SWANAGE Town & Herston sunk Gillingham Town 4-1 at Day’s Park in a game which saw three penalties awarded.

Victory allowed free-scoring Swans to rise to third and cut to one point the gap on leaders Dorchester Sports.

Having survived an early disallowed effort by the visitors, Swans took the lead eight minutes in thanks to a looping header from striker Graeme Rose.

And after Sam Beale had been tripped in the box, Cameron Beard had the chance to double the lead from the spot.

The frontman duly slotted low into the left corner, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way in the process.

Gillingham started the second period in determined mood and scored a goal in the 56th minute which was almost identical to Swans’ second.

Following an infringement in the box, Elliot Bevis sent stopper James Langdon the wrong way from 12 yards.

Swans had to defend strongly to maintain their slender lead but they looked a threat on the counter.

And Tim Brown’s side missed the chance to extend their advantage when Beard failed to convert from the spot.

However, eventually, Swans did get a third thanks to a superb effort from Aaron Atkinson.

And two minutes later, skipper Paul Best wrapped up the win when he headed home a rebound after Beard’s header had hit the crossbar.

Dorset Senior Trophy holders Parley Sports booked their place in the quarter-finals thanks to an eventful 4-3 win over Chickerell United.

Parley took the lead through Ben Bosley’s composed 11th-minute finish before the same player doubled the visitors’ advantage just four minutes later.

Jack Voisey added a third before Chickerell reduced the arrears to make it 3-1 at half-time.

Although the hosts made further inroads, Josh Moody restored Parley’s two-goal advantage after heading home Jack Shering’s pinpoint cross.

Chickerell made it 4-3 with 18 minutes remaining before stand-in Parley goalkeeper Brad Kendrick pulled off a fine save to deny the hosts an equaliser late on.

Sonny Wilkinson and Nathan Saxby netted for Holt United in their 2-0 win against Hamworthy United reserves, while John Dent, Storm Graham, Aaron Merredew and Shane Orchard were on target in Wareham Rangers's 4-0 victory over Sturminster Newton.

Ellis George's fourth-minute strike saw Merley Cobham Sports advance courtesy of a 1-0 win against Dorchester Town reserves.

Dorset Senior Trophy quarter-final draw: Parley Sports v Poole Town Development or Hamworthy Recreation, Westland Sports reserves v Dorchester Sports, Wareham Rangers v Holt United, Merley Cobham Sports v Portland reserves (ties to be played on January 6).