Luton Town 1 Exeter City 0
The Hatters continue their push for promotion with a hard-earned win against fellow promotion rivals Exeter City.
With Nathan Jones having freshened his squad up on transfer deadline day, there were full-debuts for Jake Jervis and Flynn Downes in this fixture with Lloyd Jones, the third new recruit, coming on as a substitute.
The Hatters started the game well with Harry Cornick being denied the opening goal by the post with his, what looked like goal-bound shot, hitting the frame of the goal.
Jake Jervis, signed from Plymouth, almost opened his Hatters scoring account but saw his scuffed effort go wide whilst another opportunity that fell his way cleared the cross-bar.
Exeter City offered very little going forward and Marek Stech coped comfortably with a long-range effort from Hiram Boateng.
With thirty-minutes gone, Luton rattled the cross-bar again, courtesy of an effort from James Collins.
But, after a spell of pressure, the Hatters did take the lead when a pass from Dan Potts saw Harry Cornick beat the Exeter City keeper, Christy Pym, with a shot from eighteen-yards that took a slight deflection.
The Hatters could have extended their lead in the second-half, but Pym was on hand to deny Olly Lee`s shot whilst Jervis spurned another opportunity by shooting wide from a good position.
A chance fell to Luke Berry but the midfielder placed his header straight at Pym in the Exeter City goal.
Further chances fell to Collins and the Hatters substitute Danny Hylton but that second goal wasn`t going to come.
Indeed, it was almost heart-in-the-mouth time late on when Exeter engineered a rare chance but a long-range effort from Kane Wilson was saved by Stech.
Luton`s next game sees them make the short journey to Stevenage, next Saturday, for a local derby.