The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joel Lamy

BE­YOND belief was how Cam­bridge United boss Richard Money de­scribed the send­ing off of Har­ri­son Dunk as Lu­ton Town earned their first league win of the sea­son against their big ri­vals.

Dunk saw a sec­ond yel­low card for a de­lib­er­ate hand­ball with the score at 1-1, and from the re­sult­ing free-kick Luke Wilkin­son headed the visi­tors in front be­fore Danny Green sealed the win.

Money had seen Leon Legge can­cel out Luke Gut­tridge’s stun­ning 35-yard lob, but he was left fum­ing as for the sec­ond sea­son in a row ref­eree Graham Sal­is­bury sent off one of his play­ers in this fix­ture.

Ex-Lu­ton boss Money said: “If you want an ex­am­ple of a de­ci­sion that changes the course of a match, that’s it. I’ve seen it and I will be tak­ing it into him. I don’t nor­mally, but it’s such a poor de­ci­sion. It’s un­be­liev­able. There’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing Har­ri­son can do.

“First-half we were very good. We had sev­eral ef­forts that should have pro­duced more than they did. But the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion changes the whole game.

“We needed to de­fend the free­kick prop­erly, that’s clear. But the de­ci­sion was such a poor one it would have been dif­fi­cult on the pitch to be­lieve it. It’s be­yond belief.

“We will have to take it on the chin and move on to next week.”

The home side, now four matches with­out a win, were the bet­ter side in the first-half with re­turn­ing top scorer Barry Corr and Rob­bie Simp­son head­ing wide af­ter crosses from Mickey Demetriou and Dunk.

The U’s waste­ful­ness was pun­ished in stun­ning fash­ion as a long ball fell invit­ingly to Gut­tridge, in his first league ap­pear­ance this sea­son, who sent the ball loop­ing over Chris Dunn first time from 35 yards.

The lead, though, only lasted seven min­utes as Demetriou’s free-kick from the left was met by a pow­er­ful header by Legge.

Dunk was then booked just be­fore half-time for a slid­ing chal­lenge on Gut­tridge, which Money did not com­plain about, be­fore get­ting his march­ing or­ders for hand­ball af­ter the ball hit him from close range.

Green took the free-kick from the right which Wilkin­son headed home at the back post. Then af­ter a slick move down the left, Craig Mack­ail-Smith played the ball to Green who wrig- gled away from his mark­ers and fired past Dunn to push Lu­ton away from the rel­e­ga­tion places.

Hat­ters boss John Still said: “Luke and I have had con­ver­sa­tions. I’ve said to him, ‘be­lieve it or not, I know what you can do. If you think you’re not get­ting enough games I can un­der­stand that. But you’ve got a big part to play.’

“But I have to make de­ci­sions for the good of the team. “It was a qual­ity fin­ish from a qual­ity player.

“It’s a small step on a long road. We’re still mak­ing the steps but I was very pleased with the way we played.”

CAM­BRIDGE: (4-4-2): Dunn 6, Tay­lor 6, Legge 7, Roberts 6, Demetriou 7, Don­ald­son 6 (Omozusi 90 6), Berry 6, Hughes 6 (Blyth 87 6), Dunk 7, Corr 6, Simp­son 6 (New­ton 87 6) Subs not used: Slew, Beas­ant, Coul­son, Taft

LU­TON: (4-2-3-1): Tyler 7, O’Don­nell 6, Cuth­bert 6, Wilkin­son 6, Grif­fiths 6, Lee 6, Smith 6, Green 7, Gut­tridge 7, McQuoid 6, Mack­ail-Smith 6 Subs not

used: McNulty, Hall, Justham, Rud­dock-Mpanzu, Okuong­hae, Wil­liams, O’Brien

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

RIS­ING HIGH: Lu­ton’s Luke Wilkin­son heads in their sec­ond

QUAL­ITY: Luke Gut­tridge cel­e­brates his won­der goal


DGE Lu­ton

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