Stags shocked by first league defeat

MIRFIELD Stags saw their unbeaten run grind to a halt on Saturday afternoon after they suffered a disappointing 40-26 defeat at the hands of Odsal Sedbergh.

An impressive first-half showing saw Odsal rack up a 26-point advantage, one which proved insurmountable for the Championship Division leaders to overcome.

Despite something of a fightback after the break, which saw the Stags move to within three converted tries of gaining the lead at one stage, the hosts had done more than enough to hold on.

Four unanswered tries, scored inside 34 minutes, put Odsal in the driving seat.

Skipper Reece Spurr hit back for the Stags, who hadn't lost since last September, the back-rower getting on the end of an inch-perfect grubber to touch down.

However, on the stroke of half-time Odsal rallied and cancelled out Spurr's effort.

The home side extended their advantage by four points after the interval, landing successive penalty goals from close range, leaving Mirfield even further behind on the scoreboard.

Stags coach Richard Silverwood re-shuffled his line-up going into the game’s closing 30 minutes  and it helped his side’s cause.

Despite a below-par performance, Mirfield’s fighting spirit saw them cross the whitewash for back-to-back tries, courtesy of Jake Shaw and Braden Hunter, who converted both.

But just as the visitors appeared to be gaining the upper hand, disaster struck as front-rower Phil Shotton was shown a red card following a minor fracas.

AJ Boardman was sin-binned shortly afterwards having being judged guilty of a professional foul by the man in the middle.

This left Mirfield with 11 men and something of a mountain to climb during the final quarter.

Lewis Martin grabbed two late touchdowns as the Stags did everything they could to get a grip of proceedings.

But it was a case of too little too late as Odsal grabbed a last-gasp try to seal Mirfield’s fate.

The Stags face a trip to West Leeds tomorrow (2.30pm) as Silverwood’s men look to bounce back quickly from their setback against Odsal.

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