24 Mar 2016 in News
MIRFIELD front-rower Ben Mather believes high levels of competition for places will be the key to the Stags’ hopes of BARLA National Cup progression this weekend.
Richard Silverwood’s side are making final preparations ahead of their quarter-final clash with Fryston Warriors and Mather is relishing the prospect.
The towering prop is in-line to start on Saturday afternoon, as part of an impressive-looking Stags forward pack.
Strong performances in recent weeks have left coach Silverwood with several selection headaches going into the last-eight contest at Askham Road – and Mather insists this will prove vital.
“We are really looking forward to going to Fryston and getting stuck in, it should be a fantastic game,” said the 24-year-old.
“It is going to be a massive test for us but we cannot afford to put any opponent on a pedestal, we need to go there level-headed. This is a very important weekend for the club.
“When you put on a Mirfield shirt, you play with immense pride, as there are plenty of boys ready to take it off you if you miss training or put in poor performances.
“There is a real bond amongst the players here and everyone is itching to win.
“We have trained very well this week, everyone is striving to give a great performance and pull off a big win.
“Competition is very high here and it is making players better, consistency is certainly coming off the back of it too.”
The action gets underway from 2.30pm on Saturday, as Mirfield look to secure a BARLA National Cup semi-final berth for the first time in the club’s short history.
Elsewhere, Mirfield Stags Academy will welcome Meltham All Blacks to Hillrich Park, in a crunch, top-of-the-table clash – in Pennine League Division Four West.