Former Morecambe manager Jim Bentley is still searching for his first victory in charge of new club AFC Fylde with The Coasters being held to a goalless draw by Dover Athletic at Mill Farm this afternoon.

The 43-year-old made the short journey down the M6 to join the ambitious National League club on Monday and his new side drew 1-1 in his first match in charge at Maidenhead United on Tuesday evening.

Bentley’s first home match as AFC Fylde boss came against mid-table outfit Dover Athletic this afternoon but his side could not make the breakthrough as they were held to a goalless draw.

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A dour encounter produced few quality goalscoring opportunities although, Dover Athletic keeper Yusuf Mersin had to come to his side’s rescue towards the end of the first half with a big save to deny Jordan Williams the opener.

AFC Fylde went close again in the second half. First, Matthew Kosylo dragged an effort wide of the near post when in a good position to trouble Mersin before Ryan Croasdale looked certain to score but some dogged Dover Athletic defending saw his shot blocked and the ball cleared to safety.

The visitors’ best chance of the game came from big frontman Inih Effiong but his shot was plucked out of the top corner by home keeper James Montgomery.

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Luke Burke supplied Rowe with the ball in a great position late on but he somehow fired over on a disappointing afternoon on the Fylde Coast.

In moving to Mill Farm, former Morecambe boss Bentley ended a 17-year spell with The Shrimps. He was the longest serving manager in the top four divisions but he is now aiming to be the man to deliver AFC Fylde’s vision of reaching the English Football League by 2022.

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