Bentley’s thankful as fears are eased
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.”
STAR MAN AARON WILDIG Morecambe