Paul Rutherford says it is vital Wrexham learn the lessons of last season’s failure and ‘capitalise’ on going back to the top of the National League standings, report the Daily Post.

Wrexham moved back to the summit of the fifth tier for the third time this term as they sealed a 3-1 win at home over Gateshead, taking advantage of Salford City’s draw. The Dragons were twice top of the pile last season before a disastrous run in eventually saw them drop out of the play-offs altogether to finish in 10th place.

While immediate attention for Wrexham turns to Sunday’s FA Cup first round tie at National League South strugglers Weston-super-Mare, and Rutherford, who is ‘claiming’ the opening goal in Saturday’s win over the Heed, says it is key the Dragons can back up their excellent run of form.

“The manager emphasised that he wanted us to go into the break top of the league and (for us) to go and do everything we could to do that,” said the winger.

“We’ve gone top of the table, we have been there before and now I think the key thing is that we capitalise on it now. We got there a couple of times last season and the game following it we didn’t back it up.

“Now we need to do that, we need to really set a pace of our own and hopefully we can start pulling away from a couple of teams, ideally that is what we want to be doing. Everyone of us wants to achieve promotion and to do that we have to kick on now.”

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