EX-WREXHAM captain Lee Fowler has stressed the need for patience as Wrexham get used to life back in the Football League.

The Reds haven’t found League Two as easy as most fans predicted on the back of last season’s record-breaking National League campaign.

Fowler, now at the helm of Cymru North side Flint Town United, has been an interested observer during the opening weeks of the Reds’ season where Wrexham have scored 13 and shipped another 13 goals at the other end.

“They have had a mixed start, but expectation levels are massively high,” said Fowler, who played for than 50 times during two spells with the Reds in their non-league era. “It’s a long season that League Two.”

The loss of Paul Mullin during the pre-season tour of America was a “massive blow” says Fowler, who has been impressed in the early showings from Ollie Palmer and Jake Bickerstaff.

The duo both found the target during the Reds’ first win back in the Football League against Walsall with Bickerstaff again on the scoresheet in Saturday’s 5-5 thriller at home to Swindon Town.

““Bickerstaff comes in and I thought he did fantastic versus Wigan,” added Fowler. “Elliot Lee has started well and he’s a League One player, maybe a Championship player.

“Expectations may be high because of the owners, but it’s a long old season.”

Fowler also has plenty of time for the club’s boss.

“Phil Parkinson is a very good manager,” he said. “He has got two players for each position, which you’re going to need.

“Wrexham will be successful, but you can’t guarantee promotion.”

Reflecting on the quality of League Two this season, he added: “It goes in waves. If you go back a couple of years, the top-six of the Conference were better than the bottom-12 in League Two.

“If you look at teams this year, look at MK Dons, they were an established League One team.

“Walsall were a League One team last season.

“A couple of years ago, you would say Conference teams would go straight bang, bang promotions.. You just have to have patience.”

Fowler’s Flint don’t have a game until Monday but there are two Cymru North matches this weekend.

Guilsfield host Llanidloes Town this evening and tomorrow sees Ruthin Town at Caersws.