WESTCLIFF face a crunch clash with Sutton & Epsom tomorrow as they continue their bid to beat the drop.

Westcliff, who were promoted from the London & SE Premier Division last season, are currently one place and two points above the relegation zone.

And fly-half Greg Bannister is keen to move further away from the bottom three with a home win against second-from-bottom Sutton this weekend.

“It’s a big game,” said Bannister.

“A win would get us further away from the relegation places and closer to achieving our overall goal of staying up.

“But these are the kind of games you want to play in.

“There’s something to play for and we’re doing it in front of a home crowd getting behind us so it will be exciting.”

Sutton are three points behind Westcliff with a game in hand.

And Bannister is expecting a physical tussle against them.

“They will be physical but we’ve played them enough and seen a bit of footage on them to see what they will bring,” said Bannister.

“But we will focus on ourselves and we owe them from the last couple of times we have played them, so I have no doubt the lads will be up for it.”

Westcliff will also be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 45-10 defeat at Leicester Lions.

And Bannister remains disappointed by the display.

“The first half was nowhere near good enough and was probably the worst we have played all year,” said Bannister.

“But we managed to get ourselves into the game in the second half which was pleasing.

“We will be taking those positives into this week’s game and want a different result.”