Bentley ready to change winning Morecambe team

Shaun Beeley
Shaun Beeley

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says he won’t be afraid to change a winning team against Northampton on Saturday.

The Shrimps have won their last four in all competitions but were fortunate in many people’s eyes to get over the line against Newport County last time out.

Bentley’s men needed a last minute penalty from Paul Mullin to win 2-1 in South Wales having been second best for long periods.

The Shrimps boss was forced to make a double change at half-time at Rodney Parade and may shuffle the pack when The Cobblers visit the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Bentley said: “While you’re winning it’s easy to say same again, got out there and do the business.

“But there comes a stage where you might just identify a little sequence.

“All our key players dipped on Saturday. They weren’t as bright and fresh as they have been in previous games.

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“It can happen but we’ve looked at all the heart rates, the games they’ve played recently and over the last 12 months.

“It’s been a tough schedule and there’s been quite a bit of travelling in there.

“Sometimes you’ve got to freshen it up and there might be one or two changes on Saturday.”

Bentley has a largely fully fit squad to choose from ahead of Saturday with captain Peter Murphy, knee, and back-up goalkeeper Tony Thompson, dislocated finger, the only long-term absentees.

Charlie Bailey continues to battle a groin problem but Shaun Beeley could make a welcome return the squad from his hamstring problem after returning to training on Wednesday.

Having been stretched in the early weeks of the season Bentley is pleased with his current options.

He said: “We’ve gone from one extreme to another.

“(Andy) Parrish has come back from his bad back, Beeley’s back in training, (Laurence) Wilson had a bit of a problem at the weekend but thankfully that’s okay.

“I think we’re fit and fell apart from the likes of Peter Murphy and Tony Thompson.

“We’ve got good options again and that’s what you need.”

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