Bentley set to make changes at York

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admitted he may be forced into making changes for the Shrimps’ clash with York City on New Year’s Day.

Bentley said he would have to take stock of his options after two tough Christmas fixtures at the Globe Arena with his side picking up a first Football League victory over Fleetwood on Boxing Day before defeat against Hartlepool on Sunday.

The Shrimps boss is especially mindful of managing his players with a long trip to Torquay on Saturday, January 4, to come after the game at Bootham Crescent against the Minstermen.

Andy Wright and Marcus Marshall are still ruled out but Ryan Williams could be in contention again after struggling with a tight hamstring.

Speaking after Sunday’s disappointing defeat to Hartlepool, Bentley said: “I’m going to have to make one or two changes because one or two looked blown up on Sunday.

“We looked a bit heavy legged which is no surprise considering what the lads have been through.

“When you have a squad the size of ours it puts pressure on you and some of the lads are beginning to feel it now and I think we could see that.

“They’ve put an awful lot of work in on a heavy pitch and we’ll have to have a look because we’ve got a game at Torquay a couple of days later with a long trip down south.
“We’ve got to make sure we manage them and whatever team goes out will be ready and raring to go at York.”

Despite a mixed Christmas week, Bentley is pleased with where his side find themselves at the end of 2013.

He said: “We’re ahead of where we have been in the past.

“At this stage last year we were on 27 points and the year before I think we were on 32, this year we’re on 35.

“I’m just a little bit worried, we’re a little bit stretched and we’ve got a few injuries.

“It’s hard but we’ll just keep plugging away. I’m quite pleased with the position we’re in even if we’ve missed a few opportunities like against Hartlepool on Sunday.

“The league is that tight but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”