IT wasn't one of Wrexham's best performances but the Reds remain in the running for a top-three finish.

Kieran Kennedy scored the only goal as Wrexham beat Sutton 1-0 to make it three wins in a row for Bryan Hughes' side.

The Reds, who have already secured a play-off spot, remain six points behind leaders Leyton Orient, who boast a superior goal difference, with two games to go so the title is almost certainly out of their grasp.

But Wrexham in fourth position are only four points behind second placed Salford and three adrift of Solihull Moors, who are third, going into Monday's clash at Halifax Town.

There are advantages in the play-offs for finishing second or third and Wrexham remain in the hunt.

It was tough going against a poor Sutton side who were there for the taking.

Wrexham had the better of the first half but they struggled to break down a stubborn Sutton defence and did not test visiting goalkeeper Ross Worner as it remained goalless at the break, the Reds failing to score an opening period goal for the 19th time in 20 outings.

It was the same story after the break as Wrexham toiled but just lacked that quality in the final third to prise decent chances.

However, Kennedy struck late on to secure three points and continue the up-turn in form for the Reds ahead of the end of season play-offs.

With the other four teams in the top five playing each other on Monday, Wrexham's position could look even more favourable as long as they win at Halifax.

It was no surprise to see Hughes name the same side that started the clash at Barnet the previous weekend when Wrexham secured a second win in a row to guarantee a play-off berth.

The substitutes bench also remained the same while Sutton, who selected a patched up back-four due to defensive injuries, included former Wrexham trialist Gime Toure in their attack.

Wrexham made the early running and enjoyed the majority of the possession without creating any chances.

The bright start continued and the first opportunity fell to Wrexham in the 16th minute with Bobby Grant's low drive falling wide.

Wrexham goalkeeper Rob Lainton, who has kept the most clean sheets in the top five divisions, made a comfortable save from Toure at the other end.

Back came Wrexham and Grant's deflected effort was saved by keeper Worner after good work by Chris Holroyd.

Holroyd was next to try his luck but he shot narrowly wide while Toure couldn't keep an ambitious, curling effort from distance down and the ball cleared Lainton's crossbar.

Wrexham came close to breaking the deadlock after 30 minutes when Grant got on the end of Mark Carrington's cross but his header dropped wide of the post.

Carrington's bending drive only just cleared the bar after a cross came back out to the left-ball following a spot of pin-ball in the area.

Sutton won the first corner of the game on 44 minutes, and although Wrexham were on top in the first half, they lacked a cutting edge in the final third and it remained goalless at the break.

Toure blasted over the bar with the first chance of the 2nd half for Sutton after Wrexham failed to clear their lines and Lainton got a lot of distance from the resulting goal-kick which had to be tipped behind by opposite number Worner.

Hughes made his first change on the hour mark with Luke Summerfield replacing Paul Rutherford, but Wrexham were struggling to create anything despite seeing a lot of the ball.

Jonah Ayunga blasted well over for Sutton while Hughes made a final throw of the dice in the 72nd minute with Jason Oswell and Jermaine McGlashan replacing Stuart Beavon and Grant.

And Wrexham broke the deadlock six minutes later.

Shaun Pearson's header from Luke Young's corner was cleared off the line and Kennedy smashed the ball home.

Oswell was just unable to get on the end of Summerfield's cross as Wrexham attempted to make the game safe.

But that one goal proved to be enough in the end as Wrexham completed a halt-trick of wins this month.