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The Opposition - Morecambe

We take an in-depth look at Jim Bentley's side, ahead of this Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Morecambe at Blundell Park (3pm)

27 September 2018

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Jim Bentley

Grimsby Town face Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two at Blundell Park this Saturday (3pm) as the Mariners look to end a run of five-straight league defeats.

Michael Jolley’s side will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 away defeat to Stevenage as they return to Cleethorpes in front of their home fans.

But Jim Bentley’s men – who are 21st, and one place above Town – will be looking to kick on after their 2-1 home win over Macclesfield Town last time out.

But the victory was just the Shrimps’ second league win of the season, having beaten Northampton Town 1-0 in August.

And Bentley is currently the longest-serving EFL manager, having been at the Globe Arena for over seven years, following Paul Tisdale’s departure from Exeter City this summer.

The 42-year-old has taken charge of 373 games as Morecambe boss, winning 109, drawing 100, and losing 164.

Last five results

Grimsby Town: L, L, L, L, L

Morecambe: W, L, L, L, L

Transfer activity

The Shrimps had a busy summer bringing in 15 new faces to the Globe Arena as they looked to improve on last season’s 22nd-place finish – as they avoided relegation only on goal difference.

They signed ex-Town full-back Zak Mills, defender Jordan Cranston from Cheltenham Town, forward Rhys Oates from Hartlepool United, Shrewsbury Town striker AJ Leitch-Smith, Bury midfielder Andrew Tutte, and striker Liam Mandeville on loan from Doncaster Rovers.

One to watch

The 28-year-old is the club’s top goalscorer this season, scoring two goals in seven league appearances since his move from Shrewsbury this summer.

The ex-Crewe youngster has scored 40 goals in 224 career league appearances, and he will be hoping his goals can fire the Shrimps up the table this term.

And, with both of his goals coming in the Shrimps’ two league victories this season, his instinctive finishing could be a threat to Town this weekend.

Tickets are still available for this weekend’s clash with Morecambe as the Mariners look to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two.

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