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CHECKATRADE PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V ALBION

4 September 2018

Linton Rogers
An Albion under-21 side take on Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

A Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 side will open their Checkatrade Trophy account this evening against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, kick-off 7.45pm.

Simon Rusk’s team have made an impressive start to their debut season in the Premier League 2 Division 1, as they’ve taken six points and remained unbeaten after four matches.

The Seagulls strung together three consecutive draws against Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, before emphatically winning 5-0 against Manchester City last Friday.



Albion’s participation in the Checkatrade Trophy comes after back-to-back seasons in the competition, however Rusk’s side were unable to reach the knockout stages last time around.

Defeats to MK Dons and Stevenage came either side of a penalty shootout victory against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, after the Seagulls came back from 2-0 down against the League One club.

Coventry City, who won the competition in 2017, knocked Albion out in the third round the previous season, after the Seagulls progressed from the group stage and beat AFC Wimbledon in the second round.

Luton currently occupy ninth position in the League One table, following their promotion from League Two, and the Hatters are three matches unbeaten going into tonight’s game.



The match will be the first time Albion have come up against former player Nathan Jones in a managerial role since he left for the Hatters - the defender made over 150 appearances for the Seagulls, before taking up a coaching role at the club.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog from tonight’s game on the Match Centre, with a report and gallery being uploaded after the full-time whistle.

Ticket info:

Tickets can be purchased on the turnstiles at Kenilworth Road this evening. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults/concessions and £1 for under-16s.

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Match Reports

U21 REPORT: LUTON TOWN 2 ALBION 1

4 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Danny Mandroiu on the ball during Albion's 2-1 defeat to Luton Town.
  • Albion are edged out 2-1 by Luton Town
  • Aaron Jarvis and Jorge Grant score for the hosts
  • Aaron Connolly replies late on for the Seagulls
  • Jason Steele makes a string of fine saves

A Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 side were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Luton Town at Kenilworth Road this evening, as the hosts claimed victory in the first round of Checkatrade Trophy games.

Aaron Jarvis broke the deadlock for the Hatters, before Jorge Grant doubled the advantage after the break - and despite a late spell of pressure, which included a fourth goal of the season for Aaron Connolly, the Bedfordshire club secured maximum points.

The hosts created the first opportunity of the game after just two minutes, as Jarvis swivelled inside the penalty area and powered towards goal, but Jason Steele was there to make a fine stop.

But just three minutes later, the Luton forward made no mistake from close range, as he connected sweetly with James Justin’s cross to the back post and fired past Steele to make it 1-0.

Connolly was then sent racing towards goal by Jordan Davies’s diagonal pass, but the Irishman’s volley, which he did well to direct on target, sailed straight into the hands of Harry Isted.

The Hatters continued their fast-paced start with another chance soon after, but Eunan O’Kane, who arrived late inside Albion’s penalty area, side-footed narrowly wide of Steele’s right-hand post.

Steele kept the game at 1-0 when Grant ferociously pulled the trigger from just outside the penalty area - the Albion shot-stopper made a superb one-handed save to deny the midfielder.

The Hatters almost doubled their lead on the half-hour mark, when O’Kane fired towards goal from long range, and although the ball beat Steele, it clipped the top of the crossbar and went behind.

Luton’s pressure continued into the half-time break, with Steele making another fine stop from Arthur Read’s deflected effort, but Nathan Jones’s team were unable to double their advantage.

Steele remained busy shortly after the re-start when a diagonal pass found Harry Cornick at the back post - the Albion shot-stopper leaped to his right-hand side to palm the winger’s header away from goal.

Albion’s best opportunity of the game then dropped to J.Davies just shy of the hour mark, when the Welshman volleyed towards goal from inside the box, but Isted denied the Seagulls midfielder.

Grant almost put his side 2-0 ahead when his clever flick from Alan McCormack’s cross looped over Steele from the edge of the box, but the attacker’s instinctive effort dropped just over the crossbar.

But the hosts secured a two-goal cushion in the 80th minute, and it was Grant’s deflected strike that beat Steele to improve Luton’s advantage and give Rusk’s side a steeper hill to climb.

J.Davies worked Isted with an impressive volley six minutes from time, but it was Connolly that managed to beat the Hatters shot-stopper in the 86th minute, as he powered a header home from Alex Cochrane’s inch-perfect delivery.

The Seagulls pushed for an equalising goal in the closing stages, as Luton sat back and defended their narrow lead, but Rusk’s side were unable to find a second goal and the Hatters claimed victory.

ALBION: Steele; A.Davies, White, Kerr, Cochrane; Mandroiu, J.Davies; Onen (Barclay 46), Tilley (Cashman 71), Gyokeres; Connolly.

Subs not used: Collings (GK), O’Hora, Packham, Spong.

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Ticket News

LUTON TOWN TICKETS ON SALE FROM TOMORROW

20 August 2018

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Kenilworth Road.

Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Checkatrade Trophy match against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 4th September will go on sale at 10am tomorrow morning.

An under-21 side, managed by Simon Rusk, will open their Checktrade Trophy group stage against the Hatters, with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.

The Seagulls will then play games against Peterborough United and MK Dons, as they look to progress to the knockout rounds of the competition.

Prices are as follows:

Adults/Concessions

£5

Under-16s

£1

Albion supporters can purchase tickets for the Oak Road Stand in advance from the Luton Town Ticket Office by phone only on 01582 416976 between 10am and 5pm on weekdays.

Cash Turnstiles will also be available on the night and there will be unreserved seating in place.

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