Bentley delighted with Morecambe’s encouraging start

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admitted he would have “snapped someone’s hand off” had he been offered the Shrimps’ encouraging start to the season ahead of the new campaign.

Five games unbeaten means the Shrimps are just outside the League 2 play-off places ahead of the trip to struggling Northampton on Saturday.

Bentley said: “Any team wants to get points on the board as soon as they can during the early part of the season.

“We’re fortunate that we’ve done that.

“I always want more and we could have had more, especially with the game against Dagenham on Saturday.

“But if you’d offered me this before the start of the season, I’d have snapped your hand off.

“It’s going okay, there’s plenty to be positive about, we’ve got just to make sure we go into every game as prepared as we can be and are disciplined and give it our all.”

The Shrimps hope to continue their fine run at Sixfields with last year’s play-off finalists having lost eight of their 10 games in all competitions this season.

The game marks the start of a busy period for Bentley’s side.

The Morecambe boss said: “We’ve proven so far this season that we go out and try and win every game and Saturday will be no different.

“Northampton aren’t getting the results that they wanted and that everyone expected after being a play-off team last year.

“It’ll be a tough game for us but one that we go into full of confidence and hopefully we can take something from it.

“That takes us into October which will be a difficult month with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy coming up and a midweek game against Cheltenham.

“Six games in the month will really test the squad but we’ll continue to battle on.”