A £75,000 TELEVISION fee might be welcomed by Wrexham administrators Steve Williams and David Acland as they bid to steer the League One club away from its debt-ridden past, but the cash windfall will be scant consolation for the Racecourse players and their loyal fans following their exit from the FA Cup second round on Friday.
At a Glanford Park stadium that has not been the Dragons' happiest hunting ground in the past - Wayne Phillips broke a leg on the last visit - promotion-chasing Scunthorpe United thoroughly deserved their place in the next round of the competition.
It proved a match too far for Denis Smith's small squad, who were playing their third game inside a week and, although they had their chances, particularly in the first half, a lack of punch up front once again proved to be their undoing.
For the third match running - something of a record this season - the Dragons were unchanged, although manager Smith was able to name fit-again central defender Steve Roberts on the bench in place of youngster Levi Mackin.
The home side, unbeaten in six matches and leading League Two by five points, also had no fresh injuries.
Fortified by a home record that has seen just one defeat this season - by Chester City - United made a promising start, forcing two early corners, the second of which was a deflection of a powerful Paul Hayes effort wide of the goal.
But Wrexham, who had not settled as quickly as they would have liked, went close to opening the scoring on 12 minutes when Chris Llewellyn's flick-on found Juan Ugarte, whose chip was turned over the bar by Paul Musselwhite.
Just how vital a save it was became evident as Scunthorpe regrouped and went ahead two minutes later.
Veteran Peter Beagrie found room to cross from the left and Lee Ridley's near-post header struck Craig Morgan before creeping past an off-balance Matt Baker.
The young defender lasted a further 10 minutes only before being replaced by Roberts as the Dragons pressed hard for an equaliser. But three corners in rapid succession brought no reward, the home side proving resolute in their penalty area.
Andy Holt's run and cross produced the next Dragons chance but Ugarte's goal-bound volley was blocked by Andy Crosby, with Darren Ferguson's attempt from 20 yards deflected behind for yet another corner.
The home side's pace could not be discounted and Wrexham's eagerness to get forward was almost exploited by Martin Sparrow, who fired into the side netting. But the visitors were now dictating the game and yet another opportunity went astray when Llewellyn played a one-two with Ugarte, only to drive his shot across the face of goal from an acute angle.
The former Wales international went closer with the first effort of the second half, his long-range shot curling a foot wide of Musselwhite's goal as the home defence continued to maintain both their discipline and aerial superiority.
And against the run of play, United extended their lead in the 54th minute when a weak Roberts header was seized upon by Hayes, whose shot was only half-smothered by Baker, the ball running free for Sparrow to tap home.
From the restart, the visitors were denied a lifeline when Simon Spender's fierce shot was kept out by another goal-line clearance but they were fortunate not to go 3-0 down when a swift counter-attack saw Hayes drive narrowly wide.
The Dragons, despite the best efforts of Ferguson, were rapidly running out of ideas as their opponents' hard work and non-stop running plugged any gaps which appeared, and in the 63rd minute Smith made a double change, throwing Chris Armstrong and Hector Sam into a three-man attack alongside Ugarte.
Armstrong at least provided a physical presence up front but his first contribution, rising to meet Llewellyn's forward ball, was simplicity itself for Musselwhite, who had rarely been troubled during the second period.
But two Andy Butler headers came back off the crossbar and substitute Cleveland Taylor was denied a goal only by a fine save from Baker in the final few minutes.
SCUNTHORPE: Musselwhite, Byrne, Butler, Crosby, Ridley, Sparrow, Baraclough, Kell (Taylor 82), Beagrie, Hayes, Torpey. Subs: Evans, Stanton, Jackson, Rankine. WREXHAM: Baker, Lawrence, Morgan (Roberts 24), Pejic, Spender, Mark Jones (Sam 63), Ferguson, Green (Armstrong 63), Holt, Llewellyn, Ugarte. Subs: Dibble, Crowell.