SCOTT RHODES is enjoying life as Heworth ARLC coach - and relishing the upcoming top-of-table clash with second-placed Hunslet Club Parkside 'A' in Yorkshire Men’s League division one.

The former York City Knights star had nothing but good words for his team’s crushing 78-12 win over Keighley Albion last weekend and says the challenge now is maintaining those standards.

That starts with this Saturday's game at Elmpark Way (2.30pm).

He said: “It was a fantastic win. Up to now, we were just trying to get an 80-minute performance together. We’ve been good in patches and not so good in others but we definitely got it this week.

“We had pace and direction and I thought we were ruthless at times, and that’s what we’re looking for."

Parkside's first team currently top the National Conference premier division - the elite competition in amateur rugby league - with eight straight wins.

Rhodes said: “Usually when you get a first team playing as well as Hunslet Parkside, it has an effect on the other teams at the club so we’re expecting a tough game.

“On us, it’s consistency now. We know what levels we can reach and we’re just looking for that level week in week out.

“It’s what we train to do. The lads are putting in extra in the game and there’s a buzz about the place – we’re getting good players in and the dual-reg players are playing good stuff.

“Ben Dent (on dual-reg from Newcastle Thunder) has been a revelation for us. He’s stood out and he’s running games at the minute. He fits in well with our young team and his attitude is first-class.

“We’re doing the right things in training, taking one game as it comes, not getting carried away and trying to win each game.

“There’s plenty of work still to do and we can get better, but the most important thing is that we’re enjoying it.

“I’m enjoying it and the players are enjoying it. It’s the reason we do it as a club.”