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Sport - Football: Custard in the thick of it with goal return

In-form striker Shane Tolley wants to continue pouring misery on Lynn’s EvoStik League rivals for the rest of the season.

Nicknamed Custard, the frontman is enjoying life at The Walks having signed from Histon last month.

The goal machine has already notched four times in three starts, after his double against Stamford on New Year’s Day, and is targeting even more as he looks to win a third successive promotion as a player.

Tolley, who has won back-to-back promotions with St Neots in the last two seasons, said: “As a striker you always know chances are going to come, so I’m looking at trying to score one goal a game.

“My first goal on Tuesday I couldn’t really miss and I can’t remember too much about my second to be honest.

“I’d just come through a couple of tackles and was struggling to walk at the time, but took a gamble by finding a gap and bringing the ball down.

“We need to try to pick up as many points as possible and hopefully I can carry on scoring alonside Dunks (Russell Dunkley) and the other lads.”

On his nickname, Tolley said; “When I was a youngster, I moved up to Peterborough from Devon.

“My team-mates asked me what Devon was famous for, to which I replied ‘Custard’ and it has stuck with me ever since.”

The former Peterborough United youngster left St Neots last summer to join big-spending Spalding and scored 20 times before linking up with former Saints boss Dennis Greene at Step Two Histon.

He scored one goal during a brief cameo at the Glassworld Stadium before the Stutes released him because of financial difficulties.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell described Tolley’s second strike against Stamford on Tuesday as fit to grace Match of The Day.

Setchell said: “Tolley’s first finish, he was in the right place at the right time, but his second was absolutely outstanding.

“If a Premier League player did that they’d be raving about it on Match of The Day.

“His touch, finish and awareness was, and is, absolutely superb and that’s why we brought him to the club.

“The chances the lad gets through his movement – he’s like a kid in the playground playing football. He just wants to score a goal.”

Tolley is expected to take his place in a slightly-changed Lynn side for tomorrow’s Norfolk Senior Cup clash against Norwich City Under 21s.

Alex Street, Dan Buhlemann, Danny White, Danny Beaumont and Ross Watson are all expected to start for Lynn who will be without Sam Mulready, who is ruled out through being a loan player.

n A supporters’ bus will be travelling to Norwich, leaving the ground at 1pm. Prices are £5 for under 16s and £8 for adults. To book, call 01553 766088.

 

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