Mirfield Stags coach Richard Silverwood hailed his side’s ability to ride out a tough first half before finding their rhythm in the second half to rack up a third consecutive win.

The Stags were made to work hard by hosts Almondbury, especially during a keenly-contested first period, but the visitors dominated the scoring in the second period to emerge comfortable winners.

Silverwood said: “We were delighted to come away with a victory in what will be a tough place to go for away teams.

“The field had a massive bearing on the game due to the slope and, in hindsight, going uphill is easier as you aren’t making a tackle then going back up a slope to get onside.

“They certainly came out the traps quicker than us playing up hill and we just about hung on it that first half, so credit to the lads.

“The second half playing uphill we found it easier to get better ruck speed and we came up with some classy tries, which were usually topped off by some outstanding goal-kicking by Wayne Wilson.”

Silverwood singled out the performances of several other players on another positive afternoon for the Stags.

“I was very pleased though with our two centres, Ryan Fenton and Dom Flanagan, who fed Tom Coates well for his tries, along with solid displays from Phil Shotton, Casey Canterbury and Omar Alrawi.

“But for me our main man was Brad Delaney. He made a try-saving tackle at a crucial stage, which saved us in the first half, and he also had a hand in four tries.

“It was a great all round display.”

Attention now turns to this Saturday and a home clash with Upton. Both sides head into the game with three wins from three league matches.

Silverwood added: “The win sets us up nicely for what will be a massive game at home this Saturday against Upton, who like ourselves are unbeaten.

“The support of fans and the wider Mirfield public this Saturday would be very much appreciated and could help swing the game in our favour.”