Morecambe set for crucial seven days

Andy Fleming will be back from suspension for Morecambe against Oxford.
Andy Fleming will be back from suspension for Morecambe against Oxford.

Jim Bentley says Morecambe are facing one of their most important weeks of the season.

The Shrimps have three games at the Globe Arena in seven days with two League 2 games against Oxford and Dagenham sandwiched by a Lancashire Senior Cup clash with Manchester United next Wednesday evening.

He said: “The lads are really glad to be playing at home again because we have begun to get a bit of a head of steam at the Globe recently and gone on a decent unbeaten run.

“We’ve scored a few goals and looked really solid at the back and if we can keep that form up and get a couple of wins we would be well on our way to our first target of 50 points.

“After those two games we will be halfway through the season and a couple of good results before the hectic Christmas period would be a great boost for us.”

Speaking about the Oxford game, which kicks off at the earlier time of 1pm, he added: “It certainly won’t be easy because although Oxford are not having the best of runs lately they do have some quality players and an excellent manager in Chris Wilder and we will need to be at our best.

“We haven’t been at our best in the last two league games but we have picked up four points and that is what is important.”

Bentley will have Andy Fleming available again after he missed the trip to Wycombe through suspension and is hoping that Barry Roche will be fit to start after he was forced off at the weekend with a back injury.

Bentley is urging Shrimps fans to get behind his side when they meet Manchester United in the Senior Cup on Wednesday, December 19, saying a decent crowd could finance the club’s second string for a whole season.

He said: “Any game against Manchester United is a big game and this is no different.

“It is a great chance for my lads to pit their skills against some of the country’s best young players and it is also important as this one game could finance the reserves for the season.

“Quite a few clubs have done away with their reserves to save costs but I am a massive believer in having a reserve team.

“It does cost money though and a good crowd on Wednesday will provide valuable funds.”

Admission for the Manchester United game is £5 for adults and £3 for juniors and concessions.