Shrimps set to swoop

Stewart Drummond is set to miss the rest of the season
Stewart Drummond is set to miss the rest of the season
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is keen to bolster his defensive options ahead of the visit of Northampton Town to the Globe Arena tomorrow.

The Shrimps manager has been disappointed with the amount of goals his men have shipped in recently – particularly from set plays.

Defenders Andy Parrish and Shaun Beeley are set for a spell on the sidelines also, which means Bentley is short of cover in that area of the pitch.

“I’m looking at strengthening that area,” Bentley said. “I’ve got the go-ahead from the chairman.

“I can’t accept it (poor defending from set-pieces) because being a defender myself and being in charge of all the defensive set plays it reflects badly on me and I’m not having it.

“I’ll looking to bring in one, maybe two hopefully before tomorrow.”

As well as bringing in players in the coming days Bentley is also working hard to finalise his squad for next season.

He said: “We’re also looking towards next season in terms of the budget.

“Attendances haven’t really gone up so the likelihood it is might be the same or it might be a little less, we’ll have to wait and see.

“The chairman’s working extremely hard, travelling all round the place trying to get new investment, new directors, whatever and there’s some positive news hopefully in the coming weeks.

“At the moment I’m battling towards the budget we’re working with this season or maybe a little bit less.

“We’re talking to the lads who are out of contract and every club is going to lose one or two and we’ll be looking to bring one or two in as well.

“There’s a lot of work to come on and off the pitch to make sure we’re competitive for the rest of this season and next season.”

Tomorrow, Morecambe will be looking to get the heavy defeat to Stanley out of their system when they face relegation-threatened Northampton.

“Northampton are in the bottom two but they have picked up results and they’ve dragged everyone back into it but if we can beat them, we go 12 points ahead with eight games to play,” Bentley said.

“Our form, it has been up and down. We’re in 13th position, we’re not in a bad position.

“No one knows the circumstances at the club that I work under sometimes. I haven’t just sliced a bit off the budget while I’ve been here – I’ve knocked off hundreds of thousands of pounds and I’ll be honest about that.

“I think I’m doing all right and I’ll take pride in that.

“No other manager loves the club like me. When we lose against Plymouth and Accrington there’s no one who hurts like I do and no one more ready for the next challenge than me.”

On the injury front, midfielder and player-coach Stewart Drummond is is likely to be out for the rest of the season after fracturing his toe in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Dagenham.