North Wales Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray believes his side have been their own worst enemy of late and need to dig deep ahead of Sunday’s trip to Barrow Raiders. 

After a positive start to the League 1 campaign at London Skolars, Crusaders have lost back-to-back home matches at Stadiwm ZipWorld.

On the back of an end-to-end first-half against Workington Town, North Wales trailed 24-10 at the break, but they pulled the game back to within eight points and gained the momentum.

However, a couple of individual errors and a sin-bin allowed Workington to break away in the later stages of the match, securing a comfortable win in the end.

“It’s really frustrating because the effort and commitment is there from the players, but we’re just killing ourselves with errors,” Murray said.

“We came up with three errors in the second-half near our tryline and they scored off every single one.

“Our completion rate was 54 per cent and the penalty count was 7-4 against us.

“When you’re chasing the game, not in the right areas of the field and coughing up possession and giving away penalties on the back of it, you’re giving yourself a mountain to climb.

“Full credit to Workington as they capitalised on every error and penalty we gave away.

“Sometimes, you have to give credit to the opposition, but we’ve got to show a little bit of character now.

“We’ve got to pull ourselves together, stop feeling sorry for ourselves, roll our sleeves up, dig deep and try to kick on for Barrow with a bit of positivity.

“We showed some real good things out there and asked questions of Workington, but we’ve got to stop giving the opposition easy ball and easy territory as they’re capitalising on that.

“We’ve got to be a bit smarter in that area and fix up our errors and penalties.”

NWC Rugby League