WREXHAM'S defensive resilience continued on Saturday as they blunted one of the League Two title favourites.

The clean sheet was the Dragons' second in three games following their shut-out in the 2-0 win over Boston United on the opening day of the season.

The only blot on their copybook came last Tuesday when they went down 1-0 at Notts County thanks to Stacy Long's last minute strike - a goal which left Wrexham manager Denis Smith fuming as centre-half Dennis Lawrence was lying prostrate after a heavy knock in the build-up to the winner.

But the veteran boss was in much better spirits after Saturday's draw.

Smith said: 'In the end I felt it was a fair result. Northampton had a lot of possession in the second half, but they were under a lot of pressure to win this game and this is a difficult place to come to and win so keeping a clean sheet is no mean feet.

'That's two clean sheets out of three and really it could have been no goals conceded but for the referee's decision at Notts County.

'The players showed they are willing to get bodies behind the ball and, while four points at this stage is OK, I really wanted it to be nine.

'We know we have to do more up front, but we have a good base on which to work and improvements will follow.'

With the 20-man squad restriction imposed on him by administration - plus Jim Whitley's and Matt Crowell's injuries - Smith selected the same starting XI for the third game running.

Most impressive was his back three, with Lawrence outstanding alongside Dave Bayliss and Shaun Pejic.

But Lawrence's man-of-the-match award might have gone the way of promising midfielder Mark Jones had he tucked away the chances that came to him.

The 22-year-old was also busy at the other end, stopping a goal-bound effort from the home side's Josh Low. But in the first-half it was his work further up the field that caught the eye.

In the 20th minute Jones was well placed on the edge of the box, only to direct his volley over the crossbar.

Yet his best opening arrived 14 minutes from time but he could only turn a Jon Walters pass over when in good space.

But it was not all Jones and Wrexham. Goalkeeper Michael Ingham made a super save from Lawrie Dugfield while Low was denied by Jones on the line, before Eoin Jess had a shot blocked that looked likely to trouble Ingham.

But the closest Northampton came to winning it was in the final minute when their highly-rated forward Andy Kirk lobbed the Wrexham keeper only to see his effort come back off the bar.

The Dragons' own strikers, Jon Walters and McEvilly, also only had the one chance each on a day when defences dominated.