Published: 06/08/2011 22:26 - Updated: 06/08/2011 22:55

Ex-Hatter Burgess downs Luton

Pre-season friendly
Steel Park
Saturday, August 6, 2011


Former Hatters player and fan Andy Burgess sunk a youthful Luton Town less than 24 hours after the first team squad beat Premier League Queens Park Rangers 3-1.

Chris Tavernier
Chris Tavernier

Manager Gary Brabin used the fixture to field two trialists in former Shrewsbury striker Nathan Elder, partnered by ex-Southend United forward Matt Paterson.

The Town hopefuls lined up alongside two of the scorers from Friday night as Adam Watkins and Amari Morgan-Smith were handed starts, while Matthew Barnes-Homer started on the bench.

The Conference North hosts opened the scoring nine minutes in through a Matt Rhead header.

The goalscorer set up Nick Rogan who’s header clipped the crossbar while the striker should have doubled his and Corby's tally on 24 minutes but he fired over.

Morgan-Smith had come closest to registering for the Hatters while Sam Ives and Andy Hall had chances to extend the Steelmen's lead.

Hatters youngster Chris Tavernier levelled the scores near the hour mark with a 20-yard stunner that found the top corner.

The sides exchanged chances with Barnes-Homer unable to add to his strike against QPR. The striker did set up Jean Philippe Yamfam but the youngster struck straight at Paul Malone from point blank range.

Burgess then showed the Hatter how it's done on 73 minutes with a delected strike that proved to be the winner.

Only a marvellous stop from Lewis Kidd denied Rhead the chance to increase the host's lead.

A Ryan Dasilva strike at the other end had Corby's keeper beaten but not the woodwork and that was as close as Luton came to an equaliser.

LUTON: Lewis Kidd, Ash Deeney, JJ O’Donnell, Godfrey Poku, Ed Asafu-Adjaye (C), Alex Lacey, Adam Watkins (Jean-Philippe Yamfam 46), Amari Morgan-Smith (Matt Paterson 74), Nathan Elder (Ryan Dasilva 46), Matt Paterson (Matthew Barnes-Homer 46), Christian Tavernier.

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