Mirfield Stags head coach Richard Silverwood says Saturday’s win against Illingworth represents another game ticked off as his side aim to wrap up League glory.
The Stags were comfortable winners against their Calderdale opponents, but attention must now turn to Saturday’s trip to face Drighlington.
Silverwood said: “It’s another game ticked off and we are now within touching distance of achieving what we set out to achieve.
“Illingworth are the only team to beat us this year, and that still upsets us greatly.
“But I was very glad we got revenge for that defeat with a solid display in very testing conditions, which made it difficult to pass the ball around as we like.
“This week sees another massive test for us.
“Drighlington will be out for revenge for the Yorkshire Cup Final defeat and, with it being on their home turf, we know we will have to be at our best.”
Silverwood is eager for his players to strive for top form as the campaign approaches its final weeks, noting a drop in levels in the latter periods of matches.
“Our form is still patchy. There have been some really good things, especially in the first halves of matches, but they’ve been followed by sloppy second halves.
“Every single player will need to raise their game this week if we are to come away with a victory.
“These are a quality side, and well-coached, so we look forward to a good test.”
He added: “We know that we are more than capable of stringing three excellent wins together, and not only winning this league but also sealing a place in the Challenge Cup.”
Meanwhile, Silverwood says the players and staff have been happy to draw inspiration from some of the negativity directed towards the club in recent months.
He explained: “We have had the league, clubs in our division, opposing players and others that want to pass comment or throw stones at us this season.
“That’s been anything from rulings and making complaints to accusations that we pay players – all because we have been successful – so it would give us great satisfaction to achieve our goals.”