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Game settled by Old Boy,But not a Luton One

Laurence Payne  Monday, March 04, 2002  19:16 GMT

Down Town 0 Luton Old Boys 1

With DT back to somewhere near full strength, even though LOB are flying high in the upper reaches of Division 1, DT were always going to put up a good show, and so it proved.

The early domination was from the Luton side as their intricate passing looked like paying dividends as they made inroads into the DT team. But for all their possession they couldn’t break down a resolute DT team and the best chance of the first half an hour fell to DT. Turfy, playing in the opposing defences faces as usual picked up on some slack passing, he hoofed the ball up field and then set about chasing it. As he advanced on the ball the LOB keeper sprinted from his goal and just beat the grass loving striker to the ball, but at a cost, as the keeper was soon to leave the field with grass burns from the clash.

LOB took control again and only good keeping from the Muzz man stopped a far post header from breaching the water tight defence. It was looking like something out of the ordinary was going to have to happen to end this stalemate, and so it did, Lol Payne using all his guile and cunning headed a through ball back towards his own net, the only trouble was no one expected it except the jug eared LOB striker who beat Muzzy to the bouncing ball and coolly lobbed him for 1-0.

Half time arrived and harsh words were spoken during the break. DT came out for the second half and started to dominate the away team, they just couldn’t seem though to make the final pass and the best two chances of the half were from free kicks, and even they were blasted over by Richie Bowness and Karl Thomas. LOB looked lively on the break and DT had Lol Payne to thank as well as more good keeping by Muzzy as they kept the opposition at bay.

DT poured forward but the LOB defence refused to give, Paul Kent threw his impressive weight around but to no avail, which led to his withdrawal as he continued to wind the defence up and hassle them to the point of breaking. Daley came on for the senior Kent and started to move the defenders around and with the addition of the Wales bound Simon Harvey, Payne pushed forward and if he had been fed through by Bowness may have levelled (but this is a bit of a long shot), Bowness instead firing over.

DT couldn’t for all their second half domination breakthrough and I think LOB were pleased to reach the end of the game with the 2 points in the bag. DT showed a lot of fight and played one of their best games of the season but, just couldn’t turn form into goals.
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