Mirfield Stags head coach Richard Silverwood has reflected on the disappointment of Saturday’s first loss of the season, but hopes that the setback can help re-energise the whole club for its challenges ahead.
The Stags were beaten by Illingworth in the quarter-finals of the Pennine League Cup, ending a long unbeaten run.
Silverwood said: “I’m really disappointed all round regarding last week.
“I think our attitude was all wrong and maybe we looked at past results we have had against Illingworth and took them for granted.
“Illingworth were virtually at full strength, which hasn’t been the case most weeks for them, and they were full value for their victory.
“They won every battle and wanted it more than us, which disappoints me massively.
He added: “We are going to be a victim of our success and teams will see it as a real challenge whenever they play us.
“It means we must be ready every week, regardless of league positions or past results.”
The Stags will aim to return to winning ways on Saturday, when they face Hanging Heaton.
Though this is a home fixture, the game has been switched to the 3G pitch at Dewsbury Rams’ Tetley’s Stadium, due to the recent poor weather.
“I hope the loss may be a blessing. It was always going to happen at some point and hopefully it re-focuses us for what we have left.
“We have six league games remaining and we are still unbeaten in that competition, which gives us a real opportunity to go on now and finish the job.
“This week is a perfect game for us to take it out on the opposition. It’s a game against our local rivals and a contest that the lads will relish.
“I hope most lads who let themselves down performance-wise last Saturday step back up again this week.
“We will look at things this week in training and change things up a little to get us back on track.”