Bentley: We need the town behind us

Morecambe fans at Fleetwood.
Morecambe fans at Fleetwood.

Jim Bentley has urged the town to get behind his Morecambe side for their battle with League 2 leaders Scunthorpe United on Good Friday.

The visitors have sold more than 1,000 tickets for the game at the Globe Arena with the Shrimps boss hoping the hosts are equally well backed as their fight against relegation continues.

Bentley said: “They’re going for promotion and it’s a bank holiday weekend.

“They’ve never been here before so it’s a new ground for them. We knew that they’d travel in good numbers so we need the Morecambe public to get behind us as well.

“At the moment we are in a sticky position and we need everyone’s help and that includes the town’s people.

“We need them to come out like they did for the Newcastle and Wolves games and cheer us on.”

The Iron are on a remarkable 26-game unbeaten run but Bentley sees no reason why it can’t end on Friday. 
He said: “No-one’s going to give us a chance of winning the game.

“We’re in poor form, they’re unbeaten in 26, they’re top of the league, we’re towards the bottom and needing a win to stay up.

“They’re a good side, the table doesn’t lie and on that evidence they’re the best side in the league.

“But our mentality has got to be that the run’s got to end somewhere and why can’t it be at the Globe Arena.

“We are the underdogs but we’ve got to take the positives from the Fleetwood game, believe in ourselves and come out fighting more than we ever have done because of the position we’re in.”

The Shrimps are just three points clear of the drop zone despite an improved performance in the 2-2 draw at Fleetwood last time out.

Bentley insists the pressure hasn’t changed however as his side look to pick up the three points needed to all but ensure Football League safety.

He said: “Nothing’s changed, we’re still searching for that all important win.

“You’d like to think 52 points would be enough. There’s pressure on us but it’s about keeping calm and sticking together and coming out fighting.”

Bentley hopes his side will be inspired by a reunion of the Shrimps’ 1974 FA Trophy winning squad on Friday.

Some of the players that beat Dartford at Wembley are guests at the Globe Arena on the eve of the 40th anniversary of one of the most memorable days in Shrimps history.

Bentley said: “I’ve been in and around the chats about them having a reunion.

“The new players will mix with the old ones after the game and hopefully they can bring us a little inspiration.

“They were a victorious side and we need a little bit of that at the moment.”