Morecambe boss Bentley: Bury will be promoted

Jim Bentley and Ken McKenna.
Jim Bentley and Ken McKenna.
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Jim Bentley believes Saturday’s visitors to the Globe Arena Bury will be promoted this year.

David Flitcroft has further strengthened an already impressive squad with the signings of Everton youngster Hallam Hope and Rotherham ‘keeper Scott Loach on loan this week.

The Shakers are currently fourth in League 2 with Bentley certain they’ll be at the sharp end come May.

The Shrimps boss said: “I’ll think they’ll go up automatically this year.

“They’ve continued to try and improve in every area.

“It’s a great squad. The new chairman has gone in and is very ambitious.

“They’ve got an ambitious manager too and they’re backing him.”

The Shrimps exited the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Bury earlier in the season with Bentley having watched the Shakers themselves get knocked out at home to Tranmere on Tuesday night.

Morecambe are looking to put an end to a poor run of form that sees them without a win in the last four with Bentley insisting he won’t be negative in his approach.

He said : “We looked at Bury against Tranmere the other day, we’ve studied the DVD of when we played them in the JPT, we’ve spoken to other managers who’ve played against them recently and we’ll set something up to make sure we give ourselves the best possible chance of winning the game.

“I’m never one to go into a game and try and play for a point.

“I was sat in the stands at the Tranmere game and they only had five on the bench and Chris Sedgwick, Ryan Lowe and others were all walking round not involved.

“It’ll be a very tough challenge but one we’re going to rise to.

“Whoever’s picked will know their job and give it their all to try and give the fans something to sing about.”

Captain Mark Hughes should return after missing the FA Cup exit at Dover after picking up an injury in training.

Scott Davies is also like to come back into the side in goal after Joe Lumley deputised with Davies denied permission to play by parent club Fleetwood at Dover.

Andreas Arestidou continues to struggle with an ankle injury but there is encouraging news on Jamie Devitt’s torn hamstring.

Bentley said: “Jamie Devitt’s making good progress and should be back sooner than we first thought.

“He’s back jogging now so we’ll manage him over the next two weeks or so and see how he develops.

“We won’t rush him back because we don’t want to be back to square one but he’s a big player for us.”

Fans are reminded the Bury game kicks off at the slightly earlier time of 2.30 to accommodate England’s game against Slovenia at 5pm.