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15 December 2017

Morecambe travel to Barnet hoping to extend a recent run of one defeat in five league games.

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

They face a Barnet side who are bottom of the table after losing against Chesterfield last time out and a team with just one win in 15 league matches but boss Jim Bentley says he will have full respect for Mark McGee’s team.

He said: “We know Barnet have been struggling of late but we have to respect them.

“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.

That gives Bentley a nice headache in terms of selection after the excellent Coventry performance from players like Michael Rose, Elliot Osborne and Callum Lang.

“Those players coming back have given me a real headache,” Bentley said.

“However, it’s one that I’ll enjoy having because those players who came in last weekend grasped their opportunity.”

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