Unlikely high-fliers clash at the Globe Arena

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley with assistant manager Ken McKenna.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley with assistant manager Ken McKenna.

Third hosts second in League 2 when Morecambe welcome Cheltenham Town to the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The two sides are unlikely early-season pace-setters and Shrimps boss Jim Bentley is well aware of the threat posed by a Robins side that remain unbeaten in the league this season.

Bentley said: “It’s a tough game, they all are, but even more so with Cheltenham.

“They haven’t conceded many goals and have just come off the back of a good win themselves on Tuesday.

“They won last weekend against Hartlepool too so they’re going well at the minute.

“They seem to have signed a couple of players in the summer that have dictated their formation. They’ve gone to three at the back and it’s worked very well for them, they’ve looked solid.

“I know the manager Mark Yates well.

“He works hard, is a good manager at this level, he knows the score and it will be a very difficult game for us.”

The Shrimps lost their own unbeaten League 2 record at Tranmere last Saturday, slipping to a 2-1 defeat after captain Mark Hughes’ red card.

They got back to winning ways however with an impressive 3-1 win at Fleetwood in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.

Bentley said: “We were disappointed to lose the game because the game plan was working well.

“An uncharacteristic slip by Beels let them in for the first goal and then the big turning point was the sending off.

“We could have easily been 2-0 up before then with Fleming’s chance so we were disappointed to lose the game in the manner that we did.

“It would have been nice to come away with a point but it was important to get back to winning ways and we did that.

“I know some people don’t really treat the JPT as seriously as some of the other competitions but you’re only a handful of games away from Wembley.

“We changed the squad round but there were lads chomping at the bit and we weren’t depleting it too much by the team we put out, in some areas we might even have been strengthened.”