Bentley: We want town to be part of what we’re trying to do

Jim Bentley and assistant boss Ken McKenna takes notes against Cheltenham.
Jim Bentley and assistant boss Ken McKenna takes notes against Cheltenham.

Jim Bentley is hoping his side’s fine start to the season will bring in the crowds at the Globe Arena.

Morecambe have long battled underwhelming crowds on home soil but an encouraging 2,273 saw the Shrimps’ goalless draw with fellow early-season high-fliers Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Bentley’s side were poor in the opening period but the Shrimps boss is hoping a thrilling final 30 minutes will see some casual fans return for the game at home to Plymouth this Saturday, September 13.

He said: “If we’d have turned in a second half performance like the first then I think some of those that sit on the fence and don’t attend much probably wouldn’t have come back.

“But it certainly sparked into life and we finished the game in the right manner and it was exciting.

“That’s great because we want more and more people here week-on-week and we’re doing all we can behind the scenes and we’re doing all we can on the pitch to make sure we improve.

“We want the community and the town to get behind us and attend more games and be part of what we’re trying to do.”

The Shrimps were fortunate to be level against Cheltenham at the break and had, in part, another fine Barry Roche performance to thank.

It was another man of the match display from the ‘keeper who signed a new two-year deal with the club at the end of last season.

Bentley said: “That’s why I was so keen to keep him in the summer.

“For me, he’s one of the best at this level and he proved that again on Saturday.

“His performances so far after missing a large spell of pre-season have been great.

“I thought he was a different class at Cambridge and he made more good saves on Saturday.”