Bentley: JP Trophy is our way to Wembley

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy represents his side’s best chance of reaching Wembley.

Some lower league sides see the competition as an unnecessary distraction but Bentley is hoping his side can make round three at the expense of Carlisle at the Globe Arena on Tuesday night.

He said: “The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is something this club takes very seriously.

“In our first season in the league we got to the semi final and I know just how disappointed everyone was that we lost the chance of going to Wembley by losing to Grimsby.

“It is the competition that in reality gives players at this level the best chance of having their day in the sun at Wembley and – having been lucky enough to taste that feeling – is something that all players should remember.”

The Shrimps boss hinted he could give some players who haven’t had as much game time a chance against the Cumbrians with a busy month to come for his side.

Bentley said: “The game does give me the chance to give a couple of those players who have not had much match time recently to get some match action but I will definitely be picking a team to win the game.”

And Morecambe know they will have their work cut out against the League 1 side who will be under the guidance of new boss Graham Kavanagh.

Greg Abbott left the club in early September after a poor start to the season but they now find themselves 13th after three wins while Kavanagh was in caretaker charge and a 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury on Saturday in his first game in permanent charge.

Bentley said: “Carlisle will be tough opponents because they have a great record in this competition and have been to the final on a few occasions.

“Graham Kavanagh has taken over and will be looking to make his mark after a good start to his new job.”