Morecambe boss Bentley: We’ve made a fantastic start

Stewart Drummond in action against Cheltenham.
Stewart Drummond in action against Cheltenham.
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Jim Bentley knows Bristol Rovers would happily swap places with the Shrimps ahead of their meeting at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The Morecambe boss sees John Ward’s side as one of the bigger ones in the division but they currently find themselves one place above the League 2 relegation places.

And Bentley believes that is sign of just how good the Shrimps’ start to the season has been despite not having won in their last five home league games – the latest a 1-0 reverse against Cheltenham on Saturday.

He said: “Look at the size of Bristol Rovers compared to us.

“They’re a big club and I’m sure they’d swap places with us at the moment.

“Before the start of the season we were the favourites to go down.

“I think we’re in a fantastic position with 29 points so far.

“We’ll make sure that we do out homework on them and whatever team goes over that white line will give it their all.

“Hopefully we can take one of those chances coming our way.”

As the Shrimps lost League 2’s only game on Saturday, Rovers were battling to a 0-0 draw at home to Crawley Town in the second round of the FA Cup.

Bentley however isn’t concerned with what affect a replay might have on Ward’s side and knows they can’t be taken lightly despite their lowly league position.

He said: “They drew in the cup on Saturday so will have a replay right after they play us.

“Whether it’s a good or a bad time to be playing them we can’t be too concerned with that.

“Bristol Rovers are a big club with some good players.

“They’re down there at the minute and scrapping to get further up the table but we’ll certainly give our all and come out fighting again.

“We’ve got to put the gum shield back in and get up off the floor and go again.”

It was a case of fine margins for the Shrimps against Cheltenham on Saturday as they saw a glorious Stewart Drummond chance go begging before Troy Brown scored the game’s only goal 10 minutes from time.

Bentley said: “I talk about fine dividing lines.

“If Mansfield scored their penalty a couple of weeks ago I don’t think we win the game.

“But we save it and go up the other end and score with five minutes to go to win 2-1.

“On the flipside on Saturday we had the best chance of the game, although they’ve probably been on top, and could have come in 1-0 winners and got out of jail a little bit.

“But that’s what football’s about, your swings and roundabouts and your ups and downs.

“They are key moments in games. Drummy’s was a massive opportunity for us to score and get something out of the game.

“But we haven’t taken it and invited the ball into the area and conceded.”

Alex Kenyon will be suspended on Saturday after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the defeat to Cheltenham.

Ryan Williams tweaked his hamstring in training and missed the Robins defeat but should come back into the reckoning this weekend.