Dean Keates was disappointed to see Wrexham crash out of the FA Trophy in dismal fashion at FC Halifax Town, but stated the Dragons have “bigger fish to fry” this season.

A Wrexham side showing 11 changes from the team that claimed a 2-0 win last Saturday over National League high fliers Solihull Moors , and including youth team centre-halves Bobby Beaumont and Max Cleworth, were put to the sword by the Shayman who ran out convincing 4-0 winners .

Attention now turns to the busy festive period for Wrexham, who dropped back into the bottom four National League relegation places following Sutton United’s midweek draw at AFC Fylde. Up next for the Dragons is a trip to Gander Green Lane on Saturday to face fellow strugglers Sutton.

And while Keates was by no means celebrating a loss, he explained his reason to make so many changes for the much derided Trophy , and added the league was the clear priority for the Dragons.

“As a football club we shouldn’t be where we are,” said the Dragons chief. “We have had two great results and performances in the league, now we have to go and replicate them down at Sutton.

“I put a team out today that I thought could win the game, there were good patches where we were okay and (some players) got valuable minutes.”

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