JIMMY Williams has stepped down as head coach of Crosfields, the Guardian can reveal.

The Soap boss leaves his role having taken charge of just five competitive games, the last of them being Saturday's 26-16 defeat at Dewsbury Moor Maroons.

Williams had spells as a player and assistant coach at Hood Lane before stepping up to replace Mark Brennan and take his first head coaching position.

The club have confirmed Ian Boden, who currently coaches the club's Alliance team, will take charge in the interim and that Steve Pickersgill, Williams' assistant, remains in post.

"Although this is a big loss for Crosfields, it's the right thing for Jimmy," chairman Mike Donnison said.

"We have a strong coaching structure in place and will be able to cover the gap.

"Ian Boden has been placed as Head Coach for an interim period, assisted by Steve Pickersgill.

"Ian has been the Alliance coach for a couple of seasons, following coaching roles in the junior set up. "His assistant, Andrew Campbell will take charge of the Alliance."

Soap's first game without Williams sees them welcome Stanningley to Hood Lane on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm, while the Alliance team travel to Chester Gladiators.