ROTHERHAM United have had their defensive difficulties in recent weeks but their followers are getting a reminder of a partnership that formed a recent defensive strength.
By coincidence, one reminder was in their last match and they get with another one at Morecambe tonight.
The central defence duo of Ian Sharps and Nick Fenton formed a pretty handy partnership for two seasons for the Millers culminating in their final appearance together at Wembley in the Play-0ff Final defeat of 2010.
Sharps then joined Shrewsbury and was back at Don Valley at the weekend to help his side to a point.
Tonight, Fenton will confront his former club having joined Morecambe in the summer after Millers boss Andy Scott decided that he wouldn’t offer a new contract to the experienced defender who will be 32 next month.
“I looked at him, as I did everyone else, in the final weeks of last season and decided I didn’t want to keep him on,” said Scott.
Fenton, who made over 130 appearances in his three seasons in the red and white, now wears the same colours but up on the west coast and has helped the Shrimpers to get off to a good start the season.
Former defensive stalwart Jim Bentley took over from the departed Sammy McIlroy and they were the early pace-setters, indeed they led the way which included probably the League Two result of the season so far, a 6-0 trouncing of Crawley.
Fenton will be keen to show his old club that he still has plenty to offer but another player who left last season, wide man Kevin Ellison, will miss out with a knee injury although it is likely to keep him out for weeks rather than the months which was the initial fear.
Also out too will be striker Phil Jevons who is suspended but Morecambe brushed off all absences on Saturday with their splendid 4-0 win at Port Vale - like the Crawley one, a sit-up-and-take-notice result.
This enabled them to bring the lanky former Doncaster Rovers man Jason Price back in to the attack.
“Morecambe had a fantastic result at Port Vale and so their confidence will be sky-high,” said Millers boss Scott.
“They’ve had a good start which may have surprised some people but I’m not surprised at who is near the top or who might be near the bottom because this division is so tight.”
Scott said his own players were glad they played well on Saturday and, importantly, put a stop to that losing run: “If we keep on playing well, the results will come,” he added. “We have some excellent players here who have a lot of ability.”
Striker Alex Revell is set to return after missing Saturday’s game due to his wife giving birth to a son.