CARL FORSTER will contemplate changes when North Wales Crusaders head away in League One this weekend.

Next up for the third-placed Crusaders is Sunday’s trip to Hunslet, who sit sixth in the rankings after six matches.

Head coach Forster admits he is mulling over a change in personnel following on from Sunday’s 37-36 loss in an epic to-and-fro clash versus Rochdale Hornets.

He told the club’s website: “The good thing about sport is that you give yourselves a chance to put it right next week.

“There’s been a bit of adversity in the camp this week, losing players to injury and other lads putting their hand up to play when ideally they shouldn’t, but that’s not me making an excuse.

“We’ll get back in on Tuesday, we’ll review this game and turn our attention to Hunslet next week.

“Will there be a few changes? I’d think so after that, but the lads know that wasn’t good enough and we’ll move on and channel that frustration into putting things right next weekend.”

The lead proved to be something resembling a hot potato as it changed hands on no fewer than eight occasions over the course of the afternoon.

Crusaders were the first team to take the lead with Owain Abel’s penalty and although first half tries arrived via Dan Coates, Pat Ah Van and Forster, Rochdale held the slenderest of 19-18 advantages at the interval.

Hornets held the lead for much of the second period, but tries from Joe Baldwin, Forster and Jake Burns saw Crusaders edge ahead in the closing 10 minutes.

However, Lameck Juma’s 74th minute score and Martyn Ridyard’s conversion won it for Rochdale.

Crusaders have made use of dual registration players during the opening stages of the season, with the likes of Cole Oakley, Matty Fletcher, Lucas Green and Jake Burns gaining game time.

Forster told CruCast: “Every loan deal, dual-reg, is now week-to-week. Obviously, the loans have got to be with us for a minimum two.

“Just on Cole and Fletch, obviously they’ve only been gone a couple of months. So, when we could bring them in, I didn’t hesitate to bring them in.

“We need experience in the group. That’s what we do lack and they’re just an easy mold to fit straight in the team.

“They’ve still got their old Crusaders’ gear! I know we have a good squad and everybody’s going to get their chance to play, but the likes of Cole and Fletch, like I said, it’s just so easy to bring them in.

“They know the Crusader way. They know how I want to play and they know the lads around them. So, that was a non-brainer.”

Reflecting on the situation with Burns, Forster added: “We’ve continued the relationship with Saints on Burnsy.

“He was with us last year, so that’s another easy one. Obviously, with Pat Rainford getting suspended, it was important we could bring him in and Lucas, I think he compliments our pack.”