Sutton & Epsom coach Jeff Persons does not want one of the closest London Division One South title races to end

Parsons watched his men triumph 62-12 at Basingstoke to relegate their hosts on Saturday and remain five points behind league leaders Wimbledon with two games to go.

Sutton will use this weekend’s break to clear up niggling injuries to centre Guy Stuckey Clarke and Felix Symonds before hosting struggling Dover on April 11.

And Parsons is relishing the challenge of securing maximum points to put them in the title hunt.

“We are just trying to not worry about what other teams are doing – as hard as that might be,” he said.

“We just need to keep making sure we pick up the bonus point wins and hope Wimbledon and Chobham above us slip up.

“I don’t want the season to end. I cannot remember the last time the title race was this close. usually two teams run away with it, but there are still four teams mathematically chasing it.”

He added: “Dover will be a tough game. They are still very much involved in a relegation scrap and are going to fight for everything.

“There are no easy games. Just because you might be the better team on paper and in terms of the table, every game is still a very physical battle.”