James bags three in two games as he finds form

James Poole brings the ball down for Luke James to score his goal against Oxford United. Picture by FRANK REID
James Poole brings the ball down for Luke James to score his goal against Oxford United. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United forward Luke James is rediscovering his goal-scoring form, bagging three goals in two games.

The teenage frontman scored in Pools’ 3-1 League Two defeat against Oxford United on Saturday, following on from a brace against Bristol Rovers in the 2-2 draw the weekend before.

It took his season’s tally to four from 11 appearances – four as a sub – making him the club’s leading scorer this term.

Amble lad James, 18, is hoping he can stay fit this year, after enduring spells on the sidelines through injury, including a double hernia problem last October.

His goals will be important for United this season, as they look to bounce back to League One at the first time of asking.

Pools have got off to a shaky start in English football’s fourth tier and are third-bottom, with six points from nine games.