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PREVIEW | Luton Town v Yeovil Town

The Glovers head to Bedfordshire for 2017/18 season opener

4 August 2017

Keston Davies is mobbed after scoring PPAUK

The 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign begins for the Glovers with a trip to Luton Town on Saturday (3pm).

Town will be looking to kick-off the season with a bang when they head to Kenilworth Road, aiming to emulate the start to the 2016/17 campaign which saw Notts County defeated 2-0 at Huish Park. 

After seven pre-season fixtures and 10 signings during the summer, a new look Glovers squad will make the journey to Bedfordshire in search of three points. 

Darren Way could hand nine new recruits their competitive debut, with Stephane Zubar (knee) the only new arrival to miss out. 

The experienced defender is the only confirmed absentee, with Bevis Mugabi (ankle) undergoing a late fitness test to determine his availability. 

Having arrived in Somerset at the end of June for an undisclosed fee from the Hatters, midfielder Jake Gray will return to his former club after making 28 appearances last term, whilst Luton boast three familiar faces.

Manager Nathan Jones will stand alongside Way in the dugout, whilst former loanee Lawson D'Ath could well be involved. 

Between the sticks, Marek Stech will likely line-up against the Glovers for the first time since departing in 2014 having earnt cult status by helping Town reach the Championship via the play-offs in 2013. 

The Czech stopper is one of five new faces at Luton, being joined by James Collins, Elliot Lee, James Shea and Jack Stacey.

Play-off semi-final losers last season, the Hatters will be looking to go one better this time out, with Jones' side tipped for promotion by many. 

Head-to-head
The Glovers head to Bedfordshire looking for their second competitive win over Luton. 

Town came away from Kenilworth Road with a share of the spoils last season, with Tom Eaves' header cancelling out Stephen O'Donnell's opener. 

In the reverse fixture at Huish Park a Danny Hylton brace and strikes from Glen Rea and Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu saw off Way's side, having also ended the Glovers Checkatrade Trophy run at the quarter-final stage in February. 

Overall, Luton boast four wins to Yeovil's one, with a meeting between the two sides ending in a draw on a further three occasions. 

Officials
Gavin Ward (Surrey) will be the man in the middle on Saturday. 

Mr. Ward took charge of just one Town fixure during the 2016/17 campaign, the 2-2 draw at Stevenage which saw Ben Whitfield rescue a point with the last kick of the game.

Overall, the Surrey-based official handed out 150 yellow and six red cards last season.

In Bedfordshire, Mr. Ward will be assisted by Nicholas Cooper (Suffolk) and Gregory Read (Surrey) with Kevin Howick (Berkshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way's pre-match interview can be watched in full for free on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full-time with post-match reaction from manager Darren Way and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 

Tickets
Fans have until 12.30 to purchase tickets from the Luton Town ticket office by calling 01582 416976.

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REPORT | Luton Town 8-2 Yeovil Town

Glovers suffer defeat on opening day

5 August 2017

Yeovil Town suffered an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Luton Town on the opening day of the 2017/18 season at Kenilworth Road.

Otis Khan’s sublime free-kick fired Town into the lead in the early exchanges, before five answered strikes from the hosts before the break.

Olly Lee levelled the scores before James Collins made it 2-1 after 19 minutes, with an Isaac Vassell brace and Alan McCormack thunderbolt completing the first-half scoring.

Collins completed his hat-trick with strikes either side of the hour-mark, before Zoko added a consolation for the green and whites prior to Elliot Lee rounding off the scoring.

Town boss Darren Way opted to hand out six debuts on the opening day, with Dan Alfei and Keston Davies debuting in the back four.

In a new look midfield, Connor Smith, Jake Gray and captain James Bailey all made their first competitive appearances in green and white.

Fela Olomola appeared alongside last season’s stalwarts Khan and Zoko to complete an 11 packed with new faces.

With the Bedfordshire outfit tipped for promotion following their summer acquisitions which included last season’s League Two top scorer Collins, the hosts started in determined fashion.

Inside the opening minute the former Crawley striker drew a good save from Artur Krysiak having latched on to a looped through ball, before having an effort cleared off the line by Nathan Smith minutes later.

Having survived the early onslaught, the Glovers took the lead following their first venture into Luton’s half.

Expert hold-up play from Zoko won a free-kick 20 yards from goal, providing the platform for Khan to curl an effort into the top corner leaving Marek Stech no chance with seven minutes played.

With Town’s travelling faithful still celebrating the opener, the hosts levelled the scores five minutes later when Vassell’s cross was met by Olly Lee at the back post who volleyed the ball back where it came from and past a hapless Krysiak.

In a frantic start to proceedings the Glovers almost re-took the lead with the game’s next opportunity, as neat footwork from Khan saw him beat Jack Stacey and race along the byline before slamming an effort off the post.

Quickly becoming a breathless affair, the Hatters notched their second with 19 minutes played, as the twice thwarted Collins made no mistake third time around with a neat chip over Krysiak.

The pressure continued to come from Nathan Jones’ side and their lead was doubled five minutes later in unstoppable fashion.

Lee’s corner was headed clear by Zoko only to come back with interest as McCormack powered a first-time volley into the bottom corner from 25 yards for an early goal of the season contender.

After four goals in the opening half-an-hour the game plateaued for a spell allowing Town to enjoy a spell of possession, before a quickfire Vassell double extinguished any hopes of a comeback.

Bringing down an angled through ball, the former Truro forward calmly fired past Krysiak on 35 minutes, before notching a second 180 seconds later.

In an opening 45 minutes crammed full of action, the Glovers were awarded a penalty as the half drew to a close after McCormack brought down Ryan Dickson.

Aiming to double his tally for the campaign Khan stepped up from 12 yards, only to be denied by a sprawling Stech to keep it at 5-1.

In the last action of the half, Olly Lee cannoned an effort back off the post from 20 yards, ending a difficult start to the 2017/18 season for Way’s side.

Looking to arrest the pattern of the first-half Omar Sowunmi replaced Davies at the break, as Town matched Luton’s diamond 4-4-2 formation.

The tactical switch saw the Glovers enjoy the lion-share possession after the restart and should’ve seen a goal clawed back, only for a superb reaction save from Stech to somehow deny Zoko from close range.

Despite an encouraging start to the second 45 the Hatters added a sixth on 58 minutes when Collins capitalised on a defensive error to fire past Krysiak, before completing a debut hat-trick with a low effort from 25 yards which squeezed into the bottom corner.

With applause still rippling from the home quarters, the visitors reduced the arrears when Zoko nodded Dickson’s cross past Stech, for little more than a consolation.

Boasting a five goal advantage the closing stages became little more than a formality before Elliot Lee rounded off an afternoon to forget for Town with an eighth goal with the last action of the match.

Luton Town: Stech, Stacey, Cuthbert, Sheehan, Potts, McCormack (Rea 64’), O. Lee, Mpanzu, Shinnie (Mullins 74’), Collins (E. Lee 69), Vassell.
Bookings: McCormack 41’, Mpanzu 60’, Rea 90’.
Subs not used: Cook, Senior, Gambin, Shea.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Alfei, Davies (Sowunmi 46’), N. Smith, Dickson, Gray, Bailey, C. Smith (Santos 64’), Olomola (Surridge 71’), Zoko, Khan.
Bookings: C. Smith 32’, Olomola 62’, Alfei 90’.
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Browne.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale for opening day at Luton

Town head to Kenilworth Road on August 5th.

19 July 2017

Kenilworth Road shown from one of the corner flags

Tickets are now on sale for Town’s first game of the Sky Bet League Two season.

The Glovers travel to Kenilworth Road to take on Nathan Jones’ Luton Town on Saturday, August 5th (3pm).

Darren Way took his side to Luton for their first away game last term, where Tom Eaves netted in a 1-1 draw.

For ticket information and prices, please click here.

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