Luton Town went top of the Conference Premier for the first time under John Still as they hammered Kidderminster Harriers at Kenilworth Road.

Luke Guttridge's close-range effort earned the Hatters a half-time lead.

Paul Benson added another before Jake Howells netted in the 56th-minute penalty incident, which saw visiting defender Chey Dunkley sent off.

  • Kidderminster Harriers had not been hit for six in more than 10 years, since losing 6-1 to Hull City at Boothferry Park in their Football League days in September 2003. Their last six-goal defeat is understood to be a 6-0 defeat by Enderby Town back in pre-Conference days in 1975

Howells and Guttridge then both added a second goal either side of Scott Griffiths' header, to make it six.

The Hatters' sixth straight league win added up to the heaviest defeat suffered by Harriers boss Steve Burr in his four years in charge - and the club's worst in 30 years at Conference level or above.

Opposite number Still, however, missed his side's six-goal romp as he was at home nursing illness.

Even without him in the dug-out, Luton's biggest win in three seasons took them a point clear at the top after long-time leaders Cambridge United were held to a goalless draw at Nuneaton.

Meanwhile, Harriers striker Nathan Blissett has gone on a month's loan to Conference North leaders Hednesford Town, and non-contract defender Aaron Brown has left the club.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Luton coach Hakan Hayrettin told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"If there is ever going to be a complete performance, you would probably say that would be it.

"I know they went down to 10 men, but we were outstanding. We did everything required to win a game of football.

"We had the professionalism and the desire to keep going for 90 minutes and that performance was dedicated to Jonathan Smith (who suffered a double leg break in the Hatters' Boxing Day win at Barnet).

"We take every game on its merits. We are oozing confidence. We have got to keep it going."

Harriers manager Steve Burr told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"I'm very angry. To come here and collapse the way we did was very disappointing.

"It's hard enough coming to Luton anyway, but even more so when you go down to 10 men.

"It looked like a penalty. We weren't quick enough to react and he took him down.

"All you can do is try to bounce back and we now have to get ourselves together to face Hereford again on New Year's Day."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Luton Town

  • 01 Tyler
  • 25 Henry
  • 15 Ruddock (Howells - 45' )
  • 19 Davis
  • 12 Griffiths
  • 05 McNulty
  • 23 Robinson
  • 21 Guttridge Booked
  • 07 Lawless
  • 26 Benson Booked (Cullen - 80' )
  • 27 Gray

Substitutes

  • 16 Justham
  • 13 Cullen
  • 24 Mawson
  • 11 Howells
  • 10 Wall

Kidderminster Harriers

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 Vaughan Booked
  • 30 Gowling
  • 06 Dunkley Dismissed
  • 07 Byrne (Angus - 88' )
  • 16 Jackman
  • 04 Storer
  • 18 Gittings Booked
  • 22 Morgan-Smith Booked (Johnson - 67' )
  • 21 Lolley (Fowler - 60' )
  • 09 Gash

Substitutes

  • 11 Johnson
  • 08 Fowler
  • 15 Grimes
  • 23 Vaughan
  • 14 Angus
Ref: Nick Kinseley
Att: 8,488

Match Stats

Shots

22 5

On target

12 4

Corners

0 0

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Luton Town 6, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Luton Town 6, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

90:00 +2:53

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

90:00 +2:53

Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

88:33

Foul by Andre Gray (Luton Town).

88:33

Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

87:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Dior Angus replaces Jack Byrne.

85:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 6, Kidderminster Harriers 0. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jake Howells.

84:33

Attempt saved. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

83:07

Attempt saved. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

80:59

Attempt missed. Mark Cullen (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

80:33

Attempt missed. Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

79:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Mark Cullen replaces Paul Benson.

78:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 5, Kidderminster Harriers 0. Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Guttridge with a cross.

77:17 Booking

Booking Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:12

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers).

77:12

Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

76:34 Booking

Booking Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:27

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

76:27

Marvin Johnson (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

75:51

Hand ball by Danny Jackman (Kidderminster Harriers).

74:47

Foul by Lee Fowler (Kidderminster Harriers).

74:47

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

73:47

Attempt missed. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

69:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 4, Kidderminster Harriers 0. Jake Howells (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Benson with a headed pass.

66:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Marvin Johnson replaces Amari Morgan-Smith.

65:03

Attempt missed. Paul Benson (Luton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

63:10

Offside, Luton Town. Paul Benson tries a through ball, but Paul Benson is caught offside.

62:32

Attempt saved. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

59:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Lee Fowler replaces Joe Lolley.

59:18

Attempt saved. Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

58:44

Attempt missed. Matt Robinson (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

58:13

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers).

58:13

Jake Howells (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

57:10

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

57:10

Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

56:16

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

55:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 3, Kidderminster Harriers 0. Jake Howells (Luton Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

53:11 Dismissal

Dismissal Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

52:34

Penalty conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) after a foul in the penalty area.

52:34

Penalty Luton Town. Paul Benson draws a foul in the penalty area.

51:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 2, Kidderminster Harriers 0. Paul Benson (Luton Town) header from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Howells with a cross.

50:43

Foul by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).

50:43

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

50:03

Corner, Luton Town.

49:45

Attempt blocked. Jake Howells (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:31

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

45:59

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers).

45:59

Paul Benson (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Luton Town 1, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

45:00 +3:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Luton Town 1, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

45:00 +1:42

Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

45:00 +1:42

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

45:00 +1:03

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

45:00 +1:03

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

44:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Jake Howells replaces Pelly Ruddock because of an injury.

42:00

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

41:38

Attempt saved. Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

39:22

Attempt missed. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) header from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

38:42

Attempt blocked. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:31

Corner, Luton Town.

35:08

Attempt saved. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

33:47

Attempt saved. Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved.

32:44

Offside, Luton Town. Andre Gray tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

31:40

Corner, Luton Town.

28:53

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

28:53

Danny Jackman (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

28:31

Foul by Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers).

28:31

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

27:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 1, Kidderminster Harriers 0. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Robinson.

26:33

Attempt saved. Matt Robinson (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

26:14

Foul by Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers).

26:14

Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

22:04

Attempt missed. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

19:38

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

19:17

Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

17:12

Corner, Luton Town.

16:18 Booking

Booking Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

16:14

Hand ball by Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers).

15:22

Corner, Luton Town.

14:47

Corner, Luton Town.

13:42

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

12:26

Foul by Matt Robinson (Luton Town).

12:26

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

11:50

Corner, Luton Town.

7:05

Corner, Luton Town.

6:00

Foul by Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town).

6:00

Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

4:42

Foul by Ron Henry (Luton Town).

4:42

Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

3:28 Booking

Booking Paul Benson (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

3:16

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

3:16

Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

2:41

Attempt missed. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

2:09 Booking

Booking Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

1:55

Foul by Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers).

1:55

Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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