Luton Town are into the 4th Round of the FA Cup after they saw off Harrogate Town 4-0 at Kenilworth Road.

On an afternoon that saw club icon and assistant manager Mick Harford return to the fold after cancer treatment, the Hatters scored first through Elijah Adebayo.

Harrogate did have a few chances, but the home side added another three goals in the second half to make sure of a place in the next stage.

Goals by Cameron Jerome, Kal Naismith and Luke Berry did the job for Nathan Jones’ side in the first game in nearly a month, as they managed to see off the League Two side from Yorkshire.

Luton were in action for the first time since December 11th, having seen four games in a row postponed due to covid-related issues.

Harrogate had started brightly enough, forcing a number of corners, but it was Luton who scored first. Adebayo put the Championship team ahead, with the ex-Walsall striker receiving Jerome’s flick-on before firing home past away goalkeeper Mark Oxley from the edge of the area.

Although Luton scored first, Harrogate did cause the home side bother in the remainder of the half, with George Thomson seeing one effort denied by James Shea and another flash wide from range.

But after making it to half-time still in the lead, Luton doubled their lead shortly after the break. Oxley failed to stop Carlos Mendes Gomes’ cross, and from virtually on the goalline, Jerome tapped in.

Harrogate still caused Luton problems. Luke Armstrong struck one attempt wide after a defensive mistake before heading another effort wide, while new signing Brahima Diarra fired a low shot across goal and wide.

But Luton would continue their clinical streak when they scored for a third time with less than 10 minutes left. Naismith saw an initial strike blocked, but the ball bounced back for the Luton number 4 to advance and loft the ball over Oxley.

Six minutes later, Luton made it 4-0, as Berry marked his return from injury by firing home from a cross from the Luton left.

It was enough to book a 4th Round place for Jones’ side, with the draw for that stage taking place later today (09/01).