Jon Shaw scored a hat-trick as Luton thumped Barrow to move into the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places.

Luton, who produced an FA Cup shock at the weekend by beating Wolves, went ahead through Scott Neilson's rebound.

Janos Kovacs' free header made it 2-0 and Shaw scored his sixth goal of the season off the inside of the post.

Shaw completed his hat-trick with a close-range finish and a header, Adam Boyes scored for Barrow, while Andre Gray broke free for Luton's sixth.

The Hatters, who have three games in hand, are eight points behind leaders Wrexham, who won at Alfreton, while Barrow are five points adrift of safety.

Luton's explosive start came about after Gray's powerful shot rebounded off the crossbar and Neilson, making his first start at Kenilworth Road, scored the game's opening goal after only 82 seconds.

After a spell where Barrow held their own, Kovacs and Shaw scored within two minutes of each other to stretch the lead to 3-0 at half-time. Kovacs' header was fumbled into the net by Barrow keeper Danny Hurst.

Greg Taylor provided the assist on Shaw's second and third goals after the break, before Boyes was set up by Matthew Flynn as Barrow scored from their first shot on target.

Gray was sent free by Alex Lawless for his 10th goal of the season to complete the scoring.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Luton Town manager Paul Buckle told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Shaw hat-trick was brilliant - Buckle

"Our tempo and our pass and move to get into the final third was so quick.

"Greg's (Taylor) delivery was exceptional - he can really whip a ball in.

"Jon [Shaw] knew he was going to deliver it and for him to get a hat-trick was brilliant, as all our strikers are now up and running. He's not going to be dropped on this form."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Luton

  • 01 Tyler
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 03 Taylor
  • 06 Kovacs
  • 25 Henry
  • 07 Lawless
  • 14 Mendy
  • 20 Neilson
  • 24 Smith Booked (Howells - 67' )
  • 09 Shaw (Rendell - 73' )
  • 27 Gray (Fleetwood - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Brill
  • 11 Howells
  • 12 Ainge
  • 10 Rendell
  • 13 Fleetwood

Barrow

  • 01 Hurst
  • 02 Flynn Booked
  • 04 Hessey
  • 03 Skelton
  • 05 Pearson
  • 07 Rutherford
  • 11 Rowe
  • 14 Harvey
  • 22 McConville
  • 09 Boyes
  • 15 Hunter (Owen - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Pearson
  • 06 Owen
Ref: Hopkins
Att: 5,165

Match Stats

Shots

17 5

On target

12 3

Corners

2 3

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:16 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:22

Inswinging corner taken by Jake Howells, Janos Kovacs takes a shot. Save made by Danny Hurst.

90:00 +0:58

Stuart Fleetwood takes a shot. Save made by Danny Hurst.

88:28

Greg Taylor takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

86:15

Sean McConville fouled by Alex Lawless, the ref awards a free kick. Sean McConville takes the free kick.

85:03

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sean McConville played to the near post, James Owen has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

84:50

Short corner taken by Sean McConville from the left by-line.

84:01

Outswinging corner taken by Sean McConville from the right by-line played to the near post.

81:48

Paul Rutherford produces a cross, clearance by Janos Kovacs.

81:29

Stuart Fleetwood is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sean Hessey restarts play with the free kick.

78:32

The official flags Stuart Fleetwood offside. Sean Hessey restarts play with the free kick.

74:49 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Fleetwood on for Andre Gray.

74:11

Andre Gray is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

73:52

Matthew Flynn challenges Greg Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

72:53 Substitution

Substitution Scott Rendell on for Jon Shaw.

71:27

The assist for the goal came from Alex Lawless.

71:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Andre Gray - Luton 6 - 1 Barrow Andre Gray gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Luton 6-1 Barrow.

69:52

Jake Howells delivers the ball.

69:05 Substitution

Substitution James Owen is brought on as a substitute for Garry Hunter.

67:24

Assist by Matthew Flynn.

67:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Boyes - Luton 5 - 1 Barrow Adam Boyes gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Luton 5-1 Barrow.

67:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rowe by Greg Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Sean Hessey.

66:25 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Smith goes off and Jake Howells comes on.

65:58

Scott Neilson takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

63:46

The assist for the goal came from Greg Taylor.

63:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon Shaw - Luton 5 - 0 Barrow Jon Shaw finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Luton 5-0 Barrow.

63:42

The ball is swung over by Greg Taylor,

58:55

Assist on the goal came from Greg Taylor.

58:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon Shaw - Luton 4 - 0 Barrow Jon Shaw scores a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Luton 4-0 Barrow.

56:58

Andre Gray takes a shot. Save made by Danny Hurst.

55:03

Gavin Skelton concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Lawless. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Alex Lawless.

53:23

Garry Hunter concedes a free kick for a foul on Janos Kovacs. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

52:15

Jon Shaw challenges Mike Pearson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Hessey restarts play with the free kick.

50:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Shaw by Sean Hessey. Arnaud Mendy restarts play with the free kick.

50:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lathaniel Rowe-Turner by Adam Boyes. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

45:27

Arnaud Mendy concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rowe. Free kick taken by Alex-Ray Harvey.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:58 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

43:04

Paul Rutherford crosses the ball, clearance made by Greg Taylor.

41:55

Effort from the edge of the area by Alex Lawless goes wide of the right-hand post.

40:51

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex Lawless played to the near post, Unfair challenge on Danny Hurst by Janos Kovacs results in a free kick. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

40:31

Alex Lawless has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Danny Hurst makes a save.

39:26

Andre Gray takes a shot. Save by Danny Hurst.

39:03

Sean McConville produces a cross, Mark Tyler makes a save.

35:18

Foul by Jon Shaw on Danny Hurst, free kick awarded. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

33:53

Jon Shaw fouled by Matthew Flynn, the ref awards a free kick. Greg Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

32:01

Effort from the edge of the box by Adam Boyes goes wide of the left-hand upright.

29:57

Sean Hessey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Shaw. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Alex Lawless from right wing, save by Danny Hurst.

28:31

Assist by Andre Gray.

28:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon Shaw - Luton 3 - 0 Barrow Jon Shaw scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Luton 3-0 Barrow.

28:28

A cross is delivered by Andre Gray,

26:42

Assist by Alex Lawless.

26:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Janos Kovacs - Luton 2 - 0 Barrow Janos Kovacs finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Luton 2-0 Barrow.

26:09

Matthew Flynn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Neilson. The ball is delivered by Alex Lawless,

25:11

Shot by Greg Taylor from just outside the area goes over the net.

23:54

Gavin Skelton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Smith. Direct free kick taken by Ronnie Henry.

21:11

Sean Hessey restarts play with the free kick.

21:11 Booking

Booking Jonathan Smith is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

20:47

Foul by Jonathan Smith on Alex-Ray Harvey, free kick awarded.

20:00

Jon Shaw is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Danny Hurst takes the indirect free kick.

18:40

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

16:15

Alex Lawless restarts play with the free kick.

16:15 Booking

Booking Matthew Flynn shown a yellow card.

15:55

Matthew Flynn concedes a free kick for a foul on Andre Gray.

15:14

Foul by Scott Neilson on Sean McConville, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

14:06

Garry Hunter takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler.

12:47

Unfair challenge on Sean McConville by Jonathan Smith results in a free kick. Sean Hessey fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Jonathan Smith.

8:51

Scott Neilson fouled by Mike Pearson, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Lawless has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Danny Hurst.

6:51

Danny Rowe fouled by Jonathan Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

1:46

Assist on the goal came from Andre Gray.

1:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Neilson - Luton 1 - 0 Barrow Scott Neilson gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Luton 1-0 Barrow.

1:16

Andre Gray has an effort at goal from the edge of the area hitting the post.

0:12

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andre Gray. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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