CARL FORSTER says North Wales Crusaders’ most disappointing defeat of the season has been the catalyst for their revival.

In late July, Crusaders were stunned 40-38 in their home meeting with Cornwall and, at that time, the loss looked to have ended their hopes of qualifying for the end-of-season League 1 play-offs.

However, since then, the side has won three on the bounce and head coach Forster says the squad is the strongest it has been all year.

“That Cornwall game was a turning point for myself and the team,” he said.

“If I’m going to be really honest, it’s about us getting a full, fit team on the pitch. I know every club has injuries and we had it to a point where it’s been unprecedented.”

Forster said Crusaders have had near enough the strongest team available for the last three games, including Sunday’s epic 26-10 play-off success at Workington Town.

Forster grabbed Crusaders’ opening try of the afternoon in their win over Workington.

With Anthony Murray’s hosts finding themselves shut-out in the second half, the visitors were able to pull clear courtesy of tries from Kieran Taylor, Pat Rainford and Matt Reid as they claimed a famous victory.