SICK JIM GIVEN PER­FECT REM­EDY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Louis Birch

THE Eric More­cambe Trophy will now take pride of place at the Globe Arena, but the Shrimps’ as­sis­tant man­ager Ken McKenna says his side’s win over Lu­ton was for un­well boss Jim Bent­ley.

Bent­ley missed the match through ill­ness, leav­ing McKenna in charge.

But goals from Kevin El­li­son, Mark Hughes and Padraig Amond will un­doubt­edly have raised his spir­its.

The home side are also the in­au­gu­ral hold­ers of The Eric More­cambe Trophy – a prize cre­ated to cel­e­brate the restora­tion of a statue of the star in More­cambe.

The tele­vi­sion star took his stage name from the Lan­cashire town, the place of his birth, while Lu­ton were his favourite foot­ball team.

But McKenna ad­mit­ted he was more con­cerned with the three points – and spurring Bent­ley into a swift re­turn.

“It’s one of the best wins of the sea­son but it’s dif­fi­cult to com­pare it to other games be­cause of the cir­cum­stances,” said McKenna.

“We started the game re­ally well and wanted to put their back four un­der pres­sure which we did.

“We got the early goal from a good set piece which gave us a lit­tle bit of con­fi­dence

“There’s been a bit of a bug fly­ing round with ev­ery­one.

“The boss was up all night, his kids have been poorly this week and he’s picked some­thing up.

“He was in a bad way this morn­ing but I hope that’s cheered him up.

“I spend more time with Jim than any­one else. We’re up and down that mo­tor­way and we’re in here ev­ery day and we work late. I missed him and I’ll be glad when he’s back.”

There was just 17 min­utes on the clock when Jamie De­vitt’s cross found Alex Kenyon who nod­ded the ball to El­li­son, al­low­ing the winger to fin­ish.

Lu­ton de­fender Steve McNulty was then sent off for two book­able of­fences be­fore Hughes headed home a cor­ner from Shaun Bee­ley to dou­ble the hosts’ ad­van­tage.

El­li­son almost grabbed him­self a sec­ond goal of the game, only to be de­nied by a fine stop from Hat­ters keeper Mark Tyler.

Amond then wrapped things up from six yards late on to lift the home side to tenth – within strik­ing dis­tance of the play­offs.

The loss sees Lu­ton drop out of the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places.

And Hat­ters man­ager John Still was left to rue his side’s de­fen­sive er­rors, even if he was re­fus­ing to hit the panic just yet.

“What­ever we spoke about be­fore the game, how­ever we planned it out, peo­ple weren't up for do­ing that in the game,” said Still.

“We have de­fended mag­nif­i­cently this year, but we've had a poor day.

“We’re go­ing to get beat, we all get beat – I'm not wor­ried about

that. “It's about how you get beat and here we got beat be­cause we were too poor de­fen­sively.”

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