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29 August 2017 Venue Globe Arena Attendance

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29 August 2017

SHRIMPS’ boss Jim Bentley says his side will be going all out for victory when they meet Carlisle in the Checkatrade Trophy at the Globe Arena this evening.

The Shrimps kick off their campaign with a game against the Cumbrians before further group games against Fleetwood and Leicester City in the following months.

Bentley said: "It's a game we are looking forward to.

"Saturday did take its toll on us in some ways as we picked up a few injuries and we will have to think carefully about the side we put out.

"We know the rules of the competition and we always take it very seriously. We will have to look at the rules about how many players we need to include from Saturday's line up but we have a lot to consider in terms of who has a niggle, who needs game time and most importantly, who do I think I should select to make sure we win the game.

"Whichever players I pick will know what to expect. They know they have been picked to help us win the game.

"They will know our system, they will know the levels they need to play to and they will know their roles and responsibilities in the team with and without the ball.’'

He added: "I know this competition attracts a lot of debate but personally I like it.

"It's a competitive game of football and whatever way you look at it it is a game that we want to win and at this stage of the season it is a game where we can help prepare the group for the season ahead.

"This is a great competition if you do well in it. There's obviously a Wembley final at the end of it and I think some people wrongly disrespect it.

"For me if you take the time to enter it you should want to do well in it - I don't see the point of not following that principle.''

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29 August 2017

TWO first half goals saw Morecambe suffer defeat in their opening Checkatrade Trophy game.

Shrimps' boss Jim Bentley made seven changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Cambridge at the weekend with several youngsters given the chance to shine and although the football was good at time Carlisle's experience proved too much for the Shrimps.

The Cumbrians were helped with a gift of a goal after just 34 seconds when the Shrimps failed to clear their lines and Hallam Hope was perfectly placed to volley past Dan Nizic from eight yards out.

From there Carlisle enjoyed most of the early pressure with former Shrimp Jamie Devitt seeing a shot well blocked and James Brown clipping an effort over the bar from the edge of the box.

Morecambe then enjoyed a period on top with Adam Campbell volleying straight at Shamal George from six yards out before Kevin Ellison wasted a glorious chance when played in on goal by Adam Campbell but the veteran made a mess of his final shot and blazed over the bar.

Ellison was made to pay when the Cumbrians scored the scruffiest of second goals on the stroke of half time. The ball went into the Morecambe defence and with Dan Nizic seemingly impeded by Shaun Miller as he tried to clear Jason Kennedy turned the ball into the empty net from close range.

Carlisle started the second half on top and caused Morecambe problems. Hope and Jamie Devitt scuffed shots wide when they had good chances before the latter hit the post with a superb effort from the edge of the Morecambe box with Nizic well beaten.

After being on the back foot the Shrimps began to cause problems of their own with substitute Garry Thompson looking set to pull one back after beating the Carlisle keeper to a long clearance only to see Mark Ellis produce a superb last ditch clearance.

As the Shrimps pushed forward they left gaps at the back and Carlisle should have added a third when Samir Nabi was put through on goal but chipped his effort inches wide of the right hand post.

Morecambe ended the game on the front foot with Deakin and Osborne showing some good touches but the Shrimps failed to score fore the third game running despite some threatening moments.

Morecambe: Nizic, McGowan, Winnard (rep Deakin 60), Lavelle, Muller, Conlan (rep Lund 83), Fleming, Osborne, Wildig, Campbell, Ellison (rep Thompson 71). Subs not used: Roche, Old, Rose, Yawson.

Carlisle: George, Brown, Parkes, Ellis, Grainger, Kennedy (rep Adams 64), Joyce, Jones, Devitt, Hope (rep Bennett 69), Miller (rep Nabi 69). Subs not used: Bacon, Liddle, Cosgrove, Lambe.

Ref: S Stockbridge

Att: 1,228.

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