Bentley disappointed as Shrimps let lead slip

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was disappointed his side couldn’t turn a first-half lead into three points against Gillingham on Saturday.

Jack Redshaw’s 15th goal of the season had put The Shrimps ahead on 42 minutes but a Bradley Dack goal seven minutes after the break gave Martin Allen’s table-toppers a point.

Bentley said: “When you get your noses in front and create one or two chances and you’re at home to come out and surrender the lead in the manner we did is disappointing.

“I’ve got to give credit where credit’s due though and they’re a top side.

“It was difficult conditions but both sides tried to play football.

“The ball was bobbling up and looking at it now it resembles more of a rugby pitch than a football pitch.

“We’ve had a go and on the balance of play it’s a fair result but I’m disappointed. It was the same on Tuesday night (against Northampton).”

Bentley admitted his squad was stretched but insisted they would battle to the end of the season despite looking set for a mid-table finish.

He said: “There are a few lads very, very tired in the dressing room.

“We’ve got few injury problems now and Kevin Ellison’s suspended.

“A few of the lads were running on empty today but that’s the way it goes. It’s that stage of the season.

“But we dig in and continue to work hard, prepare right for our next game and try and get more points on the board so we can finish as high as we can come the end of the season.”