridge Ricky Wellard gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Luton 0-1 Cambridge Utd.

11:31

Corner taken by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line,

11:16

A cross is delivered by Ricky Wellard.

9:48

The ball is delivered by Stuart Fleetwood, Jonathan Hedge manages to make a clearance.

7:50

The referee gives a free kick against Jake Howells for handball. James Jennings takes the indirect free kick.

5:52

Scott Rendell concedes a free kick for a foul on James Jennings. Jonathan Hedge takes the indirect free kick.

5:01

Jake Howells produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

4:12

Alex Lawless concedes a free kick for a foul on Rossi Jarvis. James Jennings takes the indirect free kick.

1:51

Dean Beckwith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Hughes. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Rossi Jarvis, Scott Rendell manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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