United teen on the scoresheet

Luke James sweetly strikes the ball to put Pools into a 2-0 lead against Scunthorpe. Photograph by FRANK REID
Luke James sweetly strikes the ball to put Pools into a 2-0 lead against Scunthorpe. Photograph by FRANK REID
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Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper believes the ‘real’ Luke James will now re-emerge in the wake of his stunning strike which sealed a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United.

The 17-year-old Amble lad – who has struggled for form since his breathtaking arrival on the senior stage in January – came from the bench on Saturday to volley his side’s second in the League One clash, as Pools secured their first three points of the season.

And Cooper is adamant it will be a season-turning moment for his young striker.

“As a player, and I know myself, it sometimes takes just that one moment to change things.

“He’s had a really hard time lately and has had a bit of a dip.

“He’ll admit himself he’s struggled to reach the levels he did when he first came on the scene.

“But that goal will do him the world of good.

“It was a fantastic goal as well, a great touch to set it up and a great finish – you could see his excitement when he scored and fair play to him.

“I’m delighted it was Luke who scored it, it will give him a real boost and I think we’ll see the real Luke James now.”