Andre Gray struck a hat-trick as Luton defeated Nuneaton to retain top spot in the Conference Premier.

Top scorer Gray opened the scoring when he fired through the legs of Nuneaton goalkeeper James Belshaw.

Gray then flicked home the Hatters' second from close range when he met a Scott Griffiths cross.

He added his third on the day and his 17th of the season when latching on to a Steve McNulty through ball and slotting home from outside the box.

The game had been stopped at 1-0 for 10 minutes early in the second half due to a hail and lightning storm.

But the win means Luton are now unbeaten in 20 league matches and lead the division by three points.

Nuneaton have now lost three of their last four and drop to ninth.

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Post-match: Luton boss Still

Luton boss John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Maybe there was a bit of rustiness, but conditions weren't good. I thought coming out at second half, we understood a bit more about the conditions, and played the conditions.

"Some of our movement in the second half was very very good. Our passing in difficult conditions was very good.

"The combination of those two [Andre Gray and Paul Benson] is very very good. I also felt the contribution from the two new lads [Ryan Inniss and Cameron McGeehan] was top quality.

"I hope there's attention [for Gray] because that means we're doing something right. But no-one leaving at the moment, not in this window."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Luton Town

  • 01 Tyler
  • 25 Henry
  • 12 Griffiths
  • 15 Inniss
  • 05 McNulty
  • 11 Howells (Martin - 84' )
  • 21 Guttridge
  • 19 McGeehan
  • 23 Robinson
  • 27 Gray
  • 26 Benson (Cullen - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Justham
  • 13 Cullen
  • 02 Franks
  • 18 Martin
  • 29 Ferdinand

Nuneaton Town

  • 19 Belshaw
  • 05 Dean
  • 04 Cowan
  • 13 Sleath
  • 08 Adams (Armson - 65' )
  • 06 Walker (Trainer - 79' )
  • 11 Streete
  • 09 Moult
  • 16 York
  • 10 Brown
  • 26 Hibbert (Taylor - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Gordon
  • 07 Armson
  • 24 Delfouneso
  • 17 Taylor
  • 20 Trainer
Ref: Adam Bromley
Att: 7,310

Match Stats

Shots

12 10

On target

5 4

Corners

0 0

Fouls

4 2

Live Text Commentary

+10:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Luton Town 3, Nuneaton Town 0.

90:00 +9:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Nuneaton Town 0.

90:00 +8:04

Attempt missed. Dave Martin (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

90:00 +7:19

Attempt saved. Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town) header from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by James Armson.

90:00 +6:53

Corner, Nuneaton Town.

90:00 +6:09

Corner, Luton Town.

90:00 +5:35

Corner, Luton Town.

83:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Dave Martin replaces Jake Howells because of an injury.

83:00

Offside, Luton Town. Jake Howells tries a through ball, but Jake Howells is caught offside.

82:36

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

81:22

Attempt missed. James Armson (Nuneaton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

79:27

Corner, Luton Town.

78:43 Substitution

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

78:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Phil Trainer replaces Adam Walker.

76:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 3, Nuneaton Town 0. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Steve McNulty.

74:41

Attempt missed. Paul Benson (Luton Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

73:42

Corner, Luton Town.

72:36

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

66:17

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

64:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Connor Taylor replaces Dave Hibbert.

64:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nuneaton Town. James Armson replaces Jon Adams.

64:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 2, Nuneaton Town 0. Andre Gray (Luton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Griffiths with a cross.

63:44

Corner, Luton Town.

63:02

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

60:21

Corner, Luton Town.

57:18

Foul by Adam Walker (Nuneaton Town).

57:18

Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

54:10

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

50:47

Foul by Andre Gray (Luton Town).

50:47

Danny Sleath (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

49:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 1, Nuneaton Town 0. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Benson with a headed pass.

45:58

Offside, Luton Town. Jake Howells tries a through ball, but Jake Howells is caught offside.

45:35

Offside, Nuneaton Town. Dave Hibbert tries a through ball, but Dave Hibbert is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Luton Town 0, Nuneaton Town 0.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Luton Town 0, Nuneaton Town 0.

45:00 +0:42

Attempt missed. Adam Walker (Nuneaton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

43:56

Hand ball by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

43:14

Attempt missed. Paul Benson (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jake Howells with a cross.

41:49

Corner, Luton Town.

40:36

Corner, Nuneaton Town.

40:12

Attempt blocked. Wesley York (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

39:17

Corner, Luton Town.

34:37

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

33:33

Attempt missed. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

31:38

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

30:58

Attempt missed. Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Louis Moult with a cross.

28:40

Corner, Luton Town.

25:33

Foul by Louis Moult (Nuneaton Town).

25:33

Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

24:30

Attempt missed. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

24:11

Attempt saved. Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

22:26

Foul by Ron Henry (Luton Town).

22:26

Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

21:33

Attempt saved. Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved. Assisted by Adam Walker with a cross.

20:45

Corner, Nuneaton Town.

15:57

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

15:34

Attempt saved. Andy Brown (Nuneaton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

12:10

Foul by Andre Gray (Luton Town).

12:10

Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

9:38

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

8:21

Attempt blocked. Louis Moult (Nuneaton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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