Boss Bentley excited by early fixtures

Morecambe will face Ian Holloway's Blackpool in the Captial One Cup.
Morecambe will face Ian Holloway's Blackpool in the Captial One Cup.
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MORECAMBE boss Jim Bentley says he can’t wait for the new season to start after the fixture list was released this week.

Early games against newly promoted sides such as York City on August 21 and Fleetwood on September 8, and a Capital One Cup derby against near rivals Blackpool have given the Shrimps’ boss an early focus as he prepares for his second campaign as a Football League manager.

He said: “There are certainly some mouth-watering early games that I am sure will have got everyone talking.

“On the face of it the fixture list shouldn’t matter a great deal as you have to play everyone twice during the season but to get York and Fleetwood in the first few weeks of the campaign at the Globe is really exciting.

“We obviously have amazing recent history with York after the Conference play-off games with them the year we won promotion and Fleetwood is our new derby game.

“Their fans will be really up for it and will travel in good numbers I’m sure and there should be a fantastic atmosphere in both games as well.

“Aside from those games I am happy to get one of our longest trips out of the way quickly when we play Exeter on the first day so things have been pretty good for us.”

With the season kicking off a week later than normal this year because of the Olympics the Shrimps’ opening competitive game will be the cup clash with Blackpool, another occasion that Bentley is looking forward to.

He said: “It would have been nice to have been at home but it is one of the best draws we could have got and another that will really attract the fans.

“Blackpool got so close to becoming a Premiership club again last season and we have yet to play them in a competitive fixture like this one so that will make it even more interesting.

“I am also looking forward to coming up against Ian Holloway because he has done a fantastic job there over the past couple of years and is someone I really admire.”

The date of the Blackpool fixture has yet to be confirmed.

The Shrimps have made one early change to the fixture list.

They will now travel to face Oxford on Good Friday 2013 (March 29) instead of the originally planned March 3.

The game will kick-off at 3pm.