Bentley reminds players the club’s fate remains in their hands

Garry Thompson scored twice in Morecambe's opening day win over Saturday's opponents Cheltenham.
Garry Thompson scored twice in Morecambe's opening day win over Saturday's opponents Cheltenham.

Morecambe head to Cheltenham Town on Saturday with manager Jim Bentley challenging them to finish the season with a flourish.

Having seen the Easter Monday showers postpone their game against Cambridge United, the Shrimps’ boss spent the afternoon watching the scores come in from around the country.

Though Morecambe ended Monday 20th in League Two, they remain eight points ahead of second-bottom Chesterfield – who were also rained off – but having played a game more.

The Spireites come to the Globe Arena next Tuesday on the back of Saturday’s game at third-bottom Grimsby Town.

For good measure, they also have to play fourth-bottm Forest Green Rovers and bottom side Barnet between now and the end of the season.

Rather than get bogged down in hypothetical scenarios, Bentley wants his players to do what they can so they aren’t relying on other results.

“Everything is still in our hands with seven games to go, with a decent points gap and goal difference on Chesterfield,” he said.

“I think Chesterfield, if you look at some of the games they’ve got left, will fancy getting out of it.

“However, if they lose to Grimsby on Saturday then they go seven points behind them and you wonder what the psychological effect will be on them.

“At the same time, if they win that game and close to within a point then they will have some momentum when they come to our place on Tuesday.

“We can put all that to one side though if we win on Saturday because we are more than capable of getting a couple of decent victories

ourselves.

“We can beat Cheltenham and they’re 15th in the table, six points ahead of us but we’ve got two games in hand.

“We know it’ll be a tough game there because it always is against them; they’re a strong side but why can’t we finish the season strongly and maybe finish ahead of them if we play how we can.”