Luton Town kept their lead at the top of the Conference Premier table with a stylish victory over play off-chasing Alfreton Town.

Luke Guttridge fired Luton ahead from 12 yards midway through the first half after his initial shot was blocked.

It was 2-0 soon after when Scott Griffiths crossed for Andre Gray to tap in his 25th goal of the season.

Alfreton could not find a response and were punished when Paul Benson fired home from close range late on.

The win means Luton stay 14 points clear at the top of the table whilst Alfreton stay in fourth.

The Hatters have now scored 20 goals and kept clean sheets in their last four games.

Luton manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Luton Town boss John Still on Alfreton win

"They worked their socks off to frustrate us, but to be honest they didn't frustrate us. We just kept going, we waited for an opening and scored a goal. From that minute on I'm not sure I felt we'd get beaten then.

"It was a hard, difficult game where we had to dig in and grind out a result. And that's the pleasing thing for me, because when we play open and free we've shown we can score and win, but we've also shown away at Macclesfield we can battle and grind one out.

"It's great when you win and score lots of goals. I feel like we're almost doing ourselves an injustice by saying we only scored three. We scored three, that's fantastic.

"They man marked him [Luke Gutteridge] so we kept switching him and I think by doing that that helped him create a little bit of space arriving into an area where the marker doesn't know where he's going to be. I was pleased with that tactically and once we scored I felt they would have to push another person forward to get back in the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Luton Town

  • 01 Tyler
  • 11 Howells
  • 25 Henry
  • 05 McNulty
  • 12 Griffiths
  • 43 Ruddock Mpanzu
  • 02 Franks
  • 19 McGeehan (Robinson - 64' )
  • 21 Guttridge (Lawless - 68' )
  • 26 Benson (Shaw - 88' )
  • 27 Gray

Substitutes

  • 16 Justham
  • 06 Charles
  • 07 Lawless
  • 09 Shaw
  • 23 Robinson

Alfreton Town

  • 15 Worsnop
  • 10 Bradley
  • 03 Franklin
  • 07 Law
  • 05 Wylde
  • 16 Fenton
  • 02 Wood (Akinde - 76' )
  • 25 Jones
  • 08 Shaw Booked
  • 23 Poku Booked
  • 24 Harrad

Substitutes

  • 12 Meadows
  • 09 Clayton
  • 20 McFadzean
  • 06 Kempson
  • 18 Akinde
Ref: Peter Banks
Att: 8,412

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

5 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

14 12

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

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

90:00 +5:04 Full time

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

90:00 +3:30

Foul by Nick Fenton (Alfreton Town).

90:00 +3:30

Jon Shaw (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:27

Foul by Jon Shaw (Luton Town).

90:00 +1:27

Nick Fenton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:10

Corner, Luton Town.

90:00 +0:55

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

90:00 +0:32

Corner, Luton Town.

90:00 +0:03

Offside, Alfreton Town. Shaun Harrad tries a through ball, but Shaun Harrad is caught offside.

89:42

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

88:18

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

88:18

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

87:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Jon Shaw replaces Paul Benson.

86:54 Booking

Booking Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:50

Foul by Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town).

86:50

Jake Howells (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

85:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 3, Alfreton Town 0. Paul Benson (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jake Howells with a cross.

84:26

Attempt missed. Steve McNulty (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box.

83:49

Corner, Luton Town.

82:47

Corner, Luton Town.

81:44

Corner, Alfreton Town.

79:53

Offside, Alfreton Town. John Akinde tries a through ball, but John Akinde is caught offside.

78:47

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

76:51 Booking

Booking Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:41

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

76:41

Alex Lawless (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

75:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. John Akinde replaces Bradley Wood.

75:23

Foul by Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town).

75:23

Mark Tyler (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

74:50

Corner, Alfreton Town.

72:43

Andre Gray (Luton Town) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

70:59

Attempt saved. Andrai Jones (Alfreton Town) header from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Josh Law with a cross.

70:37

Foul by Ron Henry (Luton Town).

70:37

Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

67:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Alex Lawless replaces Luke Guttridge because of an injury.

65:14

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

65:14

Paul Benson (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

64:55

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

63:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Matt Robinson replaces Cameron McGeehan.

62:18

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

62:18

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

60:23

Corner, Alfreton Town.

60:12

Attempt missed. Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

54:34

Attempt saved. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

54:00

Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

54:00

Andrai Jones (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

53:10

Hand ball by Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town).

51:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 2, Alfreton Town 0. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Griffiths with a cross.

50:46

Corner, Luton Town.

50:11

Foul by Nick Fenton (Alfreton Town).

50:11

Paul Benson (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

49:13

Attempt saved. Fraser Franks (Luton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved. Assisted by Jake Howells.

48:35

Corner, Luton Town.

47:56

Attempt missed. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bradley Wood with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Luton Town 1, Alfreton Town 0.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Luton Town 1, Alfreton Town 0.

44:51

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

44:51

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

44:07

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

42:00

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

42:00

Josh Law (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

39:55

Corner, Alfreton Town.

39:36

Attempt missed. Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

38:34

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

38:34

Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

36:45

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

36:45

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

31:38

Foul by Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town).

31:38

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

29:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Luton Town 1, Alfreton Town 0. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

22:41

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

22:41

Nick Fenton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

22:14

Attempt missed. Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

19:56

Foul by Jake Howells (Luton Town).

19:56

Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

18:12

Foul by Fraser Franks (Luton Town).

18:12

Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

16:44

Foul by Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town).

16:44

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

14:38

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

14:38

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

12:38

Attempt missed. Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

9:41

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

9:41

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

8:45

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

4:48

Foul by Andrai Jones (Alfreton Town).

4:48

Jake Howells (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

2:06

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

2:06

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

1:22

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

1:22

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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