A WONDERFUL hat-trick from centre Elliot Smith – his second in as many weeks – helped Mirfield Stags beat Milford Marlins ‘A’ 56-10.
Smith, Jake Shaw, Kryss Tominay, Lewis Hardy, Ben Mather and several more led the way for Mirfield, enjoying arguably their best performances yet in Mirfield colours, as the Stags overpowered the in-form Marlins.
Despite going behind early on in the contest, the hosts were in the driving seat in time for the interval and they did not look back after half-time, racking up over 50 points.
Returning full-back Ross Hayden added a brace of tries and kicked eight goals for a personal haul of 24.
Mirfield fell behind inside four minutes when Glen Chapman finished a well-worked try for the visiting Marlins.
But centre James Wilson, on debut, quickly drew the Stags level as he collected a clever Hayden pass and touched down.
The hosts took little time to then take the lead for the first time, crossing again just minutes later as Smith raced clear following a flowing passing move to bag his first of three tries.
With both teams hitting hard in defence, tempers boiled over in the minutes which followed. It led to Stags front-rower Lance Hamilton and Marlins loose-forward Chris Soda being sent to the sin-bin for their involvement in a fracas.
Moments later, the Marlins were reduced to 11 men when substitute Dave Parker was given his marching orders after a second melée broke out.
Mirfield took little time to make their numerical advantage count as towering prop Mather, who was outstanding coming off the bench, powered over from close range.
Shortly before half-time Wilson returned the favour to Hayden, pouncing on a dropped ball from the visitors to set up his full-back, increasing the home side’s lead to 16 points going into the break.
Silverwood’s men took little time to increase their advantage after the interval, with Tominay charging through Milford’s backline to score.
To the Marlins’ credit they continued to battle and reduced the Mirfield lead to 18 points when full-back Nathan Gill crossed in the corner.
But the Leeds club offered little more, as the Stags put the outcome beyond any doubt, with a pair of quick-fire tries all but ending their hopes of success.
The first saw stand-off Shaw produced a wonderful solo effort, racing 70 metres and touching down under the posts.
Then a sublime cut-out pass from newcomer Adam Illingworth released centre Smith, who raced clear to grab his second of the afternoon.
Smith turned provider for Mirfield’s next try, causing panic in the visitors’ defensive line with his strong running before setting up Hayden for his 11th try of the season.
Winger Oliver Rounding finished off an excellent move to bring up the half-century mark for the second-placed Stags, before Smith completed his hat-trick and put the finishing touches to the hosts’ rout with a typically impressive charge and finish down the left edge.
• Mirfield Stags Academy came from 30 points down to lose out 42-22 at the hands of Stanley Rangers A in Yorkshire Men’s League Division Four.