HAT­TERS IN A GR-EIGHT GOAL GLUT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By James Cun­liffe

JAMES Collins scored a de­but hat-trick as Lu­ton ran riot against Yeovil, rack­ing up their big­gest-ever open­ing day score­line to as­sert their League Two ti­tle cre­den­tials.

Isaac Vas­sell bagged a twominute brace, Alan McCor­mack thun­dered in from dis­tance on his com­pet­i­tive club bow and the broth­ers Lee – Olly and El­liot – also got in on the goalscor­ing ac­tion, with the hosts notch­ing five be­fore half-time.

That was af­ter the Hat­ters had gone one down to Otis Khan's curl­ing free-kick. But it was a breath­tak­ing first 45 min­utes in which Collins also should have opened his ac­count in 20 sec­onds, Lee hit the post and Marek Stech saved a Khan spot-kick.

“It's a dream start,” said Lu­ton man­ager Nathan Jones, adding: “We'll have taken that all day long, as any­one else in the world would have.

“We were clin­i­cal in our fin­ish­ing and to score eight in any game at any level is won­der­ful.

“But to do it here in the first game, af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of last year [play-off semi-fi­nal de­feat to Black­pool], it kind of puts a few things to bed.

“We couldn't have imag­ined it beyond our wildest dreams and we don't take that for granted, [we won't] be coy about it, or get car­ried away.

“There are al­ways some re­sults on the first day that are a lit­tle bit freak­ish, but I don't think that was freak­ish, that was just clin­i­cal.”

Former Craw­ley man Collins made him­self an in­stant hero at Ke­nil­worth Road and Jones said: “He's an ex­cel­lent fin­isher and he's come here to score goals. He was at a good club any­way, but he showed a lot of am­bi­tion to come here, he recog­nises what we're try­ing to do and we're de­lighted to have him.”

And though he didn't get on the score­sheet, it was An­drew Shin­nie – an­other new boy – who matched the per­for­mance of Town's hat-trick hot­shot.

His was a vir­tu­oso mid­field per­for­mance that in­cluded four as­sists, and Jones said: “I was ac­tu­ally look­ing at him when I was at Brighton, so for us to get him is won­der­ful.”

Yeovil chief Dar­ren Way said: “To con­cede that amount of goals; I've been at Yeovil a long time and I have to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity. “You never want to get beaten, but I've got to make sure that, as the man­ager of the foot­ball club, that I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity, make sure we regroup and go again against Wolves on Tues­day. “I didn't see that com­ing. I'll have to speak to the play­ers and even to make that com­mit­ment where I want the play­ers to look af­ter the sup­port­ers. “We've got to do our best to come up with a so­lu­tion that re­wards those sup­port­ers who trav­elled here to­day be­cause that was to­tally un­ac­cept­able.” STAR MAN JAMES COLLINS Lu­ton LU­TON TOWN: (4-4-2): Stech 8, Potts 8, Shee­han 7, Cuth­bert 7, Stacey 8, McCor­mack 8 (Rea 64 7), Lee O 8, Mpanzu 8, Shin­nie 10 (Mullins, 7), Collins 10 (Lee E 69 8), Vas­sell 9. Subs not used: Cook, Se­nior, Gam­bin, Shea YEOVIL TOWN: (3-4-3): Krysiak 5, Alfei 4, Davies 4 (Sowunmi 45 5), N.Smith 4, Bai­ley 5, Gray 4, Dick­son 4, C.Smith 4, Olo­mola 4 (Sur­ridge 71 5), Zoko 6, Khan 6. Subs not used: Browne, Mad­di­son, James

PIC­TURES: Gareth Owen

THAT’S A WRAP: El­liott Lee scores Lu­ton’s eighth goal

TURN­AROUND: Alan McCor­mack cel­e­brates

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