PAUL RUTHERFORD has backed himself to score more goals in Wrexham’s new formation.

Manager Sam Ricketts has started with a 4-3-3 system in the opening two matches, with Rutherford lining up on the flank in the front three.

Having bagged two goals in both of his first two seasons at The Racecourse, Rutherford feels he should be on target more often this term.

“I think there is more potential in this formation to get more goals. I am getting in better areas to go and make things happen, and I am getting chances,” said Rutherford.

“Last season, a lot of the work was in staying solid and making sure that we were compact. I don’t think you get the amount of clean sheets we got without it being a team effort.

“That’s where a lot of the focus was on whereas this year, a lot of the focus is on staying up the pitch, getting in good areas and making problems for the opposition.

“I feel I will definitely score more goals doing that.

“A lot of our runs are centred towards going towards the goal rather than towards the corner flag.

“We are seeing signs that the runs are there and once we get into full gear with it then we will see a lot more goals from the side areas.”

Rutherford found the back of the net against AFC Fylde on Tuesday but his header from Jordan Maguire-Drew’s cross was ruled out of offside.

“It was a great ball in, I have just gone across my man and got into the near post, and it was a decent header as well,” said Rutherford, who has two other opportunities to score in the 0-0 draw.

“I have scored a couple of headers but not as good as that. I was a bit gutted to be honest.

“A few of the lads have said it was offside and a couple have said they weren’t sure themselves.

“It is was it is, it wasn’t given and you can’t change it now so unfortunately it finished in a draw.”

Wrexham stepped up a gear in the second half and had a number of chances to break the deadlock as Fylde were put under intense pressure, and Rutherford felt the Reds were good value for three points.

“First half Fylde probably shaded it but in that 20 minute spell in the second half, we really blew them away,” said Rutherford.

“We have had a good few chances during that spell and if they are being honest, they couldn’t match us at that tempo.

“That is something that we need to try and replicate more consistently through games.

“I thought we were unfortunate that we didn’t get the three points.”

Wrexham, who beat bogey side Dover Athletic on the opening day, have taken four points from a possible six.

Boreham Wood, beaten in last season’s play-off final, are the visitors to The Racecourse this afternoon and Rutherford has backed Wrexham to continue their unbeaten start with a win.

“It is a decent start and if we back it up with a win against Boreham Wood, it is a brilliant start,” added Rutherford.

“It wasn’t an easy start but we know we can be more than a match for anyone at The Racecourse.

“I am being honest, we are better than the majority of teams.

“We have got to put that into performances and I more than fancy us beating Boreham Wood.”