CHRISTIAN DIBBLE has endured a "frustrating" season but he hailed the impact made by first choice goalkeeper Rob Lainton.

Dibble came into the side for just his second league start this term against Harrogate on Saturday and he produced a man of the match performance as Wrexham won 2-1 to finish fourth in the National League.

Lainton, who has kept 25 of a club record equalling 26 clean sheets, was recognised for his efforts by winning the Player of the Season award, and will be back in the side when Wrexham host Eastleigh in Thursday's preliminary round play-off tie.

Dibble was pleased to answer the call against Harrogate when manager Bryan Hughes took the opportunity to rest key players and is ready to play if called upon again.

"I am always happy when I am told I am starting," said Dibble. "It was a good chance to show what I can do again.

"It has been a frustrating season not playing but as I have said before, Rob has been excellent throughout the year.

"I was just delighted to get the win.

"I am always ready to step in and play my part. Even if I am on the bench I still feel like I have played an important part towards the squad.

"I come in, I stay happy, I keep focussed and I am just ready to play when I can."

Harrogate took an early lead but Jason Oswell levelled with his first Wrexham goal and Dibble then saved Jack Muldoon's penalty on the stroke of half-time before substitute Nicky Deverdics scored the winner after the break.

On his spot-kick save, Dibble said: "I thought I might have taken a step to the right and then went left, and put him off a bit, but I am not sure how much I did or not.

"I was always going to go to my left anyway.

"People might say it was a good height for me and it probably is, because if it was lower I might not have got it, but I have saved the penalty and we have managed to go out in the second half and get a goal."

Hughes will welcome back the likes of Lainton, Shaun Pearson and Kieran Kennedy for the visit of Eastleigh when Wrexham will aim to take a step closer to promotion, something Dibble feels is achievable.

"The gaffer rested a few players and changed our team, it just shows you how good our squad depth actually is," said Dibble.

"The players we played have come out with a win and we go into the play-offs against Eastleigh when we are going to give it a really good and hopefully get to Wembley.

"You can't have any fear going into these big games because if you do, I don't think you are going to go very far.

"There's nothing wrong with having a bit of nerves, you have just got to go and give it 110 per cent.

"Hopefully there will be a good crowd supporting us which I expect there should be, and just see what happens."

The winners will advance to a semi-final tie at Salford City on Sunday and Dibble won't fear the big-spending Ammies if the Reds get past Eastleigh.

"We beat Salford 5-1 earlier in the season," added Dibble. "We can beat anyone in this league - anyone can beat anybody.

"We will give it a good go and hopefully get to Wembley, and go and win the play-offs."

Lainton, reluctant to do media interviews, issued a message via the club after winning five awards.

"As everyone knows by now I’m not really a big speaker and I can't seem to do interviews, but I really wanted to say that I'm honoured to have collected the awards," said Lainton.

"I didn’t expect to receive anything to be honest. I'm really thankful to all the supporters who voted or selected me. It means a lot to me, to have been accepted in to the Wrexham faithful.

"I can’t thank everyone enough really. From top to bottom, the players, the staff, the volunteers and the fans.

"I must give a little mention to Jussi (Jääskeläinen), Dibbs (Christian Dibble) and Simmo (Luke Simpson) who I work with closely everyday. We are always pushing each other to produce the best we can.

"Hopefully we can come through the play-offs now and make it a successful season for everyone involved with the club."