Lowestoft Town 1 Luton Town 2

Lowestoft Town gave an excellent account of themselves despite going down to a 2-1 defeat against Luton Town at Crown Meadow in their opening pre-season friendly.

A Mustapha Tiryaki doubled ensured victory for the League Two side before Bradley Woods-Garness' late consolation and the Trawlerboys gave a promising display against their more illustrious counterparts.

Scott Mitchell slotted in well at centre-half and looked like he had never been away after leaving the club towards the end of 2013 whilst Marcus Garnham made his first appearance for the club in the opening 45 minutes.

The only black mark against the afternoon was seeing Ryan Jarvis limp off midway through the first half with a foot injury although it looked more like a precaution against doing any further damage.

The former Norwich City striker had been limping for a few minutes and the Blues decided not to take any chances with their recent signing, replacing him with Shaun Bammant.

Luton looked all of the two divisions they operate at above Lowestoft in the opening stages with midfielder Isaac Galliford pulling the strings. The midfielder slid in Banton in the ninth minute only for the striker to hammer his shot against the upright from a tight angle.

Lowestoft started to settle thereafter with Jack Ainsley posing a threat down the right flank and the former Ipswich man almost picked out Jake Reed just before the half-hour but, stretching, the striker glanced wide at the back post.

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Robert Eagle then went close after some nice footwork on the edge of the Luton penalty area but his right-footed shot was deflected wide by Frankie Masunda.

Luton then went ahead against the run of play when Tiryaki ran off the back of Dan Gleeson and produced an excellent looping header to catch Garnham off his line.

It didn't deter Lowestoft from continuing the passing football that had troubled the Hatters and only a good save by Craig King prevented Reed from levelling after the Lowestoft hitman had wriggled free on the edge of the area.

There was little King could do but watch and hope four minutes before the break when Eagle pulled the trigger from 25 yard but the Norwich man's shot clipped the top of the crossbar and went over.

Lowestoft made three substitutions for the second half as Jake Jessup, Chris Henderson and Dean Mason were all given some game time at the expense of Garnham, Eagle and Gleeson.

It prompted a tactical reshuffle as Ainsley went in at centre half alongside Mitchell with Joe Marsden at right back. Mason was deployed as a right winger with Henderson on the opposite flank.

However, it was the visitors who all but sealed the match just before the hour mark in what was almost an exact replica of the first goal. James Justin provided the assist this time as his deep cross once again picked out Tiryaki at the back post and the striker headed home.

Luton looked to have a stranglehold on proceedings but Lowestoft pulled one back in the 77th minute when Woods-Garness, on for Reed, struck from close range.

Triallist Harry Coe made good progress down the right flank before pulling a cross back for Bammant, whose shot ran into the path of Woods-Garness who slammed home as the visitors appealed for offside.

Connor Deeks, who replaced Okay in the 61st minute, came close to rescuing a draw for the Blues but his curling left-footed shot from 20 yards went just wide late on.

- Lowestoft (4-4-2): Garnham (Jessup 46), Ainsley, Gleeson (Mason 46), Mitchell (Edwards-King 80), A Smith, Marsden (Coe 67), Okay (Deeks 61), Rossi Jarvis, Eagle (Henderson 46), Ryan Jarvis (Bammant 24), Reed (Woods-Garness 61).

- Luton Town (4-4-2): King, Williams, Trottman, Masunda, Galliford, Robinson, Parry, Tiryaki, Banton, Howes, Abrahams.

- Referee: Andy Sannerude

- Attendance: 528