Tranmere game is home away from home for Morecambe boss

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley. Picture: Matt Rushton
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley. Picture: Matt Rushton
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Morecambe’s game at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday will be almost like a home game for boss Jim Bentley.

The Shrimps manager lives just five minutes away from Prenton Park and will have plenty of family and friends in the crowd for the League 2 game.

Bentley said: “I’m five minutes away, Ken’s (McKenna, assistant manager) five minutes away and we’ve got a few that live in Birkenhead, a few in Liverpool and even the Manchester lads aren’t far away.

“It’s a big game for us and I’m sure the lads will have family and friends there, I certainly will.

“The phone doesn’t stop ringing at the moment with people trying to get tickets off me.

“We’ll have a good following and it’s a big game for us.

“We’re top of the table and the stats don’t lie, we’ve been the best side so far so we’ve got something to hang on to.

“I’ve been to a lot of games at Prenton Park and they’ve got a passionate crowd that get right behind them but we’re looking forward to it and hopefully can get something from it.”

Victory would make it a perfect five out of five for the Shrimps in August as they continue to build early momentum at the top of the pile. 
Bentley said: “We know that we’re not going to win every game but while you are in a winning habit then you want to try and get as many points on the board as you can.

“The confidence is sky high and the spirit is great and momentum has been built and hopefully we can continue to do that and get another three points on the board in what is going to be a very difficult game.

“It’s a tough place to go but we’ll give it our best shot and hopefully come Saturday night we’ll have finished the month with five out of five.”

Laurence Wilson’s knee injury has been confirmed as a grade two tear of his medial knee ligament meaning he is set to miss the next two months.

In better news on the injury front central defenders Andy Parrish and Ryan Edwards returned to training on Thursday.