Wrexham pulled off a pleasing 3-0 win to rebuild confidence after the disappointment of last Monday, with the identity of a couple of the scorers particularly gratifying.
Elliott Durrell got his first Wrexham goal with a deflected long range effort, and Andy Bishop came off the bench to round off the scoring, forcing an excellent driven cross by Connor Jennings over the line after Manny Smith had sent the ex-Macclesfield striker down the right channel.
In between those strikes Wes York got his first goal at The Racecourse, driving the ball back across the keeper from six yards after Durrell’s cross from the right had been flicked to the far post by a stretching defender.
After Durrell’s opener the winger looked full of confidence and Eastleigh found him difficult to contain. Their nervous defence could easily have leaked more goals in the first half as Wrexham pushed on, with the returning Dean Keates taking control of the centre of the pitch and York’s advanced runs offering good support to the two hard-working forwards.
Moult nearly latched onto a weak back pass by Paul Reid, being denied by a firm tackle from keeper Ross Flitney, and York will have been frustrated not to score when another long ball over the top by Smith sent him clear on the keeper, but the onrushing Flitney was able to get close to him and parry his shot.
After the break the muscular visitors switched to 4-3-3 and began to grind their way back into the match, their greatest threat coming from set pieces. Jamie Collins headed a Jai Reason free kick across the face of goal and was denied by Dan Bachmann’s outstretched right hand, and Reason then thumped the ball against the bar after Joe Clarke had been harshly penalised for a handball.
However, Wrexham regained their goal threat when Keates picked the ball up in an advanced position and threaded a fine through ball to Louis Moult, who finished well but was marginally offside. Kevin Wilkin immediately replaced Moult with Bishop, and the substitute contributed a cameo target man performance, not only scoring but also linking play neatly.
In the end it was a good win and a comfortable clean sheet for Wrexham, who hopefully showed that the squandered opportunity at Chester was a mere aberration.
Wrexham: Dan Bachmann, Mark Carrington, Manny Smith, Blaine Hudson, Neil Ashton; Wes York, Joe Clarke, Elliott Durrell, Dean Keates; Louis Moult, Connor Jennings.
Subs: Ross White, Steve Tomassen, Johnny Hunt, Dan Holman, Andy Bishop.
Eastleigh: Ross Flitney, Dan Spence, Michael Green, Jamie Collins, James Constable, Jai Reason, Jack Midson, Stuart Fleetwood, Ben Strevens, Will Evans, Paul Reid.
Subs: Chris Todd, Craig Stanley, Craig McAllister, Jack Smith, Josh Helm.
Referee: Ben Toner (Lancs)