Morecambe boss Jim Bentley: Safety gives Barnet more freedom

Martin Allen.
Martin Allen.

Jim Bentley believes Barnet will pose an even greater threat after making sure of their League 2 status.

Ahead of the trip to the Globe Arena on Saturday Martin Allen’s Bees cannot mathematically be relegated after their 2-1 win over Luton on Easter Monday.

The Shrimps boss, whose side have only won one of their last 13 in League 2, said: “Barnet are safe, they’re not going to go up or down.

“But sometimes when you play against teams like that it becomes even harder again because they’ve got a freedom.

“They can go out and relax and play.”

Despite being 12 points clear of the bottom two Bentley says his side still have to make sure of their own League 2 future with a win on Saturday going a long way to doing just that.

He said: “It doesn’t matter what we play in whether it be training, the little competitions that we have or on a match day – we want to win.

“There’s still work to be done.

“People just look at it and see York aren’t winning games and I know it’s 12 points with eight games to play but it only takes a freak run of results and one of those teams to go on a run and they can soon reel you in.

“We’re in a decent position at the moment but it can soon change in football with a couple of results.

“We’ve got to get our own house in order and not rely on anyone else. We want to finish the season strongly.”

Three points will be easier said than done for The Shrimps however against a Barnet side, 15th in League 2, that Allen has made hard to beat having returned to the Football League as Conference champions last season.

Bentley said: “They’ll be a different challenge to us again. 
“They’re quite a direct side. They’ve got a long throw and big (John) Akinde up front has been one of the top strikers in the division.

“It’s going to be a difficult game. We’re at home, we’ll look at one or two little things where we can freshen the team up and hopefully get back to winning ways.”