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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Oliver Lee (29')
  • James Collins (45', 75' PEN)
  • Luke Berry (55')
  • Karlan Ahearne-Grant (87')

Luton maintain six-point lead as Collins haunts former club Crawley

Luton maintained their six-point lead atop Sky Bet League Two after striker James Collins scored twice in a 4-1 victory over his former club Crawley.
Collins bagged 20 league goals for Crawley last season before moving to Kenilworth Road over the summer and he returned to haunt his old side, who slip to 11th in the standings.
The Hatters made a vibrant start as Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris was forced to deny Harry Cornick and Olly Lee either side of Collins' volley rattling the post.
Lee then opened the scoring in the 28th minute after a swift break from Collins saw him blast over Morris.
Town went on to waste a host of chances, Cornick's effort parried by Morris, Glen Rea's header cleared off the line and Collins' effort flipped over by Morris.
Cornick was denied by a wonderful block from defender Josh Lelan, while Crawley's Jordan Roberts struck the post.
Collins gave Luton a cushion on the stroke of half-time when his header from Lee's corner deflected past the unfortunate Morris.
After the break Crawley went close through Thomas Verheydt and Enzio Boldewijn but Luton increased their advantage in the 56th minute when Luke Berry drilled low past Morris.
Collins added further gloss to the scoreline, sending Morris the wrong way with his 76th-minute penalty, awarded after the striker was felled in the area by Lelan, before Crawley striker Karlan Ahearne-Grant scored a consolation with three minutes left.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Crewe Alexandra 13 +7 26
2 Exeter City 13 +7 26
3 Bradford City 13 +7 24
4 Forest Green Rovers 13 +7 24
5 Newport County 12 +6 23
6 Cheltenham Town 12 +10 22
7 Swindon Town 13 +4 21
8 Colchester United 13 +4 19
9 Crawley Town 13 +1 19
10 Grimsby Town 13 +4 18
11 Plymouth Argyle 13 +2 17
12 Macclesfield Town 13 0 17
13 Port Vale 13 -2 17
14 Salford City 13 -4 17
15 Mansfield Town 13 +2 16
16 Cambridge United 13 +2 16
17 Leyton Orient 13 -3 16
18 Northampton Town 13 -2 15
19 Walsall 13 -8 15
20 Carlisle United 13 -8 14
21 Oldham Athletic 13 -9 11
22 Scunthorpe United 13 -5 10
23 Stevenage 13 -9 8
24 Morecambe 13 -13 7