Deadly duo gives Hatters the edge in Barnet victory

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Top scorer Andre Gray’s early opener and Paul Benson’s poacher’s second made Wednesday’s match against Barnet even more difficult to call off, writes Mark Wood.

Those goals put the Hatters 2-0 up and, although the Bees pulled one back before the end, it was important for Town to seize the initiative with conditions still just about playable.

Skrill Premier player of the month Benson said: “It’s a great time (Gray’s goal) to score no matter what the conditions are. Even more so today, because I don’t fancy you would have had the roll of that ball in the 90th-minute or 85th or whatever it was. It was a good time for him to get going and obviously the ball was rolling a bit better at that time.

“It’s very hard to call a game off when a team are winning 2-0. I’ve seen it done, it happens quite a lot, but there’s that little extra bit of pressure when the team are at home and there’s 8,000 or whatever supporters, it’s very hard, but saying that I would like to say fair play to the referee, because he could have easily called it off but he stuck to his guns and we’re all very thankful for it.”

On his own goal to double the lead and take him to 11 for the season, Benson continued: “I just tried to hang at the back post and look for anything that came across and I think the ball came in from Howellsy (Jake Howells) and Andre’s got a slight little touch on it, he’s gone for the header, and it’s hit me and because of the state of the pitch it’s literally just stopped and I’ve looked at it and placed it under the goalkeeper. A nice little finish and happy with it. “

Captain Ronnie Henry was full of praise for Town’s deadly duo whose partnership up front is now flourishing.

He added: “Very good finishes. Andre’s very lively, he knows that, he plays on the last defender a lot and the ball got slid through and, to be honest with you, when he got goalside of their player there’s only one outcome. He put it in the back of the net which he’s been doing all season and on the other goal, Benno, it’s a great finish to be honest with you and he deserves another goal and they move on and we move on.”