Sports: ‘Nothing to be scared of’ – Lee Frecklington on what Lincoln City can expect in League One

Sports: ‘Nothing to be scared of’ – Lee Frecklington on what Lincoln City can expect in League One

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Lee Frecklington insists Lincoln City have nothing to be scared of in League One next season.

The Imps will compete in the third tier of English football for the first time in more than 20 years in August after storming to promotion.

Club captain Frecklington, who lifted the League Two trophy for his hometown club, boasts a wealth of League One experience following his spells with Peterborough United and Rotherham United.

Up against several former Premier League and Championship clubs, it will be a stern challenge.

But the division’s big guns aside, Frecklington does not believe the step up is huge.

He is also encouraged by how the four teams who went up last season have fared, with Luton Town winning the title, Coventry City just missing out on the play-offs and Accrington Stanley and Wycombe Wanderers staying up.

“From my experience, I don’t think there is a huge difference between League One and League Two, apart from the bigger teams, like Portsmouth and Sunderland,” said Frecklington.

“They’re big clubs with funds. As a result, they’ve got better players and will keep the ball for longer.

“It makes a massive difference between the clubs at the top and bottom of that league.

“But if you take the bigger teams out of it, I honestly don’t believe there is much difference between the top of League Two and the rest of League One, as teams who’ve gone up in previous years have shown.

Lee Frecklington in action for Rotherham against Lincoln in the Carabao Cup in August
Lee Frecklington in action for Rotherham against Lincoln in the Carabao Cup in 2017
(Image: Chris Vaughan/CameraSport)

“We’ll go up and be excited by the challenge. I don’t think we’ve got anything to be scared of next season.

“We’ll go into it trying to do the best we can and hopeful of having a good season.”

The game Frecklington is particularly looking forward to next season is the trip to Rotherham, the club he joined the Imps from 18 months ago.

The 33-year-old enjoyed a success-laden five-year spell with the South Yorkshire club, helping them gain promotion to the Championship.

Frecklington remains extremely fond of the Millers, admitting the Imps’ trip to the New York Stadium will be the first date he looks for when the League One fixtures are released on Thursday, June 20.

“The difficult one for me will be Rotherham,” he said. “I’ve got so much love for that football club.

“I enjoyed my best times there and I was really disappointed to see them go down [from the Championship]

“That was the result I was looking out for every week and I was devastated for [Rotherham boss] Paul Warne, who is a fantastic bloke and a great manager.

“I was disappointed for him and the boys that they weren’t able to stay up.

“Going back to the New York next season will be the first game I’ll look out for when the fixtures come out.

“It’ll be a day of mixed emotions I think, but I really enjoyed my time there. It is going to be strange going back to a place that I love so much.”

 



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