Mirfield Stags head coach Richard Silverwood hailed the immense effort produced by his players in victory over Normanton on Saturday.

An under-strength Stags side secured a Golden Point victory away to their NCL opponents to book their place in the last eight of the Yorkshire Cup.

Silverwood said: “This group just keep on delivering.

“The Upton game last week was played in testing conditions, and because of the type of game it was, it took a lot of energy out of us.

“We had a few aching bodies, a few niggling injuries, so we decided to have a week off training and have a team meal instead, which I think was the best thing to do.

“Coupled with the fact that we had several regulars missing for the Normanton game due to family commitments, the result, and how we toughed it out against a very good, young Normanton side, played in awful conditions again, was immense.

“There were some massive efforts all round and the desire to work hard for one another just keeps improving.”

The Stags were forced to call on additional playing resource to alleviate the issues presented by absences in their win over the Knights, and Silverwood added: “I’d like to thank Jason Dodd, Karl Frankland and Richard Casanove, who still isn’t 100% after injury; they helped out the team massively last week.”

Attention now turns to Saturday’s trip to face East Leeds in Pennine League Division One, a game that marks the start of another crucial period.

Silverwood said: “The next four weeks is going to be massive for us. It will go a long way to defining our season.

“As always, we take it one game at a time, but if we get over this next month unbeaten we would be in a very good position to achieve something I believe this team deserves.”