North Wales Crusaders coach Anthony Murray insists that confidence among the club has soared since their victory at Whitehaven.

The Cru registered a hard-fought 25-22 success against the Cumbrian side last time out, a result which Murray believes can galvanise his squad.

The Wrexham club have overcome a tricky start and are now steadily climbing the League One table after successive victories.

Murray said: “A win against one of the top sides was coming.

“We went to Doncaster and pushed them close with four tries disallowed, and then went up to Workington and lost by eight points which all came from penalties, so we knew that we were getting close.

“So I think that winning at a solid Whitehaven side has instilled a lot of self-belief among the players that they can go on an replicate that performance against other strong sides in this division.

"We have set some internal goals for this month, and we’re well on course to achieve those."

With no league fixture to contest at the weekend, the Cru invited supporters along to the Queensway Stadium to watch an open training session.

A Q&A session followed, with fans invited to mingle with Murray, his coaching staff and players and quiz them on club-related matters.

Murray said: “Our fans are brilliant – the best in rugby league, home and away.

"They came in good numbers while had a good training session from 11 until one, with everyone mingling with a few soft drinks afterwards.

"Our supporters love their rugby and are a knowledgeable bunch when it comes to most aspects of the game.

"I think they can see we're making progress on te pitch and recognise the hard work we're putting in to achieve that.

"A lot of them commented on how our fitness levels have improved, even if results haven't always gone our way at times.

"Defensively I think they've also seen how we've improved our structure and how eventually that will provide a strong platform for success over the course of this season.

"Our completion rate in the last game was something like 88 per cent, which is by far the highest it's been since I've come in.

"The key issue for us now is to get some consistency into our play and maintain these standards we've been setting.

"It's massively important that we build on this little run we've started and take some positive momentum into the next game against Keighley."