CARL FORSTER has praised a much-changed North Wales Crusaders’ line-up for getting the job done in their triumph at Cornwall.

Crusaders, who welcomed Liam Bent into the starting line-up, recovered from a 10-point first half deficit to record a 16-10 success on their travels, making it three wins in a row in League One.

Ahead of the trip south, head coach Forster admitted injuries and other reasons would result in a much-changed Cru squad for the match.

After the victory, he told Cru TV: “Obviously, we brought Benty in. I thought he did a real tough job in the middle.

“But, if we didn’t bring Benty in, we probably would have had a half-back on the bench or two nines on the bench and I think we made six changes from last week.

“Some forced... obviously Adam Carr banned. Rob Massam obviously isn’t going to risk coming down here for a full weekend, which I totally understand.

“So, I don’t think we’ve ever made six changes after a win, especially after a win, and we’re just pretty busted.”

Having overcome Newcastle Thunder and Workington before getting the better of Cornwall, Crusaders are starting to find some form at an important stage of the campaign.

But they had to come from behind to beat Cornwall who took a seventh minute lead when Cam Brown scored in the corner.

A converted try allowed Cornwall to move 10-0 ahead, while North Wales eventually got on the scoresheet just before the break when Olly Davies finished off a move.

Crusaders trailed 10-4 at half-time and the second half was only two minutes old when Pat Ah Van touched down to cut the gap to just two points.

Cru went 14-10 ahead as Chris Barratt crashed over and Ah Van added the extras.

Ah Van kicked a late penalty as Crusaders confirmed their fifth victory of the campaign.

“I just said to the lads then, it was far from pretty,” added Forster.

“I’m not happy with how we played, but I’m certainly not going to stand here and have a go at them, be negative.

“They’ve come away for the weekend, they’ve finished work Friday. Straight here Saturday.

“We’ve got the two points and we move on.”

Crusaders have entered into a dual-registration partnership with Championship club Widnes Vikings, allowing the club to call on players who haven’t been selected by Widnes for their games.

This is something Forster believes will strengthen the squad going into a crucial spell of the campaign and he told the club’s website: “We’re hitting that time aren’t we, everyone is starting to get injured bodies in their squads, teams around us in the table have these partnerships in place and we sat down and needed to ensure that we are on a level playing field going into the back end of the season.

“Play-offs isn’t just a target for us, it’s the minimum requirement, and if some weeks we need to call on a few players from Widnes to bridge gaps we have due to injury, that’s a really good option to have at our disposal.”