Shrimps targeting ‘cup’ win

Kevin Ellison chases the ball in attack
Kevin Ellison chases the ball in attack
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Morecambe will not be playing for just three points tomorrow.

The winners of their match against Luton Town at the Globe Arena will also recive the Eric Morecambe Trophy.

The late comedian, who died in 1984, was born in Morecambe but lived in Luton.

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley says it will be a honour if his team can lift the trophy, but admits the three points are all that matters to him.

“It’s a good idea,” Bentley said. “I know the links, he was a Luton fan but born in Morecambe.

“I’ve seen the trophy, it’s nice to play for, something different.

“But as far as I’m concerned and the players are concerned, it’s about getting the three points on the board.

“That’s what our mindset is and hopefully we can do that.”

It is a month since Morecambe last played at home and they will be looking to make it count against the Hatters.

John Still’s men are currently riding high in second spot in League Two – just a point behind leaders Wycombe Wanderers.

“The way the fixtures have gone we’re really looking forward to being back at home,” he said.

The last time we were at the Globe it was a great game for us against Bury so I’m sure the fans are looking forward to a bit of a football fix.

“They’re a big club who’ve come up from the Conference last year.

They’ll bring a 1,000 fans and it should make for a great atmosphere.

They’re going well and are in good form. Myself and Ken went to watch them last week in the FA Cup and they looked good.

“They have plenty legs up top and some experience so it’ll be a tough match.

“We’re looking forward to it because we’ve missed our football over the last couple of weeks.

“I was very jealous looking round at all the clubs playing in the FA Cup.

The only good thing that’s come out of it is that it’s given us a chance to work on a few things and get quite a few of the injured lads and the suspended lads back.

It’s been a long time but we’re really looking forward to it.”

Bentley is expected to have a strong squad to choose from for the game with players coming back from injury, plus Kevin Ellison and Alan Goodall return from suspension

“I said quite a few players would be back and we won’t have them all back but we’ve made good progress with a lot of them.

“We had a behind closed doors friendly on Tuesday (at Liverpool Under 21s) where the lads got half a game.

“Over the next few weeks there’s plenty to play for and hopefully we can get points on the board and push ourselves up the table.”