Jim’s out to de-rail the Orient express

Jim Bentley's Morecambe side face Leyton Orient at the Globe Arena
Jim Bentley's Morecambe side face Leyton Orient at the Globe Arena
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Morecambe have the chance to cement themselves in the play-off places when they host Leyton Orient at the Globe Arena tomorrow.

It is a clash of seventh versus sixth, the sides locked together on 23 points, with the London outfit having a slightly better goal difference.

Having recorded a 3-1 victory over Crawley in midweek, Shrimps boss Jim Bentley is keen to see that followed up.

Bentley said: “We are neck and neck with Orient, level on points, so a win would see us go above them.

“They started the season really well but just recently have been a bit up and down.

“In their squad are quite a few players who were in League One with them, so this is a big test for us.

“It is games like this that you want to be involved in and we go into it in good form.

“We had a good win here on Tuesday night and it was very important to get a home victory under our belts.

“The away form had been excellent but not having won at the Globe for a while was getting frustrating.”

Morecambe go into Orient’s visit with four straight wins to their name.

They won 1-0 at Bury in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, then beat Carlisle 3-2 and AFC Wimbledon 5-2 in League Two action.

Their wait for a home win in the league, going back to the start of September, was ended with the Crawley win.

Kevin Ellison, Shaun Miller and Paul Mullin were on target against the West Sussex side.

Miller now has seven goals in his last five games and is the club’s joint top scorer with Tom Barkhuizen.

Bentley said: “I’m pleased that we are scoring plenty of goals – even when we have lost, we have scored.

“At the moment we look a big threat every time we go forward. Every credit to the lads for the manner in which they are playing.

“We are nicely positioned in the play-offs and our aim is to stay in that leading group and go higher if possible.”

The Shrimps will be hoping for a bigger crowd tomorrow than the 1,098 who turned up for the Crawley game.

It was a figure which Bentley found disappointing and he feels his side’s football deserves a better audience.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old striker Jack Ryan has left Shrimps to return to Preston.

Ryan made one start and four sub appearances during his youth loan, which was meant to run for another week.

Said Bentley: “Jack has found it difficult to get into our side so he has gone back to Preston a few days early.

“We enjoyed having Jack here and we wish him well for the future. “