BEN TOLLITT marked his final game for Wrexham with the only goal as the Reds beat lowly Maidstone United 1-0 at The Racecourse.

Tollitt, who has enjoyed a successful loan spell from Tranmere Rovers, scored four minutes into the second half as Wrexham secured a much needed win over the Stones.

Bryan Hughes' side went into the game on the back of two successive defeats but victory has reignited the promotion challenge with seven matches to go.

The starting line-up showed four changes from the side that lost against Barrow in midweek as Hughes switched to a 4-1-4-1 formation.

Skipper Shaun Pearson returned to the defence in place of Kevin Roberts, with Paul Rutherford, Nicky Deverdics and Chris Holroyd also returning higher up the pitch in place of Jermaine McGlashan, Jason Oswell and Stuart Beavon.

Wrexham created their first opening following a good run by Ben Tollitt who played in Rutherford and his shot was deflected wide.

Maidstone countered and Blair Turgott raced onto Justin Amaluzor's through-ball and was one-on-one but Rob Lainton pulled off a superb save to deny the striker.

Wrexham received a big let off following a defensive mix-up as Jake Lawlor allowed Turgott a sight of goal but the striker failed to hit the target from an excellent position.

Maidstone continued their bright start as Turgott brought another save out of Lainton before Wrexham responded with an Akil Wright header which was blocked in the box by team-mate Lawlor from Luke Young's free-kick.

A good run by Keiran Kennedy led to a shot being cleared by the Stones while Wrexham came more into it and had their best chance of the game in the 36th minute.

Holroyd was put through on goal by Tollitt but the striker was thwarted by keeper Chris Lewington.

Wrexham kept the pressure on and Wright failed to win a penalty after appearing to be pulled down in the area but it remained goalless at the break.

But the Reds took the lead four minutes into the second half.

Tollitt latched onto Rutherford's through ball and beat Lewington with a well taken strike.

Maidstone came more into it and enjoyed a good spell, Will De Havilland's header deflecting off Pearson onto the roof of the net for a corner and Turgott's drive gathered by Lainton.

Wrexham needed a second goal to make the game safe and it almost came as Tollitt made inroads down the left and crossed to substitute Beavon who was denied by Lewington.

Maidstone were still in the game and Jack Powell's shot was saved by Lainton while Turgott fired wide in added time, but Wrexham had done enough.

Wrexham (4-1-4-1): Lainton; Kennedy, Lawlor, Pearson, Jennings; Young; Rutherford, Wright, Deverdics (Grant 54), Tollitt (McGlashan 88); Holroyd (Beavon 71). Subs not used: Dibble, Roberts.

Maidstone United (4-2-3-1): Lewington; Shaun Donnellan, Davies, De Havilland, Wishart; Phillips, Walton; Amaluzor (Embrey 58), Powell, Taylor; Turgott. Subs not used: Henry, Meredith, Paxman, Leo Donnellan.

Referee: Matthew Dicicco.

Attendance: 3,604 (50 from Maidstone).