League Two strugglers Morecambe face National League side FC Halifax this weekend, aware that they’re primed for an act of giant killing.
Jim Bentley’s side were tipped to be in the bottom two for most of the season, but have thus far managed to keep their heads above the drop zone. That fight will break for the FA Cup this weekend, but Bentley won’t be taking his chances against Halifax Town.
“We won’t underestimate anyone because they have some very capable players,” Bentley said. “They will be a threat with players like Dayle Southwell and a couple of decent young players as well.”
Southwell was on the pitch for Lincoln City’s famous win against Burnley in 2017, but Bentley is hoping there will be no shock to report on this weekend, not least because of the money on offer.
“The prize money you get for winning is always nice but the most important thing for me is always winning the game.”
28-year old A-Jay Leitch-Smith has five goals for Morecambe this season, but he’s facing the club where it all started as an 18-year old.
“I remember Halifax being a decent club,” he told local media. “They had a good following, especially for the level they were playing at. It always seemed like it was a big club for that level.
Morecambe are struggling, but 20th is perhaps an unfair reflection of their efforts. They’ve be far more robust than many suspected, but then what else would you expect with Jim Bentley as manager.
It’ll still be a tough game, but if they apply the same fight as they do in League Two, they’ll be in the hat for the second round.