Harris insists that there is still work to be done

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Terry Harris still won’t admit Luton are all but champions, even though they moved within three points of the Football League on Tuesday night.

Tamworth were the midweek victims at Kenilworth Road, with second-half goals from Cameron McGeehan and Mark Cullen sealing a comfortable 2-0 win, leaving the ball firmly in Cambridge’s court to keep the season alive.

The Us need to avoid defeat at Woking tonight to extend the season until Saturday, and assuming they do so the Hatters could wrap up the Skrill Premier in front of the television cameras when they entertain Braintree at the weekend.

But even though it appears to be a mere formality, Town assistant manager Harris isn’t willing to admit it.

He said: “That’s what it seems, but the professional in me says that until it’s mathematically impossible for us to get caught, I have to err on the side of caution. But it’s a fantastic position to be in.

“It would be nice (to win it at Kenilworth Road). We need to do something in front of the cameras, we haven’t done that well in front of them so far. But it’d be nice to win the championship in front of them.”

And Harris said neither he, nor manager John Still would be making their way to the Kingfield Stadium tonight to watch Cambridge.

“We’re not going, we weren’t going anyway,” he said. “We’ve got a couple of meetings, and there’s a couple of games local to us and we may go elsewhere. We’ll still be listening out for the score, that’s human nature!”

Tamworth arrived late at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night, prompting referee Richard Wigglesworth to delay kick-off by five minutes to allow the visitors to warm-up.

It made for a slow opening half, which Harris thought may have highlighted the nerves in the Luton ranks.

He said: “Maybe it is (finishing line syndrome). Sometimes the players tend to clam up a bit, but once we got into our stride, we closed them down a lot more.

“First half was very scrappy and, to be fair, they were the better side. But in the second half, we pressurised them a little bit better and we got our just rewards in the end.”

Meanwhile, the Hatters faithful have been given another reason to smile as Jonathan Smith was spotted warming up with the side in midweek.

The midfielder, affectionately known as Smudger, broke two bones in his leg against Barnet on December 28, and has been out of the game since.

And Harris said: “Smudger gives everyone a lift being around the place. He was a big part of what we were doing up until the Barnet game.

“We keep him totally involved in everything, and he’s working hard.”