THE boos rang out around The Racecourse as Wrexham lost 1-0 against fellow strugglers AFC Fylde and remain stuck in the relegation zone.

It was a huge game for both teams who find themselves battling for their lives at the wrong end of the National League.

But a first half goal for the Coasters proved to be the difference as Jim Bentley's side won a second game in a row and leaves Wrexham still looking for a first ever win against them.

Wrexham were aiming to build on Saturday's 3-3 draw against high-flying Yeovil when they scored three times in a league game for the first time this season.

But Dean Keates' side once again drew a blank in front of goal and lacked a cutting edge as they attempted to get back into the game.

That has been a recurring theme this season and although Wrexham's defending was better, they failed to keep a clean sheet and suffered another defeat.

It means Wrexham remain in a very worrying position and head into Saturday's game at lowly Ebbsfleet desperately needing a win.

Keates made two changes from the side that started Saturday's draw with Yeovil.

One was enforced as on-loan right-back Tyler Reid picked up a thigh injury on his debut and missed out.

James Jennings was absent at the weekend through illness but the left-back returned in place of Reid, with the versatile Mark Carrington switching flanks.

The other change was in the front three as another new signing Omari Patrick, who impressed after appearing as a second half substitute against the Glovers, came in for a full debut with Ben Tollitt dropping to the bench.

Both teams cancelled each other out in the opening exchanges with Fylde creating the first chance in the ninth minute but Mark Yeates' shot was comfortably saved by Rob Lainton.

Wrexham immediately had their first sight of goal as Shaun Pearson headed straight at Fylde keeper Sam Hornby from Luke Young's free-kick.

But opportunities were few and far between as the teams sized each other up, Dan Bradley's header falling harmlessly wide for the Coasters.

Patrick got the home crowd going as he embarked on a run from his own half and laid off to Akil Wright who fired well wide from outside the area.

The game lacked quality but Fylde took a 30th minute lead.

Danny Rowe wasn't closed down and he laid off to Danny Philliskirk who was in space and found the back of the net with a low drive from 25 yards.

Fylde sought to build on their advantage and Philliskirk's effort was blocked for a corner.

Paul Rutherford saw a header saved by Horny but Fylde countered and Lainton was called into action to deny Rowe just before the interval.

It was a big second half for Wrexham and began positively as Rutherford brought a save out of Hornby as he attempted to score a carbon copy of Saturday's stunning goal.

Patrick saw a deflected effort from the edge of the area saved by Hornby and the winger wasn't far away from levelling with another shot that flew inches wide.

Patrick wasn't afraid to try his luck and his shot deflected off Neill Byrne for a corner which came to nothing.

Wrexham thought they'd equalised on 61 minutes when Wright's looping header found the net but Hornby was adjudged to have been fouled under the challenge of Grant and Rutherford.

Keates made his first change with Mark Harris replacing Wright but Fylde almost made it 2-0 when Ryan Croasdale was put through on goal by Yeates, Lainton coming to the rescue by pulling off a superb save to thwart the midfielder.

Tollitt came on for Rutherford and Devonte Redmond replaced Luke Summerfield in a final bid to get something out of the game.

Lainton pulled off a vital save to deny Bradley but it was Fylde who celebrated victory.

Wrexham (4-3-3): Lainton; Carrington, Lawlor, Pearson, Jennings; Summerfield (Redmond 81), Young, Wright (Harris 64); Rutherford (Tollitt 71), Grant, Patrick. Subs: Dibble, Kennedy.

AFC Fylde (4-2-3-1: Hornby; Burke, Byrne, Whitmore, Duxbury (Jameson 80); Croasdale, Philliskirk; Bradley (Kosylo 86), Williams, Yeates; Rowe (Montrose 64). Subs: Lavercombe, Haughton.

Attendance: 2,941 (41 from Fylde).