Tranmere Rovers assistant manager Mike Jackson says it was a bitter-sweet afternoon as Rovers progressed into the semi-finals of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

It was a 5-1 victory over Barrow at Prenton Park with a Cole Stockton hat-trick adding to strikes from Michael Ihiekwe and Andy Mangan.

But the game also saw Jake Kirby carried off with a broken leg during the first half and Jackson said that took some of the gloss away from the result.

He told Tranmere Player HD: “It is a great result for us, tarnished with what’s happened to Jake (Kirby). You don’t want to see that happen to any footballer, especially someone like him because he’s such a great kid and we’re all gutted.

“We’re delighted with the result and we spoke about doing it for Jake at half time.

“We have had a couple of setbacks this week and another one today but we found a way of winning the football match and that’s a credit to the group.”

Jackson gave praise to striker Cole Stockton after he netted a hat-trick, the first time a Tranmere player had scored three times in a game at Prenton Park for more than four years, Jake Cassidy being the last versus Colchester United.

He said: “I’m made up for Cole. I think he’s had a bit of stick in the past and the only way to respond to it is by doing that.

“He has taken his goals well and Jeff (Hughes) has done well for him by giving him the ball for the penalty so we’re delighted for him.”


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