Morecambe aim to set Stanley record straight

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has his eyes firmly set on a first ever Football League victory over Accrington Stanley on Friday night.

After 11 games without a league win over their Lancashire rivals the Shrimps will look to set that record straight at the Crown Ground this week in a game relegation threatened Stanley will be desperate to win.

Bentley said: “It is amazing to think that we still haven’t beaten them in the Football League and it is a record I really want to put an end to especially for our long suffering supporters.

“We should have beaten them at the Globe earlier in the season because it was a game we dominated from start to finish.

“But their goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin produced one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from an opposition goalkeeper and even saved an injury-time penalty to earn them a draw.

“I think it was one of those nights where if we had scored one we would have got a few but it wasn’t to be.”

Looking ahead to Friday he said: “There are some mixed feelings because although I desperately want to win the game I certainly don’t want to see Accrington relegated.

“It’s always nice to have a local derby because it always gives the game a bit of an added edge.

“The two clubs have a great relationship and good links and I am sure a League 2 with Accrington in it is great for our club.”

Bentley said he wants to build on the success of Saturday’s dramatic last-gasp win over Rotherham that took his side to 55 points and almost certain League 2 safety.

He said: “It was a great way to end a game that had a bit of everything really.

“I said I wanted a reaction after the shocking performance against Wycombe on Easter Monday and I certainly got that.

“We owed the fans a performance and the lads did that I think.

“Rotherham put us under a lot of pressure and probably had more of the ball but when you show the hard work and determination that we have done week in week out you deserve a bit of fortune and we got that on Saturday.”

Nick Fenton still remains Morecambe’s main injury doubt after he missed out again at the weekend.