Morecambe boss Bentley raring to go

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Morecambe FC boss Jim Bentley is “counting down the days” to the start of the new season.

The Shrimps manager is pleased with what he has seen from his side so far this pre-season and is looking forward to the campaign getting underway in the Capital One Cup against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Sunday.

He said: “We’ll have a game plan and be organised and driven.

“It will be a good stage for all our lads against a side that were in the Premier League 18 months ago. It’s a great test for them in a good stadium, with a good crowd and we’re looking forward to it.”

Bentley, who still has Andreas Arestidou and Ryan Williams training with the club, has seen his side slip to three pre-season defeats in a week without scoring against opposition from higher divisions, but is satisified with the squad’s progress.

“It’s not nice because we want to win every game but obviously the guys are getting more minutes which is a good sign,” he said.

“We haven’t scored in the last three games and I’d be worried if we weren’t creating chances but we are and it’s just about putting the ball in the back of net which I’m sure we will if we continue to create the chances.”

The squad are nursing several niggles and Robbie Threlfall, who had a problem with an abductor muscle, Andy Fleming, illness, and Chris McCready, who had an injection in his groin last Thursday, all missed Saturday’s defeat against Sheffield United but returned to training on Monday and are expected to feature against Carlisle on Tuesday night.

On-loan striker Richard Brodie was also back in training on Monday after suffering with a calf problem but will be given more time to recover.

Nick Fenton, who has been dogged by a calf injury throughout pre-season will not be back in training until the end of the week.

Bentley said: “We went back for pre-season very early and Richard’s club Crawley went back a week later and with sorting the move out and everything he’s missed quite a bit of training so we’ve got to manage him.

“You want to work players hard but have to manage them and not pick up any injuries.

“However we’ve got players like Andy Parrish who’ve played every minute of every game because that’s the way it’s got to be.

“But the signs are good and I’m counting down the days to the start of the season now.”