Sutton United Ladies have been promoted to the next division after winning the league title at the weekend.

The U’s clinched the crown, in the Greater London Women’s Football League (GLWFL) Division 2 South, during a 4-2 win over Balham Panthers on May 6.

With a seven-point margin over runners-up AFC Phoenix Reserves, they only suffered one defeat all season on their way to the title.

Duncan Muller, head of Sutton United Ladies, said: “It’s a massive achievement for Sutton United Ladies, I mean it’s been 30 years since we had a ladies team at the club.

“It’s something that we’ve been working on for a while, with huge support from the main club and we work very closely with them.

“It’s something that we’re very passionate about in the community, it’s a project that we’re working on and still continue to work on to make it grow and increase in numbers within the area.

“Our aim is to provide football for girls and ladies, from under-8s to adults, and ideally keep that within the community. No matter how well or how big the ladies section at the club gets.”

Sutton United Ladies will now play in Division 1, in the second-tier of the GLWFL following promotion, with this campaign coming as an improvement over a eighth-place finish in the same league last year.

The team is also taking steps to improve as well by adding a new development side for next year, recruiting more new qualified coaches, and promoting under-16 players who become eligible for adult football competitions.

Mr Muller has also praised Sutton United’s chairman of the board, Dave Farebrother, the men’s first-team manager Paul Doswell, as well as all the committees involved for the support the team has received.

He added: "The aim is to keep the section going, it is to keep working hard, to keep promoting ladies football. We work with Surrey FA, that’s our main aim.

“Yes, success is great but our main aim is to promote ladies football within the area and the community and to bring that on board.

“AFC Wimbledon are doing it pretty well down the road but that’s not in our area and no one is doing it on the scale we’re doing it in Sutton.”