Bentley is manager of the month

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley
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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley has been crowned League Two manager of the month after his side’s storming start to the season.

The Shrimps started the new league campaign with four straight victories.

But despite ending August on a sour note with a 2-1 defeat to Tranmere Bentley still bagged the top prize.

The Shrimps boss beat off Shrewsbury’s Micky Mellon, Burton Albion’s Gary Rowett and Mark Yates of Cheltenham to scoop the August manager of the month title.

And the boss is hoping to toast a double success with victory over Yates’ in-form Cheltenham side at the Globe Arena tomorrow.

Morecambe were knocked off the top spot into third place after losing at Tranmere whilst the Robins are sitting pretty in second spot.

And Bentley praised his opposite number ahead of the heavyweight clash.

He said: “It’s a tough game, they all are, but even more so with Cheltenham.

“They haven’t conceded many goals. They won last weekend against Hartlepool and in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy so they’re going well at the minute.

“The club seem to have signed a couple of players in the summer that have dictated their formation – they’ve gone to three at the back and it’s worked very well for them.

“I know the manager well. He works hard, is a good manager at this level and it will be a very difficult game for us.”

Bentley’s boys bounced back from last Saturday’s loss to knock League One side Fleetwood out of the JPT on Tuesday night.

Defenders Ryan Edwards and Andy Parrish are injury doubts after coming off in the 3-1 cup victory and Mark Hughes is still suspended.

Despite limited numbers in defence Bentley has a variety of on-song strikers to select from as they aim to keep their perfect home record.

And the Shrimps boss wouldn’t trade his selection headache. He said: “We are a little bit disjointed at the back but they’ve done okay so far and we’ve got to make sure we continue with that.

“Jack Redshaw’s scoring goals and playing well, Paul Mullin’s scoring goals, Kevin Ellison’s scoring goals so I’ve got a massive headache going into the weekend.

“But I’d rather have it that way than not having the options.”