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League Two match temporarily halted for FIFTEEN minutes

One particular League Two match was temporarily halted for as long as FIFTEEN minutes with viewers watching the game left worried.

Michael Jolley’s Barrow played host to Scunthorpe United with the League Two fixture ending up in a 1-0 victory for the Holker Street outfit on Saturday afternoon.

Josh Kay netted his fourth goal of the season to give the Bluebirds a much need three points to see them climb above Grimsby Town, Stevenage and their opponents Scunthorpe United up to 20th in the League Two table.

The 24 year old midfielder, who has been with the likes of Chesterfield, Tranmere, AFC Fylde and Barnsley throughout his career, smashed his strike into the back of the net on the 58th minute mark.

It took Scunny until the 49th minute to even get a shot on goal in what turned out to be a disorganised game.

There was a red card handed to Scunthorpe’s Junior Brown after an off-the-ball altercation with Barrow forward Scott Quigley.

What was more worrying however was the condition of Luke James of Barrow after he suffered a nasty looking injury and stayed down after a clash of heads with Jordan Clarke mid-way through the second half, with a long stoppage for treatment playing out with fans watching on the live match stream.

Having laid still without movement for a while on the field of play, Luke James ended up being put in a neck brace after being assessed.

Jeff Stelling expressed his concern for the former Hartlepool United player, updating fans about his condition live on Soccer Saturday episode on Sky Sports.

Scott Quigley took to social media after the game to say that the three points were for Luke James, a real touch of class as he and the team member keep him in their thoughts throughout post-match.


Michael Jolley revealed that Luke James is on the mend after being knocked unconscious .

He was taken to hospital for further checks.

“Unfortunately, he was knocked unconscious on the field of play,” explained Jolley.

“Although he regained consciousness in the dressing room, he was able to sit up and talk to people, he has still gone to hospital to get checked out which is the right thing to do.

“All our thoughts are with him and hopefully it’s not too serious and he will be okay.”

Michael Jolley said post-match to iFollow: “Coming in to this afternoon I think we expected that type of game.

“Scunny and ourselves are in a similar part of the table and there was pressure on both teams to get a result; it wasn’t a beautiful game but the important thing in a match like that is to get the win and we managed to do it.

“I think that is what it is going to take between now and the end of the season. It’s not always going to be beautiful possession-based football that Barrow have been known for.

“We want to continue with that, of course, but equally clean sheets and putting your bodies on the line in the way we did today are important as well and I am really pleased with how we defended our goal.

“There were some pockets of good play and moves from us during the game and certainly the goal was excellent – it was a great combination between Luke James and Harrison Biggins then a great finish from Josh Kay.

“We’ve got a good win and big three points in the bag and I think maybe it’s good we have some breathing space now to reassess, see where we are at and move forward.”

Neil Cox spoke after the game, saying: “I’m disappointed really, not a lot in the game, there was a just a clearance up the field, they’ve got caught out, counter attacked, one shot on target I think they had today, really, a bit disappointed, with a goal conceded.”

When asked what hurt most about this defeat, he replied: “I just think even with the second half we went down to ten men, we had a go, we huffed and puffed and passed a bit better.

“I just think the way we don’t react from mistakes we give it away. One or two of the boys weren’t on it today. I expressed what an important game away from home.

“We have to all be in it, try and get the ball down and pass and we did that at times but we weren’t up to scratch today.

Cox said that he wasn’t happy with conceding silly goals like they do, and was then asked what should they do to deal with the pressure.

He replied: “We were the one that went down to ten men. As I said in the second half, we played the ball, passed it, and looked comfortable with possession and we tried to create.”

He was asked how much of a worrying defeat it was, he responded: “All defeats are worrying, we’re in a dog fight and we need to pick points up in the next 23 games, it’s all important no matter what games are coming up.

“I see a lot of good but you have to cut out those silly mistakes, and that one goal that cost us again, if we cut that out I think we’ll be fine.”

On Brown getting sent off, he said: “The second yellow was just like the first yellow, a coming together with two players, the referee lets 85% of them go on and the two Junior is involved with he gets booked.”

He added how some members of Barrow were making it difficult for Scunthorpe’s players and Junior just got stuck in which followed with consequences.

Fans reacted as the League Two match was temporarily halted for FIFTEEN minutes, see what was tweeted…

@DavidShaw0606: Hope Luke is not too badly injured

@RacingTej86: Class act Luke James all the best in recovery and hopefully can be back soon

@Cam_BAFC95: Glad he’s ok, safe recovery Luke

@nigewalker1: Good news it was horrible watching that whichever team you play for big shout out for whoever was involved on the pitch assisting Luke

@OurBluebirdsFly: Pleased to here he is ok. Take your time ensuring you feel 100% before returning Luke. @jamesluke1994, just in case no one told you, WE WON!

@BenA5hworth: Looking a bit grim

@Sam12745351: Hope the lads ok

@lizablittxo: Hope Luke will be ok

@OurBluebirdsFly: Looks like thorough work by the barrow medical team and others medics in attendance, let’s hope he makes a swift recovery and that the delay is mainly due to the care and precaution being taken.

@RossGibson1992: Best wishes to him, looks bad.

@Lewis_BAFC: Speedy Recovery Luke!

@MichaelLesser2: Hope Luke will be OK. That is the main thing.

@DaCo1974: Hope he is okay, best wishes to him.

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