MARKSMAN Graeme Rose has emphasised the "strong desire" at Swanage Town & Herston to secure promotion out of the Dorset Premier League.

Tim Brown's side are three points behind leaders Hamworthy Recreation after last weekend's top-of-the-table clash between the teams was postponed.

Swans still have 18 league games to play and striker Rose says he and his team-mates have a clear ambition in mind.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to strugglers Bridport reserves, Rose told the Advertiser: "There's a strong desire to finish in the top three and get promoted.

"A lot of work has been done on the ground to be qualified to go up so there is an emphasis on it. But we don't talk about it week after week.

"We just go out and do the business and, hopefully, come the end of the season we will be in a good place."

Four weeks have passed since a Cameron Beard hat-trick inspired a 4-2 victory over Parley Sports in Swanage's last outing.

Earlier in the season, braces from Beard and Rose resulted in a 4-1 win over Bridport reserves and sent Swans top of the table.

A repeat success on Saturday would almost certainly launch the Day's Park club into second, with the top three in League Cup or Dorset Senior Trophy action.