Marriott hoping to lead the line during Gillingham return

Jack Marriott
Jack Marriott

Hatters striker Jack Marriott is relishing the prospect of returning to face former club Gillingham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this evening.

The 21-year-old striker had a month’s loan at the Gills in January 2014, making one substitute appearance, but could get to lead the line with Craig Mackail-Smith not expected to feature at Priestfield.

Marriott said: “I was there for a month a couple of seasons ago. They’re a good club and they have been doing all right.

“I think they won their first five games, so have got a good squad down there, but hopefully we can go there and turn them over as I feel we’re capable of beating anyone.

“Hopefully (I can start). It depends on how Craig is, how he recovers. I’m still hoping for a start no matter what, but if not I’ll see what I can do from the bench.”

Meanwhile, full back Stephen O’Donnell, who has missed Luton’s last two games, has urged Luton to make progress in a competition they won back in 2009.

He added: “I think 40,000 went to Wembley last time, that’s incredible and something you don’t see very often in Scotland, even with teams who have a bigger fanbase.

“It’s great to give that to the fans and fans want trophies. We’d much rather give them the league, but if we manage to get a wee run in this and a wee trip to Wembley, that certainly wouldn’t be a bad experience.

“I would love to play there, although we know the most important thing is the league.”