Morecambe 1 Mansfield Town 3: Five things we learned

So it’s now six defeats in a row for Morecambe following Saturday’s 3-1 loss against Mansfield Town but what else did we learn?

Investment on and off the pitch

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley saw his side beaten again on Saturday

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley saw his side beaten again on Saturday

Probably stating the obvious for most clubs up and down the land but the Shrimps need it more than most.

A 19-man senior squad which contains three loanees tells its own story in terms of what Jim Bentley has achieved in taking the Shrimps to 46 points by the end of February.

Then we have the pitch which doesn’t facilitate the passing football Morecambe would like to play and, instead, benefits the bigger, stronger visitors to the Globe Arena.

Everyone else continues to do their bit with a sponsored walk raising money for training facilities but that should be down to whoever owns the club rather than others handing over yet more of their income.

You were saying?

In the programme for Saturday’s game, Morecambe’s on-loan defender Michael Duckworth spoke about the difference between League One and Two.

The Fleetwood Town man said there was a good chance mistakes would be punished in the third tier but that’you can get away with things a bit more’ in League Two.

On that basis, Shrimps supporters could be forgiven for thinking they have been on the rough end of it lately as, seemingly, most of their defensive errors have led to goals being scored against them.

Of the five goals conceded in the two home games last week, only one wasn’t a direct result of a defensive error from Jim Bentley’s players.

Rest and recuperation

There should be no dissenting voices if Morecmabe players were to admit to having felt jaded throughout the month of March.

After such an arduous February, not least the midweek trips to Newport County AFC, Portsmouth and Leyton Orient – as well as a Saturday match at Crawley Town – it was perhaps inevitable those journeys would catch up with them.

However, that’s not to say the scale of the Shrimps’ difficulties in March haven’t come as something of a shock given the winnable nature of some matches.

It can only be hoped that a blank midweek, as well as the possible returns of Alex Kenyon and Ryan Edwards, is reflected in a positive result at Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Support in numbers

Saturday night saw the official launch party of the Shrimps’ Trust fans group.

One of their mission statements was to strengthen the links between the club, supporters, community and business.

Something needs to be done to get more fans through the turnstiles given the aggregate and average crowd figures after 20 league games at the Globe Arena this season.

With only three home matches remaining of the season, a total of 34,535 home and away supporters have attended League Two games at an average of around 1,726.

Pantomime villains

Yes, the Mansfield Town management duo of Steve Evans and Paul Raynor might not win many popularity contests given their touchline antics but there’s no denying the job they have done.

Having taken charge of the Stags in November with the side 18th in League Two, Saturday’s victory leaves them ninth in he table, a point off the top seven.

It’s just a pity that the job they have done can be overshadowed by their behaviour in the technical area.

Yes, decisions can go against teams but it doesn’t look good when the vast majority of first-half decisions are continually questioned; the only surprise was it took referee Robert Jones 24 minutes to have a word back.