King’s Lynn Town’s Dan is surely going to be a very wanted man
11:42 24 March 2014
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It’s a good job Lynn have Dan Quigley on a contract if his latest display is anything to go by.
The tireless central midfielder penned a deal earlier this campaign to keep him in Norfolk until the end of the 2014/15 season. And that’s good news for everybody connected with the Linnets. Quigley arrived under a cloud, due to a brief spat with Town fans during his successful stint with Long Buckby, but has gone on to become a key cog in Gary Setchell’s side – and a fans’ favourite to boot.
The all-action hero gave another masterful display during Saturday’s comfortable 3-0 victory, which stopped a run of five defeats. But even more impressively, Quigley showed his brilliance in a ‘new’ central-defensive role. Setchell was forced to play the 23-year-old there last week against FC United but kept him at the heart of his backline following his excellent showing at Gigg Lane. It was a decision that proved to be correct.
The maturing Quigley barely missed a sniff at the back, especially in the air, and in the middle of an untested back three, organised his more naturally defensive colleagues in Ryan Clarke and Stuart Wall like a veteran sweeper. When he did make a mistake, misjudging a ball, he raced back to produce a goal-saving tackle that even an accomplished Premier League defender would have been proud of.
That outstanding effort to deny Gavin Allott was just one of a string of major incidents he was involved in, including scoring his side’s second goal. And Setchell now knows that in Quigley he possesses an improving player who can be equally important at centre-back or in the heart of Lynn’s midfield. Quigley’s that good and brave he’s not a bad striker either. Though the less said about his goalkeeping, the better.
While the hosts, who operated in an unusual 3-5-2 formation to great success, lacked his energy in the middle of the park, George Thomson more than made up for it with arguably his finest display of the season. The talented schemer opened the scoring with a delicious 25-yard free-kick, assisted Quigley’s header, and ran the show by dictating the pace of play. He was backed up excellently by young team-mates Liam Hurst and Jake Jones – who scored the third after robbing Sam Denton of the ball.
The Linnets may have been expected to beat relegation-threatened Frickley but not many could have predicted they would have won so comfortably. And not many would have realised the victory would come with Quigley being taken out of the engine room by choice. However, if the player known as Quigz continues to play like he has done over the last two weeks, he may find himself in Lynn’s back four – or at a higher level – in the years to come.
- To read a match report and see a gallery of pictures from Saturday’s game, click here.