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Luton Town 2 – 2 Grimsby Town

Luton Town 2 – 2 Grimsby Town. League Two Grimsby Town earned a well-deserved replay against Championship Luton after an entertaining draw.

The Mariners made light of the 57-place gap between the two sides with a fine first-half display crowned by Gavan Holohan’s header just before the break.

Elijah Adebayo’s 49th-minute penalty levelled matters before Jordan Clark fired Luton ahead after 66 minutes.

But the lead lasted under a minute as Harry Clifton struck to ensure Grimsby made it into the fifth-round draw.

In-form Luton had won five of their previous seven games to sit outside the Championship play-off spots only on goal difference, while the Mariners came into the contest 16th in League Two, having lost five of their past six away games.

The hosts made the early running with Adebayo seeing a shot blocked before Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu sent an effort wide of the target on his 350th appearance for the club.

Luton thought they had gone ahead after 11 minutes when captain Dan Potts headed in Clark’s cross from just outside the six-yard box, but his goal was ruled out for offside.

Grimsby had their first effort on goal after 15 minutes when Anthony Driscoll-Glennon’s free-kick found Holohan but the midfielder’s header was easily held by Ethan Horvath.

Paul Hurst’s side grew in confidence as the half wore on and took the lead after 43 minutes when Holohan leapt highest from a deep corner to the far post to head in and give the Mariners the lead at the break.

The Hatters were back on level terms four minutes into the second half when Gabriel Osho was brought down in the box, allowing Adebayo to equalise from the penalty spot with his fourth goal in as many games.

A much-improved Luton then went ahead after 66 minutes when Clark flicked-up Alfie Doughty’s pass before firing a fine effort past Max Crocombe to put Rob Edwards’ men in front for the first time.

But the lead lasted less than a minute as Grimsby went straight up the other end to score through Clifton, who got on the end of a cross to finish well past Horvath.

Luton pushed for a winner but the Mariners safely negotiated seven minutes of added time to ensure the game would be taken to a replay at Blundell Park.

source – bbc

 

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