Drought is over at last for Shrimps

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Luke Bid­well

MORE­CAMBE man­ager Jim Bent­ley beamed ‘this one was for the fans’ af­ter the Shrimps fi­nally broke a 17-game win­less run against Lan­cashire ri­vals Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley.

Bent­ley, who has served as both a player and a man­ager dur­ing the derby drought, over­saw a gritty vic­tory as his side reg­is­tered a first Football League vic­tory over the visi­tors.

Aaron Wildig’s first goal since a per­ma­nent sum­mer switch from Shrews­bury proved the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides, end­ing a de­mon that has hung over those at the Globe Arena.

“This one is all about the re­sult and get­ting that all im­por­tant first win to break the cy­cle. I’ve been in­volved in the last eight years since it started and it’s been hard to take,” Bent­ley said.

“I’m made up for the fans to give them some­thing to sing about. For ev­ery­one con­cerned tonight, it’s a fab­u­lous re­sult for us.

“At Hartle­pool we cre­ated many chances, did well against Sheffield United and we’ve come away get­ting beat from both games.

“We weren’t at the races, we weren’t great but we’ve scraped a win so I’ll take it all day long."

As Bent­ley at­tests, the visi­tors were the bet­ter side, but they found them­selves be­hind af­ter More­cambe’s first mean­ing­ful foray for­ward.

Striker Paul Mullin found Jamie De­vitt’s ad­vanc­ing run with a de­fence-split­ting pass and Wildig smartly fin­ished on the half-volley.

Alan Goodall al­most dou­bled the lead as his 30-yard shot can­noned back off the bar, while Mullin was un­for­tu­nate not to be awarded a penalty af­ter be­ing up­ended from be­hind in the area.

Weak ef­forts from Tom Davies and Matty Pear­son ei­ther side of half-time were all Ac­cring­ton could muster, de­spite dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion. But they con­tin­ued to press and their big chance to level went beg­ging on 75 min­utes as Josh Win­dass blazed over from un­der­neath the cross­bar – Ac­cring­ton boss John Coleman later called it a chance he “couldn’t miss if he tried”. More­cambe had a sec­ond goal chalked off three min­utes from the end and com­fort­ably saw out the fi­nal min­utes to register their first points of the sea­son.

“I’ve played a lot bet­ter More­cambe teams than that so it’s dis­ap­point­ing but that’s football, you don’t al­ways get what you de­serve. Any More­cambe fan would agree they were out­classed in the first half,” said Coleman.

“It was their cup fi­nal and they’ve won – fair play to them.We can’t miss the chances that we did. Some­times it’s just fate and fate has con­spired against us.”



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