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Preview: Luton Town (A)

27 February 2015

Stanley's hectic schedule continues with another trip to a side going well in League Two as they visit Luton Town.

Ahead of kick off, Chris Forsyth has all the information you might need:February has been a gruelling but ultimately rewarding month for Stanley, who are now unbeaten in four matches and looking up the League Two table.

Next up is the trip to Kenilworth Road to take on Luton Town, a side sitting fourth in the table and eyeing and automatic promotion spot.

The Hatters are a formidable prospect at home and will provide a stern test to that unbeaten record.[/vc_tab]Defender Nicky Hunt remains sidelined with a groin problem with results of a scan expected to confirm the extent of the damage.

Adam Buxton is likely to be back in the equation after recovering from illness which sidelined him last week.

A foot injury forced Terry Gornell off in the midweek win over Burton and the striker is being monitored by medical staff.[/vc_tab]The Hatters have spent five of the last 10 seasons in the Conference, one season in League Two, two seasons in League One and two seasons in the Championship.

They won the League One title in the 2004/05 season and spent the following two seasons in the Championship. They then suffered a disastrous run of three relegations in three seasons and then spent the next five seasons in the Conference.

They then won the Conference title last season to return to League Two.[/vc_tab]

John Still

64 year old Still appeared for teams including Leyton Orient during a playing career that was shortened due to a knee injury. After retiring Still has managed nine different teams in a managerial career spanning nearly 40 years.

Still's first managerial job was at Leytonstone and he then managed Leytonstone and Ilford after the two clubs merged. He then took charge of Dartford before returning to Leytonstone and Ilford and then had a spell at Maidstone United. Still then managed Redbridge Forest and then Dagenham and Redbridge after the two clubs merged.

Still then managed Peterborough United and then had two spells at Barnet before returning to Dagenham and Redbridge. Still was then appointed as Luton Town manager in 2013.

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Andy Drury

31 year old Drury signed for the Hatters last summer for £100,000 from Crawley Town and has so far made 31 appearances and scored two goals for the club.

Drury started his career at Sittingbourne and made 98 appearances and scored 26 goals for the club between 2001 and 2003. He then moved to Ebbsfleet and made 101 appearances and scored 19 goals for the club between 2003 and 2006 before moving to Lewes. During his time at Lewes he made 72 appearances and scored 16 goals for the club.

Drury then signed for Stevenage and scored seven goals in 57 appearances between 2008 and 2010. He then had a spell at Luton between 2010 and 2011, making 23 appearances and scoring six goals. He then had a spell at Ipswich Town, making 62 appearances and scoring two goals for the club between 2011 and 2013. He then had two spells at Crawley Town, making a total of 54 appearances and scoring eight goals before signing for the Hatters last season.

[/vc_tab]The two sides have only met on one occasion at Kenilworth Road with Stanley winning the game 2-1 in League Two in the 2008/09 season. Paul Mullin and Terry Gornell scored for Stanley, with Asa Hall replying for Luton.

Earlier this season the sides drew 2-2 at the Store First Stadium with James Gray and Luke Joyce scoring for Stanley. Luke Rooney and Jake Howells scored for the Hatters.[/vc_tab]Stanley are unbeaten in four games and have won three of those. Tuesday's win over league leaders Burton puts the Reds on 43 points and 15th in the League Two table.

John Coleman's side are out to win back-to-back away games for the first time since October.

The Hatters have made an excellent return to League Two, currently sitting in 4th place in the table. They have won 10, drawn four and lost two of their 16 home league matches so far this season.

In their last match they lost 3-2 away at AFC Wimbledon and in their last home match they defeated Carlisle United 1-0 with the goal coming from Mark Cullen.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

Gornell 7

McCartan 6

Gray 5

Mingoia 5

Naismith 4

Joyce 4

Atkinson 4

Maguire 4

Carver 3

Luton

Cullen 11

Rooney 5

Wilkinson 4[/vc_tab]

Lee Collins (Surrey)

Mr Collins has been refereeing at Football League level for the last three years after making his bow in the 2011/12 season.

His last Stanley game was the 3-1 home defeat to Carlisle in the JPT earlier this season.

This season: 21 games, 75 yellow cards, 6 red cards[/vc_tab]

The Ground

The Hatters have played at Kenilworth Road since 1905 and the current capacity of the stadium is 10,226.

The record attendance that the club have ever achieved is 30,069 which was set against Blackpool in an FA Cup 6th round replay in 1959.

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


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