Luton Town 3 Nuneaton Town 0
Saturday 25th January 2014 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton Telegraph;
Andre Gray scored a second half hat-trick to condemn Nuneaton Town to defeat at top of the table Luton Town.
Boro gave a good account of themselves in the first half, but were blown away, quite literally, in the second half as Gray fired the hosts to victory after a freak storm had briefly forced the players off the field.
James Belshaw returned in goal in place of the departed Kelle Roos, but was largely untested for much of the opening period as Nuneaton frustrated their high flying hosts.
Dave Hibbert saw a shot deflected into the hands of Mark Tyler, while Luton’s best opening in a half of few chances came when Cameron McGeehan volleyed over.
Boro were looking solid at the back, while finding space on the break, with Hibbert glancing a header wide, before Adam Walker sliced his effort over high and wide.
It was a different story in the second half however, with Gray opening his account five minutes in, finding space in the box to fire under Belshaw.
Moments later Kenilworth Road was hit by a remarkable thunder storm that had the players running for the dressing rooms as torrential rain forced the referee to suspend the match.
After a short delay play resumed, but there was no let up for Nuneaton as Gray doubled his account ten minutes later.
Ryan Inniss's header caused a scramble in the Boro goalmouth, and although that was cleared, it was soon returned as Scott Griffiths crossed for Gray to tap in from close range.
The hosts were now dominating play and only a fine save from Belshaw denied Luke Guttridge two minutes later.
Louis Moult curled an effort narrowly over, but it was only a brief respite as Paul Benson headed over for Luton.
The third goal eventually came with twelve minutes remaining, as Gavin Cowan misjudged a long ball forward, allowing Gray to get in behind the defence and complete his treble with a composed finish.
Luton saw a fourth ruled out for offside, while Gaz Dean got on the end of a late Boro corner, but could only head straight at the keeper.