Striker James Collins picked up a hat-trick as Luton Town beat Plymouth 5-1 to move within 4 points of automatic promotion.

Collins struck an early opener, before Elliot Lee and James Justin made it 3-0 to Luton at half-time. Collins then struck a second in first half stoppage time from the penalty spot.

A second half goal from Collins then rounded off the rout, with Plymouth’s Joel Grant firing in a late consolation.

Luton pressed from the off, with Lee, Harry Cornick and Matty Pearson missing opportunities. Collins would then open the scoring, as he headed in Justin’s cross.

The home side would then have a second ten minutes later through Lee, who beat Matt Macey with a rebound after Cornick had initially been denied.

More was still to come, with Cornick releasing Justin to pick up the ball and strike beyond the goalkeeper.

Luton still had chances and would get their 4th in first half stoppage time, with Justin tripped up and Collins able to strike beyond the goalkeeper.

Collins grabbed their hat-trick around half an hour into the second-half when he was picked out by Lee and finished.

Plymouth’s Grant struck a consolation late on for the side from Devon with a firm shot from outside the box, but it all added up to a comfortable afternoon for Luton, who consolidate their grip on 5th and close to within two points of Peterborough and four points of Sunderland.