A REFRESHED Westcliff will renew their fight against relegation when they host high-flying Tonbridge Juddians at the Gables tomorrow.

Westcliff - who sit one place and eight points above the National Two South drop zone - were without a fixture last weekend.

And fly-half Jack Jones feels the rest came at the perfect time in the season.

“It will have done the world of good for the boys,” said Jones.

“The nature of the game nowadays and also the league means that it is much more physically and mentally demanding than ever before so gap weekends are crucial in that sense.”

Westcliff were beaten 29-5 at table-topping Henley last time out and now face another of the league’s strongest sides with Tonbridge sitting in second.

But Jones is looking forward to the contest.

“It will be a big challenge, we all know that but, having said that, we are more than up for it,” said Jones.

“Training has gone well and we are ready to tear into TJs at the weekend looking for a big win in front of the best fans in the league.”

And Jones remains eager to help Westcliff work their way out of trouble after some frustrating defeats.

“We’re not thrilled with the position we’re in right now and there are a few games we may look back on and know we should’ve taken more from,” said Jones.

“We knew this league would be tough and we will take a lot of confidence from the way we have played at times. There is still a lot of improvements we can make and we will continue to work hard during the week and put the extras in away from the club so that we put ourselves the right side of the relegation line come the end of the season.”

Thurrock host London Cornish in London One South while South Woodham Ferrers head to Southwold in London Two North East. In London Three Essex, Basildon head to Old Cooperians and, in Essex One, Billericay host Canvey.