SUBSTITUTE Elliot Lee scored twice on his debut as Wrexham came from behind to win 2-1 against Eastleigh at The Racecourse on the opening day of the National League campaign.

Phil Parkinson's side headed into a 15th season in non-league as title favourites but the Spitfires took an early lead and proceeded to time-waste throughout the first-half.

However, attacking midfielder Lee came off the bench in the 63rd minute and scored a superb equaliser before grabbing a late winner.

Parkinson named the same side that started the 4-0 win against Macclesfield Town in the penultimate pre-season friendly the previous Saturday.

New signings Jacob Mendy and Sam Dalby were named among the substitutes along with goalkeeper Rory Watson who has been brought in to provide short-term cover with Christian Dibble picking up a knee injury in Tuesday's defeat at Caernarfon, joining Rob Lainton on the sidelines.

There was also a place on the bench for midfield duo Lee and Jordan Davies who both picked up niggles in pre-season.

Wrexham had the first sight of goal in the 11th minute when Ben Tozer's long throw-in wasn't cleared and Mullin's volley was blocked by a defender.

Mullin also saw a low drive comfortably saved by keeper Joe McDonnell but Eastleigh took the lead on 14 minutes.

Keeper Mark Howard, one of two summer signings in the starting XI, failed to collect a throw-in and George Langston managed to scramble the ball home.

There was a blow when Tom O'Connor limped off injured after Wrexham forced a corner and replacement Jordan Davies headed over the bar immediately after his introduction from Luke Young's flag-kick.

Eastleigh's time-wasting tactics were frustrating Wrexham, although the Spitfires saw Brennan Camp pick up a loose ball and run at goal before firing wide.

Ollie Palmer headed wide from Young's corner at the other end and there was the same outcome when the duo combined again.

Davies' drive deflected wide for a corner in injury time from which Palmer went agonisingly close with a header which just crept wide, and it remained 1-0 at the break.

Wrexham went straight at the Spitfires when the action resumed and Davies fed Mullin whose curling effort failed to hit the target.

Davies saw a free-kick palmed away by McDonnell and James Jones' goalbound drive was blocked by a defender after Tozer's throw-in was partially cleared.

Howard saved from Charlie Carter at the other end while Lee replaced Jones after 63 minutes.

Mullin fired wide for the Reds after being set-up by Lee and the home side continued to put Eastleigh under increased pressure.

The lively Lee displayed a brilliant piece of skill before delivering a cross to the back post where Palmer headed over.

But Wrexham levelled on 73 minutes.

Palmer backheeled the back to Lee who bent the ball beyond McDonnell.

Mendy, another summer signing, came on for Callum McFadzean while Wrexham made it 2-1 with five minutes remaining.

Lee made room for a shot in the area and fired past McDonnell to put Wrexham ahead and secure three points, giving the Reds the perfect start to the season.

Wrexham (5-3-2): Howard; Forde, Hayden, Tozer, Cleworth, McFadzean (Mendy 80); Jones (Lee 63), Young, O'Connor (Davies 19); Mullin, Palmer. Subs not used: Watson, Dalby.

Eastleigh (5-3-2): McDonnell; Camp, Langston, Martin, Panter, Harper; Cisse (Rutherford 86), Carter, McKiernan (Hesketh 76); Whitehall (Hill 63), Abrahams. Subs not used: Willson, Yang.

Attendance: 9,897.