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Hatters on the brink of the title after comfortable Tamworth win

Luton players celebrate Cameron McGeehan's goal

Luton players celebrate Cameron McGeehan's goal

Woking will have thousands more fans tonight as Luton Town kept up their end of the promotion bargain by beating Tamworth 2-0 at Kenilworth Road.

Town’s Skrill Premier title aspirations now rest with Garry Hill’s side as they play Cambridge United tonight after second half goals from Cameron McGeehan and Mark Cullen saw them comfortably past Tamworth.

A Woking win over Cambridge would see the Hatters return to the Football League – anything else would extend the wait until Saturday.

Knowing the high stakes - win their next two to guarantee championship glory – there was a nervous air around Kenilworth Road before kick-off, not helped by Tamworth’s late arrival, delaying kick off by five minutes.

And it meant for a slow opening 15 minutes too as both sides felt each other out.

Tamworth, intent on taking a point from the league leaders, defended deep, but still fired off the first effort on goal when David Morgan skidded a shot just wide of Mark Tyler’s upright.

Luke Rooney should have done better when Paul Benson cleverly nodded a ball on the edge of the box, but sent his shot over the top - Luton’s first real attempt after quarter of an hour.

Rooney had a decent shout for a penalty turned down barely a minute later too when veteran Gavin Mahon sent the midfielder flying as he barged in from behind.

Luton’s best chance came on the half hour though, when a great bit of skill from Andre Gray saw him skip past Jordan Keane on the left edge of the penalty area, but with a tight angle, his powerful strike was easily saved by Lambs keeper Cameron Belford.

Gray’s evening would be cut short though.

After colliding with Ben Richards-Everton in the area, the striker couldn’t shake off knock and had to come off five minutes before the break.

His replacement, Cullen, nearly opened the scoring barely a minute into the second period when the Tamworth defence failed to deal with a bouncing ball on the edge of the area, and the substitute nipped in behind but saw his shot kept out by Belford’s fingertips.

The Kenilworth Road faithful didn’t have to wait much longer before they could celebrate going ahead, just three minutes in fact, as McGeehan’s unstoppable run allowed him to poke home the opener, and his second goal in as many games.

But it wasn’t until the 64th minute before Luton really let the shackles off as Cullen rattled a second past Belford after Alex Lawless, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, threaded the needle to slide him in.

With the game in hand, Town set about making things even more comfortable.

With some slick passing moves, Town had Tamworth on the ropes and looked like they could score at will, though referee Richard Wigglesworth wasn’t willing point to the spot when Jake Caprice looked to have been guilty of a clear trip in the penalty area.

Tamworth rarely threatened Tyler’s goal in the second period as Luton’s defence bossed the tame Lambs attack.

David Morgan’s weak strike wide with nine minutes to go was as close as they’d come.

John Still’s men now face a nervous wait for tonight’s game between Cambridge and Woking before they can finally celebrate their return to the Football League.

 

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