Jim will not fear Greenhous effect

Shrimps striker Kevin Ellison (left) after scoring against Luton Town
Shrimps striker Kevin Ellison (left) after scoring against Luton Town
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A daunting trip to the Greenhous Meadow awaits Morecambe tomorrow.

The Shrimps take on Shrewsbury Town, who have won nine and drawn one of the 10 league games they have played in front of their own supporters this season.

The Shrews’ home form is the major reason why they currently occupy a spot in League Two’s automatic promotion places.

Morecambe, though, should be full of confidence after a terrific 3-0 victory over Luton Town on Saturday.

“There’s no better team at home this season,” Bentley said of his side’s opponents tomorrow

“It’s a challenge, a good test for us. We’re doing okay ourselves at the moment – you can see the confidence and the momentum in the lads at the minute.

“We are doing well against the top sides but I think the sternest test is still to come at Shrewsbury.

“At home I think they’ve won nine and drawn one, scoring 22 and only conceding something like three goals.

“It’s going to be a real tough game. If we’re at our best, we’ll certainly give them a good game and we’re going there to win.

“They’re one of the top sides and I think they’ll be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

“I imagine they will be in the top three. They were relegated but have strengthened their squad.

“They’ve got a new manager in and are doing fantastically well. I know Micky Mellon personally – he’s a good lad, one of the better managers in the league. I get on with him, know how he works and he’s doing a great job there. “

Bentley was absent from the Globe Arena last weekend as his team put Luton to the sword. The Shrimps boss was laid low at home with a virus.

He will be back in the dugout tomorrow and has no intention of missing another game.

He said: “I’m okay now. It was a 24 or 36-hour thing type thing. The missus and the kids have had it as well and it seems to be going around at the moment.

“It was horrible on Saturday, sitting there not being able to do anything or even watch the game. I won’t be doing it again.”

“But it was a great win. We picked the team a day or two before the game so it was all set up and everyone knew their roles and responsibilities.

“It was just about the lads going out there and putting it into practice.”

Morecambe have no new injuries, but Andy Fleming, Jack Sampson, Andy Wright, will still be missing, along with long-term absentee, keeper Barry Roche too.