JAKE LAWLOR is relishing being involved in a promotion challenge for the second season in a row.

A goalless draw at Wrexham on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign secured a top-seven finish for Lawlor and his AFC Fylde team-mates.

The Coasters were beaten 2-1 by Boreham Wood in the preliminary round of the play-offs and Lawlor, who joined Wrexham from Salford in September, is delighted to be challenging for honours once again.

"I can take a little bit of experience from getting to the play-offs with Fylde last year and hopefully go one step further," said Lawlor.

"We secured our place on the last day at Wrexham but got beat by Boreham Wood.

"Obviously we want to win the league but if we can't, we want to go up through the play-offs which would be great for the club.

"These next five games, we want to start playing well again and take form into the play-offs.

"Finishing second or third would be ideal if we don't finish first but we know we can beat anyone if we play well enough on the day."

Fourth placed Wrexham go into Saturday's home game against Braintree on the back of four defeats in the last five outings and Lawlor knows the Reds need to get back on track.

"We have got to put things right and get back to winning ways on Saturday," said Lawlor.

"We have been good at home so hopefully we will.

"We have got a great record at home and we are feeling confident there at the minute; I feel we can beat anyone at home."

Results elsewhere were favourable in midweek for Wrexham but Lawlor won't reflect on missed opportunities by the Reds.

"Everyone is beating everyone and results have gone for us again," said Lawlor.

"Over the last few weeks, no-one has been winning all their games which just shows how difficult it is.

"You can say 'if only' but I think every other team will be thinking 'if only we'd have beat them, or picked up a draw there' as well.

"We have just got to go again on Saturday and get three points."