A solitary Harry Cornick goal in the second half was enough for Luton to knock out League 2 Bury in the FA Cup.
Cornick’s close range goal in the closing moments of the first half means Luton will enter the FA Cup Third Round for the third consecutive campaign.
The midfielder turned in James Collins’ cross to decide the contest at Gigg Lane, in a game where both sides proved to be consistent at missing opportunities.
Bury failed to take chances in both the opening stages and during a second half where the home side enjoyed most of the chances.
In the early stages, Nicky Maynard fired one effort off target and had another kept out by James Shea, while Neil Danns also walloped a strike off target.
Luton’s best opportunity until the goal saw Glen Rea head wide. But they would take the lead late in the first half when Cornick was able to loose his marker and turn in a cross from the away side’s left flank.
Cornick may well have celebrated a second moments later when Luton sprinted away from a Bury corner, but he fluffed his lines when in front of goal.
The second half saw Maynard, Dominic Telford and Callum McFadzean waste opportunities to bring the hosts level, although Elliott Lee and Collins also missed chances.
But the away side held firm, allowing their one strike to be enough and progression in the FA Cup to be achieved.