Bentley: Free weekend sums up Morecambe’s “bizarre” season

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.
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Jim Bentley says Morecambe’s free weekend is the latest twist in a “bizarre” season for his side.

The Shrimps’ clash with Exeter City at the Globe Arena next Tuesday night will be their first on home soil since December 1.

Morecambe fans have seen very little of their side in recent months with the January 16 match against Yeovil then the first Saturday League 2 home game since October 24. a gap of 84 days.

Bentley said: “It’s been very odd.

“From pre-season when we lost the Blackpool game and then on the opening day of the season we lost our captain and then the FA Cup was a disaster for us.

“The weather we’ve been having, the games that have been postponed and the way the fixtures have gone it’s been a bit bizarre.

“These things happen and what you’ve got to do is embrace the next challenge.

“We’ve got to concentrate on the next game. We’re back at home and it’ll be nice to get back in front of our fans because we just haven’t had the home games recently.

“Hopefully we can give them something to cheer about.”

The Shrimps boss would like to be back in action this weekend as his side look to build on a fine 2-0 win at high-flying Wycombe last time out.

In a bid to keep some momentum going, Bentley’s side were in action in a behind closed doors friendly at Liverpool’s academy on Tuesday, losing 4-0.

Bentley said: “It is frustrating (to not be playing).

“That’s why we organised a friendly away at Liverpool’s academy.

“When you do get a good win, morale’s high, confidence is good and you can’t wait for the next one.

“We’re going to have to wait 10 days.

“It is what it is, I’d rather be in the FA Cup at the weekend but that’s not the thing for us now and all our energy and concentration has got to be on Exeter on Tuesday night.

“They’ve got a difficult game against Liverpool on Friday in the FA Cup but they’ve had a little bit of a wobble recently.

“We’re hoping to back up the fantastic win over Wycombe with a victory in front of our home fans.”

As soon as the 10-day break ends against the Grecians on Tuesday night The Shrimps have a busy schedule.

Bentley knows a good run, with five of their next six games to come at the Globe Arena, will see his side in contention at the sharp end of League 2.

He said: “With five home games there’s a lot of football to be played.

“It’s going to be a testing month and hopefully the weather continues to improve.

“You get a couple postponed and you have to replay them as soon as possible so it’s going to be a busy time but it’s a good opportunity with the games we have in hand to put points on the board and get further up the table.”