Forbes caps off Hatters win
By Mark Kendall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Luton moved into the top half of Division Two with a well-deserved 3-1 home win over Tranmere.
The Hatters dominated the game for long periods, and despite being pegged back early in the second half by the visitors were ultimately good value for their victory.
The hosts nearly moved ahead on the half hour mark when defender Chris Coyne hooked an acrobatic volley goalwards following a corner, but Gareth Roberts reacted well to head off the line.
However, they did finally open the scoring on the stroke of half time when Russell Perrett rose well at the back post to head home a left flank Matthew Spring free kick.
Tranmere boss John McMahon seemed to provide an inspiring half time team-talk though as Rovers made an impressive start to the second period which culminated in Chris Dagnall poaching his first-ever league goal from close-range on 53 minutes.
The equaliser seemed to inspire Mike Newell's men who moved up a gear to ensure they took all three points.
Firstly Emmerson Boyce set up Gary McSheffrey, and the on loan Coventry striker coolly rolled home with the outside of his foot to restore the lead on 63 minutes.
Then some ten minutes later, Adrian Forbes rifled home from six yards through a crowded penalty box after Coyne had headed back a corner from the impressive Spring.
Coyne was denied a deserved goal in injury time when his back post header was ruled out for handball, but the home crowd went home happy nonetheless.
The success moved Luton up to tenth spot, while struggling Tranmere remain 19th.