Bent­ley’s men cast spell over New­port

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Pearlman

MORE­CAMBE boss Jim Bent­ley wishes his side could play New­port ev­ery week as the Shrimps racked up a fourth suc­ces­sive win against the Ex­iles.

It was Jack Red­shaw’s first-half strike that proved the dif­fer­ence this time around.

And Bent­ley was de­lighted More­cambe’s hoodoo over New­port con­tin­ued.

“We’ve got a cou­ple of teams we can’t seem to beat,” he said.“And cer­tainly there are a cou­ple that can’t beat us. New­port are one of those.

“We’ve played them four times now and won all four, so it’s great to do a dou­ble over a team.

“It was a hard­earned win over tough op­po­si­tion away from home and I’m ab­so­lutely made up that we’ve bounced back from de­feat last Sun­day.

“To come to New­port, who have a big, strong, phys­i­cal side, un­der a new manager made it a very tough game for us.

“We’re pleased with the re­sult and, hope­fully, we can go on a run now.”

And County’s care­taker boss Jimmy Dack ad­mit­ted his men strug­gled in both penalty boxes.

“I thought we didn’t turn up in the first half,” he said.“We knew they’d con­ceded early in their last two games but we never got at them.

“They’ve had five shots and three were on tar­get and we’ve had eight shots and only one on tar­get. That tells its own story.

“We had a go in the sec­ond half, but we are giv­ing our­selves Ever­est to climb all the time.

“We have to be more clin­i­cal and turn our pos­ses­sion into some­thing bet­ter.We are talk­ing about the goal con­ceded, but our for­ward line need to start tak­ing chances.”

The Ex­iles have failed to se­cure a sin­gle point against the peren­nial strug­glers in four meet­ings since their re­turn to the Foot­ball League.

They will again by won­der­ing just how they lost a low-qual­ity con­test.

The lively Red­shaw put More­cambe in front with their first shot on goal af­ter eight min­utes, cut­ting across Dar­ren Jones to blast per­fectly past Joe Day.

That was harsh on the Ex­iles, who mus­tered halfchances in re­sponse. County failed to test the op­po­si­tion goal­keeper un­til five min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val when sub Rob­bie Will­mott stung An­dreas Aresti­dou’s hands.

By then, they could have been two be­hind, but for Day deny­ing Red­shaw a sec­ond.

The Ex­iles were the bet­ter side af­ter the break and thought they’d equalised when Will­mott’s cross was turned home, but Shaun Jef­fers was ad­judged off­side.

Will­mott and then sub Chris Ze­broski both came close for County, be­fore Byrne’s late header drifted wide to sig­nal de­feat.


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