LUKE YOUNG has nothing but respect for Torquay but the midfielder wants to pile the pressure on his former club by securing a crucial victory to boost Wrexham's survival hopes.

Dean Keates' side go into tomorrow's Racecourse showdown on the back of a 3-2 defeat at fellow strugglers Chesterfield which leaves the 19th placed Reds just two points above the relegation zone with 12 games to go.

Torquay, where Young was a key player before joining Wrexham in the summer of 2018, are only three points ahead of Wrexham in 15th position, and there will be no room for sentiment when the 26-year-old faces the Gulls.

"I wouldn't have been at Torquay for four years if I didn't enjoy it there and didn't have good times," said Young.

"I have got nothing against the club and nothing against the fans, they were brilliant with me when we went there earlier in the season.

"On the pitch and off the pitch is two different things.

"Off the pitch it is respect and hoping they do well but when we play them, my priority is Wrexham who I am playing for now and trying my best to beat them if selected."

Wrexham will go above the Gulls with a win and Young acknowledges how huge a game it is for both clubs in pursuit of safety.

"It is a big game for both clubs," said Young.

"We could drag Torquay into it and pull ourselves away from the bottom a little bit.

"If we win we will go above them on goal difference so that is kind of a statement in itself. There are a big three points at stake."

It is congested in the bottom half of the National League and although Young welcomes the fact there are numerous clubs battling to beat the drop, he isn't getting away from the fact Wrexham need to win their games and look after themselves.

"The more teams that are in the dogfight the better for us," said Young.

"But we can't worry about dragging other teams into it as such, we have just got to focus on ourselves and we know how important three points are to us at the minute.

"If we do drag other teams into it then we are obviously climbing away and that is best for us.

"We are back at home tomorrow and it's a game we are looking to win."

Wrexham saw their three-game unbeaten run ended by Chesterfield despite twice taking the lead as the Spireites levelled on both occasions before scoring an injury-time winner.

What better way for Young to get over the setback by clinching three points against Torquay.

"It was a disappointing result," said Young. "Leading twice away from home, you should be looking at coming away with the minimum of a point which I think was the least that we deserved.

"But we came away with nothing because of a sucker-punch at the end.

"The performance was there and we are still in good spirits; we lost but we are still in good form.

"We have got to go again tomorrow."