Hatters clinch title after trouncing Gills

Shaun Whalley
Shaun Whalley

Luton Town were crowned Final Third Development League Southern Division champions after a 6-1 thrashing of League One Gillingham on Tuesday afternoon.

Winger Shaun Whalley notched a hat-trick, while defender Alex Lacey scored two, with Ricky Miller also on target.

Whalley bagged a double before the half time break, with Miller making it 3-0.

Lacey headed home from a corner to make it 4-0 in the second period, with Whalley then completing his treble to put Luton 5-0 in front.

Gillingham got one back but the Hatters made it six when Lacey nodded home another set-piece to seal a comfortable victory.

Town first team coach Hakan Hayrettin told the club’s official website: “The attitude was spot on, just like it has been in this competition all season.

“We take all of these games very seriously and the boys did so again and their hard work paid off with an excellent performance.”

Town play Gillingham again on April 23.

Hatters: King, Justin (McJannet), Trotman, Williams, Lacey, Whalley, Robinson, Galliford, Howells (Craig), Wall, Miller.

Subs not used: Musonda, Gooch.