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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Daniel Grainger (13' PEN)
  • Oliver Lee (62')

Luton secure promotion with point at Carlisle

A 1-1 draw with Carlisle was sufficient to clinch promotion for Luton, sparking wild celebrations amongst their 1,404 travelling fans at Brunton Park.
The Cumbrians had threatened to spoil the party when they took an early lead through a Danny Grainger penalty, but Olly Lee snatched the vital equaliser for Luton in the second half.
Carlisle started brightly and Hatters goalkeeper James Shea dealt with shots from Mike Jones and Jamie Devitt before the home side went ahead from the penalty spot in the 13th minute.
Luke Joyce and Ashley Nadesan combined to slip the ball through for Richie Bennett who was tripped by Shea. Grainger sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.
After a shaky start, Luton began forcing their way into the game and had the home defence at full stretch as James Collins flicked a pass on for Jack Stacey to test Carlisle goalkeeper Jack Bonham at the near post.
Danny Hylton, Olly Lee and Alan McCormack all had efforts blocked in a chaotic passage of play in the Carlisle penalty area during which the Cumbrians also survived an appeal for handball, and just before the break Collins whipped in a low shot that flew inches wide via a deflection.
Pelly Ruddock-Mpanzu flashed a shot across the face of goal as Luton came out for the second half looking to get their promotion push back on track.
Luton grabbed the equaliser in the 62nd minute when Bonham made a good save from Hylton's 20-yard effort and Olly Lee was on hand to sweep the loose ball into the net from close range.
Ruddock-Mpanzu further raised the hopes of Luton's travelling support when he was sent clear by Stacey only to be denied in a one-on-one challenge by Bonham.
The same player again almost snatched maximum points for the visitors when his header spun up against the top of the crossbar.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 18 +9 33
2 Forest Green Rovers 17 +9 31
3 Bradford City 16 +9 30
4 Crewe Alexandra 17 +5 30
5 Exeter City 18 +3 30
6 Cheltenham Town 16 +13 29
7 Northampton Town 18 +7 28
8 Port Vale 18 +1 28
9 Newport County 16 +4 27
10 Colchester United 17 +6 26
11 Plymouth Argyle 17 +5 26
12 Salford City 18 -5 24
13 Cambridge United 18 +4 23
14 Mansfield Town 18 +1 21
15 Macclesfield Town 17 -3 21
16 Crawley Town 18 -5 21
17 Leyton Orient 18 -6 20
18 Grimsby Town 15 0 19
19 Scunthorpe United 18 -2 18
20 Carlisle United 18 -12 18
21 Walsall 18 -12 18
22 Oldham Athletic 17 -8 16
23 Morecambe 18 -14 14
24 Stevenage 17 -9 13