SWINDON Town are through to the FA Youth Cup second round proper after a 6-1 home win over Sholing on Wednesday night.
Town played some neat football despite the torrential rain throughout the cup encounter played at The County Ground, scoring six goals to secure a safe passage into the next round.
The fans who braved the inclement conditions waited just 11 minutes for the first goal of the night. Aaron Ferris cut in from the left and his right-footed cross was headed home into the far corner by Connor Waldon for his first of the evening.
However the visitors got themselves back into the game ten minutes later with Kieran Palmer taking advantage of space inside the box to gather a ball through from Michael Lamb before firing home past Josh Helm to make it 1-1.
Waldon then restored the lead four minutes later as he fired home from close range before Mathew Jones went close with a free-kick. Former Portsmouth youngster gave Town a 3-1 lead just before the break with a close range effort following a corner.
Visiting ‘keeper Kieran Cottington was tested shortly after the break with a shot from Ferris which was palmed to safety.
Alex Ferguson scored the Town fourth of the night as he headed the ball down with 19 minutes remaining and after advancing into the box, he slotted the ball past Cottington in front of the FastPlant Town End.
Substitute Callum McCormack made it 5-1 on 78 minutes with a drilled shot from the edge of the area which flew across Cottington and into the far corner of the net. Mark Francis netted the sixth of the night with a low driven effort from the right just before the full-time whistle went.
F/T: Swindon Town U18s 6 Sholing 1