Luton's faint hopes of reaching the play-offs were dented after being held to a goalless draw with Tamworth.

Lambs keeper Liam Mitchell proved to be in fine form, preventing the Hatters from taking the lead when he tipped Alex Wall's shot around the post.

And Mitchell was again on hand to keep out Jake Howell's 72nd-minute strike to deny Luton back-to-back league wins for the first time since October.

Darren Byfield came closest for the visitors, but saw his effort saved.

The stalemate left Luton nine points off the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places, with just eight games to go, with Tamworth five points above the drop zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Luton manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We played well but couldn't score. We made the opportunities and if there was a disappointment, it's that we didn't challenge the goalkeeper enough.

"It wasn't easy, but having said that I thought we had four good opportunities to make the goalkeeper save it and we've missed the target.

"I've tried different sorts of (strike) partnerships which I'll keep trying until the end of the season because a partnership doesn't happen overnight.

"I wouldn't say this is the end of our play-off hopes, it's just a touch more difficult."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Luton Town

  • 01 Tyler
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 05 McNulty
  • 11 Howells
  • 12 Ainge
  • 30 Goodman
  • 18 Martin Booked
  • 24 Smith
  • 31 Taiwo
  • 09 Shaw (Rendell - 76' )
  • 26 Wall (Gray - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Brill
  • 25 Henry
  • 23 Robinson
  • 10 Rendell
  • 27 Gray

Tamworth

  • 37 Mitchell
  • 04 Wylde
  • 06 Marshall
  • 15 Courtney
  • 17 Gudger
  • 29 Thorpe (Tait - 36' )
  • 03 Kelly
  • 08 Hendrie
  • 25 Lloyd (Wright - 82' )
  • 07 Cunnington Booked (Perry - 88' )
  • 10 Byfield

Substitutes

  • 01 Wren
  • 02 Tait
  • 28 Hendrie
  • 09 Wright
  • 33 Perry
Ref: Bromley
Att: 5,501

Match Stats

Shots

17 7

On target

9 4

Corners

16 2

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:24 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:13

Inswinging corner taken by Jake Howells, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Simon Ainge misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +1:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Solomon Taiwo by Lee Hendrie. Free kick crossed by David Martin, Marcus Kelly makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:17

David Martin produces a cross, Tom Marshall makes a clearance.

89:13

Shot by Solomon Taiwo from outside the box goes over the target.

88:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jake Howells from the right by-line, clearance made by Tom Marshall.

87:20 Substitution

Substitution (Tamworth) makes a substitution, with Kyle Perry coming on for Adam Cunnington.

85:56

Connor Gudger challenges David Martin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

85:28

David Martin crosses the ball, save by Liam Mitchell.

84:51

Corner from the left by-line taken by Scott Rendell, Liam Mitchell makes a save.

83:25

Centre by Marcus Kelly, clearance made by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner. Corner taken right-footed by Lee Hendrie from the left by-line, Foul by Adam Cunnington on Steve McNulty, free kick awarded. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

81:34 Substitution

Substitution Danny Lloyd leaves the field to be replaced by Tommy Wright.

80:47

Inswinging corner taken by David Martin from the right by-line, Jake Goodman takes a shot. Clearance by Richard Tait.

80:23

The ball is delivered by Jake Howells, Richard Tait makes a clearance.

79:58

Andre Gray takes a shot. Save made by Liam Mitchell.

79:02

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jake Howells from the right by-line, save by Liam Mitchell.

78:27

Corner taken left-footed by Jake Howells from the right by-line, Jake Goodman takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Wylde.

78:17

Jake Howells crosses the ball, save by Liam Mitchell.

77:22

David Martin delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Scott Rendell from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

76:10

Foul by Richard Tait on Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, free kick awarded. David Martin crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Duane Courtney.

75:15 Substitution

Substitution Scott Rendell is brought on as a substitute for Jon Shaw.

73:46

Effort on goal by Solomon Taiwo from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

72:13

Unfair challenge on Jake Howells by Connor Gudger results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jake Howells, clearance by Duane Courtney.

71:57

Jake Howells takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Connor Gudger manages to make a clearance.

71:40

Jake Howells takes a shot. Save by Liam Mitchell.

70:51

Effort on goal by Danny Lloyd from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

70:01

Corner taken by Jake Howells, clearance by Tom Marshall.

69:18

Jon Shaw takes a shot. Save by Liam Mitchell.

68:20

Inswinging corner taken by Marcus Kelly, Jon Shaw manages to make a clearance.

67:45

Jake Howells sends in a cross, Liam Mitchell makes a save.

67:22

The ball is delivered by Adam Cunnington.

66:31

Andre Gray takes a shot. Save made by Liam Mitchell.

65:53

Andre Gray has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

63:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andre Gray. Richard Tait takes the free kick.

62:37

A cross is delivered by David Martin, clearance made by Michael Wylde.

61:58

Darren Byfield takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler.

61:10

The offside flag is raised against Jake Howells. Richard Tait takes the indirect free kick.

60:00

Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

60:00 Substitution

Substitution Andre Gray joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex Wall.

60:00

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner fouled by Duane Courtney, the ref awards a free kick.

57:51

Duane Courtney fouled by Steve McNulty, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Tait.

56:37

Alex Wall challenges Michael Wylde unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Tait takes the direct free kick.

55:44

Effort from inside the area by Jon Shaw misses to the left of the target.

53:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Wall by Adam Cunnington. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner restarts play with the free kick.

52:21

The ball is crossed by Jon Shaw, Alex Wall produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

51:41

The ball is delivered by Adam Cunnington, blocked by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

50:39

Unfair challenge on Connor Gudger by David Martin results in a free kick. Marcus Kelly restarts play with the free kick.

48:35

Danny Lloyd has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

47:29

Centre by Jake Howells, Liam Mitchell makes a save.

46:39

The ball is delivered by Alex Wall.

45:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Wall on Connor Gudger. Tom Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:24

Darren Byfield concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve McNulty. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:37

Jon Shaw is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Liam Mitchell.

44:14

Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

44:14 Booking

Booking Adam Cunnington goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

44:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Cunnington on Jake Goodman.

42:49

Darren Byfield takes a shot. Mark Tyler makes a save.

41:54

Jonathan Smith delivers the ball, clearance made by Duane Courtney.

41:04

Effort on goal by Duane Courtney from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

40:42

The ball is crossed by Adam Cunnington, save made by Mark Tyler.

39:01

Jake Howells fouled by Adam Cunnington, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

37:42

Corner taken left-footed by David Martin to the near post, Tom Marshall manages to make a clearance.

37:25

Alex Wall takes a shot. Save made by Liam Mitchell.

36:15

Darren Byfield produces a cross, Steve McNulty makes a clearance.

35:01 Substitution

Substitution Jonathon Thorpe goes off and Richard Tait comes on.

31:41

Corner taken left-footed by Jake Howells, clearance made by Michael Wylde.

31:18

Jake Howells takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Connor Gudger.

31:07

The ball is sent over by David Martin, save by Liam Mitchell.

30:42

Corner taken left-footed by David Martin.

30:00

A cross is delivered by David Martin, Tom Marshall makes a clearance.

29:35

The ball is sent over by David Martin.

29:16

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner delivers the ball, clearance made by Duane Courtney.

28:25

A cross is delivered by Solomon Taiwo.

28:01

Corner taken left-footed by Jake Howells from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Connor Gudger.

27:39

Jon Shaw delivers the ball, clearance by Michael Wylde.

27:06

David Martin sends in a cross, Tom Marshall makes a clearance.

26:55

Short corner taken by David Martin.

25:05

Duane Courtney produces a cross, Adam Cunnington challenges Steve McNulty unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

24:24

Jake Howells takes a shot. Save by Liam Mitchell.

23:57

Simon Ainge delivers the ball, Jonathon Thorpe makes a clearance.

22:35

Jake Howells delivers the ball, clearance by Jonathon Thorpe.

21:11

Adam Cunnington fouled by David Martin, the ref awards a free kick. Marcus Kelly delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Mark Tyler.

19:01

Corner taken by David Martin from the left by-line, Steve McNulty takes a shot. Liam Mitchell makes a save.

18:51

The ball is swung over by David Martin, clearance by Danny Lloyd.

18:19

Jonathon Thorpe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Martin. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Martin, clearance made by Tom Marshall.

18:03

The ball is delivered by Simon Ainge, Tom Marshall manages to make a clearance.

17:04

Marcus Kelly takes a shot. Save made by Mark Tyler.

14:36

Jake Howells sends in a cross, Michael Wylde manages to make a clearance.

12:53

Alex Wall produces a cross, Tom Marshall gets a block in.

12:43

Danny Lloyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Howells. Jake Howells takes the direct free kick.

12:20

Jake Howells challenges Lee Hendrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Hendrie restarts play with the free kick.

11:29

Jonathon Thorpe restarts play with the free kick.

11:29 Booking

Booking David Martin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

11:22

Lee Hendrie fouled by David Martin, the ref awards a free kick.

9:27

Effort from deep inside the area by Jake Howells misses to the right of the goal.

6:57

Corner taken by David Martin.

6:36

The ball is swung over by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, clearance by Tom Marshall.

0:19

Lee Hendrie takes a shot. Blocked by Solomon Taiwo.

0:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Hendrie by Alex Wall. Lee Hendrie takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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