KIERAN KENNEDY believes Wrexham’s team spirit has played a part in their recent upturn in form.

The Reds head to Halifax in the FA Trophy on Saturday having recorded back-to-back National League victories for the first time this season.

Kennedy, below, who returned to Wrexham on-loan late last month, was surprised to see a squad with “lots of ability” languishing at the wrong end of the table, but hopes the Reds have turned a corner.

“It’s class to be back, especially after last week and six points and two clean sheets,” he said.

“It wasn’t good enough before that, the lads spoke together with the gaffer and he told us that things need to be sorted and we’ve addressed that.

“We are reaping the rewards of that and we need to make sure that continues. No-one was happy with losing games and the lads have stuck together and turned things around.”

With Michael Chambers and Doug Tharme out on loan, Kennedy could be pressed into action as Dean Keates rotates his playing options in Halifax.

Boss Keates feels that resting some players ahead of a busy festive period is crucial.

“You here the Premier League managers moaning on, but we’ve done half a season already and I think we are looking at 32 games for some players,” said Keates. “The players have to be robust.

“It gives me a chance to get one or two players on the pitch that have not had many minutes lately and gives players the opportunity to stake their claim going forward.

“There will be one or two changes, there’s no denying that, and I imagine Halifax might be looking at doing the same thing.

“What team we put out will be looking to continue the decent performances and results we’ve had.”

Keates, who spent Tuesday night watching Sutton - Wrexham’s next league opponents - draw 0-0 at Fylde, also believes settling tomorrow’s tie on the day is sensible.

He added: “The question got put to us from Halifax straight away and I imagine they are thinking the same as us - you don’t need an unnecessary fixture, a Trophy replay on a Tuesday night.”