Let me give you an example of progress.

When Dave Frecklington and his management team took over the reins at Lincoln United three years ago it is fair to say that for one reason or another the team were in disarray.

The first season in charge was tough to say the least. The Whites struggled for points and faced a constant battle against relegation as boss Frecklington began the task of re-grouping his troops.

They finished the season in 17th position on 36 points.

The second year in charge saw the Ashby Avenue outfit adopt a style of football that was alien to their loyal supporters and even some of the players.

Frecklington wanted the ball played out from the back and kept on the deck. There was now no room for a ‘Kick and Boot’ policy.

The Whites’ boss pooled together a side with a mix of youth and experience and began hurting other teams in the Evo-Stik League Division One (South).

As a result, the Ashby Avenue outfit set high standards of play and discipline and finished last year’s campaign with their highest position in a decade.

The hard graft, team discipline, quality of play and spirit shown by Frecklington’s team this year has brought success in the form of a top five play-off position and a points tally not achieved for years.

Tonight’s play-off semi-final at Shaw Lane is a massive game possibly the biggest in Lincoln United’s recent history.

The progress made over the last three campaigns has been magnificent. Support has doubled because the manager has installed a sense of pride in everyone throughout the club.

Win or lose tonight, Dave Frecklington, assistant manager Sam Wilkinson, coaches Chris Rawlinson and Mark O’Leary have put together a squad, backed by the board and sponsors that has given the Ashby Avenue faithful something to cheer and follow.

That’s progress.

To quote Shakespeare:”From this day to the ending of the world, we in it shall be remembered……we band of brothers.

So “Cry ‘Havoc’ and let slip the dogs of war.”


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