WESTCLIFF Rugby Club face arguably the biggest game in their 97-year history this weekend.

Rick Compton’s side face Barnstaple in a promotion play-off at their Gables base on Saturday with a place in National Two South at stake.

And the club’s co-captain Jack Jones insists he is in awe of what has already been achieved this season.

“I’m immensely proud,” said Jones.

“Week in, week out all the lads and Olly (Jack’s brother) give everything they have and we are now reaping the rewards.

“The best thing about it is that I can share this moment with everyone who is involved in the club both past and present.”

Westcliff finished the regulation London & SE Premier Division season sitting second in the standings, four points behind champions Sutton & Epsom.

Westcliff won 19 of their 26 games and Jones would love another victory this weekend in the most important clash of all.

“This ranks pretty high in my book,” said the fly half.

“I started at the club when I was five years old so it’s been 21 years now and I have had my fair share of important games over those years.

“But, for sure, leading the boys out at home in front of what is expected to be one of the biggest crowds the club has ever had, for the opportunity to be promoted to National Two, is right up there.”

Barnstaple finished second in the South West Premier Division, having also won 19 of their 26 games.

And Jones feels the clash is impossible to predict.

“Without being too cliche, anything can happen in this marvellous game,” said Jones.

“We are a group of mates who love throwing an odd shaped ball around and there is no better feeling so we look forward to every game.

“But Barnstaple will be a good side and they have spent the two seasons previous to this one in National Two.

“They have also just won the Devon Senior Cup so they will be full of confidence.

“But we won’t dwell too much on what we are expecting from them. We’d rather focus on enjoying the day, soaking up the atmosphere and doing what we do best on the pitch.”

A bumper crowd is expected to be in attendance for the game, which is free to watch and kicks off at 3pm.

And the club’s Bernie Maloney is full of praise for the team’s form.

“The current first team squad are the most successful team in the club’s 97-year history,” said Maloney.

“This season they have scored more points than any other team, conceded the least and won the most bonus points, so we are very proud of the boys. Eighteen of the players have also come through the ranks, with some joining the club as young as three.”