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Posted Sat 28 Dec 13 at 16:45 PM


A nightmare second half saw ten-man Harriers soundly beaten at Luton Town on Saturday as they fell to a heavy 6-0 defeat.

With just a couple of minutes gone and in front of a huge home crowd, the Hatters went close as Alex Lawless took aim though his free-kick effort dropped just over the bar of Danny Lewis' target.

Joe Lolley's shot, deflected away for a corner, represented one of the visitors' earliest opening and on 21 minutes he forced the first real save of the afternoon with a run inside and rising shot that Mark Tyler stretched to tip over the bar as it headed towards his top corner.

Soon after, Luke Guttridge headed wide off Ronnie Henry's cross for Luton and, on 28 minutes they took the lead; the hosts' forward movement was fine as they strode towards goal - Lewis had initially made a fine save to deny Matt Robinson but the loose ball was eventually slammed home by Luke Guttridge.

Five minutes later Jack Byrne saw a header comfortably held by Tyler before Lawless almost doubled Luton's lead following good work from Andre Gray, his shot on the angle across the face of goal saved well by Lewis.

Guttridge nodded another effort wide for the Town before, a couple of minutes prior to the interval, Lolley again went close up at the other end as his low shot looked to be on its way into the net before Steve McNulty did superbly to block it away.

Just after the restart the hosts came within a whisker of making it 2-0 as the electric Gray flashed an effort just wide on the angle, the ball fizzing within an inch of the post, first-half sub Jake Howells then seeing a curled effort deflected away.

Howells would make an excellent contribution to the Hatters' win, however, and as Town netted twice more in quick succession to arguably seal the tie he was heavily involved, first crossing on 52 minutes for Paul Benson to rise and head into the far corner before the defender himself scored from the spot two minutes later for 3-0, the penalty awarded for a Chey Dunkley foul on Benson that also saw the Harriers man given his marching orders. 

On the hour mark Tyler still had to be at his best to stop Harriers getting a goal back as he superbly tipped away a long-range effort from Gash, before Benson almost added Luton's fourth only to nod wide of the target.

With 20 minutes left Howells helped himself to his second as he tapped in Gray's cross at the far post having been left unmarked and, nine minutes further on Scott Griffiths got in on the act with a simple flick header past Lewis from Guttridge's free-kick.

With five minutes left on the clock Man of the Match Guttridge added a sixth to round off a fine team move.

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