After overcoming title-chasing rivals Guildford last weekend, Sutton & Epsom face bottom club Dover on Saturday, and coach Lee Cholewa is wary of the underdog.

Sutton opened a four-point gap at the top of London Division One South when they beat second-placed Guildford.

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Moreover, the success was achieved with their injured skipper James Caddy, and their absent leading try-scorer Matt Whitaker.

The latter should be back for the visit of Dover this weekend to boost Sutton’s offering, but Cholewa is taking nothing for granted.

“Dover are a team I always worry about playing because they are a big physical, powerful and aggressive side who have caused us problems in the past,” he said.

“They may be bottom, but that does not reflect their performances. They only lost to Guildford by three points, and only lost to Sidcup by one point.

“And there is nothing better for a side at the bottom than going to the leaders and beating team.”

Despite being wary of the Kent side, Cholewa could not deny being delighted with the weekend in Surrey.

He said: “I was thrilled to bits to get the win – Guildford are a good team with a very powerful set of forwards, and we went there without some key players.

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“But we had a game plan, which the boys stuck to, and they were excellent.”

He added: “We may be top, but the only pressure we face is that which we out on ourselves to perform.

“We have set our standards very high, and no matter who we play, we work incredibly hard to win.

“We cannot look too far ahead, we have to concentrate on the here and now.

“Anything can happen over the festive period, players go on holiday, players change jobs and commitments change.”

Cholewa may have concerns over players coming and going over the festive period, however, the club has the strength in depth to deal with any unexpected absentees.

He said: “We’ve used more than 35 players this season. It’s all about creating an atmosphere that players want to be part of, and those in the second team have to be good enough to be in the first team.

“That competition for places is crucial. At the end of training I want to sit down with the other coaches and have a genuine discussion about selection.

“We’ll have players back available this weekend, and although we won last weekend that does not mean that everyone played well.”