Luton maintained their six-point lead atop League Two after striker James Collins scored twice in a 4-1 victory over his former club Crawley.

Collins bagged 20 league goals for Crawley last season before moving to Kenilworth Road in the summer and he returned to haunt his old side, who slip to 11th in the standings.

The Hatters made a vibrant start as Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris was forced to deny Harry Cornick and Olly Lee either side of Collins’ volley rattling the post.

Lee then opened the scoring in the 28th minute after a swift break from Collins saw him blast over Morris.

Town went on to waste a host of chances, Cornick’s effort parried by Morris, Glen Rea’s header cleared off the line and Collins’ effort flipped over by Morris.

Cornick was denied by a wonderful block from defender Josh Lelan, while Crawley’s Jordan Roberts struck the post.

Collins gave Luton a cushion on the stroke of half-time when his header from Lee’s corner deflected past the unfortunate Morris.

After the break Crawley went close through Thomas Verheydt and Enzio Boldewijn but Luton increased their advantage in the 56th minute when Luke Berry drilled low past Morris.

Collins added further gloss to the scoreline, sending Morris the wrong way with his 76th-minute penalty, awarded after the striker was felled in the area by Lelan, before Crawley striker Karlan Ahearne-Grant scored a consolation with three minutes left.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.