DAVE Boden has stepped down as head coach of Crosfields.

Having taken over the job from his brother Ian just after the start of the 2021 campaign, Boden led Soap to a superb run in the adapted National Conference League campaign.

He won 10 of his 12 league games in charge to ensure the Hood Lane side finished top of the regionalised League C to qualify for the play-offs.

However, Premier Division side Pilkington Recs proved too strong for Soap, ending their campaign at the first hurdle.

Boden, who has had coaching support from Warrington Wolves hooker and former Crosfields junior Danny Walker, admits he has “over-committed” to the role this season but will remain part of the set-up.

Summing up the season, he said: “We were hampered at the start of the season as our preparation didn’t go well.

“We failed to arrange any friendlies to get back into the swing of things and this showed against Clock Face and Woolston.

“We re-set our goals and worked with players to help improve their confidence.

“We shocked a lot of people with our victory against Leigh Miners Rangers, which gave us the necessary boost for the rest of the season.

“The players played to the final minute in each game, snatching victories that looked lost causes – fantastic entertainment, but also very nervous times for all in the dug-out and on the touchline.

“Personally, I have over-committed this season and need to take a step back.

“I will be handing the reins over to the new head coach, but I will also be taking a supporting role in the coaching structure.”