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Lincoln United boss Dave Frecklington looking for top half finish

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

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Lincoln United boss Dave Frecklington is hopeful his fine tuning this summer will propel his side to a top-half finish in the Evo-Stik League Division One (South) this season.

The Whites get their campaign started on Saturday at home to newcomers Tividale.

Frecklington is hoping to kick off with a victory as he aims to improve on last season when United finished 17th after flirting with relegation.

"We are looking to push into the top half of the table this year," said Frecklington.

"Last year was disappointing in terms of points gained and we just lacked that bit of quality in both boxes.

"This year we have improved in those areas. If we have a good start and kick on, you never know where you are going to finish, but realistically we should be looking at the top half and build from there.

"We feel we have the players who can do that if everyone is fit and available for selection.

"We feel we have a better squad than last year. Everyone is comfortable in possession and we are playing people in their right positions.

"You have to play people where they are strongest and this season it's something we want to focus on, as well as people being available week in, week out.

"Barring injuries, suspensions and unavailability, we can kick on."

Frecklington has been busy in the closed season transfer market.

He has brought in defenders Michael Jacklin and Callum Ward along with midfielder Glynn Cotton. Striker Andy Hutchinson has also re-joined the club.

But Frecklington refuses to identify key players who will influence the Whites' progression in the league.

"Everybody is key. We have an 18-man squad and each and every one is massively important to us," said Frecklington.

"We can select a squad of 16 for each game which means two will be left out.

"But in the next game we may have injuries, so people will be given the opportunity to play.

"The signings we have made will help and improve us."

The Whites' most recent acquisition is Jason Field from Stamford, who left the Hartsholme outfit after three games to step up to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

After failing to nail down a regular first team spot at the Daniels he has returned to Lincoln.

"Jason Field is the icing on the cake for me. I was devastated to lose him last year to Stamford. He is a big asset to us," added Frecklington.

"He is a massive addition to the squad. Left-back has been a problem position and we are hoping that problem is now solved. It will give everybody a lift."

This Saturday the Whites take on league newcomers Tividale at home and the Whites boss is expecting a tough encounter.

"Anything can happen on the first day of the season. This is my 20th season in the Evo-Stik league. It is a lottery," he said.

"You can't really predict what's going to happen in that first game.

"It will be a hundred miles an hour and competitive.

"People want to start the season well and there's no one more than us who wants to do that.

"Hopefully if people can get the fans down in force, that will give the lads a 12th man.

"What the crowds saw last year was an honest group of local lads who want to do the best for the football club.

"Hopefully we can hit the ground running."

Next up

Tividale (h), Saturday, August 16, 3pm

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  • smlincoln  |  August 15 2014, 12:21PM

    hello the violins are out again, did they win any pre season games, o yes they beat moorlands, good luck

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