Ben Tollitt has returned to Wrexham. Pic: Getty Images.

Winger Ben Strikes National League Gold For Wrexham

Scouser Ben Tollitt struck gold for Wrexham, scoring the goals which took them top of the Vanarama National League table.

“It was perfect, simply perfect,” said the 24-year-old former Portsmouth player. “I love playing football and I love playing for Wrexham.”

The Dragons have won four successive League matches, keeping three clean sheets in wins against Maidenhead, Dagenham, Havant and Boreham Wood, now head to Gateshead on Saturday.

Tollitt scored both second half goals against Wood in the second of three consecutive away fixtures.

Wrexham will have travelled 1,400 miles – which is getting close to the equivalent of driving from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats and back – by the time the arrive home from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

“We could scarcely have picked three towns farther away from North Wales, maybe apart from Dover,” said Tollitt, who joined Wrexham on a one-month loan deal in December and extended that by another four weeks in January.

“If it was up to me I’d love to stay longer,” he says. “I want to help Wrexham get to where they need to be.

“I’ve started the last three matches and that’s exactly what I need. There is more to come and I’m enjoying every minute of my time at the club.”

Bryan Hughes, Wrexham’s manager, is delighted with Tollitt’s contribution after three starts and five appearances from the bench.

The pacy winger has scored three goals and Hughes said: “Tolls is a talented player and that’s why we extended his loan.

“He has a goal threat, takes us up the pitch, works hard and earned his rewards.”

Scott Barrow during his Merthyr Town days. The Welshman now plays for Gateshead, who entertain Wrexham on Saturday.

Tollitt started his playing career with Everton and moved on to Widnes, Skelmersdale, Portsmouth and Tranmere Rovers.

He has made 65 first team appearances, scoring 10 goals, and looks certain to start for Wrexham at Gateshead on Saturday.

Swansea-born Scott Barrow, a 30-year-old former Newport County and Merthyr Town player, is in the Gateshead squad and is likely to face the Dragons.

They have 12 fixtures left in their quest for promotion to the Football League, six of those at home and six away.

Wrexham’s remaining Vanarama League fixtures

• Sat Feb 23 Gateshead A

• Sat Mar 2 Chesterfield H

• Sat Mar 9 Leyton Orient A (12.35pm)

• Tue Mar 12 Barrow H

• Sat Mar 16 Maidstone United H

• Sat Mar 23 Hartlepool United A

• Sat Mar 30 Ebbsfleet United A

• Sat Apr 6 Braintree Town H 

• Sat Apr 13 Barnet A

• Fri Apr 19 Sutton United H

• Mon Apr 22 FC Halifax Town A

• Sat Apr 27 Harrogate Town H

Vanarama National League Table

# Team Pl HW HD HL AW AD AL W D L F A Diff Pts
1. Wrexham 34 12 3 2 7 5 5 19 8 7 43 24 19 65
2. Solihull Moors 34 8 6 3 11 1 5 19 7 8 54 31 23 64
3. Leyton Orient 33 10 4 3 7 6 3 17 10 6 53 24 29 61
4. AFC Fylde 34 11 3 3 5 9 3 16 12 6 56 28 28 60
5. Salford City 33 10 4 2 6 5 6 16 9 8 58 36 22 57
6. Sutton United 33 8 6 3 7 5 4 15 11 7 42 35 7 56
7. Gateshead 34 7 5 5 9 2 6 16 7 11 43 32 11 55
8. Eastleigh 33 7 5 4 9 2 6 16 7 10 42 42 0 55
9. Harrogate Town 32 8 4 4 7 4 5 15 8 9 61 44 17 53
10. Ebbsfleet United 34 7 3 7 7 6 4 14 9 11 47 34 13 51
11. Barrow 33 7 4 5 5 5 7 12 9 12 34 35 -1 45
12. Bromley 33 9 3 5 3 5 8 12 8 13 46 46 0 44
13. Hartlepool United 34 5 6 6 6 5 6 11 11 12 39 43 -4 44
14. Dagenham & Redbridge 33 5 6 6 6 0 10 11 6 16 38 42 -4 39
15. FC Halifax Town 33 5 8 3 3 7 7 8 15 10 27 32 -5 39
16. Boreham Wood 34 7 4 6 2 8 7 9 12 13 34 44 -10 39
17. Barnet 29 4 4 6 6 3 6 10 7 12 28 35 -7 37
18. Maidenhead United 33 5 2 9 6 2 9 11 4 18 35 55 -20 37
19. Chesterfield 32 4 8 5 3 7 5 7 15 10 31 37 -6 36
20. Dover Athletic 34 5 3 9 4 6 7 9 9 16 37 53 -16 36
21. Havant & Waterlooville 34 6 5 6 2 5 10 8 10 16 48 62 -14 34
22. Aldershot Town 33 6 4 7 1 4 11 7 8 18 26 54 -28 29
23. Maidstone United 34 1 4 12 6 1 10 7 5 22 28 57 -29 26
24. Braintree Town 33 3 3 10 3 4 10 6 7 20 32 57 -25 25

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