Free for all at Globe Arena

Morecambe's Manager Jim Bentley
Morecambe's Manager Jim Bentley
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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley is hoping to see the Globe Arena packed to the rafters this evening for the visit of Dagenham and Redbridge.

In a move to bolster the Shrimps attendances this season, the club is offering free entry tonight for every fan who attends the re-arranged game.

Bentley said: “I think it’s a good idea.

“Hopefully it will bring the community together and it’s a thank you to the fans.

“I think we’ve got the second-lowest attendance in the league, average-wise.

“I should imagine we have got the smallest squad, so we need the town to get behind us.

“Hopefully they’ll come back as paying customers and as a community get behind the club that little bit more and hopefully we’ll improve and go from strength to strength.”

In their last match against Bradford City at home on New Year’s Day, which ended in a 0-0 draw, nearly 4,000 fans came through the turnstiles and Bentley would love to sample a similar atmosphere this evening.

“I thought it was a great atmosphere against Bradford,” Bentley said.

“Obviously, the Bradford fans always travel well and really get behind their team. I want to see a good couple of thousand here again tonight.

“Hopefully, our fans will get behind the team and, hopefully, we can put the ball in the back of the onion bag a couple of times against Dagenham and get them cheering and shouting.”

Dagenham have endured a torrid festive period after they suffered three defeats on the spin. However, they stopped the rot on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Accrington Stanley.

The Daggers are currently placed in 14th position in the table – five points and places above the Shrimps, who will be without both Richard Brodie and Jordan Mustoe this evening after their loan deals expired.

Morecambe will draw some confidence from the fact that they are unbeaten at home in the league since the end of September.

While pleased that his side has remained unbeaten on home soil for such a long time, Bentley is eager to see them pick up more victories after drawing their last two games at the Globe.

He said: “We’ve done well to be unbeaten at home for so long and it will be nice to pick up a few more three points.

“Hopefully, we will get the points on the board in the next few weeks and move up the table.”