Bentley hopes for repeat of big crowd

More than 4,000 Morecambe fans packed out the Globe Arena for the game against Dagenham & Redbridge which was free to get in.
More than 4,000 Morecambe fans packed out the Globe Arena for the game against Dagenham & Redbridge which was free to get in.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is urging fans to take advantage of the club’s reduced prices for Friday night’s important clash with Cheltenham Town.

Bentley says he is convinced the 4,000 plus crowd that attended the free game against Dagenham proved vital to his side’s victory last week and he wants more of the same this Friday after the club reduced standing tickets to £10 in all areas for the visit of the Robins.

He said: “It was an amazing turn out and there was a fantastic atmosphere against Dagenham.

“After we went a goal down the crowd got behind us and were terrific in the second half.

“The noise the crowd generated gave us a massive lift and it was one of the best nights we have had at the Globe since we went there.

“I am delighted that the club has followed it up with another offer and I hope a large proportion of the crowd come back again this week because this team really needs the full backing of the community.

“The Dagenham game showed what can be done and it would be great to repeat that on Friday because this is another massive game for us.

“Cheltenham are a really decent side and I have a lot of time for their manager Mark Yates and his team.

“They have some good players and are looking to make the play-offs for the second year running.

“But our home form in recent months has been excellent and we need to maintain that form between now and the end of the season.

“As the results showed last week this is going to be the tightest League 2 season ever I think and we need everyone to keep with us and really get behind us.

“I am convinced that the backing of the fans helped us get the win over Dagenham and I would ask everyone to be our 12th man and give us all the support they 
can.”

Bentley says he is keen to tinker with his squad during the current transfer window and has been working hard behind the scenes to bring in at least one new face.

He said: “It is difficult because for someone to come in someone has to go out to balance the books.

“I have a target in mind that I would like to sign but a few things need to fall into place for that to happen.”

Andy Wright and Andy Parrish are both suspended for Friday night’s game but Ryan Williams will be pushing for a start after his impressive scoring debut at Plymouth on Saturday.