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Forster Left To Rue Mistakes

North Wales Crusaders head coach Carl Forster was left to rue his own side's mistakes as the Colwyn Bay based outfit fell to a 22-6 defeat to a Keighley side tipped for promotion this season.

Forster's side had taken the lead in the game, and went into half-time six a piece, however momentum shifted early in the second-half when the home side ran in two tries in the space of three minutes before going on to claim a 22-6 victory.

On the defeat, Forster said: "Look, I think we come away from here feeling as if we cost ourselves the result today.

"For the first thirty minutes of that game, I thought we were on top, and to come to Keighley and look like the dominant team is something not many will do this season.

"We stood strong in defence, got off our line quickly and really took the game to them in the middle of the park.

"I think the only criticism of the first-half was maybe that we didn't capitalise on the period where we were on top, and came into half-time level."

He added: "For me though, the disappointment comes in the second-half, we've come out and looked to be going again, but then we're undone by a play on the last tackle and we seem to lose our way a bit.

"Conceding twice in quick succession, I think you could see heads drop a little bit, and then we were forcing things a little bit and coming up with errors as we tried to find our way back into the game."

Crusaders now sit third in Betfred League One ahead of Sundays home clash against Rochdale Hornets in Colwyn Bay, and Forster is looking to put things right: "We're in the thick of things now, with games coming week after week.

"That gives us the opportunity to take stock of ourselves this week, and get into Rochdale at home this weekend and hopefully back to winning ways.

"I think if at the start of the season you'd given us four games in, third place and two points off top down to a narrow defeat away at Keighley then nobody would be disappointed with that.

"For me, I know we've probably got another 20% in us as well, so we'll be looking for that to come in the next few weeks as we play Rochdale and Hunslet who are both going to be contesting for those play-off places with us come the end of the season."

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