Jim is still eyeing up promotion tilt

Andy Fleming could return for the Shrimps
Andy Fleming could return for the Shrimps
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Anything is possible for Morecambe this season – including a promotion bid, says boss Jim Bentley.

The Shrimps welcome Cambridge United to the Globe Arena tomorrow in a secure mid-table position in League Two.

They are eight points off the play-offs, but a sizeable 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

Bentley believes his team have lots to play for until the end of the season and has not given up hope of achieving a place in the top seven.

“Anything’s possible,” Bentley said. “We’re in a decent position and we’re coming into the run-in.

“We’ve got to make sure we try and get on a run.

“There always seems to be a team or two that comes late and sneaks in.

“We’ve certainly got a lot to play for.

“We’re going to have a big affect on the top and the bottom of the table, given who we’ve got to play.”

Cambridge stole the national headlines earlier this year when they drew 0-0 with Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round and forced a replay at Old Trafford, where they were beaten 3-0.

Since then, they have suffered an hangover and they have failed to register a win in five games since. In fact it is nine games since their last victory.

They were thrashed 6-2 by Portsmouth on Saturday but drew 0-0 against Wimbledon in midweek.

“It was an added bonus for them,” Bentley said.

“It was a massive financial win and they’ve invested already into the team.

“I’m sure they’ve got big plans and they’ll be looking to kick on.

“They started this season really well and I thought in the game we played down there when we won 2-1, they were really strong physically.

“They were one of the better teams we’d come up against and we fancied them to do well.

“Whether the FA Cup’s been a bit of a distraction I don’t know because they haven’t done much in the league in the last eight games or so.

“We’ll expect another tough challenge though but we’re coming off the back of a good victory against Newport last week.

“We’re at home, we’re in a better league position and we want to try and kick on.”

Morecambe have no fresh injuries worries for tomorrow and Bentley is faced with a selection dilemma.

“There’s only Barry Roche out with a long-term injury but he’s back doing light running, which is great.

“Stewart Drummond is back in training, we picked up no injuries at the weekend and we’ll have Andy Fleming back after his partner gave birth.

“Jamie Devitt and Paul Mullin were struggling last week but they’ll be fine too.

“It’s a selection headache but one I’d rather have.”

Meanwhile, Bentley is running the rule over striker Shaun Tuton, who plays for non-league Buxton. He has scored 14 goals in the NPL Premier Division this season.