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King's Lynn Town striker wants to kick on after scoring first goals for the club

Dayle Southwell says he feels as though a weight has been lifted from his shoulders after scoring his first King’s Lynn Town goals since his arrival in January.

The phrase: Just like buses you wait ages for one and then two come along at once was very apt on Saturday as the frontman notched a brace in the 5-1 victory over Royston Town.

A delighted Southwell said: “It’s definitely a weight off of my shoulders as scoring goals is what I’ve been brought here to do.

Linnets striker Dayle Southwell (27726490)
Linnets striker Dayle Southwell (27726490)

“I’m very much a confidence player so now I’ve got a couple of goals I can kick on from here.

“It hadn’t quite happened for me for whatever reason. I was perhaps trying too hard to make things happen, but I feel so much better for having a run of games in the side.

“Last season at Halifax I missed all of pre-season and the first couple of months of the campaign due to an operation and it made it difficult as I struggled to break into the team after that.

“As a striker you are judged on your goalscoring, so hopefully I can continue to put in the performances score a few goals too.”

A combination of returning from injury and an extended break due to the coronavirus pandemic hampered Southwell’s early days in Lynn colours following his move from FC Halifax in the National League.

The Lincoln-based frontman also had the titanic task of trying to force his way into the reckoning with both Adam Marriott and Michael Gash above him in the pecking order.

“It has always been about remaining patient,” admitted Southwell.

“It’s not all about me, it’s about the team doing well. You’ve got to be waiting in the wings ready to take your chance in the side when it comes along.

“Last season, I didn’t feel I was in a position to come straight in and start firing straight away, where as now I’m feeling a lot more relaxed and a lot fitter.

Perhaps more than anyone else, Southwell was delighted to see former Halifax teammate Cameron King arriving back at The Walks a fortnight ago.

King gave the striker a glowing reference about the club before he signed in January and Southwell repaid the compliment ahead of the former Norwich City’s return last month.

“I spoke to Cameron quite a bit before he decided to sign,” said Southwell.

“He’d obviously played here before, but he still wanted to know what it was like.

“I think he’s a great player and perhaps Halifax’s most influential player last season. He suits the way we play down to the ground and adds to the quality that we’ve already got.

“He can unlock doors and every team needs one of those types of players in their side.”

Southwell hopes he can use his National League experience with Grimsby Town, Guiseley and FC Halifax to good effect once the season kicks off on October 3.

“It’s very exciting and there are lots of big sides in the league. I can’t wait for the new season to start,” he said.

“I’ve played at that level quite a lot and I think that will be key in trying to help some of the other lads at the club.”

Tomorrow sees the much-awaited fixture list as Lynn find out when they will lock horns against 12 former Football League clubs in the shape of: Aldershot, Barnet, Chesterfield, Dagenham & Redbridge, Halifax, Hartlepool, Macclesfield, Notts County, Stockport, Torquay, Wrexham and Yeovil.

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