North Wales Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray wants his side to enjoy the experience of their Qualifying Play-Off with Keighley Cougars at Stadiwm ZipWorld on Saturday evening. 

After a successful season on and off the field, Crusaders have secured a third-place finish in League 1 and a home tie in the opening round of the play-offs. 

With only a couple of matches potentially standing between North Wales and promotion to the Championship, Murray is looking forward to going up against Keighley.

He said: “It’s just another game, but it’s like cup rugby league and we need to make sure we give a good account of ourselves.

“Finishing third in the table gives us a really good opportunity and we’re all looking forward to it. 

“Keighley had a really tough fixture at Doncaster last weekend, managing to win, and they obviously beat us the weekend before.

“They’ve gone five on the trot and we’ve won eight out of nine so it’s probably tipped as the tie of the weekend. 

“It’ll be a really good experience for all the lads and we’ll hopefully have a strong crowd in Colwyn Bay to cheer us on.

“Playing under the lights will be a new experience as we haven’t done it in a while, but I’m sure it’ll interest a lot of people once they’ve watched other sports matches earlier in the day.”

On the success of the season so far, Murray added: “Having a bit of consistency in the side has really helped.

“We lost Earl Hurst and Jono Smith early on in the season and had to wait for Matt Reid to become fit.

“I don’t want to tempt fate, but it’s been great to be able to field a consistent team and I’ve no doubt it’s helped us on our run.”

Tickets for the Qualifying Play-Off are priced at £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 U16s. A coach from The Turf to Colwyn Bay, leaving at 3.30pm, is also available for an extra £6 per person. Season tickets can’t be used for this fixture. 

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