Lincoln United boss Dave Frecklington bemoans missed chances in defeat to Romulus

Lincoln United manager Dave Frecklington says he doesn’t want to carry any passengers in his squad, in the wake of his side’s 2-0 defeat at home to Romulus.

The Whites boss was left frustrated as his players spurned a handful of simple chances throughout the match and “gifted” their opponents three points.

Frecklington was left angry at his player's' poor finishing (Photo: Nick Lough)

Frecklington was left angry at his player’s poor finishing (Photo: Nick Lough)

United were unbeaten in six matches in all competitions and went into the game just outside the Evo-Stik First Division South play-offs in sixth position.

Speaking to The Linc after the match, Frecklington said: “We need to perform better than we’ve done today. We huffed and puffed and created some good chances but haven’t really done enough to win the game.

“We had done enough to win the game in terms of chances but you can’t miss from five yards out. You don’t deserve to win the game if that’s what you do.

“We need a couple of strikers. If you can’t score from five yards, you need to improve it.”

The Whites struck cup glory during the week, with a win on penalties over league leaders Stafford Rangers in the FA Trophy, and looked likely to carry on their form after a bright opening 15 minute spell.

However, Jordan Francis’ looping header gave Romulus the lead on 18 minutes and despite a host of chances for the home side, the team from Sutton Coldfield doubled their lead with 10 minutes to play through Luke Keen.

2-0 was how it finished and Frecklington was not only disappointed with his sides’ lack of cutting edge but also their inadequacies at the other end of the pitch.

He said: “They (Romulus) came and sat off which a lot of teams do now. We gifted them the first goal; it was embarrassing.

“The second goal was the only time they got in our box in the second half.

“It’s a disgrace how we’ve allowed that to happen and they’ve now got every chance to chase us up the league.”

United’s focus now turns to the Integro League Cup and a clash with Northern Premier side and last years’ First Division South champions Mickleover Sports.

That match is on Tuesday at 7.45pm and you can keep up to date with the game by following @LincSport on Twitter.