Preview: Luton Town Result Would Be Really IMPressive
Luton Town may hold no fear for the Mighty Imps but in reality if we get 4 points from the next six, including a point here, we should be chucking our hats in the air like the football fans of yore. Confidence is a great thing but you can guarantee it will not lead to complacency with Simmo and Grant Brown around. On paper the Division’s top budget plays one from the bottom six but fortunately games are played on the pitch. All the same its David V Goliath as we go look at the form of the foe.
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Saturday 21st Sept KO 3PM
Cambridge apart this is the toughest game of the season so far. The Hatters have an embarrassment of riches all over the park, to the extent that Andre Gray and Taiwo were on the bench against Dartford. Benson did the job up front aided and abetted by Guttridge and Lawless in the 3-0 demolition of the Darts.
The switch to 4-2-3-1 from Still’s trusted 4-4-2 double 6 means the Imps will have to go man for man in a congested middle. That will be a tough ask, yes our players have ability but this will have to be a battle of attrition like never before because the Hatters have, pace, cunning and quality. Stevenson another Still find from the lower reaches (Histon) had a terrific game in mid-week and with Howells and Lawless either side of him in the advanced trio Guttridge can also bomb through and get one.
|Formation||4-4-2 d6 / 4-2-3-1|
|Position 2012/13||7th in BSP|
|Ave Away following||770|
The potential team & scheme
25 Henry 5 McNulty 14 Parry 12 Griffiths
21 Guttridge 4 Smith
7 Lawless 28 Stevenson 11 Howells
The Heroes & Villains
The Summer Plans
Still and Foyle are the cutest of the conference managers and we don’t mean pretty. Still has the funds and pedigree to go with a non-league knowledge that is second to none with 5 championships outside the Football League with different clubs. His contacts in the south-East are second to none using shoestring budgets to get Maidstone & Dagenham into the League with a second promotion for the latter to League 1, thus crowning a meteoric rise for a club born of a merger to keep the two just about on the map. He has won the Isthmian League twice and the southern League once.
Now he has some money behind him to boot the 40.43& win rate will only get better (Managerial stats stand at 6 promotions 1,160 games, 469 wins, 286 draws and 405 defeats at clubs with no cash)
Still is a details kind of guy, a great mentor, but he does not suffer fools gladly and puts sentimentality out with the trash when needed. Big names have been released or transfer-listed, part due to financial reality at the non-League equivalent of Man Utd, but more to do with a distaste for financial waste. The Hatters further illustrate their financial superiority by spending £40,00 to upgrade the training facility as well as a huge investment to ensure the playing surface will stay in shape throughout the season.
Luke Gutteridge (from Northampton) is a class addition in midfield, Jim Stevenson (just 21 but Histon’s top scorer last term) a cute one, with winger Shaun Whalley also adding another dimension to a hugely talented existing bunch who will form the quartet. They will need to be as Still’s favoured 4-4-2 ‘Double 6′ ensures the middle two will do some miles and earn their wages. Two new defenders, in Adam Parry (the second buy from Southport) and Danny Fitsimons (just 21 big & strong and the second buy from Histon) are very good additions too.
Mark Cullen is an interesting signing up front. After signing a new three and a half year deal at Hull City in 2012 and, doing well on loan, he was released to the Hatters this summer. Playing on loan at relegated Stockport may not have helped his cause but a clinical brace against Barrow shows the 21 year old fox-in-the-box will not be coming here to make up the numbers. He will lean plenty from Andre Gray and John Shaw who Still has managed to keep despite substantial interest.
|5th July||Luke Guttridge||Northampton||Mid||Free|
|1st July||Danny Fitzsimons||Histon||Def||Undis|
|1st July||Andrew Parry||Southport||Def||Undis|
|1st July||Jim Stevenson||Histon||Mid||Undis|
|1st July||Shaun Whalley||Southport||Winger||Undis|
|17th May||Mark Cullen||Hull City||For||Free|
|13th May||Elliott Justham||East Thurrock||Keeper||Free|
|1st July||Dan Walker||Hereford||For||Free|
|1st July||Simon Ainge||FC Halifax||Def||Free|
|4th July||Danny Spiller||No club||Mid||Free|
|4th July||Greg Taylor||Cambridge||Def||Free|
Hatters Squad 2013/14
Keepers 1 Mark Tyler, 16 Elliot Justham, Defenders 3 Danny Fitzsimons, 5 Steve McNulty, 6 Anthony Charles, 12 Scott Griffiths, 14 Andy Parry (Def/Mid), 25 Ronnie Henry (CAP), 32 Brett Longden, 33 Jerome Jibodu, 30 Alex Lacey Midfield 4 Jonathan Smith, 7 Alex Lawless, 8 Solomon Taiwo, 11 Jake Howells, 17 JJ O’Donnell, 18 Dave Martin, 21 Luke Guttridge, 22 Shaun Whalley, 23 Matt Robinson, 28 Jim Stevenson Forwards 9 Jon Shaw, 10 Alex Wall, 13 Mark Cullen, 27 Andre Gray, 31 Jake Woolley
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