Bentley vows to continue to rotate at Torquay

Joe Mwasile looks for an opening at York. Picture: Mike Williamson
Joe Mwasile looks for an opening at York. Picture: Mike Williamson

Jim Bentley will rotate his squad once again at Torquay on Saturday as the Shrimps battle through the busy Christmas and New Year period.

The Shrimps boss shuffled the pack in the 1-0 defeat at York City on New Year’s Day and has indicated he will make changes again at Plainmoor this weekend.

Bentley also admitted he is “desperate” to add new faces to the squad during the January transfer window.

He said: “We have the smallest squad in the league and have used the least amount of players.

“I tried to freshen things up at York with Chris Doyle and Joe Mwasile coming in and we’ll do the same again at Torquay with four games in 10 days.

“We’re desperate to get a couple of bodies in but finances dictate we can’t at the moment.

“But we’ll see what happens in the next week or two.

“We’ve got loads of targets with myself and Kenny (McKenna, assistant manager) watching games at all levels all the time.

“We’ve just got to the right deal at the right time.

“We can’t continue to run with the 19 or 20 players who have been involved in almost every game this season.”

The struggling Gulls, second bottom of League 2, could pose a different challenge for the Shrimps having sacked boss Alan Knill on Thursday with head of youth Geoff Harrop set to take charge of Saturday’s game.

Bentley said: “Sometimes when you play a team struggling for form it gives everyone a lift.

“Some players who haven’t been playing might come back in and everyone wants to do well to try and get them out of the trouble they find themselves in.

“But we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves and I know if we play as well as we can we’ll get something from the game.

“We’ve lost our last two which is obviously disappointing but we should have taken something from the games and I’m confident we’ve got enough about us to do that at Torquay.”

Ryan Williams, Marcus Marshall and Andy Wright haven’t travelled to Devon as they continue to miss out through injury.

Williams (hamstring) and Wright (abductor) are around a week away from a return with Marshall’s knee injury not as bad as first feared.

The wide man, who has struggled with injury since joining the Shrimps in the summer, is still two weeks away from featuring however.