FIT-AGAIN Jordan Ponticelli has vowed to rediscover the form he showed when he first arrived at Wrexham and the striker says a run of games will help him get back amongst the goals.

The 22-year-old scored twice in five games after joining on loan from Coventry last January before the 2019-20 campaign came to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since making the move permanent in the summer, injuries have restricted Ponticelli to just eight league appearances and he is yet to get off the mark in 2020-21.

However, the frontman has started the last two league games and being injury-free is the first step to starting to fire like he did when he first arrived at The Racecourse.

"2020 was frustrating for everybody," said Ponticelli.

"Everybody had a stressful year with Covid but personally I had a great start.

"Coming off the back of a bad loan, to come here and enjoy my football again it was very nice and I scored a couple of goals.

"With Covid hitting, it was very frustrating for me and I want to pick that up again.

"I have had loads of injuries and it has been stop-start which is not what you want as a footballer; you want to be playing week in, week out.

"Hopefully I can get back to that routine, have no more niggles, and the confidence and the fitness will be there for chances to be taken like I did at the start of 2020."

Ponticelli had an excellent chance to score his first goal of the season in Wrexham's last game at Stockport on December 28.

Put through on goal early in the second half with the Reds 2-0 down, the striker only had goalkeeper Ben Hinchcliffe to beat but he cleared the bar.

'Annoyed' not to hit the target, Ponticelli feels a loss of confidence due to injury setbacks will start to return as he plays more matches.

"I have been unfortunate with injuries and I have not really been able to get going this season," said Ponticelli.

"We have had a few games called off because of Covid so it has been stop-start which is never good for confidence, especially as a striker.

"Confidence in front of goal is something that comes when you are playing week in, week out, and I snatched at it.

"I was not as relaxed or as confident to take it but I have already proven I can do it here. I did it before last season finished before Covid."

Wrexham ended up losing 2-0 against Stockport and Dean Keates' side have been unable to atone for the defeat with the next two fixtures postponed because of positive coronavirus tests in the Reds' camp.

But when they are back in action, Ponticelli is hoping more chances are created by Wrexham so missed opportunities don't prove costly.

"That was probably my first chance within a month or two so not taking it was very frustrating," added Ponticelli.

"But hopefully we can get into a rhythm where we get more chances and that one miss does not affect us as much as what it has been."