Shrimps set for Boro test

Morecambe player Laurence Wilson'''FOOTBALL - Morecambe FC team players - stock pictures from Pre-season friendly, Morecambe FC v Preston North End FC (PNE).

Morecambe player Laurence Wilson'''FOOTBALL - Morecambe FC team players - stock pictures from Pre-season friendly, Morecambe FC v Preston North End FC (PNE).

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley knows Stevenage will be a completely different proposition this Saturday to when the sides met five weeks ago.

The teams drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture at the end of November thanks to Padraig Amond’s late goal.

At that stage Graham Westley’s side were struggling but they head to the Globe Arena on Saturday on the back of three straight wins.

Bentley said: “When we played them down there they were on a bit of a sticky spell.

“But now they’ve won three on the spin and had a good Christmas period.

“They’ve got one or two players back from injury and they’ve got one or two young lads who’ve come into the side and really kicked on.

“It’s given them the boost they needed and they’re playing well, winning games and scoring goals so it will be a tough match for us.

“It’s strange because it’s not long since we went down there but at least we know what they’re all about.

“We were a bit depleted on the day with injury and suspension but they’ve just gone above us in the table and it’s all to play for.

“We’re in a decent position and these are the games at home you want to win to try and leapfrog them and get closer to the play-offs and where we all want to be.”

Bentley sees the game as a real chance to take points off a direct rival for honours this season.

He said: “They’re all big games but at Hartlepool the other day after two 1-0 defeats it was important that we got to back to winning ways.

“And now we’re playing against a team in decent form looking to get back up to League 1.

“If we want to kick on this season these are the games we should really be taking something from.

“It’s a mid-table battle and one we’re really looking forward to.”

Laurence Wilson is Morecambe’s main injury doubt ahead of tomorrow.

The left back went off in the win over Hartlepool on Sunday with a hamstring problem and is touch and go for the weekend.

Having made six changes for the trip to Pools boss Jim Bentley admitted Wilson was one he would have liked to have rested as well.

He said: “The only downside in the Hartlepool win was the little niggle for Laurence Wilson.

“It’s probably down to playing two games in two days.

“He’s missed a large chunk of the season and thankfully it’s not a long-term, he could be right for the weekend and if not he’ll certainly be ready for the Tranmere game.

The performances of those who came in against Hartlepool has given Bentley something of a selection headache with Aaron McGowan, Tom McCready, Alan Goodall, Ryan Williams, Jack Redshaw and Paul Mullin all impressing.

The Shrimps boss said: “It’s given me a headache because everyone did well and staked a claim for a starting place.”

Meanwhile, Bemntley is keen to extend the stay of loan keeper Scott Davies from Fleetwood.

He said: “I’d like to keep Scott Davies but there’s other little issues, finances being the main thing.“He’s keen to stay, he’s really enjoyed his time here, he’s done well for us.”