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Getting to know the opposition – Luton Town
By Jacob Greenwood
Woking travel to Kenilworth Road on Monday as they take on the league leaders live on BT Sport.
The game will be The Cards’ first game on the channel and will also be one of their most difficult trips of the season. The Hatters have not lost in the league since they won 4-0 at Kingfield in September.
Luton will be looking to go 16 points clear at the top of the table as Woking try and take one step closer to Garry Hill’s target of 50 points. Results on Saturday mean The Cards are 11 points from the relegation zone with Tamworth, Dartford, Aldershot Town, Chester, Hereford United and Wrexham all failing to take three points.
We talked to Hatters fan Steve Judge to find out more about the high-flying Luton Town –
Luton find themselves 13 points clear with 11 games to go, what has gone so right for The Hatters this season?
There’s been a real sense of togetherness in the team, the management, the fans and everyone involved in the club for most of the season. The pivotal moment may have been when skipper Ronnie Henry confronted an angry fan after one of our less than impressive performances earlier in the season but overall the credit has to go to our manager John Still. Unlike some of his predecessors at Luton, once he hit a winning formula, he tinkered only when really necessary and as a result, the team has got better and better.
You have scored an impressive 83 goals already this season, can you tell us a bit about Andre Gray, he has been on fire this season.
Andre was spotted whilst playing for the now defunct Hinckley United against us in an FA Trophy tie. Although raw, he tore our defence apart and but for some excellent goalkeeping, would have scored a hat trick that night. He is a really exciting player: quick, skillful and he shoots on sight. He’s also come on leaps and bounds this season and his interplay with others has massively improved.
Who else will Woking have to look out for on Monday?
Jake Howells who is now playing in his favoured wide left position can cause you damage. He’s a clever player who can pass, cross, shoot and he’s been deadly from the penalty spot this season. He’s also formed a decent partnership with our left back, Scott Griffiths, who is probably our most improved player this season.
Scott Rendell left yourselves in January and joined Woking. He has made a good start to his Woking career and as scored 12 goals in 24 games. Do you think he will get a good reception?
Yes, absolutely. Scott will always be something of a Luton legend for the goal he scored at Carrow Road in the FA Cup. I think most Luton fans were disappointed things didn’t quite work for Scott here, wish him well and are pleased to see him knocking the goals in for Woking.
As your time in the Conference could be coming to an end, looking back, what have been your highlights?
Funnily enough, although it seems we’ve had 5 seasons of hell, most Luton fans have never seen us win so often as in this period, so it hasn’t all been bad. Highlights have to be: a 4-3 away win at Cambridge when we were 2-0 down and reduced to 10 men; a 2-1 home win against Oxford when we were a goal down in stoppage time and the winner from Keith Keane came direct from a corner in the dying seconds; an incredible 3-0 win away at Wrexham in a play-off semi; the FA Cup run than culminated in the 1-0 away win at Norwich; and this season for me is a toss up between the 6-0 drubbing we gave Kiddrminster that took us top – and got us to start believing – and Tuesday’s hard-fought 1-1 at Cambridge when we snatched the draw at the death and possibly dealt them a fatal blow in the title race.
Finally, what is your score prediction?
Our recent home form has been incredible and I’m afraid I’m going to have to go for a 3-0 win for the Hatters for this one.
Questions by @JGreenwood91
Photos by David Holmes. For a full set visit wokingfc.co.uk
You can follow Steve on Twitter – @LordLuton
Remember the game is LIVE on BT Sport and kick off at 7.45pm. Come on you Cards!