Morecambe FC Season Review: Season of what might have been

Morecambe celebrate Jack Redshaw's opening goal against Southend. Picture: Clint Hughes/PA Wire.

Morecambe celebrate Jack Redshaw's opening goal against Southend. Picture: Clint Hughes/PA Wire.

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This is the season of what might have been.

A penalty miss here or an offside decision there and this could have been a completely different type of supplement.

I could have been working through the night to build up to a play-off clash or dare we dream, a Wembley final?

As it is, we should be content with what is the best ever season under Jim Bentley and Ken McKenna as 63 points were picked up on the way to an 11th-placed finish in League 2.

It was a year where after sliding alarming towards the drop zone in 2013-2014 there was barely a single mention of the word relegation as the Shrimps soon established themselves in the top half.

But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t frustration in the dressing room and on the terraces.

Despite what is certainly an encouraging campaign the reality is it could have been so much more.

The majority of Shrimps’ best performances came on the road with the memorable days at the Globe Arena few and far between.

It was those home performances, and not penalty misses or poor refereeing decisions, that ultimately cost the Shrimps an unlikely place in the top seven as they finished eight points short.

Some of those displays were met with vocal dissention from the terraces.

While completely understandable, I’d like to think it was born out of a sense of just what this team could have achieved and not direct criticism.

As an example, the chant of “you don’t know what you’re doing” directed at Bentley during the defeat to Burton just a few weeks ago was frankly laughable.

Yes it was a poor performance but I’d urge that admittedly small group to look at the bigger picture – that this season is a platform for bigger things.

Having collapsed in the second half of the previous season things could have gone one of two ways.

The Shrimps improved however and didn’t get dragged into the battle at the bottom and will look forward to hopefully moving forwards again come August.

Any further development would now mean a real down to the wire run at the play-offs.

And from there, as Bentley always says, “anything can happen”.

A special mention for Drummy

The end of this season was all about one man – Stewart Drummond.

I can’t really add anything to what has already been said by those who know him far better than I do but it was good to see the Shrimps legend given a fitting send off.

Not that he wanted it, as Drummy insists he should still be playing week in, week out!

His achievement is unlikely to be matched again though as we now find ourselves in an era where longevity to that degree is rare.

He may not be around on the playing side but Morecambe certainly made a wise move in signing him up to oversee their future.