Preston tie thrills Morecambe boss Jim Bentley

Jim Bentley
Bentley first joined Morecambe in 2002

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has urged his players not to be overawed by visitors Preston in Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie.

Both sides have enjoyed impressive starts to their respective campaigns, with Preston third in League One and Morecambe third in League Two.

"This is cup football and anything can happen," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"Whatever team I put out they'll be ready to give 110%, but I'm sure Preston will be do exactly the same."

Bentley was part of Morecambe's Carling Cup win over Preston in August 2007.

The Liverpool-born boss, who had captained the Shrimps to promotion to the Football League in May that year, scored his club's first ever goal following their step up in the 2-1 win at Deepdale.

And he has made the current crop of players at the Globe Arena aware of what to expect this time around.

"We've seen them pre-season, we've seen what they're like in cup games against us in the past, but we're at home so hopefully we can get a positive result," the 35-year-old said.

"We know it's going to be a tough tie, but it's a good opportunity for the lads to compete and pit themselves against a team higher up the pyramid.

"They're a good side and are doing well in the league.

"They've got the fanbase, they've got the set-up and will be striving to win promotion back to the Championship this season, and they'll want to do well in every cup, just like us."