Luton Town equalled their best-ever unbeaten run in the Football League this weekend, beating Wycombe Wanderers 3-0 and avoiding defeat for the 19th league match in a row.
The Hatters are six points clear of second-placed Barnsley, although the Tykes have a game in hand. The same opposition were the last to inflict a league defeat on Mick Harford’s side, winning 3-2 at Oakwell in October.
One player in particular will be delighted with the way things are panning out at Kenilworth Road right now, especially given their tussle with Barnsley. 25-year-old George Moncur swapped Yorkshire for Bedfordshire in January, an eyebrow-raising move on both parts.
Moncur hadn’t been a regular starter with the Tykes, but his composure on the ball and eye for goal was surely a huge asset. He even provided an assist in the Tykes 3-2 win against Luton, but after this weekend’s result he’ll surely be happy to be on the opposite side.
The former West Ham man started ten times for Barnsley, coming from the bench on a further 11 occasions and he was perhaps considered a fringe player there. He’d scored five times too, but couldn’t force a serious run in the first team.
Now, things are very different. He still isn’t a starter, but he hit a brace at the weekend to take his haul to three in three. Not only has he swapped the team in second for the team in pole position, but he seems to be settling quickly into the style of play.
Both sides like to get the ball down and move it around neatly, consistent with Moncur’s attributes, but perhaps after two years at Oakwell he needed a change. Having bagged the crucial winner against Portsmouth for his new side, he added his brace this weekend and has already become a fan favourite for the Hatters.
Now, not only is he seemingly set for a return to the Championship, but he’s also looking likely to get there revitalised and back in the first team. There couldn’t have been a more perfect move for him this January.