TOMORROW'S pre-season friendly against a Salford City XI at The Racecourse could last two hours as Reds' boss Dean Keates strives to give his players more game-time.

Wrexham kicked off their pre-season programme with a 4-1 victory over Cymru Premier neighbours Cefn Druids on Tuesday as Keates' men were handed 45 minute run-outs.

But in a bid to give first team members and trialists longer on the pitch, Keates is looking to play three 40-minute games and ensure all players get an hour.

And Salford, whose first team begin their League Two campaign against Exeter the same afternoon, seem to have agreed.

"I am hopeful it might be a different set-up," said Keates.

"From speaking with Salford, I am hoping to get three 40-minute games and all being well that is the case.

"A lot of our lads picked up 45 minutes against Druids so hopefully we can get the lads up to 60 minutes going forward.

“Salford have got a B team and a few players that need minutes themselves and won’t be involved with their first team in the league.”

Summer signings Jordan Davies and Kwame Thomas, with a brace, put Wrexham in control at half-time against Druids, who pulled a goal back.

A trialist scored a late fourth goal and Keates was pleased with the run-out as the Reds' first outing ahead of the 2020-21 National League campaign ended in victory.

"Pre-season is what it is," added Keates.

"Results don't really matter, it is just about getting through with no injuries and getting minutes and sharpness into the legs.

"It is always nice to win a game and that is what we want to do but I wouldn't be too downbeat if we lost."

Keates is glad to be back playing games after returning for pre-season training last month.

"This was our first competitive game after three games between ourselves," said Keates. "A few tackles were going in and that's what we wanted."