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Morecambe boss Bentley’s wary of a turn of the Shrews

Kevin Ellison

Kevin Ellison

Morecambe face a stern test tomorrow when they welcome promotion-chasing Shrewsbury Town to the Globe Arena.

The Shrews sit in the final automatic promotion spot in League Two – one point ahead of Southend in fourth place.

Shrimps manager Jim Bentley said: “They are right in among the promotion mix.

“Graham Turner is a good manager and he knows what it’s like to be up there.

“They are big club with strong financial backing and a good fan base – they get good crowds.

“Shrewsbury have been knocking on the door of promotion for a good many years and they will fancy their chances of going up automatically this season.

“But it’s a game we look forward to.

“We are doing okay ourselves of late.

“We are back home and, hopefully, the fans will come out and get behind us.

“I know Shrewsbury’s fans will travel in good numbers, so it should make for a good atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, Bentley praised his goalkeeper Barry Roche for saving Morecambe from yet more misery at the hands of derby rivals Accrington Stanley in midweek.

The Shrimps earned a well-deserved point in a 1-1 draw against Stanley – a team they have not beaten since both clubs entered into the Football League – on Tuesday night at the Crown Ground.

However, Roche came to the rescue of his team when he produced a magnificent save to prevent Stanley from hitting a late winner.

“Barry kept us in it,” Bentley said. “But for him at the end they could have won. A point is a fair result.”

Bentley admitted the draw did nothing for either side’s late bid for the play-offs and feels a place in the top seven is probably beyond his side now.

He said: “A point did neither us or Accrington any good as there are a lot of teams up there.

“It’s maybe too far for us but we have got 51 points – the same as we got last season – with eight games to go, so I have got to praise the lads.”

On the injury front, Morecambe were without leading goalscorer Kevin Ellison against Stanley, while young striker Jack Redshaw was withdrawn at half-time as a precaution.

Both will face fitness tests as they look to feature against Shrewsbury.

 

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