Shrimps ready for in-form Cobblers

Morecambe celebrate Padraig Amond's goal against AFC Wimbledon
Morecambe celebrate Padraig Amond's goal against AFC Wimbledon
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Morecambe will have to quell the threat of League Two’s form team tomorrow.

im Bentley’s men travel to the Sixfields Stadium to take on Northampton Town.

The Cobblers, who are in 12th spot in the table, are just a point and a place below the Shrimps in the league.

And Chris Wilder’s outfit can jump above their visitors tomorrow if they collect their fifth successive victory.

In fact, Northampton have yet to taste defeat so far in 2015 – a bit like Morecambe, who are also unbeaten since the turn of the year.

The difference is, the Shrimps have yet to record a win either, having drawn all five of their games last month.

Padraig Amond was on target last weekend as they drew 1-1 against AFC Wimbledon at the Globe Arena.

Bentley said: “It will be a big test tomorrow, going to Northampton on the run that they are on.

“I think they lost something like five on the spin, but then they changed about six players in the team, off-loaded one or two and brought in two or three.

“The side that drew with Southend – they stuck with that side again and they’ve gone and won four on the bounce.

“Since then, the side has picked itself and we know that they are a good side with good players. They have got the league’s leading goalscorer in Marc Richards.

“It will be a tough match for us but we’re hoping to make it as tough as possible for them.”

Richards has notched 15 goals so far this season but Bentley has been buoyed by his team’s defensive solidarity in recent times, which has seen them concede just six goals from their past 10 matches.

“We are not conceding many at the moment,” Bentley said. “We are quite solid.

“I think over the last six games, we have conceded just 13 shots on target, which is a great statistic at any level.

“But we go into every game trying to win it and I think the last three games which we have drawn, we could easily have won them.

“There are fine dividing lines. In that little spell, we missed two penalties and had a goal ruled out for offside when it wasn’t offside.

“So we are looking solid and we are creating chances – we are trying to win games and trying to be positive.”

On the injury front, Bentley will still be without Andy Wright (hernia), Stewart Drummond (knee) and goalkeeper Barry Roche (hip).

“Andy Wright is back running and Barry Roche is making good progress. Stewart Drummond has had a scan and he will be out for a week or two.”