POOLE Town last night took a giant stride towards promotion after Tatnam was classed as |suitable for Southern League football.

The reigning Wessex League champions, who beat Fareham 5-0 in the league last night, have been working round the clock to upgrade their base over the |past three weeks after various ground share options had bitten the dust.

And following a three-hour summit yesterday, ground inspectors will this week tell officials at the FA that Tatnam is suitable to host Zamaretto Division One South & West matches next season.

The FA’s final decision is expected next week and, if granted, will give Dolphins some breathing space as they bid to find a new permanent home.

A planning hearing for a new ground at Bearwood is due to be held later this month.

Vice-chairman Chris Reeves told the Echo: “The recommendation from the inspection team was to grant our request for promotion.

“They were very impressed with what we have done here and the place is unrecognisable.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to bits and I told the players last night. It’s immense and we’re all thrilled.”

Reeves added: “The place looks an absolute picture and it’s incredible what has been done in just three weeks.

“I don’t think anyone would believe that we have completed this in three weeks.

“But we have to be respectful of the process and wait for the final outcome on the inspection team’s report at the FA.”

• Michael Walker, meanwhile, has signed a two-year contract to remain at Poole until 2013.