Morecambe’s free weekend is calm before the storm

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.
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Jim Bentley believes his side’s 10-day break from match action is simply the calm before the storm.

The Shrimps have to wait to build on their 2-0 win at Wycombe on Saturday with this weekend’s game against Portsmouth having been moved with Pompey in FA Cup action at Ipswich.

It means a behind-closed-doors friendly against Liverpool aside, the next competitive outing will be at home to Exeter on Tuesday, January 12.

But Bentley knows the games then come “thick and fast” as his side look to make a run at the League 2 play-offs.

The Shrimps boss said: “We’ve organised a friendly for Tuesday (today, January 5) because there are players that need games.

“That’ll keep us ticking over because it’s 10 days until the next game but they come thick and fast after that.

“We’ve got some Saturday-Tuesday weeks and we’ve still got to rearrange the Mansfield game.

“There’s five games in January at the moment, we’ve got the friendly thrown in, we’ve got a couple of reserve team fixtures and there’s a possibility of Mansfield being rearranged.

“We’ve then got six games in February and six games in March.

“It’s a very testing time coming into this second half of the season but that’s what you’re in the game for.

“You want the challenges, you want the games to come round thick and fast.

“While the squad is healthy and injury free, touch wood, we could do with the games to try and get the points on the board that we need to get up the table.”