Bentley challenges Morecambe to finish on a high against Bury

Jordan Mustoe will miss the final game of the season with a hamstring injury.
Jordan Mustoe will miss the final game of the season with a hamstring injury.

Jim Bentley admits Morecambe can relax in their final game of the season against Bury on Saturday but is still determined to finish the season on a high.

The Shrimps secured their Football League safety with a 3-0 win at AFC Wimbledon last time out meaning Bentley’s side are free of any relegation worries ahead of the game at the Globe Arena.

But the Morecambe boss wants his side to finish a poor second half of the season on a positive note, especially for the club’s fans.

He said: “We haven’t been good enough in the second half of the season.

“If you split the season up we started well and did well in the Capital One Cup but since the Fleetwood game on Boxing Day we haven’t been good enough.

“The points tally hasn’t been what we wanted. I think we’ve got to give our fans something to cheer about.

“It’s important that we finish strongly, two victories in the last two games does you the world of good confidence wise going into next season.

“The main thing is the fans. They’ve paid their money all season and in the first half of the season we gave them plenty to shout about with the Newcastle game and the Chesterfield comeback.

“But it would be nice to finish on a high for them as much as anyone.”

The Shakers have shot up the table in the second half of the season under David Flitcroft with the former Barnsley boss nearly guiding Bury to an unlikely play-off place.

Bentley said: “They’re a good side, I know Dave Flitcroft who’s gone in there.

“He’s got experience at Championship level and has picked them up because there was a lot of doom and gloom around the place.

“He’s changed the style of play, brought in quite a few players including a couple of loanees who’ve done well and they picked up and went on a good run.

“I think they’ve only lost one in about nine or 10 games and the season’s probably finished too early for them.

“But like us they’ll be looking to finish on a positive with regards to next season. 
“We expect a difficult game but we’re at home and want to finish on a positive in front of our own fans.”

The Shrimps will be short of numbers for the game with Tony Diagne (groin), Andy Wright (groin) and Jordan Mustoe (hamstring) joining long-term absentees Chris McCready and Stewart Drummond on the sidelines.

Joe McGee also picked up a serious knee injury in Morecambe’s Reserve win over Shrewsbury on Tuesday with a scan set to assess the full extent of the damage.

Marcus Marshall is also a doubt with a knee problem.