Sport - Football: ’Tis the season to be Tolley, as Lynn win

King's Lynn Town FC v Stamford AFC
King's Lynn Town FC v Stamford AFC
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Linnets players answered their managers call for three points as they began 2013 in style by beating one of their promotion rivals.

The Walks outfit had to come from behind to claim their first EvoStik League victory since November 3 with striker Shane Tolley the destroyer-in-chief with a second-half double.

Tolley’s class was the difference on the day after Richard Hall had fired the Daniels in front two minutes into the second half.

Before the game, Setchell called on his troops to beat Stamford and use victory as a springboard for title success and now he wants his players to continue their winning momentum in the weeks ahead.

Setchell said: “I think we’ll definitely build on it. We’ve got good players, we’ve got a fit squad and when the games have been off in December we haven’t taken our foot off the gas.

“We’ve gone and trained on an absolute bog over the back of the ground (The Walks itself). We’ve worked our lads hard because Christmas is a busy period.

“You’ve also got to credit our lads for their discipline. It was clear to see none of them went out partying New Year’s Eve because the energy levels were different class and towards the end I thought we ran Stamford into the ground a little bit.

“Although we’ve got ten home games left, I think a win was important to keep the snow away from the door as the pack in behind us were getting closer.

“It was a big win because when we return to league action in a couple of weeks we know, even if we have dropped a couple of places, that we’ll be in good shape.

“It was a massive win for us because we are still alive and have got a chance of winning the title.”

Setchell admitted that there was very little between the two sides on the day.

“It was two good teams cancelling each other out for most of the game. It was a proper football match full of hard work and few chances,” said Setchell.

“It was a top-of-the-table clash. The quality wasn’t great but the effort and desire from both teams was first class.

“I said to the lads at half-time ‘don’t be the one to make a mistake which costs us the game’. Then on 47 minutes we didn’t stop the cross, we lost a man at the far post, and you think can we dig in again and get a result? And we did.”

Tolley cancelled out Hall’s opener with a cushion header from Russell Dunkley’s centre 14 minutes from time.

His winner arrived with just three minutes left on the clock with a finish of the highest quality after a long ball over the top from Jason Lee.

Tolley was the match winner, but goalkeeper Danny Gay and defender Lee, on his return to the side, were also both outstanding for Lynn.