Morecambe boss Bentley out to get better of Coleman

John Coleman
John Coleman

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley is hoping to break John Coleman’s stranglehold over The Shrimps when his side travel to face Rochdale on Saturday.

It is the first time former Shrimps hero Coleman will have come up against Morecambe since leaving Accrington Stanley where he had an unbeaten record against The Shrimps in the Football League.

Bentley said: “There is no doubt that John had the upper hand over us when he was at Accrington but that was a different club and different times.

“We know it will be a difficult game because Rochdale are coming into form now and have some good players who we know a lot about.”

After being stretched for numbers in recent games, Bentley will have Kevin Ellison and Andy Wright available after both were suspended for the game against Preston North End in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.

Injured pair Andy Parrish and Barry Roche are also in contention after returning to training this week.

Rochdale will be without former Shrimps loanee Craig Curran who is serving the first game of a three-match ban after he was sent off for a studs up challenge on Bury goalkeeper Trever Carson as Coleman’s side exited the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on penalties on Tuesday night.