HOME WIN VS JOINT LEADERS

VENUE: LE STADE DE VAGRANTS, Luton Sixth Form

2-1 WIN Vs CHESHUNT

This game saw the visit of joint league leaders Cheshunt to Luton Sixth Form, which has lately been renamed le stade de vagrants. After a few weeks off due to bad weather, Luton Vagrants were able to field a full strength line-up, against the title chasing away team.

Luton Vagrants were able to welcome back Dan McKinnon after his injury in December and his presence in the midfield was key due to the competitive nature of the first half. With a solid defence on display, the home side were able to prevent the away side in the attacking third of the pitch enabling Luton Vagrants to apply pressure in the opposing end for long periods.

This continued pressure forward led to the opening goal of the game, where an intelligent run and cut back from Neal Slocombe left his fellow centre forward Dave Neale unmarked to smash the ball past the helpless Cheshunt keeper.

With the home side in front, Cheshunt were able to respond quickly from going behind in the game by capitalising on a defensive error to make the scores level. An array of fine reaction saves by home keeper Rob Clough was enough to keep the sides level.

As the half came close to an end, Luton Vagrants were able to enforce a penalty corner opportunity after some great movement from Kevin Abranches and Ross Edwards. This vital opportunity in front of goal was expertly taken by Martyn Dunn who fired the ball in after his initial strike was blocked.

This meant that the home side finished the first half with a 2-1 lead and they continued to play out the second half with great team spirt to seal an important and vital victory.

Final Score: Luton Vagrants 2 Cheshunt 1 (HOME WIN)

Scorers: Dave Neale and Martyn Dunn

22ND MARCH ’14 (WON) 4-3 VS LUTON TOWN

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 Khanwhich 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.

8TH MARCH 14’ – WON 3-0 (HOME WIN) Vs ST. ALBANS

This weekend saw the visit of fellow promotion chasing St Albans, who currently lay a high flying second in the league table just behind the league leaders.  After a long list of absentees in recent weeks, Luton Vagrants were fortunate enough to welcome back James Cartledge and Dan McKinnon into the heart of their midfield core.  This meant that a spirited squad of players were available again to fight for the cause.   

This collective team performance came as a shock to the high flying visiting team as both teams were very closely matched in the first half.  With Grant Maxted performing exceptionally well at centre back, St Albans found it increasingly to difficult to penetrate through the home side’s resilient defence.  Chances for both sides were rather limited in the opening half until a promising through ball was latched onto by Dave Neale, who remarkably arrowed a vicious shot into the bottom left hand corner leaving the goalkeeper motionless.

In the second half, Luton Vagrants knew they had to continue their great work ethic throughout the remainder of the game if they wanted to increase their advantage.  As the second half continued, the home side began to steadily grow in confidence while the St Albans midfield structure on the other hand seemed to be falling apart.

Mounting pressure from a resilient Luton Vagrants side contributed to the second goal of the game as a series of missed opportunities finally led to another goal for the home side.  After a crucial interception by the robust Dan McKinnon in midfield, the ball was finally fed across the area for Pav Sagoo to force the ball in from close range.

The final goal of the game came through a fast break from defence by Danny Connor who managed to exchange passes with Dave Neale before it came back to Fazeel Talib to cooly finish from 8 yards out, which marked a fine performance.

Full-Time: Luton Vagrants  3 – 0 St Albans

Goal Scorers: Dave Neale, Pav Sagoo, Fazeel Talib