WREXHAM romped to victory over Grimsby Town at the Racecourse last night, completely outclassing last season's League Two play-off finalists and delighting their fans with three superbly-taken goals.
The treble earned the club their first £500 bonus from club sponsors, Leasedirect Finance, who will put a similar amount into the Racecourse coffers everytime Denis Smith's players repeat the feat during the course of the campaign ahead.
And on the evidence of this performance, the Flinstshire-based company may yet have cause to regret their generosity as the Dragons extended their unbeaten start to the season in impressive fashion.
The goals came from Steve Evans, Chris Llewellyn and Matty Done, who was named man-of-the-match, but any number of the red-shirted men could have won the accolade, such was the confidence evident in every area of the pitch.
The visitors came back from 2-0 at home to Boston United to win 3-2 at the weekend, but there was to be no replay at the Racecourse as they began with an unchanged starting line-up, despite the fact that substitute Peter Bore, in his first Football League outing, scored twice in 11 minutes to spark the Mariners' recovery.
Transfer-listed striker Michael Reddy, who made way for the young midfield man at Blundell Park, was instead given the nod by boss Graham Rodger in a near full-strength side missing only GaryCohen, who is recovering from a knee operation.
And there were no surprises either from home team manager Denis Smith, who kept faith with the 11 players involved in an encour-aging 1-1 draw at Wycombe Wanderers.
Wrexham's only changes were on the bench where new signing Josh Johnson, with visa and international clearance behind him, was preferred to teenager Levi Mackin, while Mike Williams replaced Gareth Evans.
A sizeable crowd - partisan for the most part - were treated to an adrenaline-powered start by the Dragons, teenager Matty Done maing an instant impact with his pace on the left flank. Against the veteran defender John McDermott - at 38 more than twice Done's age - the youngster electrified the crowd and his deep cross almost set up Mark Jones in the second minute, the midfielder mis-timing his volley to give Phil Barnes a simple save.
The Mariners were happy to concede four corners in the opening 15 minutes on the basis that anywhere would do as they struggled to cope with the movement of Neil Roberts and Llewellyn and Peter Beagrie was well-placed to ensure that aSteve
Evans header from Darren Ferguson's delivery did not creep inside the post.
But Wrexham profited in the 16th minute, Ferguson getting a second bite from a cleared corner to pick out Evans, who chose his spot with precision and marked his home debut with a goal.
The former TNS defender, who was excellent at Adams Park on Saturday, was carrying on where he left off and in partnership with Dennis Lawrence, ensured frugal pickings for Reddy and Gary Jones.
Nevertheless, the home defence was made to work even harder as Grimsby began to put their passes together and press further up the field. Mike Ingham safely held a Tom Newey free kick and Isaiah Rankin tried his luck from 20 yards, pulling his shot a couple of yards wide.
But the visitors' back line looked less than convincing and the Dragons doubled their lead in the 35th minute.
Again Ferguson was the architect, floating the ball forward to Llewellyn, whose header from 15 yards looped beyond Barnes into the roof of the net.
And the former Wales international, perhaps fired up by the presence in the directors' box of national manager John Toshack, almost added a third two minutes before the interval, breaking from halfway at speed to drive a fierce effort narrowly past the upright. From the re-start, Grimsby made two changes, Ciaran Toner replacing an out-of-sorts Reddy and Bore taking over from Beagrie, but it was striker Jones who posed the first threat, steering a free header wide of Ingham's goal.
And there was more danger for the home side when Ryan Valentine fouled Rankin on the edge of the penalty area, only for Toner to tamely thump his 52nd minute free kick into the defensive wall.
Wrexham seemed more than content to sit back and hit their opponents on the break, with Valentine almost surprising Barnes with a curling effort from 25 yards that flew past the keeper's far post before Bore forced Ingham into his first meaningful save with a vicious cross-shot that was gratefully bundled behind by Evans.
But the Dragons hit back and were saved by Done who fired home their third goal to make the three points safe in the 68th minute.
Man of the Match : MATTY DONE - tormented the visitors' defence throughout and scored a fine goal.