YORK RUFC head coach Lee Denham is pulling out the big guns as his team prepares for a Battle Royale at Bridlington in Yorkshire One tomorrow.

The Clifton Parkers, who have won their last four games, travel to the seaside fortified by the return of Marc Benson up front and Toby Atkin at the base of the scrum.

Denham, whose team were beaten 41-16 at Shipton Road in October, has been able to field a settled side of late - a factor he largely attributes to the team's surge up the league ladder.

"We were very light on the ground in both forwards and backs when we lost to them at home," he said. "We are not far off full strength. We've got a very strong side out. The guys have bought into the system now and they want to turn up on a Saturday."

Acknowledging the size and speed of their opponents, Denham remains undaunted - arguing his side can now be a match for anyone.

He explained: "A lot of the guys I have spoken to this week look for this game. They know it is going to be hard and physical. They know there are going to be a lot of collisions. We have brought Marc Benson into the team to give us more of a lineout option.

"They have got a very big side. Their backs are very good and their forwards are very big. They have built a side to go for promotion - maybe not this year but next. We have got to do what we can do but I have got no illusions.

"If we play our game to the best of our ability we can beat anyone in our league. We have got the ability to beat them. It is whether we turn up on the day and I can put out a side to play these teams. We've brought Toby back in at scrum-half.

"We need speed away from the base of the scrum and that's what Toby gives us."

Josh Mortimer is unavailable because he is featuring in York Acorn's Challenge Cup tie against Distington.

After a week off from North One East action, Pocklington go to Guisborough - the first time they have been there for a league fixture and the first visit for any sort of senior game in more than 40 years.

When Guisborough played at Pocklington in October they started like a train and, for the first quarter, home players were chasing shadows.

But Pocklington dug deep to claw their way back and win a cliffhanger 10-8. Aussie flanker Johnny Wood is back in contention for a first team place after being a try scorer for the Panthers last week.

York RI travel to Hemsworth in Yorkshire Four.