MIKE FONDOP says it was a ‘dream’ to score in his first league game for Wrexham and secure victory against Dover Athletic on the opening day of the season.

Fondop’s 29th minute goal sealed a 1-0 win at The Crabble as Wrexham registered a first ever win against the Whites at the ninth attempt.

“In pre-season, the goals were what I wanted but the season has to start and this is our bread and butter,” said Fondop.

“For me to make the goals come I had to start scoring from the first game, that is what I really wanted so I am really glad with that.

“Starting the season as a striker, scoring in your first game and to win, that means a lot and you cannot dream of a better start so I am really happy.”

Fondop scored an unorthodox bicycle kick to end the Dover jinx.

“My right is my weaker foot because I am left-footed,” said Fondop.

“I wasn’t really expecting it but if you don’t kick the ball to the goal, you have zero chance of scoring.

“If you try to hit it, at least it is a chance so that is what I did.

“I was on the floor but I thought to myself ‘just put your leg in front of it’.”

Fondop, who played for Guiseley and Halifax last season, has become a big fans’ favourite since arriving at Wrexham and he was given a rousing ovation by the 312 travelling supporters when substituted late on.

“It means a lot, especially to make the trip from Wrexham all the way to Dover,” he added.

“There was a good number of fans and you could feel that on the pitch, when they were singing you could hear their voices.

“The fans are the 12th man so we need your support sometimes to get that extra adrenalin which they gave us today.

“I am trying to get as close as possible to them because trust me, they give you that extra adrenalin when they start singing your name.”

Manager Sam Ricketts, who marked his first game in charge of Wrexham with three points, also hailed the supporters who made the 550 mile round trip.

“They were fantastic,” said Ricketts. “That was a big reason me coming to the club because the fanbase can carry the club an awful long way.

“The fact that we had over 300 fans make that journey down, it is testament to them, testament to the support we have got and what I am delighted with is that the players played with grit and determination which any supporter wants to see so they can feel the work rate from the players.

“I think they really appreciated that at the end of the game.”

Sam Ricketts didn’t know until after the final whistle that it was Wrexham’s first ever win against bogey side Dover.

“Someone told me after the game, I didn’t know before the game so it was nice to break a little omen like that,” added Ricketts. “It is three really important points to get us off to a good start but ultimately it was a good performance.”