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Preview: Luton Town (H)

22 August 2014

Luton Town are the visitors to the Store First Stadium tomorrow as a busy week of fixtures continues for Stanley.

Ahead of kick off, the official website has all the information you might need:Stanle y suffered a disappointing defeat at Shrewsbury in midweek and now turn their full attention to putting it right against Luton Town.

A first win of the new season is the aim for James Beattie's side, who return to the Store First Stadium after three consecutive away games.

The Reds renew acquaintances with a Hatters side that won the Conference last year and are looking to make a seamless transition back into league football under the guidance of the experienced John Still.[/vc_tab]Goalkeeper Luke Simpson serves a one match suspension following his red card at the Greenhous Meadow in midweek meaning that Jay Lynch is likely to make his first Football League start in goal.

Fellow keeper Andrew Dawber is still a couple of weeks away from fitness with a knee problem.

Adam Buxton and Michael Liddle both missed the game on Tuesday due to injury and are being assessed.

The Hatters have a number of injury problems ahead of the game with former Stanley man Shaun Whalley one of those who is doubtful.

Paul Connolly and Alex Lawless are also likely to miss out.[/vc_tab]Luton Town are back in the Football League following an absence of five seasons after winning the Conference title.

They are a club revitalised and looking to use their momentum to kick on in League Two, a far cry from the dark days of recent memory that saw them relegated into non-league football in 2009.

The financial troubles and points deductions are now memories and under the guidance of John Still the Hatters have made an encouraging start to life back in the Football League.[/vc_tab]

John Still

John Still has forged quite a reputation within football particularly in non-league and the lower divisions of the Football League.

What he achieved in 10 years with Dagenham and Redbridge was nothing short of remarkable as he took them as high as League One on a shoe-string budget.

He's previously managed Peterborough and Barnet before taking a second spell at the helm of the Daggers, going on to achieve the unthinkable by gaining promotion up to League Two and then League One. The Daggers struggled with a limited budget in the third tier but took relegation to the last day when a 5-0 defeat to Peterborough ensured a quick return to League Two.

On 26th February 2013 Still decided to bring an end to his time with Dagenham and take up a new challenge of masterminded Luton Town's return to the Football League. He achieved this with little fuss as the Hatters romped to last season's Conference Championship.

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Paul Benson

Benson, 34, made his move to Luton permanent in the summer, re-joining after a successful loan spell during the second half of last season.

The striker started his career with Dagenham and Redbridge where he had the impressive record of 69 goals in 165 appearances.

He 2010 he would move onto Charlton Athletic, before moving to fellow League One side Swindon Town.

John Still then jumped in and reunited himself with the striker and during the back end of last season Benson netted a resounding 17 goals in 36 games to ensure promotion for the Hatters.

[/vc_tab]The two sides have only met on two previous occasions, both in the 2008/09 season, and the Reds are unbeaten.

Paul Mullin and Terry Gornell scored the goals in a 2-1 win at Kenilworth Road and the return fixture in February the following year ended in a goalless draw.[/vc_tab]Stanley have lost their opening three League Two games, narrowly against Southend and Cheltenham and in disappointing fashion at Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.

The visitors are 14th in the embryonic table following a 1-0 win at Carlisle on the opening day and a 1-1 draw with Bury on Tuesday night.

Still's men were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by League One side Swindon.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

James Gray 1

Kal Naismith 1

Luton

Mark Cullen 1

Luke Rooney 1

Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu 1[/vc_tab]

Seb Stockbridge

Mr Stockbridge is embarking on his second season as a Football League referee and making his second visit to the Store First Stadium.

His first visit came last season when he presided over Stanley's 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Tranmere Rovers.

This season: 2 games, 5 yellow cards, 0 red cards[/vc_tab]Admission prices for the game are:

Adults £20

Over 65′s & Students £15

Under 18′s £10

Accompanied Under 12′s £5

For more information on Luton Town why not visit their official website www.lutontown.co.uk or their Twitter feed @LutonTown

The Sports Bar will be open before, during and after the match for supporters in the Jack Barrett Stand.[/vc_tab]


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