For he’s a Tolley good fellow: King’s Lynn Town striker sings praises of new arrival Jacob

Shane Tolley has given Dan Jacob a ringing endorsement. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Shane Tolley has given Dan Jacob a ringing endorsement. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Shane Tolley believes he and his fellow King's Lynn Town strikers will relish playing alongside new arrival Dan Jacob.

The pair linked up to great effect to help St Neots Town achieve back-to-back promotions before Tolley left the club for Spalding United last summer.

The 28-year-old, via a brief spell at Histon, soon found himself at The Walks where he has now been joined by his former team-mate who has long been a target of Lynn boss Gary Setchell.

Left-sided midfielder Jacob is in line to make his debut at home to Leek Town tomorrow and Tolley expects his friend's presence to be good news for everyone connected with the Linnets – especially the club's attackers.

'He's definitely as good as everyone says. I'm excited to have him here as he's a massive asset,' said the frontman, nicknamed Custard.


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'He's really going to help us in the last few weeks of the season. His record speaks for itself at St Neots. He's very direct, quick, strong, scores goals and as a striker it's nice to know he's someone else who will create chances.

'When we were at St Neots we worked well together because he's one of them players who is easy to read when he gets to the byline. It's sensible football and although I've played with him, players like Dunks (Dunkley) and our other strikers, will know to get in the box when Dan sets off.

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'It's good for me as I've played with him but I think he'll make it easy for everyone. Dan can cut in from the left and I've seen him hit a couple with his right foot. But I think primarily his role is to get down the wing and fizz balls across the box, which is great news for us strikers.'

Tolley enjoyed a dream start to his life at The Walks by scoring twice on his debut against Hucknall Town in December. And even though he hasn't netted in his last seven matches, the former Peterborough United youngster insists he remains more concerned that promotion-chasing Lynn stretch their 11-game unbeaten league run, rather than his own goalscoring exploits.

'I missed one good chance at Newcastle on Saturday and I was very angry to miss it,' said Tolley who has scored five times, all at home, in 13 appearances since his arrival.

'I've not been missing four or five chances a game though. And missing them doesn't get me down too much as you're not going to take your next chance if you're still moping about. The way we play I'm kind of expected to do a little bit more than just stand there in the box.

'Every striker wants to score goals but during a run of eight wins on the bounce, like we have had this year, you have to make sacrifices sometimes for the good of the team. As long as we're doing well that's all that matters.'

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