Luton Town extended their lead at the top of League One to 7 points after beating Bristol Rovers 2-1.
First half goals from James Collins and Luke Berry proved decisive for the Hatters, who are now unbeaten in 27 league games – the joint longest streak in the club’s history, equalling a similar run in the National League in 2013-14.
Jonson Clarke-Harris pulled a goal back for Rovers in first half stoppage time, but it was not enough to prevent the Hatters from taking the points.
With second place Barnsley dropping points at home to Coventry City, Luton extend their lead on the Tykes. They are also 12 points clear of 3rd place Portsmouth, but have played a game more.
Rovers had early opportunities in the clash at the Memorial Stadium, but it was Luton who would strike first just after the quarter-hour mark. The club’s top scorer Collins got it, as he broke free and turned in Jack Stacey’s cross.
The second for Luton came in the final minutes of the opening period, as Berry received Elliott Lee’s touch back on a left-wing cross, and struck the ball into the ground and into the back of the net.
Bristol Rovers would get a goal back in first half stoppage time, as Ed Upson played through Clarke-Harris, who got beyond the Luton defence to score.
Lee fired over just after the break in Luton’s best chance for an early second half goal.
For the most part, Luton were able to contain Rovers’ hopes of getting back into the contest, with the home side pressing but having few concrete opportunities, and the away side held on to take the victory.