WREXHAM'S season goes from bad to worse as a 2-1 defeat against fellow strugglers Ebbsfleet United saw the Reds drop to the bottom of the National League.

Not only did Dean Keates' side replace Ebbsfleet at the basement but Wrexham are five points away from safety at the halfway mark in the season.

Unless there is a huge improvement in the second half of the campaign, the Reds are heading for relegation to the National League North on current form.

The starting line-up showed one change from the side that lost 1-0 against Fylde on Tuesday.

Defender Kieran Kennedy came in for his first start since returning to the club on loan from Port Vale, replacing Mark Carrington at right-back.

Early pressure from Wrexham led to Luke Young firing wide while Alfie Egan headed over from Myles Weston's cross for Ebbsfleet.

James Jennings saw a shot fumbled by keeper Jordan Holmes who recovered to gather before Luke Summerfield could convert the loose ball, but Wrexham went behind in the 10th minute.

Tomi Adeloye turned Jake Lawlor in the area and his effort deflected off Jennings into the net.

Josh Payne saw a 20 yard drive saved by Rob Lainton as Ebbsfleet continued to go at Wrexham, but the Reds equalised after 30 minutes.

A free-kick was only partially cleared and Kieran Kennedy's strike from the edge of the area went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Wrexham made a bright start to the second half and Bobby Grant's header found the roof of the net from Jennings' cross while Omari Patrick set off on a run and cut inside past Marvel Ekpiteta but his shot sailed wide of the target.

Egan was unable to hit the target for Ebbsfleet but Wrexham immediately went upfield and Akil Wright headed over.

Wrexham were seeing a lot of the ball and Kennedy charged forward before crossing into the danger zone but Ekpiteta made a superb block to prevent the ball reaching Jennings.

Wright's flick fell wide as Wrexham continued to get into good positions.

But Wrexham failed to make their dominance count and Ebbsfleet made it 2-1 against the run of play in the 74th minute.

A corner was played back out to Weston who scored with a superb effort from a tight angle.

Gozie Ugwu fired over for Ebbsfleet and Alex Reid was unable to keep his shot down

Ebbsfleet United (4-3-3): Holmes; Ekpiteta, King, Cordner, Blackman; Weston, Lawless, Payne; Adeloye (Reid 60), Ugwu, Egan (Sutherland 76). Subs: Obileye, Wilson, Palmer.

Wrexham (4-3-3): Lainton; Kennedy, Lawlor, Pearson, Jennings; Summerfield, Young, Wright; Rutherford (Harris 79), Grant, Patrick. Subs: Dibble, Tollitt, Redmond, Carrington.

Attendance: 1,036.