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Unique cricket match takes place after rained off event last year

The first cricket match between officers from the Met Police in Sutton and a team from the Wentworth Hall Mosque in Wallington finally got underway on Tuesday, 16 August.

After the disappointment of last year’s match being rained off, both sides took to the field bathed in bright sunshine at Purley Sports Club in Purley with a sense of history in the making.

However, it soon became apparent that the police team looked short of 20/20 match practice and fell behind, ultimately losing by some 50 runs.

image-1-37_1PC Sohail Syed, of Carshalton Central Safer Neighbourhoods Team, who helped to organise the police team said it was a great game enjoyed by both sets of players.

“We have a Muslim community in Sutton that is keen to engage with police and to invite us to their events such as Friday prayers and Eid in the Park,” said PC Syed. “The cricket match underlines that our relationship is strong, positive and in good shape – and both teams are talking about playing more matches,” he added.

Caption: Line up includes Sutton Borough Commander Dave Stringer (front row to the right of centre) and Sutton’s Mayor Cllr Richard Clifton (back row left of centre)

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Consultation on Help to Save scheme now closed

A consultation on the launch of the new Help to Save scheme recently closed. The new scheme will allow anyone in work and in receipt of Universal Credit or Working Tax Credits to save up to £50 a month and receive a 50% bonus after 2 years that can be worth up to £600. The scheme is expected to be in place by April 2018.

As things currently stand, account holders will then be able to continue saving under the scheme for a further 2 years and receive another £600 bonus. This could see those on low incomes receive a bonus of up to £1,200 over 4 years.

The new scheme will be open to all adults in receipt of Universal Credit with minimum household earnings equivalent to 16 hours at the National Living Wage or those in receipt of Working Tax Credits.

The Low Income Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has recently published a press release urging the government to ensure that the Help to Save accounts be free from income tax. This was in response to the fact that the tax status of the scheme was not covered in the consultation document.

Anthony Thomas, Chairman of LITRG, said:
‘We strongly recommend that there is a specific exemption written into tax law to exclude both the government bonus and any interest on the accounts from income tax to make the Help to Save accounts simple, accessible and cost-effective for accountholders and HMRC.’

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Take part in It’s A Knockout and help raise money for hospice

Join all of the St Raphael’s hospice charity fundraisers who are looking forward to enjoying non-stop gameshow fun with an It’s A Knockout event in September.

It really is going to be a great day out and not to be missed. Just like the original TV programme we have lots of funny and entertaining games… Involving inflatable obstacles, costumes, water and bubbles! at Wimbledon Rugby Football Club Barham Road, Wimbledon, SW20 0ET

Teams should be ideally ten in size and mixed (this is only a guide). To secure your place in this great event please contact Louisa Hitchen by calling 020 8254 2467. You will be asked for a £50.00 deposit per team to secure your place.

Registration will be an additional £250.00 per team. Broken down that’s only £30.00 per person for a fantastic day of fun to raise much needed funds for the Hospice.

There is going to be a lot going on during the event apart from the It’s A Knockout games, including competitions, BBQ, bar, stalls, bouncy castle, face painting and lots more, so bring family and friends to cheer you on.


If you have any queries or questions or if you would like to show interest in taking part please contact Louisa Hitchen, Events Manager on 020 8254 2467 or email

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Sutton United bounce back with win against Dagenham

Sutton United 1-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

After the disappointment in the result, if not necessarily a lot of the peformance, at Chester, there was no better way for Sutton to bounce back than with a victory against one of the early pacesettrs in the Vanarama National League, and they achived this on Monday with a performance of fluency in the first half, and battling spirit and character as the game went on and Dagenham & Redbridge pressed for an equaliser. Even after going down to ten men for the last ten minutes when Simon Downer was sent off for a foul on substitute Paul Benson, U’s had enough to protect their lead in a tense finish and end Dagenham’s four match winning run.

As expected, Ross Stearn and Max Biamou returned to the starting line-up, with Downer also recalled in place of Dan Spence, while there was also a start for Bradley Hudson-Odoi, whose early strike proved to be the match-winner. Early on it was Dagenham who looked dangerous, with Corey Whitely shooting just wide and Oliver Hawkins failing to make good contact with a low right wing cross, but it was U’s who struck first. Daggers’ skipper Scott Doe misjudged the bounce of a quickly taken throw by Kevin Amankwaah, leaving Stearn free to race down the left and cross from the by-line for Hudson-Odoi to volley in as he arrived at the far post. U’s might have been two ahead withing two minutes as goalkeeper Elliott Justham had to stretch back to tip away a fine chip from Ryan Burge after a long throw in hadn’t been cleared, and they continued to impress with some good football even if they didn’t create any really clear cut chances. Near half time Hawkins, whose aerial threat was evident every time the ball was propelled forward but who found little end product, headed a free kick across goal, the ball eventually running to Jordan Maguire-Drew, whose shot was cleared from the six yard box by Jamie Collins with Ross Worner beaten.

Dagenham’s best chance came early in the second half when a corner was cleared as far as Frankie Raymond, who drove the ball back in to the penalty area. It fell for Hawkins twelve yards out, but having scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s defeat of Wrexham his finishing deserted him as he blazed a shot high and wide.

Although the visitors were enjoying more of the game, U’s still had chances to double their lead, with Burge just failing to make decent contact with a header from a Stearn cross, and then shooting tamely at Justham after the ball fell to him inside the penalty area. Craig Eastmond also sent a low shot wide from twenty yards, but as the half went on U’s found themselves more on the defensive. Eleven minutes from time they conceded a free kick just over 25 yards out, and Maguire-Drew’s superb effort looked to be heading for the top corner until Worner flew across to turn the effort over the bar.

There was a heart-stopping moment for Collins, who slipped under pressure from Maguire-Drew but managed to stick out a foot while on the ground to knock the ball away from the Dagenham player, and with five minutes to go Downer’s tired hack at Benson left U’s to play the closing stages, including five minutes of stoppage time, with ten men, but they were determined to hold on and Dagenham were unable to find a way through to rescue the game.


For full details of all of the club’s activities go to SUTTON

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Gateshead reduce prices for their match with Sutton United

This Saturday is the annual ‘Non League Day’, designed to promote non-league football on a day when there are no Premier League or Championship games because of England’s World Cup qualifying game in Slovakia.

In connection with this, Gateshead have reduced their admission prices for the game with Sutton United at the International Stadium to £12 for adults, £5 for concessions, and free admission for Under 16s provided they are with an adult. For every paying adult, Gateshead are donating £2 to Prostate Cancer UK.

Travel details


Saturday 3 September, kick off 3.00pm

GROUND: The International Stadium, Neilson Road, Gateshead NE10 0EF. Telephone 0191 478 3883

COLOURS: Gateshead play in white shirts so we will be in amber.

ADMISSION: Accommodation is in the Tyne and Wear Stand, using turnstiles 1-4, which is all seated with cover. Non-League Day admission prices are £12 for adults; £5 for concessions and free for Under 16s accompanied by an adult.

BY CAR: Easy if quite a long way. Travel on the A1M until just north of junction 64 and the Washington services, then join the A194M. Leave the A194M in about three miles to take the A184 towards Gateshead, and the ground is on the right in about three miles. Free parking available on a first come first served basis in car parks 2 and 3, and public parking also available near the stadium..

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT.Regular trains on the hour and half hour to Newcastle from King’s Cross, taking just over three hours. Then take the Metro to Gateshead Stadium station – trains run every six minutes and it’s about a five minute journey (two stops), followed by a 10-15 minute walk. Return trains from Newcastle are also about every half hour. At time of writing the cheapest fare was £115, an advance fare which must be booked in advance, travelling out on any service, and back on any train up to 18.30.


For full details of all of the club’s activities go to SUTTON

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Late penalty condemns Robins to their first defeat

A late penalty condemned Carshalton Athletic to their first defeat of the season as they failed to convert a dominant second-half display into points on Saturday, writes James Barrett.

Team news: There was one change from the side which claimed victory at East Grinstead as Bobby Price replaced Richard Ismail in defence.

This thrilling overall contest began with a bang as Chipstead opened the scoring on two minutes – Ricky Korboa gave away a free kick on our left and Chris O’Flaherty curled an angled shot past Alex Kozakis.

We almost equalised straightaway as two visiting defenders contested an up and under only for Miller to get away on the loose ball but he eventually blazed over with only keeper Sheikh Ceesay to beat.

The high tempo was sustained by both sides during the opening 20 minutes but we played our usual passing game to boss possession, although it took until the 16th minute to see our next best chance.

A corner delivery was headed out but Matthew Warren couldn’t retain possession under pressure from Brendan Murphy-McVey whom cut inside with the ball and rippled the near side-netting from 18 yards.

Tommy Bradford then displayed strength and tenacity to get the ball down the right and his cutback found Sekou Kaba whose angled drive was millimetres over the bar.

We kept up the pressure but both Korboa and Bradford didn’t fully catch efforts from distance, then Ceesay parried a shot from Miller whom also hit the wall with a free kick on the edge of the box on 25 minutes.

We then had another chance from a free kick but Cessay tipped Bradford’s shot over and we were punished as Raheem Sterling-Parker tussled with Matt Males at the other end and, as our man’s intended header back to Kozakis lacked pace, the forward cashed in to fire his side further into the lead.

Again we responded right away but Paris Hamilton-Downes’ piledriver was straight at Ceesay, while Kozakis got across his goal to watch a pot shot from Ben Osman drift wide.

We finally reduced the arrears three minutes before the break however as Korboa won a free kick and Bradford stepped up to hit home his fifth goal of the season.

And we almost went in level as Murphy-McVey swept a Price pass onto Ceesay’s crossbar from just inside the area and the ball was frustratingly cleared away from incoming red shirts.

HALF-TIME: 1 – 2

We came out flying after the break and we did draw ourselves level just five minutes in; Miller was clipped by Tommy Smith, who was fortunate not to receive a second yellow of the afternoon, and Bradford sent Ceesay the wrong way from the penalty spot.

That increased our confidence and we began to really control the game for the next 20 minutes and the visitors racked up more yellow cards through frustration more than anything else.

During that period Ceesay had to pat a Hamilton-Downes cross away from almost under his crossbar, Korboa flashed a shot wide and Miller, after sterling work by Kaba whom won the ball and held off three opponents before playing the through ball, fluffed his lines from 12 yards with only the keeper to beat.

That desire by Kaba ran throughout the team and it was pleasing to see our boys eager to win possession when Chipstead did threaten to get within 30 yards of our goal, but still we couldn’t turn our dominance into goals.

Substitute Sean O’Toole was the next to try his luck and his deflected effort almost embarrassed Ceesay but it rolled just the wrong side of the far post, then Kaba picked out Price in their box but our full back scuffed his cross out of play.

And we were made to pay for our profligancy in front of goal as an aimless ball into our box on 81 minutes saw Males and Louis Blake grapple by the penalty spot and the referee gave a foul to the visitors; Sterling-Parker impudently chipped it down the middle.

We created a couple of chances at the death but Miller fired wide when perhaps a square ball to Aikhionbare was a better option, whom himself then hit a shot into the midriff of Ceesay during added time.


For full details of all of the club’s activities go to ROBINS

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Sunbury win by five wickets against Beddington

Beddington v Sunbury on Saturday 27th August 2016.
Beddington 146 All Out (48.3 0vers)
Sunbury 148 for 5 (37.4 overs)
Sunbury won by 5 wickets.

Having lost the toss again Beddington skipper was asked to bat. The regular opening pair of Antony Down and David White set about giving Beddington a good start but alas Down played on to Sohi and departed for 1 and the score on 8. In came skipper Simon Lewis and soon followed Down when he gave bowler Smith a catch which he duly took and departed for 3.

​ Kyle Moolman joined White and set about repairing the damage but with the score on 37 White departed for 21 when caught by Gregory off Smith. In came Bevan and the pair played sensibly and without too many risks proceeded to push the score along at a steady rate. However, in the 31st over Bevan departed after being caught by Gregory for 33 and the score on 97 for 4. This was compounded further by the dismissals of Cummins and Chmielinski to leave Beddington on 104 for 6 in the 39th over. With the heart of Beddington’s batting ripped out it was going to be down to Moolman to get Beddington to a decent score to defend. But this was not going to be the case as first Butler departed and then Moolman was caught for 47 to leave Beddington on 127 for 8. Despite a couple of boundaries by Jonathan Williams the end soon came as Beddington were bowled out for 146 leaving Williams stranded on 11 not out.

After Tea the Sunbury opening pair of John Maunders and Sean Ventham looked to chase the target down but in the 4th over Ventham was bowled by Bevan for 2. This brought in Adam London to join Maunders and chase this target down. A bowling change was made and Jack Rogerson and in the 14th over he had London adjudged LBW for 19. In the 20th over he had further success in bowling Burgess for 9 leaving Sunbury on 78 for 3. Rogerson added the further wicket of Bedi by having him stumped by White for 12 to finish with figures of 3 for 52 off his ten overs. The further wicket of Roland Jones off the bowling of Cummins gave Beddington a bowling point but Maunders saw Sunbury home in the 38th over with an unbeaten 68.

Beddington Results:
Beddington 2nd X1 109 All out Woking & Horsell 2nd X1 161 All out Woking & Horsell won by 52 runs
Beddington 3rd X1 239 for 5 SinjunGrammarians 3rd X1 236 all out Beddington won by 5 wickets
Beddington 4th X1 76 all out Walton on Thames 4th X1 192 all out Walton on Thames won by 116 runs
Beddington 5th X1 131 all out Trinity Mid Whitgiftian 4th X1 132 for 5 Trinity Mid Whitgiftian won by 5 wickets

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Cheam Hockey club junior training starting in September

Junior hockey training  Cheam Hockey Club Starts Sunday 4th September.

Training Slots:

09:00-10:00 – U12 Boys and Girls (including U10/ U8)
10:00-11:00 – U14 Boys and Girls
11:00-12:00 – U16 Boys and Girls
*Training slots may change on a weekly basis depending on fixtures. Team managers will inform you of changes


For details of all of the club’s activities go to HOCKEY 

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Heavy defeats for Rovers first team and reserves at weekend

Saturday saw both the first and reserve teams of Sutton Common Rovers crash to heavy defeats, writes Gary Brigden

Despite only trailing champions Hartley Wintney 2-1 at the break the firsts shipped six in the second half to crash 8-2. Our goals from Matt Robinson and Miguel Anderson.

The reserves fared little better, with travel issues causing a delay to kick off. 1-0 down early on they were soon reduced to ten men with Kieran McLeary seeing red, and slumped to a 5-0 defeat.


For details of all of the club’s activities go to ROVERS

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Carshalton College can help you train as personal trainer

Do you want to train as a Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor? Then Carshalton College has the ideal Part Time courses for you.

The YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client.

The YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise) Blended Learning includes the following:
Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment
Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise
Principles of Exercise Fitness and Health
Know How to Support Clients Who Take Part in Exercise and Physical Activity
Planning & Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

The courses are an ideal starting point for those wishing to work as a Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer, either part time or full time, a career which is growing rapidly and enables you to work flexibly.

There are no formal entry requirements apart from an interest in health and fitness and a commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle. The courses are suitable for anyone who wants to go into the fitness instructing side of the sports industry and is the minimum qualification you need to instruct fitness. Progression from the course can be the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training or straight into work in a gym or as a freelance personal trainer.

Carshalton College also has fantastic facilities for this course with our Pulse Health and Fitness Centre on site plus our team of tutors who are industry experts. Pulse has the following facilities
Air-conditioned 80 station gym with the latest Pulse cardio and strength equipment
18m swimming pool with luxury steam room and quality changing facilities
Full size sports hall with four badminton courts, basketball, football, netball etc.
Two air-conditioned studios offering a range of activities and classes
Quality changing facilities for families and individuals
Disability access throughout


The demand for fitness instructors and personal trainers is increasing rapidly and it is a career that offers the chance to work flexibly to suit your needs. To find out more or book your place on this course, please contact our Customer Services Team on 020 8544 4501 or