Sol Pryce scored the only goal of the game as Swindon Town U18's beat Northampton Town 1-0 in the Second Round of The FA Youth Cup at The Energy Check County Ground this evening.
The young Reds, who were missing a couple of key players due to suspension, knew that a victory would confirm a Third Round tie at home to Nottingham Forest.
And the prospect of testing themselves against quality opposition certainly proved to be motivation enough with the opener arriving after just eleven minutes.
Wilf White was able to pump a superb ball into the box and Sol Pryce was on hand to head home, adding to his two goals in the First Round.
James Gillard was then off-target for the visitors before Town had a golden opportunity to double their advantage, but Ralph Graham could only slam wide after latching onto Elliott Dugan's pinpoint cut-back.
Swindon were the better team and they carved out another golden opportunity just past the hour mark after White floated a free-kick into the box which Graham met, although his header was straight at Adam North in the Northampton goal.
There was a cagey start to the second-half but Town were still looking the most likely to add to their lead and they went close again, Graham once more making a menace of himself as he curled an effort inches wide of the far post.
The home side weren't having it their own way though and they survived a scare just past the hour mark when Dean Whaler fired just wide for the Cobblers.
Archie Matthews then got down well to smother a shot from James Gillard, before Town carved out a couple of chances to kill the game off.
Ollie Rejek drilled a well-struck shot inches wide before Pryce rattled the underside of the bar and Teo Atik slammed the rebound against the post, although another goal wasn't needed with Swindon securing their place in the Third Round.
TEAMS AND STATS:
SCORERS - Sol Pryce (11).
SWINDON TOWN U18'S - Matthews, Blackwell, Romanski, Haines, Rejek, Graham, White (Rhys Wells 72), Dugan (Teo Atik 83), Pryce, Edwards, Stanley.
SUBS NOT USED - Drag, Digweed, Rejek.
NORTHAMPTON TOWN - North, Marett, Hughes, J Williams, J Williams, Anaele, Whaler, Patrick, Gillard, Roberts, Bako (Jack Daldy 82).
SUBS NOT USED - Jarvis, Lashley, Newell, Sunn.
TOWN U18'S - Luke Haines.
Referee - Tom Ellsmore.