Sutton & Epsom coach Jeff Parsons is prepared for a first tough season at National League level, but for the time being is enjoying the promotion party.

Parsons was head coach for the previous three seasons before handing over to Lee Cholewa in the summer.

And it is at Cholewa’s feet that Parsons has laid much of the praise for winning the London Division One South title with two games to spare.

He said: “It is really excited for everyone at the club, all the players and people behind the scenes have worked so hard for it and it is thoroughly deserved.

“Lee came in a few seasons ago and he has made a huge difference in terms of how professional the side is in training and preparation.

“The ladies won their title recently, so for the club as a whole, this is a great time to be involved.”

Next season, Sutton & Epsom will be mixing with the likes of Westcombe Park, Guernsey and Chichester and Parsons is under no illusions as to the magnitude of the task ahead.

“It is a big step up and the gulf between London One and National Three is a big one,” he said.

“Eton Manor went up last year, they stuck with the guys that got them promoted and they have every game so far.

“There is no doubt next season will be all about consolidating and making sure we don’t come straight back down.

“Fortunately a lot of the guys have said they will still be here next season, and with some additions, it will be an exciting season.”

** Sutton & Epsom continued their fine form with a 33-15 victory against Chiswick on Saturday. The London One South champions have now won eight of their last nine games and host Twickenham this weekend in their season finale.