Swindon Town Women ran rampant in their second consecutive game at the County Ground, swatting Southampton Women aside with a 6-2 victory.

A frenetic first half saw Swindon leading at the break as Annie Colston scored a brace in the space of 20 minutes, as well as Ellie Strippel finding the back of the net, but goals from Erin Bloomfield and Izzie Thorogood kept it a close encounter.

But Town ran away with the game after half-time as Strippel got her second, as well as Helena Diaz-Butcher and Taylor MacDonald grabbing goals of their own.

It took just three minutes for Swindon to find the back of the net as Colston made a great run in behind and nipped ahead of the defender to win the ball before rounding the goalkeeper and turning her shot into the net.

Southampton struck back three minutes later as Swindon were caught playing out from the back, allowing Megan Wood to send Bloomfield through on goal, and she finished low into the bottom corner.

The blockbuster start continued in the seventh minute when Strippel picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and dribbled beyond three Southampton defenders before curling her shot precisely into the bottom corner.

Town reaped the rewards of Strippel’s dangerous dribbling as she received the ball on the by-line from a throw-in, before driving inside parallel to the touchline and then picked out Colston, who tapped home.

The game was on a knife edge at the break after Thorogood took a corner from the right and swung it into the near post, which was left by Billie Haynes and Emily McGrogan could not react quickly enough to keep it out.

Two minutes after the break Swindon built an attack down the left as Haynes and Strippel exchanged passes, she flicked the ball around the corner to Colston and she delivered a low cross to give Diaz-Butcher a simple tap-in.

Strippel got a spectacular second ten minutes into the second half as a Southampton throw-in went wrong, a full 35 yards from goal Strippel spotted the goalkeeper off her line and chipped the ball over her head.

As the clock was ticking down on a fine performance, Strippel whipped in a corner that was never truly cleared before coming out to MacDonald on the edge of the area, she took a touch before arrowing a shot through a crowd of bodies and into the bottom corner.