THE winning start to pre-season came to an end as Wrexham were held to a goalless draw by National League North outfit Telford United

Wrexham began pre-season with a 4-1 success over Cymru Premier neighbours Cefn Druids before beating a Salford City XI 2-1 at the weekend.

Despite failing to make the breakthrough at The New Bucks Head, Wrexham kept a first clean sheet and remain unbeaten heading into Saturday's friendly at Kidderminster Harriers.

Manager Dean Keates, who only included one trialist in his squad for Wrexham's first away friendly in pre-season, gave a starting place to new signing Fiacre Kelleher in the heart of defence.

The Telford side included Jason Oswell, the striker making the move to The New Bucks Head following his release by the Reds at the end of last season, and Ross White, another former Red.

Wrexham made a bright start and Jordan Ponticelli headed narrowly wide from Devonte Redmond's cross after two minutes.

The Bucks were quick to respond and Reds' keeper Rob Lainton made a smart block to deny Aaron Williams.

A well-worked Wrexham move ended with Ponticelli driving the ball across goal but there wasn't a Red shirt on the end of his cross.

Lainton was the busier of the two goalkeepers and the Reds stopper pulled off a superb save to keep out James Hardy's shot while Courtney Meppen-Walter was allowed a free header from the resulting corner but he failed to hit the target.

It was an even game, Theo Vassell's effort deflecting wide for Wrexham and Oswell's header striking a defender but falling off target for the Bucks who also saw Shane Sutton head wide.

Adi Yussuf cleared the crossbar with Wrexham's next attempt but Keates was forced into a change in the 35th minute with Jake Bickerstaff replacing Ponticelli in attack.

Wrexham came close to breaking the deadlock just before half-time as Reece Hall-Johnson's cross wasn't dealt with by the Bucks defence but Yussuf and Bickerstaff couldn't convert following a melee in the six yard box.

The Reds team that finished the first half continued after the break with Telford drawing first blood as Brendon Daniels fired wide and Oswell brought a good save out of Lainton.

Williams was not far away with another Bucks chance before Keates made three changes on the hour mark with Elliott Durrell, Anthony Jeffrey and Kwame Thomas coming on for Paul Rutherford, Dan Jarvis and Yussuf.

Lainton made another save to keep out Oswell's header but Reds replacement Jeffrey provided a much needed spark, going on a dangerous run that earned Wrexham a corner that came to nothing.

Keates made seven more changes with Christian Dibble, trialist A, Shaun Pearson, Max Cleworth, Mark Carrington, Luke Young and Jordan Davies replacing Lainton, Hall-Johnson, Vassell, Kelleher, Jamie Reckord, Jay Harris and Redmond.

That meant all 22 players on duty had been used and there was a bit more urgency from Wrexham with the fresh legs on, Jeffrey supplying some teasing crosses.

A powerful Durrell drive fell just wide but it finished all square.

Telford United (3-4-1-2): Griffiths; White, Sutton, Meppen-Walter; Vaughan, Walker, Cowans, Daniels; Hardy; Oswell, Williams.

Wrexham (4-4-2): Lainton (Dibble 70); Hall-Johnson (Trialist A 70), Kelleher (Cleworth 70), Vassell (Pearson 70), Reckord (Carrington 70); Rutherford (Durrell 60), Harris (Young 70), Redmond (Davies 70), Jarvis (Jeffrey 60); Yussuf (Thomas 60), Ponticelli (Bickerstaff 35).