Bentley calling on his own experience of FA Cup upsets

Jim Bentley watches on during training.
Jim Bentley watches on during training.

Jim Bentley is calling on his own experience of FA Cup shocks ahead of taking Morecambe to Dover Athletic in the first round on Saturday.

The Shrimps boss has been on the right side of upsets in the past and is using those memories to try and ensure his side don’t get dumped out by the Conference Premier side at The Crabble.

Bentley said: “We’ve got a few lads who’ve played non-league football.

“They’ll be passing it on. It’s a very, very tough match for us and at least we have got some experience of being in Dover’s position. 
“Ken McKenna’s done it on numerous occasions and I know what it’s like to be in a dressing room of a non-league club coming up against a league club.

“They’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. On paper we should win the game, we’re the Football League side and we’re full-time.

“It’s winnable but we’re going to have to make sure we’re on it.

“That’s what I’ve been saying to the lads all week because if we dip as individuals or a group then it’s going to be a very difficult game.

“I’m sure their crowd will be right up for it and it’s obviously a massive journey for us.

“We’re having a little bit of a wobble at the minute with regards to performances and the ‘keeper situation but we can’t use any of that as an excuse.”

As ever Bentley is desperate to take his side to the third round and a possible tie against a Premier League club but he is not looking beyond the threat posed by The Whites.

He said: “This is a big game, one we really want to win.

“Not just to give ourselves and the fans a little lift but the prospect of the next round and the one after that.

“This is the first step and we’ve got to get over it.

“If we’re right on it and if we play to our potential then we’ll win the game.”