BRAD Billsborough is pleased that the North Wales Crusaders have managed to make it through a tough part of their League 1 season.

Three defeats in a row of late had clouded over what was a stunning start to the season, which saw Anthony Murray's side win their first eight encounters.

However, they returned to the winner's enclosure with a hard-fought 30-16 success versus London Skolars last weekend.

Next up is tomorrow's trip to Midlands Hurricanes (5.30pm) with Crusaders looking for a 10th league win of the campaign.

"I think we just needed to get back on the horse," said Billsborough, reflecting on the win over the Skolars.

"We needed to get that win to get the confidence back up."

A number of players being out and injuries had affected the Crusaders' line-up over the last few weeks.

"It's been a bit difficult in the last few weeks and playing some top teams as well," added Billsborough.

"Against teams fighting to get into the play-off places.

"London are a tough team and we're happy to get the win.

"We just completed really high.

"We finished our sets really well.

"Our conditioning and fitness came up."

Back in April, Crusaders saw off the Midlands Hurricanes to make it five wins on the bounce to open the League 1 programme.

However, things were far from straight-forward as the Cru had to come from behind to defeat the Hurricanes 22-18.

Hurricanes were arguably the better team on the day, with North Wales not at their best, but the Crusaders recovered from a 12-10 interval deficit to triumph.

Two tries from Gav Rodden played their part in helping the Crusaders to continue their winning form at that stage of the season.

"Anybody can beat anybody in this league," stressed Billsborough.

"We knew London were going to throw everything at us.

"They have got a lot of players back from the Broncos and they're a good side."

There are a further two League 1 encounters scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

Cornwall welcome fifth-placed Doncaster in the early kick off, with leaders Keighley Cougars aiming to make it a lucky 13 wins from 13 games as they head south to tackle London Skolars.

Two matches will take place on Sunday.

Hunslet will be strong favourites for victory at home to bottom-of-the-table West Wales Raiders and fourth-placed Rochdale Hornets head to Oldham.