WREXHAM ran riot in the first half as they registered a 4-1 victory against Ebbsfleet United at The Racecourse.

Sam Ricketts' side scored four times in a fantastic opening period as they secured another win to remain second in the National League, one point behind leaders Harrogate Town.

Ebbsfleet pulled a goal back early in the second half but the damage had already been done and Wrexham celebrated their best win of the season.

The starting line-up showed three changes from the side that won 1-0 at Braintree the previous weekend.

Paul Rutherford replaced Luke Young in midfield while Ricketts once again tinkered with his strikeforce.

Rekeil Pyke came in for Jordan Maguire-Drew and Chris Holroyd, making just his second start of the season, was preferred to leading scorer Mike Fondop who had started the opening 10 games of the season.

Wrexham made the ideal start by taking the lead after just five minutes.

Rutherford played in Holroyd and the striker - leading scorer last season - fired past Nathan Ashmore to open his account for 2018-19.

Ebou Adams had a shot deflected wide for a first Ebbsfleet corner but Wrexham were soon back on the attack and made it 2-0 in the 12th minute.

Pyke ran onto Roberts' long ball forward and beat his marker before teeing up Beavon who found the back of the net.

Wrexham's day got even better as the hosts went 3-0 up on 20 minutes.

Beavon turned provider this time, setting up Pyke who scored with his now customary back-heel finish.

Danny Kedwell was unable to test Rob Lainton with a rare Ebbsfleet shot while on-loan midfielder Dan Walker, making his home debut, headed over with Wrexham's first off-target effort of the game.

Luke Coulson was wayward for Ebbsfleet but Wrexham continued getting into the better positions and Beavon's goalbound shot was blocked by a defender.

But Wrexham weren't finished and it became 4-0 in first half added time.

Luke Summerfield sent in a free-kick and captain Shaun Pearson headed home to complete a wonderful opening period for Ricketts' men.

However, the start to the second half didn't go according to plan as Ebbsfleet pulled a goal back three minutes after the restart.

Myles Weston crossed from the right and Kedwell headed past Lainton as Wrexham switched off at the back.

Ricketts was forced into a change in the 57th as Summerfield went off with a head injury and was replaced by Akil Wright.

Pyke fired wide with Wrexham's first chance of the second half while Ricketts made his second change on 74 minutes with Young coming on for Pyke.

Corey Whitely fired across the face of goal before Fondop replaced Holroyd in Wrexham's final change, and the striker was soon presented with his first chance but he steered it wide of the mark.

Wrexham had already done more than enough and deserved the plaudits at the end.

Wrexham (4-2-3-1): Lainton; Roberts, Lawlor, Pearson, Jennings; Summerfield (Wright 57), Walker; Pyke (Young 74), Rutherford, Holroyd (Fondop 81); Beavon. Subs not used: Dibble, Maguire-Drew.

Ebbsfleet United (4-1-4-1): Ashmore; Magri, Clark, King, Weston; Rance; Whitely, Adams (Bush 37), Drury (Graham 81), Coulson (Cheek 81); Kedwell. Subs not used: McQueen, Shields.

Referee: Daniel Middleton,

Attendance: 4,718 (92 from Ebbsfleet).