FOOTBALL: Tulip Tolley makes Histon switch

EXIT: Shane Tolley, pictured after one of his 20 Spalding goals, has joined Histon.
EXIT: Shane Tolley, pictured after one of his 20 Spalding goals, has joined Histon.
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Spalding United’s leading scorer Shane Tolley has made a surprise switch to Blue Square North side Histon.

Tolley, who netted 20 goals since joining from St Neots Town in the summer, has seen his two-year deal with the Tulips cancelled by mutual consent in order to move up to Step Two of the Non-League ladder.

That will see him link up with former boss Dennis Greene, the man who guided Tolley and the Saints to back-to-back promotions.

Boss Pat Rayment has plugged the gap left by his top marksman by adding Eastwood Town’s TJ Nightingale to his ranks and making a seven-day notice of approach for Quorn’s Tyrone Kirk, but is understandably disappointed to lose him.

He said: “We’re an ambitious club and Shane was a big part of what we want to do. But this came to a head on Thursday when we heard he wanted to go to Histon and try his hand at a higher level.

“It was something I gave a lot of thought to. Obviously I didn’t want to lose him, but you can’t stand in a players’ way if they want to play higher.

“Shane was a big earner here, so letting him leave does free up room to make a few changes.

“Some fans will be disappointed, but in TJ Nightingale we’ve already signed up somebody that has a proven pedigree at Step Two. This is football, changes happen.

“Shane was an absolute pleasure to work with and has a first class attitude. I wish him well.

“Now I’m excited to see what TJ can do in a Spalding shirt, starting on Saturday.

“Our ambitions remain the same, we want to climb the leagues and will endeavour to do so.”

Rayment is close to adding another name to his squad today (Friday), ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Yaxley.

The Tulips go into the game ten points behind UCL Premier Division leaders St Ives Town.

Tolley, meanwhile, should make his Histon bow against Corby Town.