Penn and Tylers Green FC's appeal against the decision to refuse them floodlights at their French School Meadow ground has been designated a case officer, with a decision due mid-March.

The Hellenic League Division One East side initially submitted the appeal in May following the refusal to install floodlights at their ground in February.

This season, Penn have had to play matches at Spratleys Meadow, the home of Amersham Town, due to the situation and the club are not allowed to be promoted to the higher leagues, despite winning the title in two of the past three seasons, because of no floodlights.

Chairman Tony Hurst said: "The subsequent process will take approximately eight weeks to complete so we will not know the decision until approximately mid-March.

"This will mean we will miss the FA deadline of March 31, 2019 for the completion of the installation of the floodlights, if we are successful in our appeal.

"The Hellenic League have been informed of this development and they will ask the FA to extend the deadline as the delay is through no fault of Penn and Tylers Green FC as we have adhered to all the appeal processes and deadlines and the delay of the decision is totally due to the government planning appeal department's backlog of cases.

"If our appeal is unsuccessful then the FC committee will decide how we proceed into season 2019/20."