Amble’s Luke James fires Pools up table

Luke James in action during the 3-0 victory over Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID
Luke James in action during the 3-0 victory over Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID
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Amble lad Luke James was on the scoresheet again at the weekend as his Hartlepool United side won 3-0 in the league.

The teenage top-scorer bagged his 13th of the season as Pools grabbed another three points in what eventually became a comfortable home win over Newport County.

The 19-year-old’s 41st minute finish from a low, crisp shot from the edge of the area opened the scoring and helped fire Pools up the table against a side which were eighth before kick-off, a place outside the play-offs.

The result saw the North East club rise to eighth in Sky Bet League Two – just six points from the top seven.

For most of the opening 45 minutes, the play was inside the Pools half of the pitch with the home side struggling to get the ball forward consistently.

Then, in the 41st minute of the game, United took the lead through the club’s top-scorer James.

He was presented with the opportunity thanks to good work from Simon Walton, who won the ball on the left-hand touchline before whipping in a dangerous cross.

James did the rest, taking a touch with his left foot with his back to goal before shooting low past Parish with his right foot.

After the game, Hartlepool United boss Neale Cooper was full of praise for his side’s first goal.

He said: “Our first goal is a nice bit of play, a wonderful cross from Jordan [Richards], Simon [Walton] puts it back into a dangerous area and the turn and finish from Luke [James] is exceptional.”

James’ goal tally in the league this year already shows a marked improvement on his two previous terms in the first team.