Mirfield Stags head coach Richard Silverwood says Saturday’s powerful display away at East Leeds has helped lay the perfect platform ahead of the team’s next challenge.

The Stags emerged 58-4 winners at the weekend ahead of the crucial home clash with Sharlston Rovers in four days time.

Silverwood said: “The performance at East Leeds sets us nicely for a massive few weeks ahead.

“After the performance they produced when we played them at home the lads were ready for a tough battle, but thankfully it turned out to be a comfortable afternoon.

“We had some good individual performances, especially Casey Canterbury, Ben Kendall, Brad Delaney and Jason Dodd, while Connor Squires produced a great kicking display.”

The Stags boss also reserved praise for club co-captain Wayne Jowett, who overcame off-field adversity ahead of the game to lead the side.

“I want to give a special mention to our co-captain Wayne Jowett, who had some family issues the previous night and was at the hospital until the early hours of Saturday morning.

“He put that aside, put his hand up to play and gave a really solid performance, as he always does.”

Despite the comfortable win, Silverwood insists there remains room for improvement.

“When you win 58-4 it’s hard to be negative, but the game got sloppy at times.

“We gifted them the ball on tackle one a few times, which we can’t do over these next few weeks; it will hurt us against tougher opposition.

“I’m sure we will have greater focus this week against a side who will be challenging for the title and who are always strong in Sharlston.

“This is the start of a some big challenges ahead.”