Morecambe boss Bentley: Southend clash is a big game for both clubs

Jim Bentley.

Jim Bentley.

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Jim Bentley insists Morecambe’s final day clash with Southend is a big game for both clubs.

Phil Brown’s side know victory at the Globe Arena on Saturday will see them promoted to League 1.

The Shrimpers have never beaten the Shrimps however with Bentley’s side ready to have a further say in the promotion race after shocking Wycombe with a 1-0 win at Adams Park last time out.

Bentley said: “It’s mad how the season’s finished.

“We knew we were going to have a say in the promotion race.

“We went to Wycombe last week and were professional. I felt a little bit sorry for them at the end, I’ve got a lot of time for Gareth Ainsworth.

“The knock on effect is that it’s put so much onto this game with Southend because they leapfrogged them in the table and it’s in their hands.

“But they’re playing against a team they haven’t beaten in the Football League.

“It’s a massive game not just for them though, we want to finish strongly.

“We haven’t given our home fans much to cheer about this season and it’d be nice to send them away into the summer with a win and hopefully cement our place in the top half or even the top 10.”

Morecambe have extended Southend’s allocation with 2,400 fans set to make the trip from Essex.

Bentley is also hoping the Shrimps fans will turn out in numbers to give Stewart Drummond a fitting send off as the club legend plays for the final time in a 21-year career.

The Shrimps boss said: “The biggest game in the league is at the Globe Arena.

“It’d be sad to see the away fans outnumbering the home fans.

“Hopefully the Morecambe fans will get behind us.

“There’s plenty to play for and it’s Stewart Drummond’s last game, he’s a legend of the club and the area so hopefully that’ll put a few on the gate.”

Bentley’s main injury concerns are over central defenders Ryan Edwards and Andy Parrish.

Both are battling back problems with the Shrimps boss hoping one will be fit to face the Shrimpers.