Bentley pleased with friendly workouts

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“SO far so good.” That’s the verdict of Morecambe boss Jim Bentley after three pre season friendlies in the past week produced two wins and a draw for his side.

Victories over Preston and Barrow and a draw against Altrincham with no goals conceded in those games have pleased Bentley who is now preparing for some tough matches ahead against Bury, Bolton and Sheffield United in the coming weeks.

Speaking after the Barrow win he said: “It’s worked well so far. We’ve been able to mix the squads up and all the lads have had decent run outs. We’ve had some good workouts and I’m happy with the performances. There are lots of positives and I’m really pleased that we have picked up no knocks either and it’s certainly a case of so far so good.”

One player who seems set not to be joining the Shrimps is Youl Mawene.

The former Preston North End defender played in the victories over his former club and Barrow but boss Bentley says a deal is unlikely.

He said: “When a player with Youl’s quality becomes available you cannot help but want to sign him. But I know my budget and I don’t think we would be able to do anything as much as I would like to.”

Bentley says he will become a “father figure’’ for new signing Richard Brodie as he looks to do all he can to get the best out of the on loan striker.

Brodie is the proven goalscorer Bentley has been looking for and he is intent on mentoring him to the full.

He said: “I am going to be like a father figure to Richard. We have had a few chats and he is the sort of player who needs an arm around him and encouragement. I’m going to speak to him every day and give him the support he needs.

nTHE Shrimps’ pre season friendly with Carlisle has been brought forward a day to Tuesday, August 7 after Carlisle rearranged their Capital One Cup tie with Accrington to the Saturday.