ANDY DAVIES' first game in charge of Wrexham ended in a 1-0 victory against Maidstone United at The Racecourse.

Davies, assistant to Dean Keates who has taken over as Walsall boss, saw promotion chasing Wrexham extend their unbeaten run to 15 games thanks to captain Shaun Pearson's second half goal.

Victory took Wrexham up to fourth position in the National League and on course for a top-seven finish with seven games remaining.

Wrexham made a bright start and created their first chance after just 90 seconds, Marcus Kelly slid the ball through to Scott Quigley whose effort was turned over the bar by Stones keeper Lee Worgan.

Pearson failed to direct his header on target from the resulting corner, but Wrexham continued to press and Paul Rutherford's shot was parried by Worgan and Will De Havilland cleared off the line with Quigley ready to pounce.

Worgan continued to perform heroics and he made a superb save to keep out Pearson's header from Marcus Kelly's cross.

Wrexham were on top and created another good chance in the 26th minute, Rutherford picking out Quigley whose header struck the top of the crossbar.

Maidstone came more into the game and enjoyed a good spell without creating anything of note, and it remained goalless at the break.

Alex Wynter headed over the bar from Michael Phillips' cross at the start of the second half with Maidstone's first real opportunity, while Davies made his first change in the 58th minute with Jonathan Franks replacing Nicky Deverdics.

Maidstone should have taken the lead following a counter attack, the ball was pulled back to Blair Turgott who fired over from a good position with the goal at his mercy.

Back came Wrexham and Worgan, who hadn't been tested for a while, made a smart save to deny Quigley who raced onto Kevin Roberts' through ball.

Wrexham were starting to apply more pressure and the Reds took the lead after 75 minutes.

Kelly delivered a free-kick from the left and Pearson rose highest to head past Worgan from six yards out.

Simon Ainge soon replaced Quigley and Wrexham saw out the game for another vital win.

Wrexham (4-4-2): Dunn; Roberts, Manny Smith, Pearson, Jennings; Rutherford, Wedgbury, Kelly, Deverdics (Franks 58); Holroyd, Quigley (Ainge 83). Subs not used: Raven, Wright, Boden.

Maidstone United (4-5-1): Worgan; Hare, De Havilland, Wynter, Finney, Anderson; Turgott (Wraight 82), Phillips 9Luer 77), Lewis, Loza (Sam-Yorke 70); Lafayette. Subs not used: Prestedge, Paxman.

Referee: Matthew Donohue,