IT'S a step into the unknown as the North Wales Crusaders prepare for their first home League 1 encounter of the season tomorrow.

With two points already safely tucked away, Colwyn Bay's Eirias Park is likely to be rocking tomorrow for the visit of new boys Cornwall.

"It feels a bit strange because they're an unknown," said Crusaders' head coach Anthony Murray looking ahead to tomorrow.

"We don't really know a lot about them, but there's been a lot of positive feedback in what's coming from Cornwall.

"Neil (Kelly) has got a lot of experience and they are going to be well drilled.

"They will come with a good attitude and enthusiasm.

"We have got to make sure we match their enthusiasm.

"We are just looking forward to our first home game."

For Cornwall head coach Kelly, it is something of a homecoming this weekend.

The former Dewsbury, Featherstone Rovers, Wakefield Trinity and Hunslet forward was Wales' assistant coach during the 2000 World Cup campaign.

When Clive Griffiths vacated the hot seat, Kelly was promoted to Wales' head coach, a position he occupied for the next two years.

Kelly’s most successful coaching stint came during that spell when he was in charge at the Widnes Vikings between 2001 and 2004.

He led the Vikings into the top flight and was voted Super League coach of the year back in 2002.

It was a case of job done as the Crusaders opened their league season with a win on the road last weekend, although the 36-34 scoreline at Rochdale Hornets might have been a little too close for comfort.

"I think overall the main objective was to get two points, no matter how we did it," admitted Murray.

"I don't think we've won at Rochdale since 2015.

"For large parts we controlled it but we ended up giving silly errors or penalties away.

"Rochdale have got some really good players.

"We showed a lot of enthusiasm and endeavour that we held on to the win."

It was a victory which came with a number of key players still on the sidelines.

"We have still got a lot of players missing," added Murray.

"Rob Massam and Alex Eckley are missing through injury.

"We know it's quite exciting to know we have got players to come back.

"Jono Smith is not far from coming back in."

Matt Reid and Brad Brennan are further injury concerns for the Crusaders this weekend.

Early season League 1 frontrunners Swinton Lions head to Midland Hurricanes on Sunday, while Keighley Cougars entertain Doncaster.

Oldham pay a visit to Hunslet on Sunday and tomorrow sees Rochdale Hornets heading south to tackle the West Wales Raiders.