DEAN KEATES took the opportunity to run the rule over trialists and give players much needed game-time in a behind closed doors friendly against Salford City yesterday.

Keates wanted to take a closer look at a couple of players who have been training with Wrexham, while Davis Keillor-Dunn, restricted to three substitute appearances since joining the Reds in the January transfer window, was also earmarked for minutes.

"It was a chance for a few lads to get minutes which they have not had much of over the last few weeks," said Keates.

"Davis has come in and his minutes have been quite sparse so he was due to get a good 60-70 minutes.

"I have got one or two trialists training with us to run the rule over and it was a chance to look at them in a game situation.

"Whoever you bring in, you want to give them a fair crack of the whip.

"We have had them in for seven to 10 days and it was the right time to get a game in."

Keates, still looking to bolster his squad, added: "I am still looking to strengthen, there are a couple of positions I would like to add a little more competition.

"It is something I am looking to address and all being well we can get something by the weekend."

Midfielder Akil Wright, who last played in the 2-0 win against Solihull Moors on December 7, was due to make his comeback from a hernia in the friendly.

"Akil trained with us last week so it was a case of getting him some minutes under his belt," said Keates.

Keates remains adamant that it was the correct decision to postpone Saturday's game against Torquay at The Racecourse.

The match was postponed on Friday afternoon due to weather and safety concerns caused by storm Dennis.

"Whether we could have got through it, I don't know," said Keates. "A lot of rain came down on Saturday.

"It was not just about the pitch, it was more on the safety side.

"The country has been absolutely hammered, not just this area, and you had to think of the welfare of their fans travelling.

"Sometimes common sense has to come to the front."