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We take a closer look at Tuesday night's opponents

21 November 2017

Back-to-back league wins have seen the Blues climb into the top half of Sky Bet League Two and Keith Curle will be keen to see that good form continue.

The Cumbrians picked up a hard-earned 1-0 win at Grimsby the weekend, and will be hoping to pick up another three points when they make the visit to Luton on Tuesday evening.

But the high-flying Hatters will themselves be keen to build on some impressive results of late - including a thumping victory over Cambridge at the weekend.

We put Nathan Jones’ men under the spotlight ahead of our visit to Kenilworth Road:

Strong Start

Luton were tipped by many to be title contenders this season after narrowly missing out in the play-offs last season, and Jones’ side haven’t disappointed thus far.

They currently sit second in the division having lost just three league games all season, and are only two points behind table-toppers Notts County.

And their recent form has been nothing short of sensational - the Hatters have lost just one of their last 15 games in all competitions.

That certainly represents promotion form, and means United will need to be at their best to take anything from the trip south.

Division’s Top Scorers

Not only are Luton well and truly pushing for the title, but they also boast the best attacking record in the division having netted 43 goals in their 18 league games thus far.

Saturday’s 7-0 victory over Cambridge was their biggest winning margin of the season, and followed up a 7-1 triumph over Stevenage and an 8-2 demolition of Yeovil on the opening day.

Hatters’ striker Danny Hylton sits as the division’s joint top goal scorer with 11 goals to his name, while strike partner James Collins has chipped in with eight of his own.

What Does History Tell Us?

The two sides have met regularly in recent years - and it’s Luton who have the better of the meetings.

Of the 28 times the pair have faced off, the Mariners have claimed victory in 11 of them with Carlisle triumphant on only seven occasions.

Recent form is fairly mixed, with both games last season ending in draws and the two meetings in the 2015/16 season yielding one win each - including that sensational 4-3 comeback win for the Blues at Kenilworth Road.

Watch the highlights from last season's 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road here:

Watch the highlights from the thrilling 4-3 comeback here:

Not The Happiest Trip

While United’s last two trips to Kenilworth Road have seen points brought back to Cumbria, previous meetings weren’t such happy occasions.

Prior to the Blues’ win at Luton in 2015, they had gone over 40 years without a win in Bedforshire, with the last triumph a 1-0 win back in 1972.

Curle will be hoping his side don’t have to go so long without another victory on their travels south this time.

Ones to Watch

+ Scott Cuthbert - An experienced defender capable of playing at centre back or full-back, the former Leyton Orient man moved to Kenilworth Road in 2015 and quickly nailed down a place in the starting line-up. His impressive performances earned him the captain’s armband and he has already gone on to make nearing 100 appearances for the Hatters. He offers plenty of expertise in the lower leagues from his time at Swindon and Orient and is a reliable figure at the back.

+ Luke Berry - One of most sought-after names in the division, Luton captured the signing of the goal-scoring midfielder in the summer after he had impressed at divisional rivals Cambridge United. Berry netted 22 times for the U’s last season and has already bagged three for his new club since moving to Kenilworth Road. A threat from outside the area, and capable of providing both assists and goals, Berry will need to be watched carefully.

+ Danny Hylton - Sky Bet League Two’s joint top scorer so far, Hylton is a lively presence in and around the area and certainly knows how to find the back of the net. Formerly of Aldershot, Rotherham and Oxford, the striker offers experience aplenty and seems to keep improving year-on-year. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the division last season and is well on track to matching that this season.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Luton 3 - 0 United

Report from the Tuesday evening away game

21 November 2017

The Blues were in Luton for their second away game of the week on Tuesday evening.

United made three changes for the long trip into the Bedfordshire with Tom Miller, Tom Parkes and Shaun Miller getting the nod to replace James Brown, Kelvin Etuhu and Richie Bennett.

The Blues started well with some good passing from back to front which brought a flick from Shaun Miller as he got up to meet a ball forward from Lambe. Hope tried to chase it down but Stech was off his line quickly to gather it up.

Carlisle came again when Shaun Miller rolled his man on the half way line. He fed Lambe on the overlap and the cross from the wide man had Hope interested. He threw himself at it on the dive, but his header was too close to the keeper.

Match official Chris Sarginson became the most unpopular man in the stadium when he stopped Mpanzu in his tracks after he had gone through a Shaun Miller tackle in full flight. The contact between the players had left the Luton man without his boot, and play was stopped for safety reasons.

The Cumbrians almost took the lead on 12 minutes when a lovely pass from Joyce left Shaun Miller with space to work in. He got it under control and twisted and turned his way to a shooting position, and it needed a touch from a defender to take it over the bar as he set himself to celebrate.

Potts had a shot blocked as the Hatters tried to pick up the pace, but it was the visitors who showed again when Hope contested a bounce ball tight by the left-hand touchline. The striker followed the movement of play, won it back and went for goal with a 25-yard grasscutter. Stech watched as it went past his upright.

Luton got forward with purpose on 19 minutes as they flooded the box with options left and right. Gary Liddle executed an excellent first block, but the hosts came again and Shinnie had time to pick his spot as he bent a lovely effort into the far corner.

The Hatters suddenly looked alive and a reverse pass from Berry put Shinnie into a dangerous position. He clipped his delivery to the back stick, but Hill was there to guide it away to safety. Lee was next to tease a delivery into the area but it had too much on it and Bonham was able to gather it up.

A cross from Mike Jones had everyone waiting to see where it landed, as United started to see more of the ball again, and Stech was relieved to see it dip over his bar.

But the Cumbrians were given a mountain to climb when Sheehan floated a 30-yard free kick delivery towards the six-yard box. Dan Potts timed his run perfectly to clip a header past Bonham and into the bottom corner.

Lambe and Jones had shots blocked when Carlisle attacked from the restart and Tom Miller was disappointed when he sent a follow-up volley high over the target. There was more good Carlisle pressure when a fierce shot from Jones was blocked. Joyce was there to play Hope into space and he spun quickly to help the ball on its way. Stech stopped it but he had to recover quickly as Shaun Miller tried to finish off the loose pieces.

United switched to 4-4-2 after the break, with Etuhu on for Parkes, but it was Luton who piled on the early pressure as they tried to put the game to bed. United had other ideas and crosses from Liddle and Grainger had to be dealt with as they tried to find the magic ingredient.

The Carlisle goal was threatened ten minutes into the half when Mpanzu found himself with the ball at his feet from a deflected Shinnie pass. He put everything into his volley but Hill did enough to get his body in the way at the vital moment.

Hope was wayward with a shot from distance when he had blue shirts screaming for a pass, and Grainger had a 19-yard free kick blocked before he horribly miscued the volley away from the target.

United had half a shout for a penalty when a shot from Miller went into the air on the spin. Lambe appeared to be held back as he tried to get on the end of it, but the officials showed absolutely no interest at all.

A loud call for handball was ignored when a toe poke from Jones struck a defender, and Miller was robbed of the opportunity of a shot when he came under pressure with his back to goal just nine yards out.

Jones started to shoot on sight and he won his side a corner when another effort took a touch and bent over the bar. Carlisle started to play some good football and Joyce and Liddle combined to put Lambe through with Luton looking uncomfortable. Another corner was flicked goalwards by Joyce but it somehow stayed out with Stech well beaten.

Grainger was next to go close when he worked a free kick routine with Jones. The roll of the ball invited the shot but it was straight at Stech and he held it close to his chest. The Carlisle dominance was made to count for nothing with 14 minutes left to play when, with men committed forward, substitute Harry Cornick found himself with a clear run at goal. He had Hylton in support, but he didn’t need him as he drew the stopper and slotted it home.

The home side were then given a penalty when Hylton went down under pressure from Hill, but Bonham went the right way and made an excellent save to deny the same man from the spot.

Luke Joyce then had to help his defence out when a downward header beat Bonham. The midfielder kept his eye on it and hooked it off the line with Shinnie ready to celebrate.

Bennett dragged a shot on the spin wide as the clock ticked down, and both Shaun Miller and Hope scuffed difficult volleys, but the points were destined to stay in Bedfordshire as Luton saw the game out to strengthen their promotion credentials.



Luton Town - Shinnie (19), Potts (30), Cornick (76)



Luton Town - Sheehan (45), Mpanzu (70)

Carlisle United - Hope (45), Joyce (51), Grainger (90)



Luton Town - Stech, Potts, Mullins (D'Ath 82), Stacey, Hylton, Shinnie (Famewo 88), Rea, Mpanzu, Berry, Lee (Cornick 72), Sheehan. Subs - Shea, Justin, Cook, Gambin.

Carlisle United - Bonham, T Miller, Liddle, Hill, Parkes (Etuhu 46), Grainger, Lambe, Jones (Bennett 74), Joyce (Cosgrove 84), Hope, S Miller. Subs - George, Devitt, Brown, O'Sullivan.


Referee - Chris Sarginson

Attendance - 7,644 (215 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Luton Town

Ticket information for the Hatters away game

5 November 2017

Ticket information and prices for the Luton Town away day are detailed below:

This is an all-ticket game so tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

Dates of sale:

Date Time
Mon 6 November  10am to 5pm
Tue 7 November  10am to 5pm 
Wed 8 November  10am to 5pm
Thu 9 November  10am to 5pm
Fri 10 November  10am to 5pm
Sat 11 November  10am to 2.30pm
Sat 11 November 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Sun 12 November  Closed 
Mon 13 November  10am to 5pm
Tue 14 November 10am to 5pm
Wed 15 November  10am to 5pm
Thu 16 November  10am to 5pm
Fri 17 November  10am to 5pm


Adult £18
Senior Over 65 £13
Golden Senior Over 75 £10
Young Adult 19-21 £13
U19 £10
U17 £6
U10 £3

Disabled information:

Disabled supporters will pay one category lower than their normal price with the carer free of charge. 

Wheelchair supporters will need to contact Luton Town FC to purchase tickets on 01528 476 376.


Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Foods Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Post – send in a cheque for the correct amount, a covering letter and a stamped addressed envelope.
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. All credit cards used will incur a £1 surcharge. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Thursday 16 November 2017.
Bus Travel
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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