EWAN Binneman believes Westcliff will be facing their toughest test of the season so far when they head to Shelford this weekend.

Westcliff - who sit sixth in the London & SE Premier Division standings - were seen off 36-10 by Guildford last Saturday.

But Binneman feels it will be difficult to bounce back to winning ways tomorrow.

“I think Shelford away will probably be our toughest test of the season so far,” said the tight-head prop forward.

“They are a very clinical team with big forwards and quick, sharp backs.

“Any mistakes we make will result in them putting points on the board so it’s definitely going to be tough.

“But we need to get our season back on track and keep fighting for our goals, so we’re going there looking for the win.”

Westcliff have made a solid start to the season with three wins from their opening five fixtures.

Rick Compton’s side have also scored 178 points to make them the third highest scorers in the division.

But they were unable to hit top form last weekend as they sunk to a defeat which still frustrates Binneman.

“I think we would like to forget the game last week as quickly as possible,” said Binneman, who scored Westcliff’s only try in the defeat.

“After the game, not a lot was said from the players as you could see how frustrated everyone was but that is only going to fire us all up for the next game.”

“It’s going to be difficult but we’re all looking forward to getting out there again because we want to put things right again.”

In contrast, Shelford triumphed 32-24 at Sidcup last weekend and now sit ninth in the standings having also beaten Southend 60-10 the week before.

But Binneman is only focused on Westcliff’s form and has been encouraged by their season so far.

“It’s a mixed bag but on the whole we’ve been doing well,” said the 29-year-old.

“We wanted a good start to the season so in that aspect we pretty much have.

“We’ve had a bump or two in the road and it’s important to get back at it at the weekend and get another win.”