JAKE LAWLOR has vowed to put a frustrating start to the season behind him when the centre-back completes his suspension.

Lawlor is currently halfway through a four-match ban after he was shown a second red card of the season in the 4-2 defeat at Hartlepool United on August 26.

Next available for selection when Wrexham visit Fylde on September 24, Lawlor is determined to win his place back in the side after a stop-start to the campaign having previously served a one-game suspension following his first dismissal against Halifax last month.

"It has been a bit of a disappointing start to the season personally," said Lawlor.

"I have got to get back in the side first of all and then put things right; start putting a good run together with the boys."

Lawlor felt it was 'harsh' to be given his marching orders at Hartlepool following a tackle that led to him being shown a straight red card for the second time in the opening month of the campaign.

"I thought it was very harsh," said Lawlor.

"A lot of people came up to me at the time and even their boys were saying it was harsh.

"The video that we got sent, it looked like the tackle was face-on where-as it was more of a side tackle.

"I think if the angle had been different, maybe we would have appealed it but definitely harsh.

"You can't tackle, can you, but I don't think it was a bad one."

Despite being sidelined in the league, Lawlor was allowed to play in Saturday's Scottish Challenge Cup third round tie against Ayr United at The Racecourse.

The game finished 1-1 and had to be settled on a penalty shoot-out and Lawlor, who was solid at the back, dispatched the winning spot-kick to put Wrexham into the last 16, and he was delighted to get some game-time.

"It has come at a good time for me personally to get 90 minutes and I felt good," said Lawlor.

"I have missed two games and it was a welcome 90 minutes.

"With the suspension, it is down to me to do extra bits and make sure that when I get a chance to play, like on Saturday and when the other two games are up, I am fit and chomping at the bit."

Manager Bryan Hughes made wholesale changes for the cup and although the league remains the priority, Lawlor is happy to have a run in the competition.

"It is a bit of an unwelcome distraction from the league but every one of the boys that played, they wanted to win," said Lawlor.

"Whoever we play, we want to win so hopefully we can go as far as we can in the competition.

"There are some big clubs in it, some big names, so if you progress and play against some of the big boys it would be great for the club."