Morecambe boss Bentley focused on League 2 points

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
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Jim Bentley is focused on the bread of butter of League 2 points despite The Shrimps and Luton having an added incentive on Saturday.

The two teams will play for the first ever Eric Morecambe Trophy at the Globe Arena to celebrate the statue of the much-loved comedian returning to the resort’s promenade.

Shrimps boss Bentley is a fan of the idea but is concentrating solely on a positive result for his side.

He said: “It’s a good idea.

“I know the links, he was a Luton fan but born in Morecambe.

“I’ve seen the trophy, it’s nice to play for, something a bit different.

“But as far as I’m concerned and the players are concerned, it’s about the three points on the board.

“That’s what our mindset is and hopefully we can do that.”

The game marks the start of what is a busy Christmas and New Year period.

Bentley said: “We’ve this one which will be a big game.

“Then we go to Shrewsbury who are another team who are doing well and then the fixtures over the Christmas period will come thick and fast, two in three days against Carlisle and Hartlepool.

“Over the next few weeks there’s plenty to play for and hopefully we can get points on the board and push ourselves up the table.

“Hopefully we can start this little period with three points in front of our home fans and then kick on from there.”

A good run of results could present the Shrimps with a far different picture come the start of 2015.

Bentley said: “We’ve been a little up and down.

“We’ve been top and gone a few games without winning and now we find ourselves in that middle pack.

“If we can string a couple of results together then we’ll certainly shoot up the table.

“That can be seen at any level at the moment. Look at West Ham in the Premier League, it’s the same in League 2.

“Teams can come from nowhere or drop like a stone.”