Writer: Mad Hatter
Date:Saturday August 17 2013
A late, late equalizer was enough to give Luton a share of the spoils at Kenilworth Road this afternoon.
John Still made three changes to the side that started against Salisbury in midweek. Alex Lacey, Ronnie Henry and Andre Gray all started whilst Macclesfield included the former Hatter John Paul Kissock in their ranks.
Luton got the action underway attacking the Kenilworth Road end and had the first chance of the afternoon, a chance spurned when Taiwo`s effort cleared the bar. Macclesfield replied, almost immediately, with a shot off their own but Tyler was easily able to claim the effort from Boden.
The visitors continued to push forward and a long range shot from Whittaker flew wide. Tyler then produced another good save to deny Holroyd before Halls rattled the Luton bar with a shot midway through the half.
Luton tried to engineer a chance but Tyler was once again called into action when a cross from Winn was met at the back post by Boden. Guttridge received the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Holroyd before Kissock drove a shot wide.
Slowly Luton were getting on top and the Macclesfield keeper had to claw a header from Guttridge around the post. Lacy then header a corner, from Martin, wide before a good piece of skill saw Gray great space for a shot only to see it hit the post. A shalf time approached both Gray and Henry were denied a goal by smart work from the Macclesfield keeper.
Half Time - Luton 0 Macclesfield 0
Neither manager made any changes at half time and Winn almost gave Macclesfield the lead but shot narrowly wide. Tyler was then forced to save from Kissock and Luton were extremely grateful that Boden`s effort, from the rebound, was straight at Tyler.
Luton, trying to relieve the pressure, had a claim for a penalty turned down when Whalley appeared to have been fouled in the area. Macclesfield, switching the action to the other end, saw Williams waste a chance with time to spare and then Tyler had to save from Holroyd, two big chances there.
John Still tried to stem the flow of Macclesfield attacks by introducing Howells for Martin. But that wasn`t to be the case as Chris Holroyd was, shortly after, to give the visitors the lead converting a pass from Kissock.
Still made a second change bringing on Cullen for Griffiths, searching for an equalizer Whalley saw a shot saved by the keeper, as we entered the last ten minutes of normal time, Howells dragged a shot wide.
Holroyd had two more chances to put the game out of Luton`s reach but both went inches wide. Still made a third change bringing on Smith for Taiwo as Luton entered the final ten minutes chasing the game, three minutes from the end Whalley saw an effort go over the bar.
Just as the Hatters faithful were bemoaning their lot and in the seventh minute of injury time, up popped Guttridge with an unlikely equalizer, scoring his second goal of the season, proving it pays to battle on until the final whistle.
Date:Saturday August 17 2013
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