Simon Ainge admitted Tuesday’s disappointing defeat at play-off rivals Ebbsfleet United was hard to take, but called on the Dragons to ‘stick together’ as they bid to finish in the top seven.

Ainge, on loan until the end of the campaign from National League North outfit Harrogate, made his first start for the Dragons at Stonebridge Road on Tuesday night, and admitted to a bittersweet feeling following the loss. Defeat to the Fleet sees Wrexham drop to seventh in the National League, only two points above Dover Athletic in eighth, who have a game in hand, while Ebbsfleet are in ninth but only five points adrift and having played two games less than Andy Davies’s side – both of whom could still overhaul the Dragons in the race for the play-offs.

However, despite occupying the final play-off berth, Wrexham are still only four points shy of second placed Tranmere Rovers such is how tight the top of the National League is at present, even if the Wirral based side have two games in hand. Wrexham have three games remaining – at home against Dagenham & Redbridge and AFC Fylde sandwiching an away clash at Leyton Orient – to secure a top seven finish, and while Ainge admitted Tuesday’s loss was a tough one to take, he is confident the Dragons can still reach the play-offs.

“It is hard to take, 3-0, especially for my first start,” said the centre-forward. “It was an even game (up to half time), I don’t think we’ve had many chances which is frustrating, but I don’t think it was a 3-0 game. But the difference was that they took their chances and I think we could have done better with all three goals really as a team.”

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