INVERKEITHING Hillfield Swifts are "quite positive" that they will be promoted to the East of Scotland League's Premier Division for next season.

The Ballast Bank club, fielding a senior team for only the second season having been formed in 1996 to provide football for boys and girls in the town, finished runners-up in Conference B of the First Division.

Like other leagues across Scotland, the East of Scotland League terminated its season in April, with members agreeing to determine final placings on a points per game average.

With no relegation taking place from the Premier Division, Conference B winners Tynecastle and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, who claimed Conference A, are to move up to form an 18-team league.

But, if Bo'ness United, declared Premier Division winners, are promoted to the Lowland League, the Swifts will take their place as the Conference runners-up with the highest points per game average.

Under normal circumstances, Bo'ness would play the South of Scotland League winners over two legs but, with that division having been declared null and void, the Lowland League have confirmed that the West Lothian team would be promoted.

That is dependent on Bo'ness being granted their SFA licence, which will be decided at its AGM this month, meaning Inverkeithing remain "in limbo", according to vice-chairman, Barry Tillier.

"The senior team don't know when they'll be back and don't know what league they'll be in but we're quite positive we'll be promoted up to the Premier Division," he said.

"But, until it's rubber-stamped, it's not a given. It's not in the Lowland League's hands; we're the only club in limbo.

"All of the boys have signed for next year. Off the park, we have plans based around a wee hospitality area, but until we know where we're going we can't look to improve the facilities."

While they haven't been able to celebrate, yet, the Swifts players' achievements in being on the cusp of moving up to compete with some former top junior clubs next season has not been understated by Tillier.

The likes of former Junior Cup winners Hill of Beath Hawthorn and Linlithgow Rose, as well as Crossgates Primrose and Dundonald Bluebell, are among the sides lying in wait.

"To go from second bottom (in their first season) to second top, with the same points per game as Hutchy Vale, who won Conference A, is some going," Tillier continued.

"We're playing against established ex-junior clubs. I remember playing against some of them, and they are big teams in the local junior scene.

"Having watched the team throughout the season, I'm not surprised (about Swifts' position). We deservedly should go up; we've pretty much been second all season.

"To be back playing the likes of Dundonald, Broxburn and Linlithgow Rose is a dramatic improvement so you have to say well done to Grant (Brough, manager), his coaching team and all the boys."