Improving Shrimps out to sting the Bees

Callum Lang pressed his claim for a Shrimps start with the second goal in their win over Coventry last time out
Callum Lang pressed his claim for a Shrimps start with the second goal in their win over Coventry last time out

Morecambe head to Barnet hoping to extend a recent run which has seen them climb the League Two table.

Last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of Coventry City at the Globe Arena made it two wins and two draws from the Shrimps’ last five league outings.

Those eight points have lifted them up the table to 18th, albeit only two points clear of the relegation zone.

They travel to face a Barnet side who are bottom of the table after losing against Chesterfield last time out.

Since back-to-back wins against Swindon and Cambridge, they have only won once in 15 league matches.

If that run makes it look like the Shrimps are favourites, boss Jim Bentley is exercising caution given that Coventry were fancied to claim three points last weekend. “We know Barnet have been struggling of late but Coventry are one of the top sides in the league and we beat them,” he said.

“A lot of people would have probably looked at our game against them and thought they would get the result.

“We have to respect Barnet. We know what they are about but, hopefully, we can go down there and back up what we did against Coventry.”

The Shrimps travel south buoyed by their win last weekend and in the hope of having at least three players available for selection.

Sam Lavelle can return after missing the last two games through suspension, while Kevin Ellison and Alex Kenyon are expected to have recovered from injury.

Given the dominant 
nature of their win against Coventry, it would be understandable if Bentley went with an unchanged starting XI.

Callum Lang, however, staked his claim by scoring Morecambe’s second goal within moments of coming off the bench.