AFTER a painful five years, nine months and twenty nine days of not winning a single FA Cup tie, David Flitcroft’s side finally gave the Town faithful something to cheer as Swindon cruised their way into the second round after beating Dartford 5-1 at Princes Park.

Thankfully our non-league opponents didn’t offer much competition as the game was over as a contest by the 26th minute thanks to a brace from Timi Elsnik, a superb strike from Harry Smith before second half goals from Amine Linganzi and Paul Mullin.

As we’ve seen in recent years playing a side from outside the Football League in the FA Cup has the potential of being full of Indiana Jones style traps laying in wait.

However, Town put on a thoroughly professional performance to move into the next round to face Stevenage at Broadhall Way in early December.

Some fans were a little disappointed with the mediocre draw, but facing a fellow League Two side away from the County Ground seems to me the best possible outcome - especially with Swindon in red hot form when on the road this season.

This week we saw an encouraging update from TrustSTFC over their plans to purchase the County Ground from the borough council.

After having their initial bid of £1.1m turned down it seems the amount needed will be more likely nearer £2m, so plans are afoot to raise the money necessary which include selling community shares, that will go on sale next year.

Having the opportunity to own our home is a chance that can’t go to waste and I would encourage all Town fans to get involved in helping the Trust fulfil their ambition of purchasing the County Ground in 2018.

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This weekend, Town return to League Two action at the County Ground as they entertain Chesterfield.

With Swindon winning their last four games in all competitions that should encourage some fans to return on Saturday after a noticeable fall in attendances this season. Lets hope those fans will have a reason to return after an entertaining performance from Flitcroft’s side and not another sleep inducing snoozefest.