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 Dorset Premier League 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 hit the bar.