JAMES OSWELL scored his first goal of the season but the striker believes Wrexham wasted a good opportunity to register a much needed win against Maidenhead.

After falling behind, Oswell headed the Reds back on level terms just before the break after meeting Luke Young's free-kick.

Young put Wrexham ahead in the second half and although the lead only last three minutes, Bryan Hughes' side created a number of clear cut chances but failed to take them as it finished 2-2.

"I was delighted with my goal, especially to get us back into the game," said Oswell.

"We needed something to kind of spark us off.

"I decided to make the run front post and managed to get good enough contact on it, and sneak it in, so very happy."

But Wrexham have now gone five league games without a win and Oswell admits the Reds should have clinched three points after squandering so many clear cut chances.

"No disrespect to Maidenhead but we should be beating teams like that," said Oswell.

"I think we had enough chances to do it but unfortunately it just wasn't our day and it seems to be not our day quite a lot at the minute.

"It was quite a messy game. We normally control the game a bit more with possession but we got the majority of chances, whether it was nice or not.

"We had opportunities to win it and clear cut chances as well.

"We have talked about not having as many clear cut chances even though we have been keeping a lot of possession but on Tuesday we did so it is a difficult one to take."

Oswell, restricted to three substitute appearances, came in for his first start of the season in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Stockport with JJ Hooper injured and the 26-year-old retained his place for the visit of Maidenhead.

"Coming in for my first start against Stockport, an old club of mine and a big game for me, I wanted to hit the ground running," said Oswell.

"But it is always difficult when you haven't played many minutes in six weeks.

"I felt a little bit sharper and fitter against Maidenhead and managed to get through the 90 minutes which was good.

"I was just disappointed with the result at the end."

When asked whether he believes he'll keep his place in the team after scoring, Oswell added: "We'll see but that is down to the gaffer.

"But every time I go on the pitch I give it 100 per cent."

Wrexham entertain Ayr United in the Scottish Challenge Cup third round on Saturday and Oswell had mixed views as the Reds take a break from league action.

"You always want a league game, no disrespect to this cup," said Oswell.

"But I think it gives us a chance to get on the training ground, take a look at things so we can fine-tune what we really need to, and then go again in a couple of weeks time."