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Sat 24th November
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Slimbridge
V
Winchester City
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Sat 1st December
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Melksham Town
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Sat 8th December
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
AFC Totton
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
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Moneyfields 1-0 Slimbridge
Tuesday 20th November
The Swans made their longest journey of the season to Portsmouth on Saturday to take on third placed Moneyfields FC and returned home pointless despite battling brilliantly with ten men for 80 minutes of the game.

The game was just ten minutes old when Slimbridge were reduced to ten players after Joe Noakes was adjudged to have used an illegal elbow by referee James Robinson.

Despite this the Swans took the game to their hosts and near misses by Jamie Martin and Yeshaya Lomotey gave the visitors some confidence.

Moneyfields started to attack in force but some sterling work by the Swans back four kept them at bay but further disaster struck for the visitors just before the break when Ben Hands was stretchered off with a serious leg injury, later to be confirmed as a ruptured ACL which will see the popular midfielder sidelined for at least the rest of the season.

The second period was a case of defend in numbers for the Swans who had to dig in deep to prevent the home side from opening the scoring.

Just as it seemed the Swans had done enough to hold on for a point a soft shot from substitute Joseph Briggs after 78 minutes seemed to take a bobble and go under the body of keeper Eric Edge to break the hearts of the travelling supporters.

So despite a narrow defeat, their first in three games, Slimbridge can take heart from yet another good performance and look forward to hosting fellow strugglers Winchester City at Thornhill Park on Saturday, 3pm.

Everyone at Slimbridge AFC would like to send Ben Hands their best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Slimbridge: Edge, King, Mbunga, Pring, Hands (Mendes 27) Noakes, Smith, Myron Turner, Dunbar, Martin, Lomotey (Bloomfield 82)
Unused Sub: Lewis Adams (G/K)

Attendance: 104

Supporters man of the match: Dan King.

 
Moneyfields 1-0 Slimbridge
Saturday 17th November
A late second half goal downs the Swans today.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men by half time, Joe Noakes seeing red after 16 minutes

Full report to follow...

 
Cirencester Town 3-3 Slimbridge
Wednesday 14th November
Swans concede late equaliser in thrilling draw against high flying local rivals Cirencester Town.

Slimbridge made two changes to the starting lineup with Jamie Martin and Liam Smith starting up front with Ewen Dunbar and Yeshaya Lomotey dropping to the bench keeping the same formation of five at the back that bought wins against Melksham and Paulton.


It was the Swans that started the game brightly, Dan King shot blocked by Alexandru Albert followed up a few minutes later with some neat interplay between Christien Turner and Jamie Martin resulting in a corner to the Swans with 11 minutes gone.  Joe Noakes header from the corner was blocked but in the scramble Will Hawes poked the ball home to give the visitors the lead.

Two minutes later Tommy Andersons cross was tipped away by Eric Edge in the Swans goal before Edge was forced into another save this time from the head of Alan Griffin.  Hawes pounced on a loose ball in the middle of the park laying it through to Martin on the right after beating a home defender but fired his shot inches wide of the post.

Slimbridge had the ball in the net again on 29 minutes, Smith getting his head to Edge’s goal kick flicking the ball through for Hawes to run onto and tuck the ball into the net, however Hawes was flagged offside.

The Centurions pulled the game level on 34 minutes, Adam Connolly heading home from a corner at the near post. As the half time whistle neared, Martin was just beaten to the ball by home keeper Martin Horsell after a neat lob over the defence by Dean Turner.

Slimbridge introduced Ewen Dunbar for goal scorer Will Hawes at the start of the second half and it was Dunbar that made an instant impact 90 seconds after coming on.  Jayden Maddock’s long run down the right flank passing two home defenders gave him space to provide a pin point cross into the box to allow Dunbar to back heel the ball into the net restoring the Swans lead.

The lead lasted only a couple of minutes, when Henry Spalding’s cross on the left found Ben Whitehead who made no mistake in firing past Edge to equalise.  Edge was called into action again soon after saving Spalding’s header and gathering Will Christopher’s shot.

As this entertaining game flowed end to end, Smith and Dunbar linked up only for Dunbars shot to fall directly to Horsell.  On the hour mark Edge tipped away Andersons cross before Dean Turner forced a save from Horsell down at the other end.

It was Slimbridge who broke the deadlock for the third time in the game, a move from the back resulting in a ball to Dunbar who beat two defenders before firing into the net past Horsell.  Cirencester continued to press Edge saving Connolly’s header from a flurry of corners to the home side.

The Swans should have extended the lead when Martin just failed to get on the end of Dunbar’s cross from the right when in clear space in front of goal.  As the game continued into the last 10 minutes Slimbridge soaked up more and more pressure from the home side, Christien Turner clearing from a series of corners and Maddock making an important block inside the visitors box.  

As the Swans desperately tried to on to their lead, four minutes into injury time Cirencester scored their third to bring the game level from a corner through substitute Ellis Dunton.  There was still time for Cirencester to almost win the game Whitehead forcing Edge into a save and a header from the home side in a crowded box clipping the post.


A well-deserved point for the Swans lifts them another place up the league and some much needed confidence travelling to third place Moneyfields on Saturday.

Slimbridge: Edge, Maddock, King (Mbunga 90), Pring, C Turner, Noakes, D Turner, M Turner, Martin, Hawes (Dunbar 45), Smith

Supporters Man of the match: Liam Smith
 
Slimbridge 1-0 Paulton Rovers
Sunday 11th November
Slimbridge winning run continues with hard fought home win.

The Swans taste victory at home against a tough Paulton side that had a majority of the chances however Will Hawes second half goal was enough to seal the points.

Photo (c) Red Piranha Photography

An unchanged Slimbridge side from a midweek cup victory were put under pressure early on, former Swan Ben Prictor’s corner bouncing off the top of the cross bar after 5 minutes.  Joe Noakes gave the ball away on the edge of the area Jack Ball failed to capitalise firing his shot wide.  Eric Edge was then called into action saving Dale Evans shot from just outside the box.  Joe Hilliard tried his luck from distance but his hot sailed wide of the goal.

The home side were finding it difficult to hold onto the ball with Paulton putting pressure on the Swans back line playing three across the back which managed to hold firm.   Mitch Tippins shot was fired wide before Slimbridge finally got sight of the opposition goal, Noakes free kick on the left from the halfway line was fired over the top of the visitors defence unfortunately Ewen Dunbar could not quite get on the end of it with just under 20 minutes played.

On 20 minutes Liam Monelle’s shot cleared the home bar as Slimbridge continued to soak up the continued pressure from the Rovers midfield.  Paulton’s Ball forced Edge into a save after Noakes was robbed of the ball inside of the Swans box.

Rovers should have taken the lead on 32 minutes, Monelle shot hitting the angle from 18 yards with Edge unsighted in the home goal.  A minute later Slimbridge had there only real chance of the half, Yeshaya Lomotey playing a delightful through ball to Dunbar whose effort was well saved by Rob Brown in the visitors goal.

With the first half coming to a close, Ball again getting into a scoring chance this time Edge saving his shot from close range, Hilliard firing the follow up wide from a narrow angle on the right.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first, Charlie Hitchings getting on the end of a corner but his header was wide.  The Swans failed to trouble Brown in the early stages, Hawes free kick was easily caught along with a deep cross from Jaden Maddock on the right.

On 58 minutes Slimbridge’s luck continued, Ben Withey’s cross from the right fired in to Tippins whose shot cannoned back off the base of the post from 20 yards.  Withey again on the right beating his marker this time his cross found Ball who forced another save from Edge with 65 minutes of the game gone.

A minute later, it was the Swans that made the break through with only their second chance of the game.  Jaime Laird played the ball back to Brown and under pressure from Dunbar miskicked his clearance; Hawes pounced on the loose ball firing past the helpless Brown into the empty net giving the home side the lead against the run of play.

Despite going a goal behind Paulton continued to put pressure on the home sides defence, Korey Pring blocking a host from Tippins on 70 minutes then two minutes later a Rovers free kick from the left forcing Christien Turner to clear off his own line.

At the other end substitute Jamie Martins run down the right flank resulting in a cross to Hawes however his shot was well wide.  Moments later Hitchings forced a point blank save from Edge in the home goal Edge hooking the ball away for a corner.
Deep in injury time Hawes pass from the right found Liam Smith running in his first time shot was expertly finger tipped around the post by Brown.


The Swans face two tough away league games this week, travelling to playoff hopefuls Cirencester Town on Tuesday night and then a long trip to Hampshire on Saturdays to face high flying Moneyfields.  The unbeaten Under 18’s also play midweek when they face Pegasus Juniors in a Midland Floodlit Youth League match at Thornhill Park on Thursday evening with a 7:45pm kick off.

Slimbridge: Edge, Maddock (Hands 90_4), King, Pring, C Turner, Noakes, D Turner, M Turner, Dunbar (Martin 69), Hawes, Lomotey(Smith 71)

Attendance: 105

Supporters Man of the match: Eric Edge

 
Melksham 0-4 Slimbridge
Wednesday 7th November
The Swans progressed to the 3rd round of the City Security Services League Challenge Cup with a impressive performance against high flying Melksham Town at the infiLED Arena on Tuesday evening, scoring four goals without reply.

The Superb playing surface and the very impressive surroundings seemed to suit the visitors as they took the game to their hosts right from the off.

Just 4 minutes in and Slimbridge were ahead when Dan King's corner found the head of Korey Pring.

It was all Slimbridge as Will Hawes fired wide and Jaden Maddock saw his effort also go just wide.

At the other end Swans keeper had to rush from his box to clear a through ball but his clearance found Brad Norris who hit his shot wide when the goal was open to him.

Joe Noakes was next to go close as Slimbridge kept up the pressure and they deservedly increased their lead on 11 minutes when Will Hawes fired home from 15 yards.

Maddock was denied a certain goal when clean through by a superb sliding tackle from home defender Jamie Lyons.

On the half hour the Swans went 3 up when Maddock went on a great run up the right wing, his cross found Hawes who did well to set up Dan King to fire home from 10 yards.

Melksham tried to reduce the deficit before half time but Edge pushed round a good effort from Gary Higdon to ensure the Swans went into the break 3 goals to the good.

The home side had their best spell of the night at the re start, Lyons fired just over and a Jake Hutchins header was also too high.

On 60 minutes Hawes was fouled 30 yards out and the striker dusted himself down and struck a fierce free kick against the home side's crossbar.

The game was sealed on 69 minutes when Ewen Dunbar found himself in space and finished well past Kauppinen in the home goal.

A triple substitution by Swans manager Lee Driver-Dickerson on 75 mins introduced some fresh legs as the manager tried to see the game out, Hands, Martin and Bloomfield replacing Noakes, Maddock and Captain Dean Turner.
As the clock wound down a good run and cross from Bloomfield just eluded Martin at the far post as referee Craig Scrivens blew for full time.

The Swans return to Thornhill Park on Saturday where they entertain Paulton Rovers in a League encounter,3pm.
Then on Tuesday 13th Nov they make the short trip to Cirencester Town, 7.45pm for a Gloucestershire 'Derby' against a Centurion side who have also had a excellent start to the season.

Slimbridge: Edge, Maddock (Bloomfield 77) King, Pring, Christien Turner, Noakes (Hands 73), Dean Turner (Martin 75), Myron Turner, Dunbar, Hawes, Lomotey.
Sub not used: Dempsey

Attendance: 125

Supporters Man of the Match: Myron Turner.

 
Street 3-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 4th November
A Missed penalty and controversial goal see Swans defeated on the road.

Slimbridge returned from Somerset disappointed not to earn any points despite a strong second half performance, a game where a penalty miss and a first half goal from the hosts that should not have stood would have undoubtabley changed the final outcome.   But football is a game of if’s and buts

Dean Turner almost got his name on the scoresheet with 3 minutes on the clock, his audacious lob from 30 yards just sailing over the crossbar with Streets keeper Tom Pinchard beaten.  At the other end Swans Max Harper-Emerson did well to sheppard the ball away from Harry Foster as he burst through the middle.  The home side achieved the first shot on goal with David O’Hare firing a weak shot at Eric Edge returning from injury in the visitor’s goal.

Slimbridge’s first real attack saw Jamie Martin running the ball into the home box only to be brought down by Pinchard resulting in the referee awarding the Swans a penalty on 17 minutes.  Edji Mbunga stepped up firing the ball down the middle allowing Pinchard to make the save.

A spell of pressure by the home side followed with the Swans holding strong with Korey Pring and Joe Noakes at the heart of the defence.  A controversial decision on 33 minutes appeared to turn the game, Streets Jamie Short caught the Swans off guard raced towards goal with Pring chasing him down.  As Pring drew level, Short barged Pring out of the way drawing a flag from the assistant referee on the touchline, leaving Pring on the floor and Short to slot the ball into Edge’s left hand corner.  After consultation the referee overruled the assistant’s flag and awarded the goal much to the disgust of the Swans players and travelling support.


Early on in the second half the visitors found themselves two goals behind, the home sides substitute Ed Butcher getting the ball inside the 18 yard box firing through the legs of Noakes taking a deflection into the bottom right corner out of reach of Edge.

Slimbridge now desperate to pull a goal back started to play some neat passing football, Jayden Maddox in particular getting forward on the right causing the home defence problems.  It was Maddox cross from the right that found Dean Turner in the middle but his shot was not strong enough to beat Pinchard.  The Swans goal came on 58 minutes, Harper-Emerson’s cross field ball from left to right found Ewen Dunbar who skipped past a home defender to slot the ball into the far left corner of the net.

Street responded from a free kick, James Short crossing the ball for Foster who’s header struck the post with Edge called into action to save the follow up shot.  Both sides were pressing for more goals, Edge had to tip over direct from a Street corner and Maddox cross caused panic in the home defence with Pinchard forced to punch clear.

Dan King gave away a needless corner with less than ten minutes remaining, again Edge tipping the ball over the bar direct from the corner.  The following corner fell kindly to the Swans substitute Liam Smith who cleared.
With 5 minutes remaining Slimbridge pushing men forward looking for an equaliser almost got one, Maddox cross from the right after beating two home defenders fell to Noakes in the crowded box, his shot crashing back of the bar and away to safety.

As the game entered the final few moments Street put the game beyond Slimbridge’s reach, O’Hare’s cross finding substitute Steve Murray clear to fire past Edge and seal the home sides victory.


Slimbridge continue with a busy week of football, the senior side travelling to Melksham on Tuesday in the City Security Services league cup and then home to Paulton Rovers next Saturday, and the Under 18’s travel to Dudley on Thursday in the Midland Youth league cup.

Slimbridge: Edge, Maddox, Harper-Emerson (C Turner 88), Pring, Noakes, Hands (Smith 65), D Turner, King, Dunbar, Martin (Lamotey 65), Mbunga

Supporters Man of the match: Jayden Maddox


 
Fixture Updates
Wednesday 24th October
After winning our City Security Service League Challenge Cup tie against Merthyr Town, we have been drawn away in the second round to Melksham Town.  This game will be played on Tuesday 6th November at 7:45pm.

Originally we were due to play Cirencester Town away in the league on that night, however the Cirencester game has now been moved back a week to Tuesday 13th November at 7:45pm.

In the Gloucestershire Senior County Cup we have been drawn to play against Cheltenham Town at Waddon Road.  A date for this tie has yet to be announced.


 
Slimbridge 1-3 Fleet Town
Saturday 20th October
Fleet Town register first league win of the season against a poor Slimbridge side that had the better of the first half.

Slimbridge starting the game with two changes at the back, Ben Hands and Joe Noakes replacing Max Harper-Emerson and Christien Turner against a youthful looking Fleet Town side.  The Swans took charge of the game from the kick off Edji Mbunga’s fierce shot from the edge of the area was blocked by Ronan Silva in the heart of the visitors defence.  With 4 minutes gone a move from the back involving Ben Hands and Jamie Martin on the left threading the ball to Ewen Dunbar who cleared the bar with his shot.

A corner for Slimbridge fired over to the far side of the box found Korey Pring in space at the but his header at the back post was wide.  Fleet playing with Meshach Williams as a lone striker forced a last gasp tackle from Pring on Lamar Koroma just inside the home box, Dean Turner blocking the follow up from Connor Channon.

At the other end Yeshaya Lomotey fired over from 20 yards from a Ben Hands throw on the left.  As Fleet came into the game Slimbridge failed to handle Fleet’s dogged determination in the middle of the park.  After some good link up play between Koroma and Joe Wilson for the visitors Wilsons shot was blocked resulting in a corner that was dealt with and cleared by the Swans defence.

A bizarre incident on 31 minutes, Joe Noakes long forward pass found Ben Hands his shot hit captain Dean Turner on the goal line diverting the ball onto the post bouncing back into play however Turner was given offside.  Very little action occurred for the remainder of the half both sides going into the break goalless.

Slimbridge introduced Dan King at the start of the second half replacing Lomotey.  Fleet started on the front foot Williams early shot blocked and a minute later Wilson’s free kick on the right was swung into the box somehow evading everyone rushing in towards it.  

The deadlock was broken on 55 minutes by the visitors, Slimbridge failing to clear the ball from a corner leaving Koroma unmarked at the back post to fire the ball home.  The goal sparked the visitors into life putting pressure on the home defence firing a number of shots in mostly high and wide.

However a second goal for the visitors arrived on 74 minutes, Liam Smith heading out a Fleet corner straight to Harryson Wickens who fired the ball back into the net through a crowded box.

As time was running out for the home side, the Swans pushed everyone up for a corner on 85 minutes leaving keeper Adams at the back.  The corner put in by Smith resulted in a bit of a goal mouth scramble before the ball was cleared down field to Williams just inside his own half leaving Adams exposed.  Williams confidently striking the ball over the top of Adams from around 40 yards out finding the empty net to make it three to the visitors.

Slimbridge’s last pressure did pay off two minutes later Joe Wilton getting on the end of Dan Kings cross from the right to score from close range.  The home side were denied a second in injury time, Smiths free kick from the halfway line finding Joe Noakes unopposed to head past Harvey White in the visitors goal but was adjudged to be offside.


The Swans have a two week break to regroup with the next match on Saturday 3rd November when they make the short trip down the M5 into Somerset where they visit Southern league newcomers Street.

Slimbridge: Adams, Maddock, Hands, Pring (Hawes 74), Noakes, Smith, Turner, Lomotey (King 45), Dunbar (Wilton 74), Martin, Mbunga

Attendance: 75

 
 
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