Redshaw doubtful for Cheltenham game

Jack Redshaw slots the ball through the legs of Plymouth goalkeeper Jake Cole to give Morecambe an early lead on Saturday.
Jack Redshaw slots the ball through the legs of Plymouth goalkeeper Jake Cole to give Morecambe an early lead on Saturday.
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IN-FORM striker Jack Redshaw is the Shrimps’ major doubt as they travel to Cheltenham on Friday looking to get their season back on track after two defeats on the bounce.

The diminutive front man has scored two goals in those games and was the Shrimps’ star man against Plymouth at the weekend before a crude tackle from Darren Purse took him out of the game and forced him to miss the second half with a painful dead leg.

Bentley is hoping he will make it but insists he won’t rush him back too soon.

He said: “Jack has done really well in the past few games and I know the fans love him.

“We have to treat him carefully though because he’s not been a full-time pro for very long and we have to make sure we use him in the best possible way.

“We played him against Aldershot and were always going to start with him against Plymouth but three games in seven days is still asking a bit of him and we used him as an impact sub against Bradford where he did brilliantly.

“We hope he is fit for Friday but the games are coming thick and fast again over the next fortnight so it would not make sense to rush anything.”

On the plus side Bentley is hoping to have Chris McCready and Andy Fleming back again after both missed the weekend defeat. McCready has been ill while Fleming was the victim of another tackle that angered Bentley in the game against Bradford.

“The tackle on Andy was a shocker and the lad didn’t even get booked,” he said.

“When you put that with the tackle on Jack on Saturday I have to say we are not getting much protection from the referees at the minute and that has been disappointing. As a defender myself I liked a tackle but they were bad ones and they had an effect on both games.”