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Sat 16th December
EVO-STIK South League West
Cirencester Town
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Sat 23rd December
EVO-STIK South League West
Slimbridge
V
Paulton Rovers
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Tue 26th December
EVO-STIK South League West
Shortwood United
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
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Slimbridge v Winchester City - Postponed
Saturday 9th December
Today's game has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

 
Didcot Town 4-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 3rd December
The first chance of the game fell to the home side with Cameron McNeil’s shot being saved by Swans keeper Ollie Hall. Slimbridge then had a really good 20 minute spell with Adam Mace firing wide from 35 yards and then Mike Bryant getting on to the end of a Mace through ball that was blocked by the home keeper Leigh Bedwell and defender Same Elkins.  Another well delivered through ball from Mace over the top of the home defence for Sean Lawson was headed away by the advancing Bedwell under pressure from Lawson.  Joe Wilton’s shot from 25 yards out sailed over after some great interplay from new signing Jake Robinson, Alex Hoyle and Bryant.

The home side then took control with a number of dangerous corners before they put the ball into the back of the Swans net on 32 minutes however this was ruled out for a foul in the box.  A minute later Didcot took the lead through Marlon Agyakwa who slotted home after some good interplay down the right.

Didcot continued to press for the remainder of the half, with Hall called into action spilling a fierce David Murphy shot before a Rich Twaite block stopped Agyakwa getting his shot away on goal. Slimbridge’s then had two chances 5 minutes before half time, Lawson’s shot from Wilton’s cross was deflected wide for a corner then Hoyle’s header from the corner was pushed wide by Bedwell.

The second half started with Didcot on the front foot, Twaite again did well blocking a goal bound shot.  At the other end Korey Pring’s pin point pass found Mace who’s shot was well saved by the home keeper.  Murphy’s cross into the Swans box found the lively Felipe Barcelos but his shot was blocked for a corner.

Hall’s long clearance found Lawson in space and forced Bedwell into a low save under pressure from the chasing defence.  On 56 minutes Didcot were awarded a dubious penaly when Hall was judged to have triped Barcelos wide of the goal.  Hall however pulled off a fantastic save to his right to deny the home side a second goal. It wasn’t long before Barcelos finally got onto the score sheet tapping in from 2 yards after Hall had made another great save but could not hold on to the ball.  

The home side dominated the last quarter of the game with Hall saving Elkins free kick and Seth Humphries firing wide from close range.  With 5 minutes remaining a Barcelos run down the right was pulled back for the on rushing Humphries to fire home from 20 yards to give the home side a 3 goal lead.  The final goal of the game came in stoppage time after yet another great save from Hall was tapped in this time by substitute Ollie Thomas.

Slimbridge: Hall, Pring, Robinson, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner (Ward 83), Twyman, Bryant (L Payne 45), Lawson, Wilton, Mace. 

Supporters Man of the Match: Korey Pring

 
Slimbridge 1 – 8 Wimborne Town
Saturday 25th November
A patched up Swans side missing 6 regular players through injury and suspension were beaten by a well organised Wimborne side, playing some good attacking and entertaining football. 

After some good early exchanges from both sides, Luke Burbidge’s cross was thundered against the bar from 5 yards out by James Stokoe, whilst at the other end Karl Nash had a shot pushed around the post by the visiting keeper Gerard Benfield.  Ollie Hall in the home goal was called into action to pull off a great save from Burbidge after Henry Birkett was disposed in the middle.

Wimborne took the lead on 15 minutes with Stokoe looping the ball over Hall from 20 yards out on the right. Four minutes later Slimbridge levelled the score, Karl Nash supplied a neat through ball for Sean Lawson to run onto and tuck past Benfield.

Within five minutes Matt Oldring put Wimborne back in front on heading home at the far post unopposed from a corner after another great save from Hall.  The visitors increased their lead two minutes later Tobias Holmes latching onto a long through ball to slot past Hall.  Wimborne’s fourth came in the 31st minute; Jack Lovell’s cross was met by Louis Kellaway who fired home from inside the box. On the stroke of half time Kieran Squires committed a foul 30yards from goal, the resulting free kick from Billy Maybury’s flew into the top corner to leave Hall with no chance and make it five goals to the visitors.

Slimbridge made a change at half time with the struggling Squires being replaced by Nathan Payne at left back.  Maybury scored his second and Wimborne’s sixth on 49 minutes with a 30 yard screamer from open play.  

Slimbridge were awarded a penalty on 51 minutes, Nash was bundled over in the box after collecting a Lawson pass from the right the referee awarding the Swans a penalty. Nash summed up the homes sides day firing the spot kick well over the bar.
  
Wimborne’s seventh came on 65 minutes through visiting substitute Luke Holmes whom finding the top corner of the net from 20 yards.  The visitor’s goal feast was completed in stoppage time by Luke Burbidge whose mazy run beat 3 Slimbridge players and slotted the ball across Hall and into the far corner.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Squires (N Payne 45), Pring, Thwaite, Birkett, L Payne, Ward, Nash, Lawson (Philp 53), Wilton (Hoskins 70)

Attendance: 98

Supporters Man of the Match: Ollie Hall

 
Another Sad Day For The Swans Family - Doug Gray
Wednesday 22nd November
It is with sadness that we learnt this week of the passing of our former manager Doug Gray.  

Doug was instrumental in laying the foundations of the team’s rise from the Gloucestershire County League to the Hellenic Premier League.  He was also the manager that introduced Freddy Ward, and former manager Leon Sterling to the club as players who themselves more recently guided the Swans to the Southern League.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very sad time.

 
Swindon Supermarine A-A Slimbridge
Sunday 19th November
Competitive local derby played in awful weather conditions abandoned late in the second half due to serious injury to Swans striker Marley Thomas when the game was poised at 1 – 1.

Slimbridge started the game well putting some early pressure on the home side, however it was Marine who had the first real chance on 8 minutes with Josh Parsons firing over the bar.  Three minutes later the visitors took the lead with a well worked move started by Dean Turner on the right playing a neat pass to Marley Thomas in the middle.  Thomas’s run split the defence wide open for Joe Wilton to run onto a perfectly weighted through ball and lofted over the home keeper and into the net.

At the other end, the dangerous Connor Thompson’s shot was deflected with by a last ditch Alex Hoyle tackle, soon followed by Korey Pring blocking a goal bound shot again by Thompson who was causing the visiting defence all sorts of trouble.
The Swans lead should have been doubled on 20 minutes when Mace played a long ball over the home defence for Thomas to run onto but he hit his shot at keeper Josh Hill was well saved.  Luke Payne failed to hit the target from a Sean Lawson cross with a shot over the bar from 18 yards out.

Swindon then piled on the pressure for the remainder of the half with Parsons’ shooting wide and both Joe Selman and Thompson having shots blocked by the visiting defence.  

Slimbridge were forced into an early second half substitution when goal scorer Wilton failed to shrug off a hamstring injury and was replaced by manager Freddy Ward, with Paul Chappell taking Fred’s role in the dugout.  Marine increased the pressure on the visiting side with Thompson and Ryan Campbell having shots blocked and Parsons hitting the side netting.
On 75 minutes, visiting captain Hoyle received his second yellow card and marching orders for a mistimed tackle in the box leading to the home side being awarded a penalty.  Brad Hooper duly dispatching the spot kick past Ollie Hall to level the scores.  A minute later a Sam Turl pass found Thomas in space and his shot was tipped over the bar by Hill.

The game effectively ended on 78 minutes, Thomas ran the ball on the left to the by line and put a delightful cross in to the advancing Lawson whose shot was saved well by the keeper.  Home defender Joe Shepherd sliding tackle on Thomas as he put the cross in, accidently caught Thomas resulting in a serious injury to the visiting striker.  Shepherd was shown a straight red card for the tackle followed by a second yellow and sending off for Swans midfielder Turner who reacted to the challenge on his team mate.

Due to the nature of the injury, a suspected broken leg/ankle an ambulance was called, after a wait of 20 minutes during which time Thomas was treated on the pitch by the Swans Physio Lucy Pearce and the home medical staff the referee decided to abandon the game.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace Pring, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner, L Payne, Lawson, Wilton (Ward 50), Thomas


Fortunately the injury turned out to be ligament damage with no break.  All at Slimbridge AFC would like to thank the Medical staff at Swindon Supermarine for their fantastic assistance in helping Lucy look after Marley and their hospitality during and after the game. We wish Marley well for a speedy recovery



 
Slimbridge 1 - 5 Yate Town
Friday 17th November
Swans suffer second heavy home defeat in a week, with Jekyll and Hyde performance.  

Slimbridge started the game brightly with Marley Thomas and Max Harper-Emerson causing the visiting defence all sorts of trouble.  At the other end the fast paced James Difford shot wide when well placed on the edge of the box.  On 18 minutes Harper-Emerson had a recurrence of his ankle injury and was replaced by Sean Lawson.

Six minutes later the visitors took the lead when a through ball from Difford found Ben Brookes who lifted the ball over Ollie Hall and into the net.  The lead only lasted five minutes as the home side got back on level terms; Lawson made a run on the left pushing the ball across to Jack Twyman whose neat pass found Thomas on the right to slot home past the advancing Harvey Rivers in the visiting goal.

The home side were now on top, Mikey Bryant heading over from close range from a Alex Hoyle cross on the right.  Hoyle then lifted a great ball over the visiting defence for Lawson to run onto but Rivers managed to gather.  As the half ended Rich Twaite made a last minute tackle on Brooks when looking to shoot on goal.

At the start of the second half, Bryant was replaced by Dean Turner in a tactical move by the home side.  A minute after the restart, Thomas had the ball in the net only to be harshly judged offside.  At the other end Thwaite diverted a visitors shot onto his own bar and away for a corner.  Immediately at the other end Thomas shot wide when bearing down on goal with only Rivers in the goal to beat.

The tide turned on 55 minutes when Yate defender Matson Evans was allowed to run into the Swans box and his shot cannoned into the net off the nearside post to give the visitors the lead.  From this point on the home side failed to get a grasp on the game and went on to concede a third on 73 minutes when Kyle Tooze’s shot bounced back off the bar for Brooks to tap in.  Ten minutes later Brooks completed his hatrick after a great through ball from Steve Davies.  Davies then completed the scoring with two minutes of the game left shooting across the advancing Hall into the far corner.

Slimbridge: Hall, Pring, Squires (Wilton 60), Thwaite, Hoyle, L Payne, Twyman, Bryant (Turner), Mace, Harper-Emerson (Lawson), Thomas

Supporters Man of the match: Jack Twyman

Attendance 171



 
Slimbridge 3-5 Evesham United
Monday 13th November
Evesham Utd left Thornhill Park with all 3 points in an eight goal thriller in a game that kept the supporters warm on a rather cold afternoon. A minutes silence was held prior to kick off in respect of both Armistice day and the sad loss of Swans long serving committee member John Ashplant.

The Swans opened the scoring early on when Adam Mace converted a good cross from Marley Thomas, firing Low past Kevin Sawyer in the eighth minute. Ex Swan Paul Fahy was causing the Swans defence problems with his mazy runs and Ollie Hall in the home goal did well to parry a blistering shot from Fahy over his bar after twenty minutes.  Fahy should have equalised five minutes later but he fired his shot over after a good cross from Jordan Bryan.

Play was end to end on the well prepared,slick surface and efforts from Lewis Powell and Adam Mann went unrewarded for the visitors whilst at the other end Sean Lawson went close after Kieran Squires had set him up with a superb long ball down the left. Lawson then disposed a defender and looked certain to score but his shot was cleared and went for a corner.
Slimbridge were more than holding their own and good moves resulted in both Mace and Lawson going close. With the last attack of the half the visitors drew level. A excellent run and cross by Fahy was well headed home by the advancing Powell as both teams went in for their half time break.

Swans manager Freddy Ward  introduced Max Harper-Emerson after the break, replacing Kieran Squires as the home side looked to score a second and they really should have done on 52 minutes when Lawson excellent run and cross found Thomas with just Sawyer to beat but he completely fluffed his shot. Jack Twyman picked up the first caution of the afternoon a minute later for a shirt pull and referee Ollie Williams who had a excellent afternoon levelled things up by issuing a yellow card to Evesham's Matt Liddiard for holding back Lawson. On 56 minutes the visitors took the lead when Liddiard headed home a cross from the right.

Things were made harder for the Swans when Twyman made a silly challenge on Adam Mann which left the referee with the easy option of showing him a second yellow card. Although now a man down the Swans equalised after after a shot by Thomas took a wicked deflection on its way into the net past the helpless Sawyer. Just two minutes later Evesham regained the lead when Mann fired in from close range as the excitement continued.

Slimbridge had a big appeal for a penalty turned down when Thomas appeared to be upended in the box but the referee was having none of it. Evesham started to turn the screw now and went 4-2 up after 69 minutes when Carl Brown was left unmarked and he nodded home Liddiard cross. On 87 minutes it was 5-2 when Powell notched his second goal of the game, converting another cross from close in. A pulsating game was completed when Harper-Emerson converted Lawsons cross after 88 minutes.

Both sides should be commended for entertaining a crowd of 182, the visitors deserving the points in their quest for promotion. Slimbridge now turn their attentions to Wednesday evening when Yate Town are the visitors to Thornhill Park, 7.45pm K.O.

Team: Hall: Turl:Squires ( Harper-Emerson 45):Thwaite:Hoyle:Ward:Twyman:Birkett( Wilton 70) Lawson: Mace (Pring 70) Thomas.Unused sub: Turner.

Supporters man of the match: Alex Hoyle.

ATT: 182.
 
Change of date for Cinderford game
Wednesday 8th November
Our New Year's Day game at Thornhill Park against Cinderford Town has been moved forward at the agreement of both clubs, and now will now take place on Saturday December 30th, with a 1pm Kick Off.


 
 
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