We trace Lu­ton Town’s Sec­ond Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons from 1981-82

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Ed Lang­ford

GARETH Ainsworth sin­gled out Paul Hayes after the Wy­combe tal­is­man bagged his 100th league goal to help ex­tend the Chairboys’ un­beaten League Two run to seven games.

The 31-year-old’s 63rd­minute strike was enough to see off Cam­bridge, who have now lost three on the spin and recorded only one win in six.

Ainsworth’s side now lie sec­ond in the ta­ble and the man­ager was quick to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion Hayes had made since his sum­mer move to Adams Park – his sec­ond spell with the club.

“Hayesy just seems to do well here but it’s no fluke. His work rate is some­thing phe­nom­e­nal for a guy his age and the oth­ers follow his ex­am­ple,” he said.

“He’s a clever player and know­ing him from his first spell with the club I knew what he was about and was my first sign­ing this sum­mer.

“He’s my cap­tain at the mo­ment and lead­ing the line and team well. He’s a great guy to have around as part of a ter­rific group of char­ac­ters.

“I thought we cre­ated the best chances. Once we get through the open­ing ten min­utes we looked good and passed the ball well.

“The team that did that best were go­ing to win and we did that against a big, strong Cam­bridge side.”

After a slow first half Wy­combe should have gone in front at the break but Sam Wood couldn’t col­lect Hayes’ pull-back cleanly enough be­fore Chris Dunn pounced to smother.

Cam­bridge re­acted to some strong words from boss Richard Money at half-time and Har­ri­son Dunk almost obliged im­me­di­ately, fir­ing just past the far post from a tight an­gle.

The hosts were quick to re­spond though and Matt McClure thought he’d headed the opener from Wood’s cross only to see it can­non back off the post.

But the home support didn’t have to wait long for the even­tual win­ner, with Hayes con­vert­ing from close-range after Dunn had saved Paris Cowan-Hall’s ini­tial header.

Rob­bie Simp­son curled a late free-kick over for Cam­bridge as the vis­i­tors failed to muster a re­sponse to Hayes’ fifth of the sea­son.

And U’s boss Money was dis­ap­pointed to come away from Adams Park with noth­ing to show for his side’s ef­forts given an after- noon of promis­ing at­tack­ing play.

“We got our­selves in so many good po­si­tions but couldn’t fin­ish any­thing off,” said Money.

“It’s another af­ter­noon with prom­ise but un­for­tu­nately no points. I wouldn’t like to say how many times we got our­selves in good po­si­tions but didn’t pro­duce.

“We’ve come off the pitch with­out scor­ing for the sec­ond week in a row, which is dis­ap­point­ing after scor­ing in ev­ery game be­fore that.

“Then the one time we don’t pick up our men from a cross in a wide po­si­tion we end up get­ting pun­ished with the goal. “Wy­combe are in a good spell and when that hap­pens you know how to win games.”

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