REKEIL PYKE believes he has put down a marker down after scoring his first professional goal.

The 20-year-old striker, who has joined Wrexham on loan from Huddersfield until the end of the season, got his first league goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Boreham Wood at The Racecourse.

Having had a previous loan spell with Wrexham in 2016-17, as well as Port Vale and Colchester, Pyke finally got off the mark with a cheeky backheel.

“I am very happy,” said Pyke. “It is my first professional goal so I am delighted.

“It is a great feeling scoring a goal anyway but especially my first professional goal, it means more.

“The skipper got a header on it, it bounced off the crossbar, bounced back into the box and it has dropped in front of me so I backheeled it.

“It is quite a nice finish when you watch it back! It was just an instinct to try and get a finish on goal.”

Pyke acknowledged the importance of his goal before he went onto set-up Mike Fondop for a late third.

“Boreham Wood were putting a bit of pressure on us so it was a bit of a breather to get my goal for the team,” said Pyke.

“It opened up the game a bit more and they switched off for the pass that Luke Summerfield played down to me, I have put Mike in and he has finished it.

“I have had an assist as well so I am very happy with that.”

Reds boss Sam Ricketts was delighted to pick up three points although he admits Wrexham didn’t play as well as they can.

“I’m satisfied because we won the game,” said Ricketts.

“I am not purring at our performance saying ‘look at us, look at how well we played’.

“It was a tight game and eventually our quality in the final third came through and ultimately scored us three goals.

“Our quality in the defensive third as well, some great saves, great blocks and great headers.

“Possibly a little bit of wayward shooting at times from Boreham Wood meant we kept a clean sheet and that is where the game comes down too. We didn’t play as well as I would like to and what I know that we can do.”