Bristol Rovers game rearranged
Tuesday 30th August
Due to the rescheduling of Saturday's abandoned league One game between Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers, our GFA Challenge Trophy tie at the Memorial Stadium will now take place on Tuesday November 1st, with a 7.30pm Kick Off.
Additionally, the draw for the First Round of the SFL Challenge Cup has been completed, and we will travel to Bishops Cleeve for a tie which will take place on Tuesday, 4th October (7.45pm KO).
Bridgwater Town v Slimbridge - Match Postponed
Monday 29th August
Today's game at Bridgwater Town unfortunately had to be postponed.
A crash on the M5 near Weston Super Mare meant the M5 was closed, and with the Swans leaving Thornhill Park at midday, but still only just having reached Weston at 3pm with gridlocked traffic for miles, and the Motorway still closed, the Referee had no alternative but to postone.
We sincerely apologise to Bridgwater Town and offer our gratitude for their understanding, and we would also like to apologise to everyone travelling to the game, including our own fans who we know were caught in the same situations as ourselves, for our non-appearance at a game I know that both sides were looking forward to.
Sometimes, there is nothing else you can do than sit in a Car Park on the road going nowhere. There must be a song in there..
We will announce the date for re-arranged game as soon as it is agreed between the two clubs.
Slimbridge 2-2 Wantage Town
Saturday 27th August
A crazy first thirty minutes to this game saw Slimbridge go two goals down in 15 minutes, and then pull back level in the next fifteen. The Swans had much the better of the rest of the match, but were unable to land the killer blow, and Wantage headed back to Oxfordshire with a hard earned point. The result sees the Swans slip to 7th in the League Table, although they still remain unbeaten ahead of Monday’s trip to bottom side Bridgwater Town.
The first twenty minutes of games this season have seen the Swans start sluggishly, and this game was no exception - with only seven minutes on the clock, Adam Mace missed a tackle as Harvey Scholes attacked down the Wantage right, and Scholes’ cross was easily converted by Todd Hathaway to give the visitors the lead. Ten minutes later, it went from bad to worse for Slimbridge, when Scholes’ shot from the edge of the box took a slight deflection to leave Adrian Kowalksi in the Swans’ goal goal no chance for the second time in the game, and double Wantage’s advantage.
The fightback, when it finally kicked in, saw a couple of great moves level things up. Firstly, Adam Mace’s pinpoint diagonal saw Liam Orchard find space on the Swans’ right, and he drilled the back across the goal, giving Wantage Keeper Eddie Cavanagh no chance, to halve the deficit.
Ten minutes later, with just 30 minutes on the clock, the sides were level, when Orchard and then Sean Lawson created an opportunity for Johnny Cant, who converted from close range to even things up.
The home side gained the momentum with the turnaround, and Cant, and then Orchard were both off target as the sides went into the break level, with Wantage forced onto the back foot.
The second half continues to mirror the end of the first, with it seeming just a matter of time before the home side took the lead, but Wantage displayed an admirable work ethic to frustrate Slimbridge.
Ed Major, who had been introduced at half time for Cant, was central to many of the Swans’ best moves of the half, and had an early shot well saved by Cavanagh after good work from Sean Lawson to set him up.
Alex Hoyle was next to try his luck, a turn and shot bringing a close range save and then a goalmouth scramble, which again was cleared.
Ten minutes into the second half, Wantage had probably their best chance of the period, when Jared Jones and Scholes combined well to bring a good save from Kowalski.
Slimbridge thought they had finally broken through on the hour, when Jack Twyman's header from Mace’s corner beat Cavanagh, but ended up in the side netting just the wrong side of the Wantage post.
With 15 minutes remaining, Freddy Ward’s cross was nearly headed into his own net by James Glover, but again, the Wantage goal was leading a charmed life, and the home side were left frustrated.
Cavanagh was under severe pressure at times in the Wantage goal, but was responsible for some admirable stopping, notably from Major, then Lawson, only to see the same two beat him but miss the target by inches as Slimbridge pressed.
In the last ten minutes, it was backs to the wall for Wantage, but Ryan Thwaite’s header which drifted wide, Major’s header which was just too high, and Lawson’s effort which was superbly blocked saw the sides end up level at the end of an entertaining, but ultimately frustrating afternoon for the home side.
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Ryan Thwaite, Ward, Haskayne (Oldham 63), Twyman, Lawson, Cant (Major 45), Orchard (Payne 66)
Supporters Man of the Match: Sean Lawson
The Revolvers come back to Thornhill Park
Wednesday 24th August
The best Ska band in the West return to Thornhill Park Sept 10th. The Revolvers have previously sold out easily at SAFC, and we're sure we will have another sell out on our hands. Tickets are going fast!
Call Colin Gay 07702 070229 to book your tickets, but be quick! £5 a shot!
Fleet for a fiver! Coach details announced...
Monday 22nd August
Slimbridge FC will be running a coach to Fleet Town for their FA Cup 1st round qualifiying tie on Saturday Sept 3rd.
The Coach will be departing Thornhill Park at 11am, any supporters wishing to travel should contact Colin Gay on 07702070229, there will be a charge of £5 for Adults and £2 for U/16's and seats will be on a first come first served basis.
Slimbridge 3-0 Bedfont Sports
Saturday 20th August
The Swans progressed to the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with a comfortable victory against their Combined Counties League opponents at Thornhill Park this afternoon to set up a trip to Southern League Division One Central side Fleet Town on September 3rd.
Two first half goals from Jack Twyman put Slimbridge in control of the tie, and after Sean Lawson had extended the lead seven minutes into the second period, the game petered out to a fairly tame ending, but the Swans will have no complaints as they moved into the next round.
The first goal on ten minutes was the first of some very impressive play as Slimbridge moved the ball around very neatly - Johnny Cant’s cross was flicked on at the near post by Sean Lawson, and Jack Twyman was on hand to sweep the ball home to start the scoring.
The Swans should have doubled their lead seven minutes later, but Lawson and Ryan Thwaite’s good work could not be converted by Ed Major about a yard out.
On the half hour though, Slimbridge notched their second - Adam Mace and Lawson combined well to create another opportunity, and Tywman finished off the move well to record his second of the afternoon.
Bedfont then had by far their best period up to the break, with Simo Mbouiwi seeing his header come back into play off the Slimbridge post, before Connor Moddy saw his header drift just the wrong side of the post as the visitors pressed to try and get back into the game.
Slimbridge were still creating chances though, and Ed Major’s lob was unluckily held up by the wind, and then Archie Haskayne saw his effort blocked, before Paul Johnson brought a good stop from Swans’ Keeper Luke Merchant just before the half.
Seven minutes into the second half, the game was effectively over - Another superb Cant cross was headed back across the goal by Sean Lawson to record the Swans’ third.
Lawson was just off target ten minutes later, after more good interplay between Jack Oldham and Sam Turl had set him up, but his effort was wide.
Although Johnson, and then the lively substitute Gibbon Pasma went close for Bedfont, Slimbridge played the game out successfully to book a trip to Hampshire next month in the next round.
Prior to their next FA Cup tie, the Swans have two League encounters - Slimbridge are back at Thornhill Park next Saturday when Wantage Town are the visitors (3.00pm), before travelling to Bridgwater Town on Bank Holiday Monday (3.00pm).
Team: Merchant, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Ryan Thwaite, Twyman, Haskayne (Ward 74), Oldham, Lawson (Orchard 69), Cant, Major (Martin 59)
Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman
Slimbridge 1-1 Swindon Supermarine
Wednesday 17th August
The Swans remain unbeaten after the first four games of the season, and at the same time put an end to Marine’s 100% record so far with a battling display at Thornhill Park against a Supermarine side who surely will be contesting the play off spots at the end of the campaign.
After a goalless first period, notable for an early penalty save from Slimbridge's Man of the Match Adrian Kowalski, Rich Thwaite put the home side ahead just after the break. Marine top scorer Connor Waldon chipped in a few minutes later to level things up, and both sides had chances to nick the three points, but a draw was a fair result on the night.
The game got off to a sensational start - Adam Mace mistimed a tackle on Supermarine’s Josh Parsons with just three minutes on the clock.
Parson’s stepped up, and placed the ball to Kowalksi’s right - the Swans Keeper tipped the ball onto the post and back out into play, and then reacted well to deflect Parson’s follow up clear, before gathering the ball as it came in again for the third attempt on goal.
Parsons was proving a right handful early doors, and Kowalski made another super stop five minutes later, tipping Parsons’ shot over the bar.
As Marine pressed Joe Shepherd saw a shot deflected wide, and Parsons felt he may have had another spot kick when his whipped in cross was blocked, claiming a handball which was waved away by Referee Richard Gardner.
On 25 minutes, Slimbridge had their best chance of the game, when Sean Lawson was played in by Ed Major, and forced Marine Keeper Connor Johns into a good stop - Jack Twyman’s follow up was cleared off the line as Marine held firm.
A minute later, Johnny Cant was wide with an effort for the home side, and Major saw his effort saved after good work by Lawson.
As the game went towards the half, both sides again went close - Swans Skipper Alex Hoyle had a good effort blocked, and Jack Twyman’s long range effort brought a good save from Johns, while at the other end, Kowalski was equal to an effort from Callum Parsons, leaving the sides level at the break.
The second half began with just as much excitement as the first, with Slimbridge taking the lead two minutes in. Johhny Cant’s run down the left saw him curl in a peach of a cross, and the ball fell to Rich Thwaite, who slammed the ball home from 15 yards out to put the home side ahead.
Cant nearly doubled the advantage a minute later, when Mace and Laswon created a chance half cleared by Johns to Cant 35-odd yards out. Cant attempted to lob the Keeper, only to see his effort drift just the wrong side of the post.
Marine hit back, and on 53 minutes were level - Callum Parsons hit a neat cross to the back post and Waldon was on hand to beat Kowalski at his near post with a header to even things up.
Waldon was close again a minute later, but just couldn’t reach his header from a superb cross from Parsons which went out for a goal kick.
Both sides continued to exchange chances - Lawson and Martin both had opportunities for the hosts, while Connor Thompson and Joe Selman went close for the visitors, but, after 5 minutes minutes of stoppage time, both sides had to settle for a point, a result which probably suited the Swans better than Marine, but was a fair result after an entertaining evening’s football.
Slimbridge move onto FA Cup football at the weekend, when Bedfont Sports come to Thornhill Park for a Preliminary Round tie. The winners of that tie will travel to either Fleet Town in Hampshire, or Yate Town in the next Round on September 3rd.
Team: Kowalksi, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, ward, Twyman, Oldham (Haskayne 63), Lawson, Cant, (Martin 63) Major (Orchard 60)
Supporters Man of the Match: Adrian Kowalski
Yate Town 1-2 Slimbridge
Saturday 13th August
Slimbridge continued their unbeaten start to the season with a victory over Yate Town at Lodge Road this afternoon. After conceding, the Swans hit back straight from the kick off, just as they had done last weekend against Winchester, and a debut Southern League goal 15 minutes from time by Liam Orchard proved the ultimate difference between the two sides.
Slimbridge had a sluggish first 20 minutes and Yate had some good opportunities to get on the scoresheet early on - Two dangerously positioned free kicks were blasted firstly high and then into the Swans wall by Eugene Keary in the first 15 minutes, and Laurent Davis-Wilson shot wide after a neat exchange with the impressive looking Josh Morgan-Willams as the home side pressed.
It was not until the 23rd minute that the Swans created their first decent opportunity - Ed Major just failed to get on the end of a dangerous cross after some neat interplay between Adam Mace and Jack Twyman.
At the other end a minute later, Davis-Wilson’s effort was cleared off the line by a backtracking Jack Oldham, after Davis Wilson had taken the ball round Swans’ Keeper Adrian Kowalski, who was making his debut appearance for the club after signing from Newent.
Yate keeper Kane Mannings made an impressive stop from Nathan Price on 26 minutes, and Sean Lawson was unlucky not to connect with the rebound as the ball came back into play.
Three minutes later, Major was wide with a header after a great probing cross from Mace.
Yate’s best chance of the half came on 34 minutes when a scramble in the Swans’ box was halted by a superb Rich Thwaite block, and just on the stroke of half time, Davis-Wilson was miles too high after good work from Morgan-Williams and Camen Harvey had set him up, leaving the teams going in level at the break.
The hosts took the lead six minutes after the break, when Yate took advantage of a mix up between Kowalski and his back four, leaving Kye Mountford free to net after a scramble in the Slimbridge and put Yate ahead.
The Swans went straight back up the other end from the kick off, and Jamie Martin’s cross was headed home immediately by Ed Major to level things up.
Fifteen minutes from the end, the deadlock was broken with what turned out to be the winner - Jamie Martin and Jack Oldham combined well down the Swans’ left flank, and Oldham’s resulting cross found Liam Orchard free in the Yate box. He drilled the ball under to Mannings to record the Swans’ second of the afternoon.
Yate had one last chance to level things up in the second minute of stoppage time, but Harvey’s shot was easily saved by Kowalski, and the Swans returned back to Thornhill Park with another three precious points.
Slimbridge currently sit in third place in the League after the first week of games, with second placed Swindon Supermarine visiting Thornhill Park on Wednesday (17th, 7.45pm). The Swans then entertain Bedfont Sports in an FA Cup Preliminary Round tie on Saturday (20th, 3.00pm)
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Twyman, Haskayne (Ward 62), Oldham, Lawson, Major (Orchard 67), Payne (Martin 51)
Supporters Man of the Match: Adam Mace