Andreas stepping out of the shadow

Andreas Arestidou

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Morecambe keeper Andreas Arestidou’s 17-month spell in the wilderness may end tomorrow when the Shrimps entertain Tranmere Rovers.

Arestidou’s last League Two appearance for the Shrimps was back in August 2013 when Portsmouth won 3-0.

When No.1 Barry Roche’s season ended due to a hip injury in October, former PNE player Arestidou was out injured himself.

Jim Bentley brought in Fleetwood shot-stopper Scott Davies to fill the void but the on-loan keeper’s last match for the Shrimps was Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Stevenage.

But despite Bentley’s desire to re-sign Davies he admitted the club do not have the funds to meet the Cod Army’s asking price at the moment.

That leaves Arestidou as Bentley’s only fit keeper for Saturday’s clash, unless the frustrated Morecambe boss pulls off a major coup to regain Davies today.

He said: “We want to try and bring Scott Davies back but we can’t financially at the minute.

“For someone to come in, someone has to go but there are one or two who may go in the next few days. If that happens, we may be able to do something with Scott.

“But in the meantime I have every trust in Andreas. He has waited a long time for this chance and as it stands he will play tomorrow.”

Bentley admitted he is keen to claim revenge on Tranmere at the Globe Arena tomorrow after they ended his side’s unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory back in August.

He said: “It was hard to take – it was our first defeat of the season. We went into it top of the table. But Mark Hughes’ sending off changed the game.

“It’s a local club for me and some of the lads – I live five minutes away – and the defeat proper hurt us, so we owe them one.

“Eighteen months ago they were top of League One, now they are second bottom in League Two. But their boss Micky Adams seems to have steadied the ship.”

Midfield duo Andrew Fleming and Andrew Wright are still out but striker Jack Sampson is back in training.

The Shrimps are 11th in the League Two table and Bentley revealed he is not concerned about his men’s lack of goalscoring prowess after Jack Redshaw missed a penalty against Stevenage.

He said: “We’ve made ourselves difficult to beat recently and I think we deserve credit for that.

“Ideally we want to score more goals but we’ve kept two clean sheets in the last two matches and conceded three goals in the last six.

“If we keep doing that we will win more games and rise up the table.”