UNBEATEN HOME RECORD MAINTAINED #FORTRESS
This weekend saw the visit of local derby opponents Luton Town who were desperately seeking much needed points as they faced their final opportunity to save themselves against relegation. Luton Vagrants also welcomed a good friend James Wallis to Luton Sixth Form, who is now considering joining the club as an honorary board member.
After some highlight performances in the past few weeks, Luton Vagrants started very brightly with some early attacks against an away side struggling to cope with the pace of the game. After some continual attacking pressure, the home side did not have to wait long to register a goal on the scoresheet as some delightful overlapping build up play allowed Dave Neale the opportunity to square the ball into the path of Kevin Abranches, who managed to remain composed to coolly finish with ease.
After opening the scoring, the home side continued to throw numbers forward in search for another goal to increase their advantage in the game. This second goal was created via the awarding of a penalty corner after an intelligent surging run by Danny Connor was finally upended with a foul in the area. The penalty corner was awarded and ruthlessly dispatched by Martyn Dunn who remarkably arrowed a vicious shot into the bottom left hand corner.
A few minutes later, the home side increased their lead further with an exceptional third goal. This goal came through a fast break upfield from midfield by Immad Khan, which enabled Danny Connor the chance to exchange passes with Ross Edwards before it was laid back to leading scorer Dave Neale to happily finish from 8 yards out. This three goal lead could easily have been four or five, which reflected a fine first half performance.
The second half had a very different atmosphere, as Luton Vagrants were already reduced to 10 men following a yellow card which enabled the away side to create some early pressure. A series of early penalty corners where awarded and allowed the away side to immediately reduce the deficit. The reminder of the second half remained very competitive until current captain Danny Connor seized upon a vital opportunity to score the decisive fourth goal for Luton Vagrants.
The final moments of the game were quite controversial with a penalty flick awarded and a red card for the unfortunate Mohsin Gulsher who had played outstanding in defence for the entire game. However, this late penalty flick was denied by a remarkable match winning reaction save by Immad Khan in goal.
This match winning performance enabled Luton Vagrants to maintain their unbeaten home record and mark a successful 2013-2014 season.
Final Score: Luton Vagrants 4 – 3 Luton Town
Goal Scorers: Kevin Abranches, Martyn Dunn, Dave Neale and Danny Connor.