Luton Town 1 - 2 Grimsby Town
OMAR Bogle’s double gave Grimsby Town their first away win of the season as they beat Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
The Mariners went ahead through Bogle’s close-range strike just before the half-hour but Luton hit back after the break when substitute Glen Rae equalised.
Town were not to be denied maximum points though and their winner came eight minutes from time, with their leading scorer heading home his seventh of the season.
The Mariners were unchanged from the XI that began the 2-2 draw at Notts County last week, as striker Shaun Tuton shook off the injury he picked up in that game at Meadow Lane to start.
James McKeown – as expected – was preferred to Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson in goal, with Ben Davies, Shaun Pearson, Josh Gowling and Danny Andrew forming the defence.
Ashley Chambers, Brandon Comley, Luke Summerfield and Dominic Vose were the midfielders, with Bogle starting alongside Tuton in attack.
Kayden Jackson came back into the matchday squad on the Grimsby bench, where he was joined by Craig Disley, James Berrett, Tom Bolarinwa, Andrew Boyce, Scott Vernon and Henderson.
Town, playing in their all-grey third kit, started brightly and created their first chance of the game on four minutes, which Bogle put wide of the target.
Another opportunity came six minutes later but this time, Summerfield’s effort was blocked for a corner.
Luton were also looking to attack and they won a corner when a long-range shot from Cameron McGeehan took a deflection and went out for a corner, which was dealt with by the Town defence.
A good challenge from Andrew prevented striker Danny Hylton from making progress down the home right, before Vose created the space at the other end to hit a shot that was tipped over the bar by home keeper Christian Walton. Summerfield headed over the bar from the resulting corner.
Tuton then did well to chase down a ball from Andrew but the striker’s cross was volleyed wide for a goal kick by Vose.
A Mariners corner came just before the half-hour and it eventually led to the opening goal. The ball from the flag came out for Summerfield and when his shot was not dealt with by the Luton defence, BOGLE was in the right place to stab it into the net from close range.
Luton’s response saw a cross cut out by Pearson for a corner, which was headed out for another one by Gowling. This time, Jordan Cook’s ball was cleared by Tuton.
The home pressure was building and another corner came nine minutes before the break, which Summerfield initially headed clear before Gowling dealt with the return ball into the penalty area.
A stoppage came after a clash of heads between Pearson and Hylton, with the striker coming off worse. Both were passed fit to continue.
A cross from Tuton looked set to be finished by Bogle soon afterwards, although the Luton defence recovered well to clear the danger.
Bogle was involved again four minutes before the break when he looped a header off-target, before Gowling won a duel with Hylton at the other end.
Then, on 44 minutes, a foul on Tuton earned Olly Lee the first yellow card of the game and gave Town a free kick in a dangerous position close to the edge of the Luton box. Bogle’s shot hit a defender, before Vose’s rebound was blocked and went away for a throw-in.
Pearson cleared a cross from Jack Marriott as two added minutes were signalled to be played at the end of the half.
And with no further chances created by either side before the half-time whistle blew, the Mariners went into the dressing room with their 1-0 advantage intact.
Lee and Hylton were replaced by Rea and Isaac Vassell for the hosts before the restart and Town created a chance almost immediately, although Tuton narrowly failed to connect with a cross from Summerfield.
Chambers won a corner two minutes in but Vose’s ball was cleared, although Town kept possession and started a move which led to Bogle forcing a save out of keeper Walton, who pushed it away for a corner.
Grimsby’s positive start to the half continued when Tuton took the ball forward but Vose could only send it out for a goal kick.
At the other end, a shot from Marriott on the half-volley was well-saved by McKeown, who got a strong hand to the ball and pushed it away from goal. The home side kept possession but the ball was headed wide after it was sent back into the box.
McKeown was called into action again after an attempted pass from Bogle to Vose was cut out and the hosts attacked. Marriott shot from inside the penalty area but the Town keeper was equal to his effort.
And another good save from the Grimsby stopper came soon afterwards, when the home side beat the Town offside trap.
But the keeper could do nothing when Luton’s equaliser eventually came just before the hour. A cross was headed away to the edge of the box by Gowling and the ball was picked up by RAE, whose shot deflected off Gowling on its way into the bottom corner of the net.
Dan Potts was booked for kicking out at Bogle two minutes later but the resulting free kick from Davies was cleared.
A Town corner on 65 minutes was cleared as far as Chambers but his volley did not trouble Walton in the home goal.
Marriott then headed wide under pressure from Pearson as both sides pushed for the game’s third goal with 20 minutes left.
Davies slipped inside the Luton box but got back up to continue the attack, which eventually led to Summerfield hitting a measured shot from the edge of the penalty area that went just wide.
Then when Luton next went forward, they almost took the lead for the first time when the ball was played to substitute Vassell but he could only steer it off-target.
Cook was shown the yellow card for a foul on Comley and after the resulting free kick was not cleared, Chambers sent it into the box towards Bogle but Walton got to it first.
Vose also went into the book for a foul with 77 minutes gone but the home side were unable to make anything of the resulting free kick.
Vose was involved again as he linked up with Chambers in an attempt to create an opportunity for Bogle, then Summerfield appeared to be caught late as Town eventually won a corner, which was cleared.
Jackson replaced Tuton in the Mariners attack for the last 10 minutes and within two minutes, he was heavily involved as Town reclaimed their advantage.
Jackson went on a run and after beating Rae, he crossed for BOGLE to head past Walton for his seventh goal of the season.
Town immediately went looking for a third goal and again, it was Jackson who looked to be the creator. He held the ball up before finding Vose, who shot just past the post.
Good build-up play with five minutes to go led to another chance for Town as Vose took the ball on before finding Chambers, although he could not hit the target.
Comley was the latest to be booked for a foul, then a spell of Luton pressure had to be well-defended but Town survived as Alan Sheehan headed wide after a number of blocks had kept the score at 2-1.
Four added minutes were signalled as the home side kept pushing for a second equaliser and they had another chance in the second of those minutes but Gowling did well to ensure Vassell could only shoot wide under pressure.
Berrett replaced Vose as Town looked to use up some vital seconds on the clock and McKeown went into the referee’s notebook for perceived time-wasting before Jackson was also booked for stopping a free kick from being taken.
From there, the Mariners managed to see out the remainder of the time and at the final whistle, were able to celebrate an excellent victory.
Town are next in action on Saturday, when Crewe Alexandra are the visitors to Blundell Park.