Top played bottom in the London Division Two South League at Rugby Lane on Saturday when Sutton & Epsom outclassed London Irish Amateur 43-0.

As a result of this victory, combined with Thanet Wanderers losing in Jersey, Sutton are set to claim their first ever league title. With only four matches left, they have an eight-point lead and need just one point from this Saturday's visit to sixth placed Maidstone to clinch automatic promotion (2.30pm).

Sutton were superior to London Irish in every department. They shunted the visitors backwards in the set scrums, tight head prop Graham Hill in particular giving his opposite number a torrid time. Locks Felix Symonds and Adam Blissett controlled the line outs and Sutton's back row were generally quicker to the breakdown.

With such a dominant pack Sutton enjoyed a plethora of good possession but for once their backs did not take full advantage despite being yards quicker than their opposition.

Sutton still scored seven tries, three coming in the first-half from Andy Edwards, Nick Taft and Lyndon Burrell. Two conversions from SImon Green made the interval score 19-0.

Driven on by acting captain Graham Dowden and full-back Keith Middleton, Sutton scored further tries through Taft, Edwards, Colin Richens and a superb solo effort from Burrell. Green converted two of them.

Sutton & Epsom: Middleton, Warnham, Dowden (capt), Webber (Gibson), Richens, Green, Burrell, Nash, Bennett, Hill (Thompson), Symonds, Blissett, Wallbank (Nicholls), Edwards, Taft.