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Kenilworth Road (ATT 5,830) 17th March 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Booth

Luton Luton Town vs Grimsby Town Grimsby

Luton 2

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Grimsby 1

Last-gasp Hall sinks Mariners

Hatters keep alive survival hopes

Last Updated: 17/03/09 11:34pm

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Harford: Vital win

Harford: Vital win

Asa Hall's late goal earned Luton a dramatic 2-1 win over relegation rivals Grimsby at Kenilworth Road.

Substitute Asa Hall scored a dramatic 89th-minute winner as bottom club Luton came from behind to beat relegation rivals Grimsby 2-1 and ruin Mike Newell's return to Kenilworth Road.

Hall volleyed in his 10th of the season from eight yards after Michael Spillane's cross had fallen into his path to move the Hatters to within 11 points of the visitors and keep alive their faint hopes of beating the drop.

Grimsby should have taken the lead inside the first minute when Adrian Forbes ran through onto Robert Atkinson's long ball, but the former Hatter dallied and Lewis Emanuel made a saving tackle.

Grimsby went ahead two minutes before half-time when Mark Bower was booked for chopping down Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and from Nick Hegarty's resulting free-kick from the left, skipper Ryan Bennett rose to loop a header into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Three minutes into first-half stoppage-time Luton levelled when Tom Craddock crossed for Bower to nod home, despite Joe Widdowson's attempt to clear on the line.

Luton looked to have run out of ideas in a scrappy second period until Hall's late drama sent the home fans into raptures.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18

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