Play-off chasing Luton Town were twice forced to come from behind to earn a draw in an entertaining game against Cambridge United.

The hosts deservedly led at the break when Tom Shaw scored with a fine left-foot volley from the edge of the box.

Luton levelled when Jon Shaw turned in David Martin's cross from six yards, but substitute Nathan Blissett's header restored Cambridge's advantage.

Solomon Taiwo's penalty earned a point after Nick Pope felled Andre Gray.

The result leaves the Hatters in ninth place, 10 points adrift of the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off spots with seven games remaining.

The U's are two points and two places behind Luton having played two games more.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Luton Town manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I don't think we played great today. Maybe games are catching up with us, and them, with all teams I think.

"We were very competitive - we kept going and came back twice, but creatively we weren't good enough today.

"I get my point across - some times more forcefully than others - but these are good young men that are working hard and that deserves a bit of respect.

"We haven't played well through a lack of effort, just a lack of quality on the day. So there is no need to smash teacups yet."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Cambridge Utd

  • 30 Pope
  • 02 Roberts
  • 04 Coulson (McAuley - 45' )
  • 22 Wassmer Booked
  • 34 Haynes-Brown
  • 06 Shaw
  • 11 Dunk
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 10 Elliott
  • 17 Hughes
  • 28 Smith (Blissett - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Ross
  • 12 McAuley
  • 18 Berry
  • 15 Pugh
  • 19 Blissett

Luton

  • 01 Tyler
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 05 McNulty
  • 11 Howells Booked
  • 12 Ainge
  • 30 Goodman Booked
  • 18 Martin (Wall - 66' )
  • 24 Smith Booked
  • 31 Taiwo Booked
  • 09 Shaw
  • 27 Gray

Substitutes

  • 33 Brill
  • 37 Griffiths
  • 23 Robinson
  • 10 Rendell
  • 26 Wall
Ref: Breakspear
Att: 3,217

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

9 4

Corners

9 4

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:50 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:23

Jake Howells takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Curtis Haynes-Brown manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:47

Liam Hughes has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Jake Goodman gets a block in.

89:02

The ball is sent over by Rossi Jarvis, Steve McNulty manages to make a clearance.

87:39

Harrison Dunk takes the inswinging corner, Shot on goal by Tom Elliott from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

87:29

The ball is swung over by Rossi Jarvis, clearance by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

86:53

Corner taken by Harrison Dunk from the right by-line to the near post, save made by Mark Tyler.

83:40

Nathan Blissett is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

82:24

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Harrison Dunk, Jonathan Smith gets a block in.

82:24 Booking

Booking Jake Goodman is given a yellow card.

82:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Goodman on Nathan Blissett.

79:02

Harrison Dunk takes a shot. Blocked by Steve McNulty.

77:53

Andre Gray challenges Curtis Haynes-Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Shaw crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Simon Ainge makes a clearance.

76:57

Curtis Haynes-Brown produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

75:38

Simon Ainge concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Wassmer. Free kick taken by Nick Pope.

74:42

Alex Wall fouled by Kevin Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Rossi Jarvis manages to make a clearance.

73:46

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Shaw from the left by-line, Nathan Blissett challenges Mark Tyler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

73:29

Harrison Dunk takes a shot. Blocked by Jake Goodman.

73:01

Nick Pope takes the free kick.

73:01 Booking

Booking Jonathan Smith is given a yellow card.

72:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk by Jonathan Smith.

72:36

Jake Howells takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

72:10

The ball is delivered by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, Simon Ainge takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Nick Pope makes a save.

71:15

The ball is crossed by Jake Howells, Curtis Haynes-Brown manages to make a clearance.

69:24

Unfair challenge on Jake Goodman by Nathan Blissett results in a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

67:57

Nathan Blissett fouled by Solomon Taiwo, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Rory McAuley.

67:35

Charlie Wassmer takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Steve McNulty.

67:12

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Shaw, Mark Tyler makes a save.

66:45

Corner taken by Harrison Dunk from the right by-line, save by Mark Tyler.

66:45 Booking

Booking Jake Howells receives a yellow card.

65:36

Nick Pope takes the direct free kick.

65:36 Substitution

Substitution David Martin leaves the field to be replaced by Alex Wall.

65:36 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Solomon Taiwo for unsporting behaviour.

65:30

Solomon Taiwo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Shaw.

64:05

The assist for the goal came from Andre Gray.

64:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Solomon Taiwo - Cambridge 2 - 2 Luton Solomon Taiwo scores a placed penalty. Cambridge Utd 2-2 Luton.

63:04

Unfair challenge on Andre Gray by Nick Pope results in a Penalty.

61:56

David Martin restarts play with the free kick.

61:56 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Charlie Wassmer for unsporting behaviour.

61:50

Charlie Wassmer challenges Andre Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick.

60:58

Assist by Harrison Dunk.

60:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Blissett - Cambridge 2 - 1 Luton Nathan Blissett grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Cambridge Utd 2-1 Luton.

60:01

Jon Shaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Hughes. Harrison Dunk crosses the ball,

59:08 Substitution

Substitution (Cambridge Utd) makes a substitution, with Nathan Blissett coming on for Sam Smith.

58:24

The offside flag is raised against David Martin. Nick Pope takes the free kick.

57:39

The assistant referee signals for offside against Sam Smith. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

57:25

The ball is crossed by Tom Elliott, clearance made by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

55:01

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Shaw, Kevin Roberts has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

53:28

Andre Gray produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

52:26

Assist on the goal came from David Martin.

52:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon Shaw - Cambridge 1 - 1 Luton Jon Shaw grabs a headed goal from close range. Cambridge Utd 1-1 Luton.

51:36

Effort from outside the penalty area by Jake Howells goes wide left of the goal.

51:22

The referee penalises Sam Smith for handball. Direct free kick taken by Steve McNulty.

49:15

Effort from the edge of the box by Sam Smith goes wide of the right-hand upright.

48:01

Rory McAuley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Shaw. Solomon Taiwo takes the free kick.

46:50

The ball is delivered by Simon Ainge, clearance made by Liam Hughes.

45:43

Andre Gray is caught offside. Nick Pope takes the free kick.

45:09

Rory McAuley fouled by Jon Shaw, the ref awards a free kick. Nick Pope takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +5:32 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +4:20

Unfair challenge on David Martin by Liam Hughes results in a free kick. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

44:36

Direct free kick taken by Nick Pope.

44:36 Substitution

Substitution Josh Coulson leaves the field to be replaced by Rory McAuley.

44:36

Andre Gray concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Coulson.

43:57

David Martin delivers the ball.

43:16

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Solomon Taiwo from the left by-line to the near post, Sam Smith manages to make a clearance.

41:33

Solomon Taiwo produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

41:19

Jake Howells produces a cross, Josh Coulson makes a clearance.

40:13

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner sends in a cross, Josh Coulson manages to make a clearance.

38:18

Jake Goodman fouled by Sam Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

37:47

Unfair challenge on Tom Elliott by Jake Goodman results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Rossi Jarvis.

35:35

Corner taken by Tom Shaw played to the near post, Close range header by Liam Hughes goes over the bar.

34:47

Sam Smith challenges Jake Goodman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Goodman.

33:08

Harrison Dunk sends in a cross.

31:56

The referee blows for offside. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

30:59

David Martin crosses the ball.

29:31

A cross is delivered by David Martin.

28:39

A cross is delivered by David Martin, Tom Shaw manages to make a clearance.

27:58

Foul by Andre Gray on Josh Coulson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nick Pope.

27:10

Shot from 12 yards from David Martin. Save made by Nick Pope.

25:16

Harrison Dunk crosses the ball, clearance by Steve McNulty.

24:54

Liam Hughes produces a cross, Simon Ainge manages to make a clearance.

23:55

David Martin takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Nick Pope.

23:18

Kevin Roberts produces a cross.

22:42

Jake Goodman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Hughes. Direct free kick taken by Josh Coulson.

21:25

Unfair challenge on Jake Goodman by Tom Elliott results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

19:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Shaw - Cambridge 1 - 0 Luton Tom Shaw grabs a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cambridge Utd 1-0 Luton.

19:20

The ball is sent over by Liam Hughes, Simon Ainge makes a clearance.

17:55

The ball is delivered by David Martin.

16:15

Handball decision goes against Sam Smith. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

15:09

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jake Howells, Nick Pope makes a save.

14:03

Foul by Harrison Dunk on Jake Howells, free kick awarded. Steve McNulty takes the direct free kick.

13:25

Shot by Tom Shaw. Save made by Mark Tyler.

11:49

Corner taken by Tom Shaw, save by Mark Tyler.

10:58

The referee blows for offside. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

9:57

David Martin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Roberts. Harrison Dunk crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

8:29

Jonathan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Elliott. Curtis Haynes-Brown takes the free kick.

4:51

The ball is sent over by Harrison Dunk.

4:34

Liam Hughes crosses the ball.

3:27

Josh Coulson takes a shot. Save made by Mark Tyler.

2:59

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Shaw from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Solomon Taiwo.

0:14

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Hughes. Tom Shaw delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel. Shot from outside the penalty box by Rossi Jarvis goes wide right of the goal.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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