Bentley aims to build on cup success

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MORE of the same please. That’s the message from Morecambe boss Jim Bentley as his side kick off the new League 2 season at Exeter at the weekend on the back of Sunday’s famous victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

It was a win that Bentley said should give his side a huge boost of confidence ahead of the new campaign.

He said: “Although I am obviously delighted with the win on Sunday it was the performance that pleased me more than anything.

“We came up against a very strong Blackpool side and they put us under pressure.

“But we showed great organisation and commitment across the field and kept a shape which we have been working hard on in training.

“We kept things tight and hit them on the break a few times which is something we had worked on a lot in training.

“The task is now to make sure we carry that success over from Sunday into the Exeter game.

“It will be a very tough game for us because they will be a side eager to get back into League 1. They have some good players and we will have to be at our best.

“But we certainly shouldn’t be afraid of them as Sunday showed.”

The Shrimps play their first Globe Arena game of the new season next Tuesday when Football League new boys York City travel to the resort.

It will be the Minstermen’s first away game in the Football League since winning promotion last year and Bentley says it will be another stiff test for his side.

He said: “York will still think they owe us one after we beat them in the Conference play-offs and they will be keen to make an early impression in League 2.

“We know that newly promoted sides play with a great deal of spirit because the adrenalin is still flowing and I am sure they will bring a big crowd with them.

“I’m hoping that our fans can turn out in numbers as well and make a noise like they did at Blackpool on Sunday.

“The fans were magnificent at Bloomfield Road and they really gave us a lift.’’

* THE Shrimps added goalkeeper Andreas Arestidou to their squad last week.

The former LRGS pupil was released by Preston North End after playing a number of games in League 1 last season and joined the Shrimps after impressing while on trial.

Young striker Dan Parkinson moved to Vauxhall Motors on loan on the same day.