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Alfreton Town 0-5 Luton Town

Andre Gray's brace helped Luton Town move to within a point of top spot with an impressive win at Alfreton Town.

Gray tapped in the opener from close range before Paul Benson coolly slotted home to double the visitors' lead.

Benson then turned provider for Gray to fire in his second before Luke Guttridge's neat finish made it 4-0 with only 18 minutes gone.

Alex Lawless completed the scoring with a second half strike that capped off a miserable day for the hosts.

Luton's victory sees them close the gap on leaders Cambridge, who have two games in hand on their closest challengers, to one point while Alfreton lie eighth.

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Alfreton manager Nicky Law told BBC Radio Derby:

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Post-match: Alfreton manager Law

"I thought we started well for 10 minutes, but then we came up against a side which were good everywhere they needed to be and we were poor everywhere you don't need to be.

"They were strong in the middle of the pitch. Steve McNulty holds it together at the back, the two central midfielders had too much power and pace for us, and [strikers] Andre Gray and Paul Benson - we just couldn't handle them.

"You have to hold your hands up - they're a much better team than we are. They're the best that we've seen this year and the best we've come up against by a long, long way."

John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I think the combination of our play was above the level. I can only be delighted with what I saw.

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Post-match: Luton boss John Still

"You can only do what you do yourself. We can't worry about the other teams. From my own point of view, Luton Town go out, play every week, give everything they've got, work as hard as they can, everyone does their bit, and I'm happy. The rest will take care of itself.

"I think the supporters are part of our team. The team isn't just the 11 on the pitch; the team is the people on the pitch, the substitutes, the supporters, the staff, the directors. The more people that are in and around our team, makes them stronger."

Line-ups

Alfreton

  • 1Atkins
  • 3Franklin
  • 2Wood
  • 5WyldeBooked at 34mins
  • 4Westwood
  • 12Meadows
  • 14TaylorSubstituted forKempsonat 20'minutes
  • 8ShawSubstituted forWishartat 71'minutes
  • 17McGrathBooked at 62mins
  • 18Akinde
  • 9ClaytonBooked at 42minsSubstituted forAkindeat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Hooper
  • 13Wishart
  • 22Akinde
  • 6Kempson

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 5McNulty
  • 15Ruddock
  • 25Henry
  • 12Griffiths
  • 24MawsonSubstituted forDavisat 46'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 21Guttridge
  • 7Lawless
  • 26Benson
  • 27Gray

Substitutes

  • 11Howells
  • 23Robinson
  • 16Justham
  • 19Davis
  • 22Whalley
Referee:
Simon Bennett
Attendance:
1,279

Match Stats

Home TeamAlfretonAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 5.
Corner, Alfreton Town.
Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Corner, Luton Town.
Attempt blocked. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Luton Town.
Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).
Steve McNulty (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town).
Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Hand ball by Paul Benson (Luton Town).
Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).
Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Offside, Alfreton Town. John Akinde tries a through ball, but John Akinde is caught offside.
Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).
Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town).
Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Daniel Wishart replaces Tom Shaw.
Attempt missed. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pelly Ruddock with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 5. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andre Gray.
Foul by Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town).
Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Danny Meadows (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt blocked. Paul Benson (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

John McGrath (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by John McGrath (Alfreton Town).
Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Sam Akinde replaces Paul Clayton.
Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).
Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by John McGrath (Alfreton Town).
Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Corner, Alfreton Town.
Corner, Luton Town.
Attempt blocked. Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Joe Davis (Luton Town).
Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Westwood with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Joe Davis replaces Alfie Mawson.

Second Half

Second Half begins Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 4.

Half Time

First Half ends, Alfreton Town 0, Luton Town 4.
Offside, Alfreton Town. Darran Kempson tries a through ball, but Darran Kempson is caught offside.
Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).
John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.
Corner, Luton Town.
Offside, Alfreton Town. Danny Meadows tries a through ball, but Danny Meadows is caught offside.

Booking

Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town).
Steve McNulty (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town).
Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ron Henry with a cross.
Foul by Danny Meadows (Alfreton Town).
Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Michael Wylde (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Michael Wylde (Alfreton Town).
Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Cambridge2013612445
2Luton2212822444
3Kidderminster2012351439
4Nuneaton221165539
5Grimsby1911351136
6Barnet229941036
7Braintree221057835
8Alfreton2211110-434
9Salisbury201037333
10Gateshead201028532
11Halifax22949531
12Forest Green21939630
13Welling20857329
14Wrexham21849228
15Macclesfield20758026
16Lincoln City20758-226
17Hereford22679-325
18Woking216510-723
19Southport216312-1621
20Tamworth205510-1220
21Aldershot21858-119
22Chester224711-1519
23Dartford235315-2318
24Hyde United210318-373
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