Luton Town reached 20 games unbeaten and made it 6 straight League One wins with a 2-1 win away at Fleetwood Town.
George Moncur’s first-half free-kick and a Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu strike just after the break proved to be the decisive blows for the 3rd tier leaders.
Paddy Madden scored a goal back for the home side in second half stoppage time, but the home side left it too late to get anything more, and it meant Mick Harford celebrated his confirmation this week as manager for the rest of the season by continuing his flying start.
The result is a record-breaking achievement by the Hatters, whose previous longest unbeaten run was 19 back in the 1967-68 season, and which the Hatters equalled with last weekend’s victory over Wycombe.
Victory in the North West saw Luton maintain a six point lead on second place Barnsley, while they are now 11 clear of third place Portsmouth after the former long-term leaders threw away a 3-0 lead to draw at Southend.
A physical opening period saw plenty of bookings as both sides tried to get to grips in order to find a way through, with Madden blazing wildly off target from a corner, and Luton’s main threat coming from counters.
Luton would take the lead late in the first half. A foul on Jack Stacey gave the away side a free-kick just outside the Fleetwood box, and Moncur marked his first start by sweeping a fine strike into the back of the net.
Another strike from outside the box would double Luton’s lead after half-time, with an element of good fortune about it. A firm drive from Mpanzu was on target, but goalkeeper Alex Cairns could only divert it into his own net.
Luton could have had a third late on as Elliott Lee had a shot cleared off the line by Ashley Hunter, but would ultimately have to settle for two.
Moments after missing an effort when found at the far post, Madden volleyed in a cross late on, but Fleetwood would ride out the final moments to take another three points.