RICK Compton is readying himself for the biggest game of his 37-year spell at Westcliff Rugby Club this weekend.

Westcliff take on Barnstaple in a promotion play-off at the Gables tomorrow.

But Compton, the club’s director of rugby, insists he will remain proud of his players whatever the result.

“I suppose in the grand scheme of things this is the biggest game I can recall during my time at the club,” said Compton.

“Nevertheless, I take the view that whatever happens on Saturday and whatever the outcome everyone associated with the club should view the season as hugely successful and satisfying.”

Westcliff finished the London & SE Premier Division season sitting second in the standings.

And Compton feels the team have already achieved success this term.

“Finishing second and making it to the play-off with the possibility of being promoted to National Two South is a huge achievement and we are very proud of the players,” said Compton.

“From struggling for a few seasons at this level and being regular pre-season relegation favourites the team has dug in, matured and gained the respect of all the clubs in the division.

“The transition from plucky also rans to respected title contenders has been very satisfying and it’s a testimony to the effort and the ability of the players, 90 per cent plus of whom have moved into senior rugby from our youth set-up.”

Barnstaple also head into the clash having finished second in their league, the South West Premier Division.

But Compton does not know too much about tomorrow’s opponents.

“We know very little about them but they are a side with recent National Two experience and have had a season as good as ours,” said Compton.

“We expect them to be keen to return to level four at the first time of asking and therefore arrive in determined mood.

“They are sure to be well drilled, capable and physical with the contest being nothing other than intense.”