Mirfield Stags coach Richard Silverwood praised his players’ attitude, desire and commitment following Saturday’s hard-earned win against Upton.

The 14-10 victory ensures the Stags’ winning start to the season continues and sees them go clear at the top of Pennine League Division One.

Silverwood said: “I was really delighted with the attitude, desire and commitment to one another to get the job done.

“It wasn’t pretty by any stretch, but sometimes, especially in winter rugby, you have to grind wins like that out if you want to succeed, and we did that.

“With a few better options taken we could have won the game comfortably but I cant be too negative after a win like that in testing conditions.”

Attention now turns to Saturday’s trip to face Normanton in the first round of the Yorkshire Cup.

Stags make the trip with several squad members unavailable, but Silverwood is optimistic ahead of the challenge.

“This week will no doubt be another big test,” he confirmed.

“We have a few players unavailable through family commitments, which gives other lads a chance to contribute, and I’m sure we have a squad more than capable of posing some threats to them.

“It is a cup I’d like to win and I’m sure the lads will be up for the challenge.”