Jan 15 2011 By Chris Slavin
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Luton Town 4-0 Uxbridge
|UXBRIDGE bowed out of the FA Trophy in gallant fashion today after matching Conference giants Luton Town for long spells at Kenilworth Road.
Reds matched their more illustrious opponents for most of the match and were just 1-0 down until the 67th minute, before Luton's superior fitness told in the end with three late goals.
It could have been even better for the massive underdogs – three divisions below the Hatters – with ex-Brentford striker Chris Moore squandering three great chances.
A decent FA Trophy crowd of 1,958 turned up to watch a Luton Town's side comprising a mixture of fringe first teamers and youngsters, goalkeeper Matt Tyler the only player to keep his place from the starting 11 that drew with AFC Wimbledon.
Uxbridge goalkeeper Michael Plwonski was so lucky not to be embarrassed in the 11th minute when Jason Walker spotted him well off his line and he tried an audacious effort from his own half that was just wide.
Reds paid the price for pushing too many men forward from their own corner as Luton opened the scoring with a breakaway goal in the 18th minute.
The Luton clearance fell straight at the feet of Godfrey Poku, who put Taiwo Atieno clean through and he beat Plwonski with a low shot into the bottom corner.
It was so nearly two just a few minutes later when Christian Tavernier struck a fine curling effort from just inside the area, but the ball struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced to safety.
Uxbridge created their first chance in the 27th minute when a Kevin Warner free-kick was only half cleared and Chris Moore headed just wide.
But the ex-Brentford striker had an even better chance just before the half hour when he went clean through after Luton failed to deal with a long ball, but Moore's fine effort just missed the far post.
However, Plwonski had to be at his best to keep Uxbridge in it at the break as he made an excellent point-blank save to deny Atieno a second after a cross from JJ O'Donnell.
Uxbridge should have gone in level at 1-1 after 45 minutes, but Moore headed straight at Tyler from close range after great work down the right by Andre Costa.
The visitors gained in confidence in the second-half and Dean Clark had a 25-yard free-kick saved by Tyler.
But their spirited challenge was effectively ended in the 67th minute when Rob Fitzgerald was harshly adjudged to have fouled Atieno in the area and Adam Watkins made no mistake from 12 yards.
Uxbridge's brave challenge was all over though with two goals in three minutes, Atieno first firing home after a fine individual run and then Watkins matching him in the scoring stakes in the 79th minute.