Bentley: We’re not far off top League 2 sides

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
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Jim Bentley believes his side are one or two players away from mixing it at the top of a “mad” League 2.

The Morecambe boss says there is a fine line between The Shrimps and the likes of top of the table Gillingham who visit the Globe Arena on Saturday.

He said: “I don’t think there’s a lot in the league.

“I think we’re a couple of players short of having a little outside chance.

“The league’s been mad this season.

“We beat Exeter 3-0 away they beat us 3-0 here, we beat Barnet at home 4-1 and then they won 4-1 at their place on Saturday.

“Some of the results every week are strange.

“It’s just that team that gets that little bit more consistency and Gillingham are the best side in the league with Port Vale slipping away now which has virtually given them the league.

“It’s a very fine line.”

Bentley saw his side match promotion-chasers Northampton at the Globe Arena on Tuesday night and wants to see more of the same when Martin Allen’s Gills visit the resort on Saturday.

He said: “We’ve only lost once in five months at the Globe Arena.

“We’re hard to beat and that’s what we’ll have to be again on Saturday.

“It’s a difficult game that will throw up different challenges but the lads will be ready and raring to go.

“They want to finish the season as strong as I do.”

The 1-1 draw against the Cobblers also saw Bentley’s side reach his first target of 50 points, which he believes is a good achievement.

He said: “Fifty points is a good achievement all things considered.

“To get to our first target with still plenty of football left to play, we can put that one to bed and the next target’s to get to where we were last season and we’ll be going all out to get the two wins to take us there.”

Barry Roche will return to the squad against Gillingham after serving his one-match ban but Kevin Ellison will be suspended after picking up his 10th booking against Northampton.

Andy Parrish went off on Tuesday night with a recurrence of a thigh problem and will be out for a few weeks.

Andy Fleming, who has been suffering with a similar injury, came through Wednesday night’s 3-2 home reserve defeat against Oldham Athletic and is in contention to start.