YOU have got to pick two strikers to feature up front in your fantasy Swindon Town all-time XI that you have seen play. Who are you picking?

If, like me, you’ve only been watching games at the County Ground and beyond since around the millennium (a 2-0 loss to Stoke City in case you were wondering), there are probably only four strikers you could really consider.

‘Super’ Sammy Parkin, the wily Simon Cox, a young Charlie Austin or ‘The Ginger Pele’ Eoin Doyle.

Parkin was the most prolific with 73 goals while Austin had the most efficient record – scoring a goal in 57 per cent of his games.

Cox was no slouch either finishing two shy of 50 goals in 88 Swindon appearances.

But Doyle, who has now scored 10 goals in his last seven games – with a strike in each one of those games by the way – would probably slot in alongside ‘super’ Sammy for me.

Of course, the Bradford City loanee has only been at the club for a few months, but doesn’t that show what kind of effect he is having?

Doyle is making such a difference that he has played a significant part in turning a trying, middling team into table toppers.

The Irish forward has now scored 17 goals in his 20 appearances under manager Richie Wellens after bagging the latest in a long line courtesy of a tap-in from six yards during Swindon’s 1-0 win over Mansfield Town at the weekend.

The result maintained the club’s place at the summit despite a frenetic yet thoroughly enjoyable League Two clash in which the visitors would have felt extremely hard done by not to come away with at least a point.

But that’s the difference, you see – one team had a finisher so good he could probably wrap up Brexit within days while the other had a forward who slashed his team’s best chance wide with the goal at his mercy. We are talking about fantasies after all.

And while there were only fine margins to choose from in forward areas for both teams, it was at the back where the game was won at the weekend.

Following Doyle doing what Doyle does best, it was the turn of the men at the other end to play their part in securing the type of result that all promotion hopefuls will need to secure often throughout a successful campaign.

Experienced defender Paul Caddis – who was starting a Swindon game for the first time since a 0-0 draw against Bradford on May 5, 2012 – started in a back four alongside the superb Mathieu Baudry, the athletic Zeki Fryers and the versatile Rob Hunt while the ever-improving Steven Benda retained his place between the sticks.

The defensive group had little to do at the back in the opening third - Debutante Caddis’ greatest contribution was hitting the inside of Conrad Logan’s post in the eighth minute as he cut inside from the right-wing to almost kick his second stint in front of the County Ground faithful off perfectly.

Their counterparts did not start so brightly – under a barrage of Swindon pressure, Mansfield saw Matt Preston and Alistair Smith pick up yellows before the pressure finally told.

After Grant’s cross was beautifully controlled by Kaiyne Woolery at the far post, the winger’s shot was far less majestic but served as a perfect cross for an unmarked Doyle to tap in from four yards out.

Swindon could and maybe should have made it two 10 minutes before the break following contributions from two of their defenders.

Fryers picked out Hunt down the left before the full-back cut back onto his right foot and crossed towards Woolery and Doyle.

The pair got in each other’s way though when rising to head, and the chance was lost.

Seconds later, Conrad Logan had to be at his best to turn Doyle’s scuffed effort onto the bar following a lovely team move from Swindon.

Not to be outdone, home stopper Steven Benda took his turn to perform heroics for his team up the other end.

Jacob Mellis was played through one on one, but the German stayed big to deny the visitors and maintain the score at the break.

The game continued at the same breakneck speed after the interval with Hamilton and half-time substitute Danny Rose wasting half-chances in the early moments.

Baudry and Caddis had to be at their most supple to poke the ball away from Maynard on a breakaway before Benda produced another fine save just before the hour mark to prevent Hamilton from scoring a close-range header.

The visitors had a golden chance to equalise in the 60th minute after a poorly-executed defensive header from Fryers allowed Maynard through on goal.

Benda slipped just before Maynard took his strike, but even still the striker couldn’t find the target and Richie Wellens’ men were let off the hook.

With the home defence fully entrenched in bend-but-do-not-break mode, Wellens reacted by throwing on Tom Broadbent to sure things up.

The towering defender performed admirably, and with Swindon’s defence maintaining a remarkably high line for the remainder of the game, it would be a fairly serene final 20 minutes in which Wellens’ men would comfortably see out the best Mansfield could muster.

The top scorer in Europe, five league wins in a row, top of the league.

This is no fantasy. Next up, a trip to Grimsby.