SWANAGE Town & Herston are unlikely to be given the green light to go into the Sydenhams Wessex League should they finish in the top three in the Dorset Premier League.

Swans submitted an application to be considered for promotion after reaching agreement with Swanage Town Council for a 100-year lease on their Day’s Park headquarters earlier this season.

It was always subject to the team finishing in the top three in the DPL and their home venue passing the Football Association ground grading for step six – Wessex One.

However, following two recent inspections, the club failed to meet the relevant criteria and look certain to have their application turned down, although the FA will have the final say.

Swans have a fight on their hands to secure a top-three berth but kept alive their hopes with a battling 2-1 win at Merley Cobham Sports on Saturday.

Trailing to Matt Groves’s first-half opener, Swans staged a spirited second-half comeback, scoring twice in the final 15 minutes through David Best and Graeme Rose.

The win extended to seven games their unbeaten league run and left them fourth, seven points behind third-placed Hamworthy Recreation.

However, Swans have three games in hand on Rec, starting with this week’s visit to Parley Sports. Back to back home games against Cranborne and champions are following by a trip to Gillingham Town reserves in May.