York City 3 Luton Town 0 (Match Report)

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Hatters crash to defeat.

After climbing to top of the table, a bad performance at Bootham Crescent saw Luton slip to sixth place in the table with the defence looking woeful in an opening forty-five minutes that the travelling support of 606 will want to forget.

It was a forty-five minutes that effectively ended any chances Luton had of taking anything from a difficult ground to visit.

Luton went behind as early as the ninth minute when York scored with their first real attack of the game. Ashley Chambers was the scorer after meeting a ball from Patrick McLaughlin with confidence and beating Mark Tyler low down.

From being a relatively equal game, the action was now all coming from York. A weak head by Will Antwi presented Jamie Reed with a chance but he fluffed his effort with it going the wrong side of the post. Another slip from Antwi presented Reed with a second chance to score but after going one-on-one with Tyler, the keeper got the better of this particular exchange.

Yet another error from Antwi gave Chambers the chance to grab his second of the game but his effort went high and wide. But with thirty-one minutes gone, the Hatters fell two goals behind and it was an ex-Hatter, Jason Walker, who scored.

Walker who played a mere eight games for Luton finished excellently after firing home a low drive. Respect to Walker though who kept his celebrations low-key in front of the Hatters travelling fans.

Sluggish from the off, Luton took until the thirty-eighth minute to get their first shot on target with Stuart Fleetwood barely troubling Michael Ingham in the York goal.

But if Luton thought they could make something of a comeback in the second half, they were in for a rude awakening in first half stoppage time when Chambers got his second goal of the game to put York 3-0 up after firing home a perfect cross from Walker.

In the ascendancy York could have made it 4-0 early in the second half but Chambers was deprived of a hat-trick when his shot flew pinches past the post.

Luton had a chance to add a degree of respectability to the score when a move involving two half time substitutes, Aaron O`Connor and Adam Watkins, created a chance for Jamie Hand but his wayward effort flew over the bar.

York were not resting on their laurels though and the lively Walker saw a long range shot whistle just past the post. A re-jig of positions, by Gary Brabin, saw Keith Keane become more active in proceedings and although Luton were pushing forward more a consolation goal was not to come.

Jake Howells dragged a shot wide before a Hand header almost got the gallant 606 cheering madly so it was a first defeat of the season and a long journey home for the faithful.

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