Luton Town v Bury
by The Boy Holty
This evening we head down south to face Luton Town for the first time in over five and a half years.
Like Bury, Luton were one of the pre-season favourites for this division so it will be an early opportunity for us to see what we should expect to be up against in our quest for promotion.
Luton won away against Carlisle United in their opening match and then on Saturday in their first home league match since 2009, they lost 0-1 at home to AFC Wimbledon so after that loss they will be especially fired up.
John Still is their manager these days and is revered as something of a messiah after winning promotion last season and if he does it again and takes them into League One, he'll have probably have a statue built in his honour.
As for Bury, Saturday's 2-0 win at Hartlepool will have got the b****n debacle out of their systems and they will be brimming with confidence, especially since Danny Rose is now a Shaker again. Lainton kept goal again at Hartlepool (and kept a clean sheet) with Jalal on the bench, so it will be interesting to see what Flitcroft does. Jalal is obviously fit enough to be a sub so I'd expect him to be in goal again.
On our previous visit to Kenilworth Road in January 2009, goals from Andy Bishop and Andy Morrell gave Alan Knill's side a 2-1 win whilst on our way to an agonising final day disappointment against Accrington, and then defeat in the playoffs against Shrewsbury. As for Luton Town, that was very much their season of discontent as a massive and wholly unjust 30 point deduction saw them relegated to the conference without any real chance of surviving the drop. The five years spent in the non-league 'wilderness' has no doubt toughened up this famous old club and its fans though and they are now one of those clubs that people 'like', which must really annoy them.
I used to own a Luton Town top in the late 1970s. My mum once came home from shopping in Bury and she had found two Luton tops for me and my brother on Bury Market for a pound each. I was about six probably and Matthew would have been about ten, walking around Bury with our Luton shirts on. I've just done a quick internet search and managed to find an image of the kit in question and one that Bury would have been wearing at about the same time. Ah happy days.
Prediction: Luton 1 Bury 1 - we score first and then get pegged back by a late equaliser.