Shaw Cross Sharks assistant coach Wayne Stead hailed the commitment of the players, despite an ultimately heavy defeat away at Pilkington Recs on Saturday.

The Sharks led 6-0 late in the first half, but with many players having also played on Wednesday, the visitors eventually succumbed to a 50-10 defeat.

“We had a lack of numbers and a lack of fit bodies,” Stead told the Sharks website.

“We suffered two head injuries in the first 20 minutes and then further injuries to people.

“I think realistically we only had about nine fit bodies out there, but people put their hands up and finished the game, just to show their colours for the club.

“It shows the spirit. It’s hard when you’re getting beat and you’re down on numbers and your confidence is shot but they stuck at it.

“I think we’re a match for anybody in this division,” Stead added.

“We showed that against Lock Lane last week, where we played 60 minutes where we were probably the better side.”

Shaw Cross return to action on Saturday, when they travel to face Skirlaugh.