Mirfield Stags battled heavy conditions and tough opposition from an unbeaten Upton side to secure a 14-10 win that sees them go clear at the top of Pennine League Division One.

The game went ahead despite heavy rain in the lead-up to kick-off and both sides found it tough to create opportunities.

After going behind to an early score from the visitors, Stags posted tries through Connor Squires (sponsored by Delta Electrical UK) and Mikey Otty (sponsored by Park House Security & Electrical) to hold a narrow lead at the interval.

The hosts extended their lead after the break when Ryan Fenton (sponsored by Dragon Underfloor Heating & Screed) squeezed over on the right, though Upton hit back in the closing stages to ensure a nervy finish.

Mirfield’s ball security throughout the 80 minutes proved crucial as they were able to dominate field position for large periods.

Wayne Wilson (sponsored by Tominay Stone Masonry) added a crucial conversion, while Brad Delaney (sponsored by CJ Heating and Gas Specialists) saw a drop-goal attempt charged down in the dying minutes.

Stags team: 1 Connor Squires, 2 Tom Coates, 3 Ryan Fenton, 4 Dom Flanagan, 5 Mikey Otty, 6 Wayne Wilson, 7 Brad Delaney, 8 Andy Berry, 9 Casey Canterbury, 10 Ben Kendall, 11 Phil Shotton, 12 Connor Redgwick, 13 Wayne Jowett. Subs: 14 Lewis Martin, 15 Scott Bradley, 16 Jonno Hellings, 17 Jay Tinker.