North Wales Crusaders coach Anthony Murray has challenged his players to build on their impressive comeback victory against London Skolars.

The Wrexham club bounced back from successive defeats against Bradford and York to record a 36-28 victory in the capital, overturning a six-point half-time deficit.

And while Murray was pleased to see his side collect their first win in June, he is also aware that there are still improvements to be made.

He said: "I was really pleased to come here and get the two points with what was a really hard fought victory.

“We had to put a really big shift in to beat a big and competitive London side – at times we put ourselves under unnecessary pressure, and that’s something for us to work on.

"I think it was important for our confidence that we got a result at London.They were just below us in the table so the two points on offer were vital for both sides.

“I’m just hoping that we can now push on and use the confidence from that result to help us move up the table.“We play a lot of the teams around us in the coming weeks and we know that we’ll need to be better than we were against London.

“However, we’re also aware that we have the ability to take points of these sides and if we want to try and achieve a top-half finish then they are the types of sides which we need to be taking points off.”

The Cru host in-form Hunslet on Sunday, the Yorkshire side fresh from an impressive 16-12 success against Oldham last weekend.

Murray will be boosted by the return of several players from injury but expects a stern test from opposition on a four-game winning streak and led by his former coach Gary Thornton.

"I played under him at Batley" Murray said.

"He's a great coach who's got his team well-drilled and they're really flying in the league with some very decent players.

"They're a very direct and well-disciplined side who've done really well to get solid results against the likes of Doncaster and Whitehaven.

"I'm sure they'll be coming here full of confidence with the strong run they're on at the minute.

"But we got our win against London with a lot of players missing especially in the middle of the side, so we have to take pride from that.

“Sometimes when things get tough in terms of injuries within the squad it brings everyone together that little bit more.

"So with the likes of Lee Hudson, Alex Trumper and Brad Brennan all coming back into contention, it gives me a bit of a selection headache for his weekend."

Sunday's game has been selected as the Cru's annual 'Community Day' fixture, with free entry for members of the emergency services, armed forces and NHS staff.