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King's Lynn 3 Newcastle Town 2
23rd February 2013
It would be fair to say that Dan Quigley was King's Lynn Town's equivalent to Marmite when boss Gary Setchell brought him to the club in the summer.
The no-nonsense midfielder wasn't everybody's cup of tie after his celebrations when scoring for Long Buckby against Lynn, last season.
But the 22-year-old has won over the hearts of Lynn supporters with a string of fine performances in the middle of the park since his close-season switch to The Walks.
Quigley's second-half hat-trick turned Saturday's game on its head after the Linnets looked to be heading for their sixth defeat of the campaign.
Manager Gary Setchell praised Quigley, saying: "He deserves it. If there's a player who gives everything to the cause, then its him.
"I don't think he has ever missed a training session and he is never injured. He is keen and he is a pleasure to manage.
"He's a great player and he is still learning his trade at 22-years-old. I don't think today was one of his more energetic performances, but he deserves all of the plaudits he gets."
Setchell added: "He came here under a massive cloud and supporters didn't want me to bring him in but I believed in him.
"When he played against for Long Buckby, he was always a thorn to us.
"He was first to everything and was a pain in the rear end so to speak.
"When he became available because of the situation at Kettering bringing him to the club was a no-brainer for me.
"He has probably done better then I thought he would and I think he will go on and improve even more."
Lynn were nothing short of inept in the first 45 minutes, in which Newcastle Town took a 23rd-minute lead through Andy Nicholls.
But it was a totally different story after the interval as Lynn, inspired by the powerhouse that is Quigley, stormed back to take victory and make it 21 points gained from losing positions this season.
Lynn needed an early goal to kick-start a comeback and it duly arrived 28 seconds after the restart when Quigley bundled home a Steve Spriggs centre at the far post.
Twenty minutes from time, Quigley rifled home his second from just outside the box, before completing his treble from the penalty spot after a little bit of gentle persuasion from his manager.
Quigley said: "I'd come off for a drink at the time and Gary (Setchell) said to me 'are you not going to take it' so I did."
Newcastle threatened to spoil Quigley's afternoon and his first-ever hat-trick when Jay Burgess headed home a Ricky Bridge cross, but Lynn held on.
Lynn: Gay, Watson (Butt 78), Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Spriggs (Beaumont 63), Quigley, Thomson, Jepson, Dunkley, Tolley (Mulready 63). Subs not used: Street, Fryatt.
Booked: Yong.
Goals: Quigley (46, 70, pen 82).
Newcastle: Parton, Lowe, Bridge, Ruddock, Carter, Nicholls (Kenny 75), Diskin, Askey, Sutton (Burgess 83), Sanders, France. Subs not used: Moyo, Hughes, Whalley.
Booked: Lowe, Ruddock.
Goals: Nicholls (23), Burgess (86).
Referee: N. Phillips Attendance: 552. MoM: Dan Quigley.
Report by permission of the Lynn News