Morecambe out to end Accrington run

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

Morecambe will once again try to end their Football League hoodoo against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night.

The Shrimps have not beaten their Lancashire rivals in league competition since 2005 and will come up against new Stanley boss Leam Richardson for the first time in tonight’s Globe Arena clash.

Boss Jim Bentley said: “We always look forward to these games although there is no doubt we haven’t got the best of records against Accrington over the years.

“We have had a lot of close games with them over the years but fallen the wrong side of the line on too many occasions.

“We had a good win over them in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy earlier this season however which will hopefully give us some encouragement.”

Bentley is sweating on the fitness of goalkeeper Barry Roche ahead of tonight’s game after a major injury scare in the FA Cup draw with Rochdale last Saturday.

Man of the match Roche limped off after a fine performance with a nasty looking leg injury which required an X-ray.

Thankfully the injury was not as bad as first feared and the ‘keeper will have a late fitness test ahead of tonight’s game.

Richard Brodie will be available again after serving a three-match ban following his sending off in the win against Southend last month.

The Shrimps’ FA Cup first round replay at Rochdale has been confirmed as Tuesday, November 13, with a 7.45pm kick-off.