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Luton Town 8-0 Hayes & Yeading

Kevin Gallen
Veteran striker Kevin Gallen has now hit 14 goals for the Hatters this season

Luton Town romped to their biggest win since the Second World War as they fired eight goals past Hayes & Yeading.

Two-goal Kevin Gallen set the Hatters on their way to a sixth straight win from close range inside seven minutes.

Gallen hit a second after Claude Gnapka bagged a quick brace, Keith Keane got the fifth and Tom Craddock's header and Jake Howells made it 7-0 at the break.

Craddock's second equalled the Blue Square Premier's best win of the season and Luton's biggest victory since 1936.

The Hatters' 17-goal top scorer was sharp enough to latch onto the rebound after his initial effort had hit the woodwork.

And substitute Liam Hatch then missed two great second-half chances to have made the winning margin even greater.

The Hatters' failure to net more than one goal after the break meant that they could only match Rushden & Diamonds' against Gateshead a fortnight ago.

But, although they have twice hit eight in a game, it was still the Hatters' best victory since their club record 12-0 win against Bristol Rovers on Easter Monday 74 years ago.

Richard Money's men, 6-1 winners at Ebbsfleet last weekend, have now hit 14 goals in two games (of which Gnapka has hit five, with three apiece for Gallen and Craddock).

And, remarkably, 13 of those, all six in the second half at Ebbsfleet and seven in the first half against Hayes & Yeading came in the space of 90 minutes of football.

After their second victory over Hayes & Yeading in three weeks, (Luton's six-game winning run started at Church Road on 6 March), the Hatters remain third in the table, level with Oxford United.

Richard Money's men are still five points adrift of FA Trophy finalists Stevenage Borough, but they have the chance to make inroads into their neighbours' lead this week.

While Luton host Salisbury on Tuesday night (20 March, 1945 BST), Stevenage will be hosting second-placed Oxford. And the Hatters themselves then go to Stevenage next Saturday (3 April, 1500 BST).

And, on the back of 19 points out of a possible 21 so far in March, in-form Luton have such strength in depth that neither of their two midweek loan deadline signings, defender Gavin Caines and striker Taiwo Atieno, even made the bench at Kenilworth Road.

Luton boss Richard Money told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We knew four or five weeks ago that we needed to start scoring goals and get closer on goal difference to the teams around us.

"And the last two weeks have helped enormously. Almost everything we hit went in.

"It's never an easy fixture when you play against a team you have played against so recently, but we were very good from the first minute.

"I've never been involved in a game before in which any team have scored seven goals in in one half."

Luton chairman Nick Owen told BBC Sport:

"We were sensational. And to make the day even more memorable, I met four people who were actually at the game when we beat Bristol Rovers 12-0 on a freezing cold Easter Monday in 1936.

"I was compering a charity concert in Luton on Saturday night when I mentioned our 12-0 win, the day Joe Payne, our reserve wing-half who was only playing because two of our strikers were injured, scored 10 of the goals, still a football record.

"At the break, a supporter of 81 years came up to me and said he had been there. And, when I mentioned this at the start of the second half, three more stood up and said they had been there too - and the place erupted. A very special day."

Luton Town: Tyler, Asafu-Adjaye, Pilkington, Kovacs (Blackett 46), Murray, Howells, Gnakpa (Barnes-Homer 64), Keane, Heslop, Craddock, Gallen (Hatch 64).
Subs Not Used: Gore, Newton.

Goals: Gallen 7, 23, Gnapka 11, 13, Keane 26, Craddock 31, 56, Howells 35.

Hayes & Yeading: Masters, Allen-Page, Cadmore, Ruby (James 46), Green, Marwa, Cochrane (Mulley 46), Canham, Harris, Ide, Fitzgerald (Wishart 68).
Subs Not Used: Overland, Binns.

Booked: Cadmore.

Referee: Simon Long (Suffolk).

Attendance: 6,761.

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