CARL FORSTER insists there’s no pressure on his North Wales Crusaders side ahead of their biggest test so far this season in League One.

It’s a battle between two undefeated sides as the Crusaders pay a visit to Keighley Cougars on Sunday, with both sides sitting in the top-three.

Both have three wins from their opening three matches this season and Cru head coach Forster said: “The mentality changes this week. Going three from three was a minimum requirement.

“The pressure is probably not on us this week. We kind of go there with nothing to lose.

“Them and Oldham are the stand-outs.”

Crusaders continued their winning start to the league campaign with a 58-18 win over Newcastle Thunder last time out.

Matt Reid crossed for two early tries, but he picked up a first half injury and he will be missing for the trip to Keighley.

Jack Holmes, Pat Ah Van, Shaun Costello, Matt Fletcher and Ryan Ellis also crossed the whitewash, while Forster maintained his own prolific start to the season with a pair of tries.

This means he has scored five tries in the opening three matches.

Reflecting on this prolific run, Forster laughed: “This isn’t going to continue as it is!”

On his try-scoring exploits, Forster told CruCast: “I had a good season a while back.

“I think it was seven or eight years ago where I scored over 20 tries in a season.

“But, I think those days are gone, let’s be honest... but, like I keep saying, as long as we’re winning, I’m not fussed.

“To be fair, I’d rather our middles score, so the kick’s easier. I’ll always back our middles under the posts.”

Dan Coates, the man of the match in the victory over Newcastle, is enjoying the game time he’s picking up after returning from injury.

Coates, who converted seven of the 11 tries last weekend, has suffered two anterior cruciate ligament injuries, but he’s delighted to be back on the pitch.

He told CruCast: “It’s been good so far and, obviously, we’ve picked up three wins out of three, which is what we’ve been looking at.

“So, couldn’t be more happy, really.”

Meanwhile, Pat Rainford will be missing for over a month after receiving a six-game suspension.

Rainford has been penalised for interfering with an injured player during Crusaders’ opening victory away to Cornwall.

Rainford has been unsuccessful in challenging the grade F charge, which means he is suspended for the next five matches.

Leaders Oldham will be aiming to make it four wins out of four when they host Cornwall in Sunday’s early kick-off.

Midlands Hurricanes have home advantage versus Hunslet and Newcastle Thunder are away to Rochdale Hornets.