Bentley boys on County collision course

Shaun Beeley is fit to play on Saturday
Shaun Beeley is fit to play on Saturday
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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley is wary of Newport County as they entertain the Exiles at the Globe Arena tomorrow.

Morecambe did the double over County last season but despite the fact the Exiles are yet to win a game this season Bentley is still cautious of the Welsh outfit.

He said: “I think last season they had a winning mentality after coming up through the Conference.

“They’ve got good players in there and we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“You just look throughout their ranks and see what they’ve got available – we all know what Rene Howe can do and Chris Zebroski’s been one of the best players at this level.

“They’ve had a bit of a difficult start, losing two out of two, and like every club they want to get off the mark and will come out all guns blazing to try and do that.

“We’re expecting a difficult game but we’re building momentum and we’re confident after our performances that we can give them a game and hopefully win it.

“We scored seven goals against them last season and hopefully we can repeat that this season and take more points off them.”

The Shrimps cruised to a 3-0 victory in their opening game of the new League Two campaign away to Dagenham and Redbridge last Saturday.

Morecambe were unlucky to lose against League One side Bradford City in their midweek Capital One Cup clash.

Shaun Beeley missed the Bradford clash due to injury but he is fit again, while Ryan Edwards is making good progress after injuring his hand in pre-season and he could return.

Bentley was pleased to get off the mark last week. He said: “In pre-season we were quite pleased with the way we were playing and when you go into the season you’re always after a good start.

“It’s key that you get off zero as quickly as you can and it’s also key that you get one or two of your strikers off the mark because the longer it goes it can lay a little bit heavy with certain individuals.

“We did that at Dagenham and got our first clean sheet of the season.

“The performance in the cup game the other night was excellent but we just fell below that fine dividing line with a little bit of an unlucky decision.

“But when you look past the result, we were more than happy with the performance and we’ve plenty to be positive about and plenty to build on.

“We rotated it a bit and got valuable minutes into some lads who needed it and we played some good stuff.

“We’ve got to have a game plan and a strategy in every game home and away in any competition.

“We do an unbelievable amount of homework on the opposition and how we can exploit weaknesses and play to our strengths.

“We’ve got a little bit of everything in our squad. A bit of experience, youthful enthusiasm, power, pace, skill, trickery – we’ve got a nice blend and you need that within a good squad.”