Bentley will speak to referee’s boss

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
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Shrimps’ boss Jim Bentley said he will be contacting referees’ boss Dave Allison this week to discuss the standard of officials in League 2 this season.

Bentley was unhappy with referee Gavin Ward after the 2-0 defeat at Wimbledon on Saturday and admitted that he feels the time is right to make his feelings known after a string of decisions he feels have gone against the Shrimps.

He said: “I always said when I took this job that I would never talk about referees or blame them when we lose but I just think I need to get my point across now because we seem to have been the victim of a lot of poor decisions of late and Saturday was the last straw and I want to discuss a few things.

“From the first second of the game when Chris Holroyd was taken out and needed stitches in his mouth to the last we just didn’t get anything from the officials at all.

“I don’t often say this but we were not beaten by the better team on the day we were beaten by the decisions that went against us and that is hard to take. It’s certainly not the first time this season because only a couple of weeks ago Northampton scored a late equaliser that was miles offside and that cost us two points which at the end of the day could have been vital. We don’t want favours but we want fairness and I don’t think we are getting that at the minute.”

Bentley has other worries to consider going into the busy Easter period with a lack of fit defenders. Will Haining and Andy Parrish both missed the game at Wimbledon and Nick Fenton only lasted 20 minutes before having to be replaced by 18-year-old Chris Doyle.

Bentley said: “It is a worry because we are definitely short of numbers at the back. I will discuss the possibility of bringing in an extra body for the last few weeks of the season but it depends on finances.

“It’s also good to give players like Chris experience of first team football as well and I am sure he learned a lot from the game but at the same time I wouldn’t want to put him under too much pressure too soon”. On a positive note the Shrimps will welcome back Kevin Ellison after his two match ban for picking up 10 bookings at Oxford on Friday.

On Easter Monday Bentley’s side play host to an improving Wycombe with the Shrimps making the game a “Family Fun Day’’ with free entry for children under 14 on the terraces and the same offer in the stand when with a paying adult. As well as the free entry there will be face painting and entertainment for the youngsters ahead of the game.