WREXHAM ran out 4-1 winners against Cymru Premier neighbours Cefn Druids in their first pre-season friendly at The Racecourse.

The game was played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Reds, who discovered earlier in the day that they will host Boreham Wood on the opening day of the National League campaign on October 3, dominated the first half.

Debutant Jordan Davies opened the scoring and fellow new-boy Kwame Thomas bagged a brace as Wrexham built up a healthy 3-1 lead by the interval, with Druids pulling a goal back to remain in the contest.

There were no clear cut chances for either side in the second period before Wrexham grabbed a fourth goal in the closing minutes through a trialist to begin their pre-season programme began with a promising victory.

Four of Dean Keates' eight summer signings - Reece Hall-Johnson, Davies, Adi Yussuf and Thomas - were included in the side that started the first half along with a quartet of trialists.

Captain Shaun Pearson, Rob Lainton and Luke Young also lined up for the opening period where Wrexham made all the early running against a Druids side who had appointed Bruno Lopes as the new head coach at The Rock the previous day.

Davies fired narrowly wide with Wrexham's first chance of the game and with the home side continuing to put the pressure on, Yussuf's header was parried by former Reds goalkeeper Michael Jones.

Trialist D also had a shot turned around the post by Jones who was powerless to stop Wrexham taking a 15th minute lead.

The Druids defence failed to deal with a ball into the box and Davies converted from close range.

Trialist D, who looked sharp on the left wing, sent in a teasing cross that was just beyond Yussuf and Thomas but Wrexham, well on top, doubled their advantage four minutes later.

This time Trialist B put a dangerous ball into the area and Thomas headed beyond Jones to make it 2-0.

Hall-Johnson stole in at the back post and fired narrowly wide after meeting Thomas' centre with another chance but Druids reduced the deficit on 24 minutes when Jamie Reed, another former Wrexham player, converted a low cross from close range.

Keates began to make changes just after the half-hour mark with Paul Rutherford and Elliott Durrell - back at The Racecourse for a second spell - replacing Davies and Yussuf.

Hall-Johnson's cross was put over by Thomas from a good position and Durrell's shot was saved by Jones before Wrexham made it 3-1 just before the break.

Thomas was brought down in the area and the striker sent Jones the wrong way from the spot.

Keates made nine changes for the start of the second half with Rutherford and Durrell staying on, and two more new signings - Theo Vassell and Jamie Reckord - making their bow.

First year pro Jake Bickerstaff was quickly in the action as the striker saw his low drive saved by Jones.

Goalkeeper Christian Dibble had to get down low to keep out a free-kick at the other end before Dan Jarvis and a trialist were sent on in place of Rutherford and Durrell.

Although Wrexham had a lot of the ball, they were not creating as many chances as they did before the break but the Reds were also looking solid at the other end.

However, the Reds grabbed a late fourth goal as Mark Carrington's cross was swept home by Trialist E to seal victory.

Wrexham first half (4-4-2): Lainton; Hall-Johnson, Trialist A, Pearson, Trialist B; Davies (Rutherford 32), Young, Trialist C, Trialist D; Yussuf (Durrell 32), Thomas.

Second half: Dibble; Carrington, Cleworth, Vassell, Reckord; Rutherford (Trialist 60), Redmond, Harris, Durrell (Jarvis 60); Bickerstaff, Trialist E.

Cefn Druids: Jones, Green, Wise, Barratt, Arsan, Azimall, Flint, Reilly, Brazel, Phillips, Reed. Subs: Simpson, Cartwright, Ruberto, Smith, Fuller, Edwards.