Minster test for Shrimps

Frustrated: Jim Bentley
Frustrated: Jim Bentley
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Morecambe will be looking to kick-off 2014 on a high note when they cross the Pennines tomorrow to face struggling York City at Bootham Crescent.

Their final match of 2013 ended in an agonising last-gasp home defeat to Hartlepool on Sunday.

It has been a mixed festive period so far for Jim Bentley’s side.

After losing 2-0 to Scunthorpe four days before Christmas, the Shrimps bounced back with a 1-0 derby win over Fleetwood on Boxing Day.

At the weekend it looked like they were on course for a draw against Hartlepool.

An 87th-minute goal from Jack Sampson had equalised Pools’ opener.

But the Shrimps then conceded three minutes into stoppage time.

Defeat left Bentley very frustrated, his side having done the hard work of getting back into the game.

The Morecambe boss said: “We were under a lot of pressure in the game but always looked like we could cause them problems, and when we got an equaliser we had the momentum.

“The crowd was behind us and Hartlepool would have been a bit nervous because they had drawn a lot of games recently.

“But we then made some crazy decisions.

“We had a warning when they hit the bar but didn’t learn from that and gave them the points on a plate when we should have seen the game out.

“I could not ask the lads for any more in terms of effort and commitment.

“We looked to be running on empty for much of the game but showed a lot of spirit to keep in touching distance of them – but to then throw it away like we did was inexcusable.”

Bentley could have Ryan Williams back available, the midfielder having been suffering from a tight hamstring.

Tomorrow’s opponents York drew 0-0 at the Globe Arena at the end of November.