REKEIL PYKE was looking forward to playing his part in Wrexham's promotion challenge - but the striker is now relishing a new challenge with Rochdale.

Pyke, back in the Wrexham side for Saturday's 1-0 win over Maidenhead United after recovering from a hamstring injury, was hoping to keep his place for tomorrow's clash at Boreham Wood after putting in a man of the match performance.

Although he was scheduled to stay at The Racecourse until the end of the season, Pyke has been re-called by parent club Huddersfield Town and immediately loaned out to Rochdale where he hopes to make his mark in League One.

“I’m looking forward to the new challenge and seeing what the rest of the season brings,” said Pyke.

“It’s a step up in the leagues for me so I’m relishing the opportunity to play in League One and I can’t wait to get started.”

Pyke impressed in his last Wrexham appearance against Maidenhead.

He had a goal disallowed before setting up Luke Young for the winner as Wrexham ended a run of five successive defeats without scoring.

In his last interview before he was unexpectedly recalled, Pyke said: “I was very happy with my performance and very happy to be back in the side, most importantly, after my injury.

“Getting man of the match just topped it off really.

“The right-back had a tough ride in the game but ultimately I am very happy to get the win and get the assist for the winning goal.

“I just need to keep up the good work and be consistent in my performances.”

Pyke, the Reds’ joint top scorer in the league with five goals, felt he should have added to his tally in the first win of 2019.

“We had chances to go in the lead early in the first half,” said Pyke. “I should probably have scored a goal.

“I had a couple of chances, I had one ruled offside as well, but we just kept belief and I knew it was going to come."

Victory keeps fifth placed Wrexham four points behind Leyton Orient and within one of Salford, Solihull Moors and Fylde - all of whom are on FA Trophy duty this weekend.

Pyke says Wrexham need to pick up where they left off at Meadow Park.

“Hopefully Wrexham had carry it on now and go down to Boreham Wood and get a result there,” said Pyke. “They just need to build on that win and keep the pressure on the teams that are around them at the top, and they will be fine."

Luke Summerfield, pictured, picked up a calf injury in last week’s victory and is set to be replaced by Young, who came off the bench to score.

“I don’t think it is a real serious one,” said boss Graham Barrow.

“I think we are fortunate that we are Saturday to Saturday with games, I think at the most he will miss two games.

“He usually recovers quite well and I would think he will have a chance in the next home game.”

Midfielder Leo Smith has joined Caernarfon on loan until the end of the season and is unavailable, while centre-back Manny Smith remains on the sidelines.