Bent­ley’s thank­ful as fears are eased

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Wright

MORE­CAMBE man­ager Jim Bent­ley is hop­ing his side can ap­proach the rest of the sea­son feel­ing more re­laxed af­ter record­ing a morale-boost­ing win at play-off chas­ing Steve­nage.

The Shrimps can now go into to­mor­row’s home game against Colch­ester with­out the bur­den of a nine-game win­less run that had threat­ened to drag them into a scrap against rel­e­ga­tion.

Their per­for­mance on Good Fri­day is cer­tainly one Bent­ley hopes will be re­peated af­ter they up­set the form book against a team who had won their last eight home games.

Bent­ley said: “It’s a mas­sive re­lief for us be­cause if we hadn’t have won then we’re prob­a­bly look­ing over our shoul­der be­cause we still want to get points on the board.

“What we’ve got to do now is, hope­fully, back a good win up with another good, pos­i­tive per­for­mance and try and take some­thing from Mon­day's game.

“It's a big win for ev­ery­one to put us up onto that 50-point mark and just set­tle ev­ery­one down be­cause I fan­cied New­port to pick up points and they’ve done that.

“All we can do is con­cen­trate on our­selves and pre­pare right again on Mon­day and hope­fully take some­thing else from that game as well.”

Steve­nage’s top scorer Matt God­den bent a shot past the far post af­ter half an hour be­fore More­cambe passed up a clear open­ing, as Aaron Wildig went through one-onone only for Chris Day to stand strong in mak­ing the save.

The hosts cranked up the pres­sure in the sec­ond half, with God­den’s shot on the turn be­ing tipped over by Dani­jel Nizic just af­ter the hour mark.

But the Shrimps stunned their hosts in the 68th minute, when Wildig played the ball left to Lee Molyneux, who blasted a first-time shot past Day.

Steve­nage face a key clash at play­off ri­vals Carlisle and their man­ager Dar­ren Sarll said: “There are four games to go and we’re pretty lucky with the re­sults around us.

“It means that we’re still com­pet­i­tive, so if I was a sup­porter of a foot­ball club, your team is sixth in the league at the mo­ment and we’re still in a re­ally good place.

“I think that we didn't meet ex­pec­ta­tions against More­cambe and it is an ex­pec­ta­tion that has been raised sig­nif­i­cantly in the last two months.

“We’ve got to re­mind our­selves why we were so sus­tain­able in win­ning and flick that win­ning me­chanic again.”


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