Harrogate T 1 – 4 Swindon

Swindon offered a timely reminder of their play-off credentials as Louie Barry and Josh Davison both bagged braces in a crushing 4-1 victory at Harrogate.

Luke Armstrong grabbed the hosts’ consolation in the fourth minute of stoppage time but the victory kept Ben Garner’s men, who had entered the game without a win in three games, in the wake of the top seven .

Harrogate, meanwhile, have yet to mathematically secure their Sky Bet League Two status for the next term after a seventh defeat in nine games.

Swindon totally dominated a one-sided first half, Jack Payne seeing a deflected effort at the edge of the box hit a post before Barry opened the scoring in the 24th minute.

The teenager on loan from Aston Villa was unmarked at the far post to head in Mandela Egbo’s right wing cross from three yards out.

He then added a second to the half-hour mark when he was again left uncontested in the same position to meet another delivery from Egbo after Louis Reed’s excellent through ball into the right channel.

The visitors should have taken an even bigger lead in the interval as Barry fired straight at Joe Cracknell when he was given a clear run on the home goal and Davison took a side foot from six yards out.

But Davison was more clinical in the 51st minute when he scored from eight yards after Ellis Iandolo’s powerful run from the halfway line into the penalty area.

He then doubled his personal shot for the afternoon, firing inside the post near an exposed Cracknell from 10 yards out after being played through the right channel by Payne.

The visitors were also close to adding a fifth when Iandolo’s spectacular late strike hit the crossbar before Armstrong pounced from close range after Jojo Wollacott parried Simon Power’s firm drive.

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