JAKE LAWLOR insists Wrexham's dismal run is not down to a lack of effort and the players are "trying their hardest" to get back to winning ways.

Graham Barrow's side go into this afternoon's game against Maidenhead United at The Racecourse on the back of five successive defeats, with four coming in the National League.

It is hardly been promotion form with Wrexham failing to win in 2019, but the fifth placed Reds are only four points behind leaders Leyton Orient.

Lawlor points to previous wins against title rivals Salford and Solihull Moors as evidence Wrexham can compete with the best in the division, and he is focussed on beating Maidenhead.

"Every single one of the lads wants to win, everyone it trying their hardest," said Lawlor.

"It is just not going for us at the minute but hopefully we will turn that around.

"Everyone thinks we can beat anyone in the league which we can do so there is no reason to not be positive about every game.

"We have got a good record at home, hopefully the fans will get behind us like they always do against Maidenhead and hopefully we can get the three points."

Wrexham have also failed to score in their five defeats, unable to mount comebacks after going behind.

But Lawlor hopes the goals will start to flow once the Reds end their drought, and the wins follow.

"It is just finding that win," said Lawlor.

"I think once we get that goal and then get that other goal, we will kick-on and the confidence will come back.

"It is just a confidence thing.

"We haven't come back from many losing positions and turned the game around but we are very capable of it.

"Get that first goal and then go from there."

Wrexham, beaten 2-0 by AFC Fylde on Saturday, remain well placed going in the clash with Maidenhead as results featuring their promotion rivals were largely favourable.

There are 16 games left in the race for a top-seven finish but Lawlor is looking no further than today's clash against the Magpies.

"It has been very frustrating the last few weeks but luckily we are still in with a massive chance," said Lawlor.

"There are not many points between us and the top, we have just got to take it one game at a time.

"It is just about us and take each game as it comes, try and win against Maidenhead and go from there.

"You can look at every game now and say it is a big one.

"But we have just got to concentrate on beating the team that is in front of us, and like we have done we can beat any team."

Wrexham made a bright start against high-flying Fylde but goals conceded either side of the break resulted in another loss.

Despite seeing a lot of the ball, the Reds struggled to find a way through a resolute Coasters defence.

"We did alright in parts but obviously the result didn't go for us," added Lawlor.

"Second half I thought we kept it well but just couldn't break them down."