It has been something of a dream start for Jake Lawlor since arriving at Wrexham and the giant centre-half is confident of that carrying on.

Wrexham have claimed four points and kept successive clean sheets in their two games since Lawlor joined the Dragons, the centre-half having signed on deadline day on a two-year deal from National League rivals Salford for an undisclosed fee.

International clearance denied the 27-year-old the chance to make his debut in the 2-0 win over Aldershot , but he was handed a first start in the 0-0 draw at home with fellow high fliers FC Halifax Town just days later.

Lawlor admits he was flagging a little towards the end of the Shaymen stalemate, hardly surprising given he had not played any competitive football this season, while he also started in the Dragons’ weekend 1-0 win at Cressing Road over Braintree Town .

“I can’t expect much more really,” said Lawlor. “I thought I played a little bit better on the Saturday (against Braintree) than I did on my debut and now hopefully I can build on that now and try to keep as many clean sheets as I can.

Jake Lawlor in action for Wrexham AFC against FC Halifax Town. Photo by Ian Cooper
Jake Lawlor in action for Wrexham AFC against FC Halifax Town. Photo by Ian Cooper
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“I thought Halifax was quite a tough game, we had to do quite a fair bit of defending, and on counter attack as well. So the last 15-20 minutes it took its toll a little bit. But I hadn’t played for a while so it is going to take a bit of time to get used to it again.

“I don’t think Braintree turned us as much, so we weren’t having to turn back towards our own goal and then press high again. I think a lot of it (play) was in front of us and stuff to come on to whereas Halifax turned us around a little bit and made it a bit more of a difficult game.”

Wrexham sealed Saturday’s win at Braintree thanks to Shaun Pearson ’s 67th minute header, the skipper meeting Luke Summerfield’s corner to head home a first of the season.

Lawlor, who partnered Pearson at the heart of the defence, is hopeful of following the skipper’s example and chipping in with a few goals himself over the course of the season.

Lawlor added: “(It was a) Massive goal, a great goal for us.

“I wouldn’t say I score a lot, but five, maybe even six (a season), hopefully anyway… we will see.”

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