REKEIL PYKE has set his sights on finishing as Wrexham's leading scorer.

Pyke, on a season long loan deal from Huddersfield Town, took his tally to five goals with a late strike in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Gateshead at The Racecourse.

That makes Pyke joint top scorer with Mike Fondop who began the campaign in a rich vein of form but hasn't found the back of the net since the end of August.

Although Wrexham have shared the goals out around the team in recent weeks, Pyke admits the strikers have to lead the way and he would love to finish top of the scoring charts.

"I am very happy to be back on the scoresheet and get the win," said Pyke.

"It is good when the midfielders or even defenders chip in with goals but it is the strikers job to score goals so I am delighted to add another goal to my tally.

"It is my fifth goal, Mike has got five as well so I am joint top scorer.

"As a striker you want to score the most goals so that is definitely my ambition.

"It would mean a lot to me, scoring goals is the main thing as a striker and I would be very happy to be top scorer."

An own goal gave Wrexham an interval lead and Brad Walker doubled the advantage midway through the second half.

Although Gateshead reduced the deficit late on, substitute Pyke made sure of victory in added time and he felt Wrexham produced a much improved performance after scraping a 1-0 win against Hartlepool in the previous outing.

"Recently we haven't been scoring many goals but we got three goals," said Pyke. "They were two good goals and an own goal.

"It was a great performance from the lads.

"We won 1-0 on Tuesday, although it wasn't the greatest of performances, but the lads played well against Gateshead and I enjoyed coming on in that situation where we are playing so well."

Victory extended the unbeaten run to nine games and took Wrexham to the top of the National League with Pyke insisting that means more than personal accolades.

"Being top of the table is even more important," said Pyke.

"It is a team game and I am very happy that I am a part of this team."

Wrexham turn their attention to the FA Cup this weekend with the Reds making the trip to National League South side Weston-super-Mare on Sunday in the first round and Pyke wants to make progress as well as maintain the promotion challenge.

"I am looking forward to playing in the FA Cup and hopefully we can get through to the next round," said Pyke.

"We have just got to take it like it is a league game and keep the consistency going.

"We just want to win games and perform well as well."

Manager Sam Ricketts was delighted with the impact made by Pyke following his introduction.

"Great for Rekeil to find the net," said Ricketts.

"It has obviously been a little while for him but someone with Rekeil's pace and power coming on for the last half an hour can be devastating.

"It is just pleasing when a plan comes together and he comes on and gets a goal."