Date: 18th July 2016 at 10:03am
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Morecambe came out on top in the mini tournament played on Saturday at the Globe Arena. New manager Owen Coyle brought his Blackburn Rovers side and old adversaries Bury travelled across Lancashire to what their official website describes as `the Fylde coast` in order to take part in three 60 minute games between the three teams. Before the match, commenting on the fact that restricted finances had yet again narrowed his room for manoeuvre, Morecambe Boss Jim Bentley told the media: “We still need a little bit in all areas. We`ve only got one ‘keeper at the club, we`re a little bit light in defence and we could probably do with another midfielder and another forward. If we can do any more we`ll do more. We`re always trying to improve and if the right player comes along we`ll try and get them in.”
Blackburn beat Bury with a goal from Danny Graham in the first game; Morecambe then beat a vastly different Shakers’ line-up 4-0 with goals from Kevin Ellison, Tom Barkhuizen and a mysterious trialist who scored two. The final game between the hosts and Rovers ended 0-0.
Pre-season games like these probably don`t tell any Manager a lot about potential players or how a team will actually perform under pressure once the season starts for real. But a win and a draw against supposedly better opposition is better than losing. I just hope that Bury managed to find their way home again?