CARL FORSTER stressed the game plan worked to a treat as North Wales Crusaders maintained their interest in this season’s League 1 play-offs.

While they were underdogs for their elimination final clash at Workington Town, the cracking Crusaders produced the performance of the season to record a stunning 26-10 triumph.

It booked a trip to Boundary Park this Sunday to tackle Oldham in the next stage and Cru head coach Forster said: “Obviously we spoke about nullifying Workington’s threats and we did that.

“We took their main stars out of the game.

“Our edge defence, I told them to be really aggressive and they did it.”

In an ideal start, a try from Forster plus two successful kicks from Leon Hayes had the Crusaders eight points ahead inside the opening 10 minutes.

Workington, coached by former Crusaders’ chief Anthony Murray, hit back to take a 10-8 advantage into the break, however the second half was all about the Crusaders.

Further tries arrived courtesy of Kieran Taylor, Pat Rainford and Matt Reid (pictured left), all of which were converted by the boot of Hayes to eventually seal the deal.

“We had a lot of confidence in our bench being stronger than theirs,” added Forster.

“We went 8-0 up and then we went in 10-8 at half-time.

“It was good we got that head start. I thought we nailed the game plan down to a tee.

“The tries we did concede, one was off a kick and there was a soft try, which we’ll look back at.”

This Sunday’s play-off meeting at Oldham will kick-off at 3pm.

The winner will go forward to meet the loser of the Hunslet v Doncaster tie.