REECE HALL-JOHNSON described his stunning strike against Notts County as "definitely the best goal of my career".

The wing-back opened the scoring in the fourth minute, finding the back of the net with an unstoppable 25-yard drive that flew past Magpies goalkeeper Anthony Patterson.

No stranger to getting on the scoresheet since joining the Reds in the summer of 2020 - that was his 10th league goal - Hall-Johnson loved the reaction from the 2,000 travelling fans at Meadow Lane.

But Hall-Johnson, who counts Norwich, Maidstone, Braintree, Grimsby and Northampton among his former clubs, says losing 3-1 took the shine off his spectacular effort.

"It was incredible," said Hall-Johnson. "I just thought I have got nothing to lose and I am going to have a shot. I probably didn't expect it to go in like that!

"I couldn't believe it. I hit it well, it has gone in and running to the fans, everyone was going nuts!

"It was one of the best feelings in my career when I hit it and seeing everyone like that.

"For me, it was a good strike and definitely the best goal of my career.

"But the end result was disappointing and I would rather not score and we won the game."

After Hall-Johnson put Wrexham ahead, Harry Lennon was shown a red card due to a goalbound shot striking his hand with County equalising from the resulting penalty, and the Magpies took a 2-1 lead by the break.

Wrexham, forced to play 80 minutes with 10 men, were presented with a superb chance to equalise early in the second half but leading scorer Paul Mullin's spot-kick was saved, and the home grabbed a third goal which was awarded despite strong protests that the ball hadn't crossed the line.

"I thought some of the decisions were a bit unfair towards us," said Hall-Johnson.

"It's even more disappointing because even with 10 men, we were definitely right in the game and had some good chances; the penalty and a couple of good crosses in.

"If we had 11 men on the pitch, I definitely think we would have won the game so it was very disappointing to lose.

"But the positive is other results haven't gone too badly for us so we are still right in the mix."

Wrexham, who remain third in the table, have to wait three weeks until the next league game.

There is no fixture this weekend because scheduled opponents Boreham Wood are on FA Cup duty and the Reds host Folkestone Invicta in the FA Trophy fourth round on Saturday January 15.

Phil Parkinson's side return to league action at Yeovil on Saturday January 22 and Hall-Johnson hopes the break has the desired effect.

"It is a bit disappointing that we have got three weeks till the next league game but maybe it's a good thing," added Hall-Johnson.

"We have got time to train and get around the boys again because we have had a few off with Covid.

"We can get back to where we were in training sessions, back as a full team, and hopefully we will be raring to go at Yeovil."