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Mon 21st January
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Tuffley Rovers U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Tue 22nd January
GFA Senior Trophy
Cheltenham Town
V
Slimbridge
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 26th January
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Slimbridge
V
Barnstaple Town
3:00 PM
 
 
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Larkhall Athletic 2 - 1 Slimbridge
Sunday 20th January
Swans defeated by injury time Larks winner

Lee Driver-Dickerson made a number of changes to the side defeated at Highworth last weekend bringing in Under 18’s player Finleigh Brown for his senior debut to give a youthful look to the Swans team with 4 players aged 18 and under. The injured Mark Magee was rested and Liam Smith returned to the side at the expense of Myron Turner who dropped to the bench.

Slimbridge started the game on the front foot Steven Jackson gaining an early corner from which the home side cleared.  A few moments later Liam Smiths long ball from deep in the visitors half found Dean Turner on the edge of the box unfortunately he was not able to take full control of the ball so home keeper Shaun Semmens claimed.

The visitors made the early possession count, Will Hawes delivering a fast ball from the left across the box to Jackson who slammed home at the far post to give the Swans the lead.  Slimbridge continued to boss the game in search of a second goal. On 14 minutes Archie Brennan on the left played a bell through to Hawes who forced a save from Semmens.

Larkhall’s first venture forward resulted in a corner that was cleared downfield to Jackson linking up with Hawes only for Hawes shot to sail wide.  With 20 minutes gone the home sides winger Wayne Nderemani swung a cross into the Swans box that caused panic Lewis Adams initial punch failed to clear the ball fortunately Christien Turner was on hand to head the ball clear.

With Larkhall now on the front foot as the Swans tried to protect their valuable lead levelled the score on 29 minutes Nderemani skipping past Brown on the left and his pin point cross found the unmarked Lewis Powell to tap in at the back post.  The final 15 minutes of the half saw the Larks dominate with Christien Turner well placed to clear a Nderemani cross conceding a corner which Adams comfortably claimed.  Harry Hope found the side netting from a narrow angle on the right with Brennan snapping at his heels.

Larkhall started the stronger of the two sides in the second half, Dan Restorick shooting over from the left and Lewis Hunt also getting a shot away but that also failed to hit the target.  On 53 minutes Brown produced an important block inside the box to advert a scoring opportunity.

Hope went close on 58 minutes heading over from a Larkhall free kick then five minutes later Matt Britton’s long range attempt fell straight into the arms of Adams.  At the other end Smith’s cross come shot was cleared by the home side before Hawes shot was well saved by Semmens.

There was a holdup in play for several minutes as both physio’s treated Josh Jones for a head injury after he had blocked Jamie Martins run on the edge of the box, to the relief of all present Jones was able to return to his feet and continue.

With 15 minutes remaining a Slimbridge corner was cleared downfield to Nderemani on the left but his shot was wide of the goal.  The visitors now pressing for a winner pushed forward, Dan King’s initial cross was cleared back to him and his second found the arms of Semmens.  Martin picked up the ball on the right with 5 minutes of normal time remaining but again Semmens was well placed to claim the cross.  Adams was then forced into a save under pressure on the goal line but was fouled in the process.  

The Swans playing the ball out from the back found King in space but his shot from 30yards out flew over the bar.  In the last minute of normal time Adams pulled off a point blank save from Hope’s close range header to keep the scores level.

It was Hope that delivered the killer blow two minutes into injury time rifling the ball into the Swans net unmarked inside the box to give the home side the lead.  Despite Slimbridge’s attempt to gain a late equaliser they returned home pointless again when they really deserved more from their first half efforts.


The Swans are in County Cup action on Tuesday evening when they face Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road with a 7:45pm kick off and then next Saturday face relegation rivals Barnstaple Town at Thornhill Park.


Slimbridge: Adams, Brown, Brennan, Richards, Jackson (90+5 Lomotey), C Turner, D Turner, Smith (86 M Turner), King, Hawes, Dunbar (55 Martin)

Supporter’s man of the match: Liam Smith

 
Highworth Town 4-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 13th January
A poor start from Slimbridge saw them concede after just 2 minutes.  Ryan Morgan’s long throw from the left into the box was headed away by Christien Turner for a corner.  Wayne Turk unmarked in the box headed the ball down towards the goal and despite some desperate attempts to clear it off the line the ball ended up in the net.

Five minutes later the Swans found themselves two gaols down when Darren Jefferies cut in from the left flank and drilled the ball past Lewis Adams into the bottom corner.

From the restart Ewen Dunbar worked himself towards the right corner flag crossing the ball to Will Hawes whose header found the side netting.  Adams did well a few moments later saving with his feet and from the resulting corner Morgan headed over.

As the visitors started to get back into the game Steve Jackson headed over a Dan King cross from the left before Jackson’s shot a few minutes later sailed over the home sides bar.  On 33 minutes Dunbar won the ball on the right and fed Dean Turner just on the edge of the box, the Swans captain  shot heading for the top left corner was expertly tipped away by Connor Johns.  

Five minutes later a free kick on the left for the visitors was headed down by Christien Turner inside the box to Hawes but his shot was too high over the bar.

As half time approached the visitors were desperately trying to find a way back into the game Dan King’s long range shot going wide then a long throw in from Joe Noakes to Hawes who found Mark Magee in space only to see his first time shot deflected away for a corner.  The corner found the head of Christien Turner in the box and his goal bound effort was blocked on the line and cleared to safety.


The second half started in a similar vein to the first half for the home side Sean Wood’s free kick on 48 minutes striking the top of the Slimbridge post off the fingertips of Adams and coming back directly into the path of Turk giving him an easy tap in to an empty net for his second of the game and the home sides third.

In an attacking move from the Swans Magee’s cross found the head of Christien Turner forcing a save out of Johns and a corner to the visitors.  On 65 minutes Noakes long range cross evaded the Slimbridge strikers allowing Johns to claim.  

A minute later Callum Parsons headed effort from a corner was stopped on the goal line by Dunbar and cleared to safety.  Two minutes later the visitors were given a let off, former Swan Edji Mbunga making his debut for Highworth received the ball in the box from a free kick and somehow managed to put the ball over from two yards.

The home side put the game out of sight with just over ten minutes remaining Parsons evading a number of Swans defenders to put the ball past Adams.  The Swans did get one final half chance when Dan Kings run down the left wing and cross into the box found Jamie Martin’s head at the far post but his effort sailed just over the bar.


Next week Slimbridge are on the road again this time a trip to Bath to visit Larkhall Athletic followed by the long awaited County Cup game to face Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road on Tuesday 22nd January.

Slimbridge: Adams, King, Dunbar, Noakes, C Turner, Richards, D Turner (Lomotey 68), M Turner (Smith 55), Magee (Martin 70), Hawes, Jackson

Attendance:  129

Supporters Man of the Match: Christien Turner

 
Highworth Town v Slimbridge - Parking Details
Wednesday 9th January
Would all travelling supporters please use the Golf Course enterance off the A361 by the fixture board as there is no parking available inside the ground.   Sat Nav postcode is SN 6 7 SJ
 
Slimbridge 1-0 Thatcham Town
Sunday 6th January
A great team performance today by the Swans to beat last season’s FA Vase winners Thatcham Town with a late 25 yard strike.

A game containing very few clear cut chances saw a frantic last 10 minutes of action in which Slimbridge hit the bar then took the lead through a Will Hawes 25 yard effort and Thatcham denied a goal at the end of normal time by a wonder save from Lewis Adams.

Photo (c) Paul Roberts Thatcham Town FC

The first minute saw Thatcham break with a 4 on 3 scenario, finishing in Scott Rees shot straight at home keeper Lewis Adams.  Slimbridge then took command of the game for a 15 minute spell knocking the ball around and looking confident in the midfield but could not quite carve out a chance up front.  

The visitors Josh Helmore’s shot was deflected into Adams arms before a 30 yard free kick was driven at the Swans defensive wall and cleared up field.  On 21 minutes a long throw in from Dan King found Will Hawes but his headed effort drifted wide. 
Dean Turner pushing forward fired his shot straight at keeper Chris Rackley from 15 yards out.  Mid way through the half Thatcham were forced into a substitution when Rees took a knock and was replaced by Tom Moran.

Moran soon got into the action firing wide then moments later Shane Cooper-Clark audacious chip sailed closely over Adams bar.  With ten minutes of the half remaining Curtis Angell broke down the left and into the box but Adams was positioned well to make the save.  Only four minutes later Moran in space got his head to a corner which hit the bar and cleared to safety by the Swans defence.

The second half period continued much in the vain of the first with both sides playing good attacking football along the ground trying to keep the ball and push forward in search of a goal.  King was tripped 30 yards out from the visitors goal, Hawes stepped up to take the kick and fired just wide of the left hand post.

Slimbridge were then forced into a substitution when Korey Pring appeared to hurt his ankle in a tackle when running through the middle from the back.  He was ably replaced by Joe Noakes slotting into the left side of the back three.  Moment later Dean Turner getting forward once again forced a save out of Rackley in the visitor’s goal.  At the other end a Thatcham free kick 30 yards out was driven against the Swans wall and follow up shot fired over.

On 64 minutes Hawes cross from the right was deflected over the bar for a Swans corner, Noakes directing his header from the corner just wide.  With 15 minutes remaining George Jeacock fired a dangerous cross in from the right that flashed past the Swans goal and out for a goal kick.

As the game entered the last 10 minutes both sides continued to press for an all-important winner.  A free kick for visitors deep in their own half was fired long into the Slimbridge box and headed wide out for a corner.  Noakes headed the corner clear to the visitors who held the ball up well pressurising the home defence before firing it in again with Noakes deflecting the ball wide for another corner.  It was Christien Turners block that cleared the danger for yet another visitor’s corner as the Swans rode out a spell of pressure finally cleared by Dean Turner. 

It was Dean Turner that proved pivotal in a Swans move that saw Hawes head against the bar with the ball looping over the goal to safety.  With only five minutes of normal time remaining a neat passing move in the middle saw the ball fed to Hawes who controlled the ball with his back to the goal turned and unleashed a strike into the bottom left corner of the net from 25 yards out to the delight of the home players and supporters.

The visitors did not give up; two minutes after going a goal behind Helmore headed a cross destined for the top left hand corner only for Adams to get his hands to the ball making a wonder save to preserve the Swans lead.  A final flurry from Thatcham saw Noakes head a cross out for a corner and on the final whistle Adams claimed the corner with all 11 visiting player inside the home side’s 18 yard box.


A well-deserved victory for the Swans sees them now 9 points clear of the relegation zone with a number of crucial games starting with a visit to Highworth Town next weekend.

Slimbridge: Adams, King, Brennan, Pring (Noakes 55), C Turner, Richards, D Turner, M Turner, Magee (Martin 74), Hawes, Jackson

Attendance: 102

Supporter’s man of the match: Dan King

 
Travel update Slimbridge v Thatcham
Saturday 5th January
The M5 motorway has been closed from J12 to J14 southbound and J13 to J12 Northbound due to a serious accident. This will likely to affect all those travelling to today’s game.  The diversion route the A38 runs beside Thornhill Park so please allow extra time and use alternate routes if possible.  

 
Cinderford Town 1 – 0 Slimbridge
Wednesday 2nd January
Swans fall to defeat with a strong defensive performance to survive an early battering by a rampant Cinderford Town side.

The home side started like an express train Richard Greaves missing two early chances Lewis Collins also firing a weak shot at Lewis Adams in the Swans goal before Ben Watkins cross just sailed wide of the far post.

It was in the 11th minute that Cinderford made the break through, Collins on the left skipped passed Korey Pring before delivering a pin point cross to Josh Hunt to tap in at the far post.  Moment later Collins escaped the attentions of Myron Turner forcing a double save out of Adams. This was immediately followed by another home attack Collins initial shot being saved by Adams then Pring heading off the line by Greaves follow up.

With only 20 minutes gone, Slimbridge were lucky to have been only a single goal down as the home side had enough chances to have been at least 4-5 ahead.  It was not until 23 minutes that Slimbridge finally had sight of the Cinderford goal, Ewen Dunbar’s shot straight at keeper Alex Harris.

As Cinderford continued to attack with a number of crosses coming into the Swans box from the full backs Sam Turl and Lewis Binns they failed to find a home player and the visitors were able to clear the danger.  As half time approached Hunt’s header forced a save from Adams from a long range cross field ball.

Swans manager Lee Driver-Dickerson introduced Joe Noakes at the start of the second half replacing debutant Archie Brennan and a shift in formation from 5 to 4 across the back.  This change gave Slimbridge a bit of early momentum Myron Turner shooting just over after a good run through the middle.

Cinderford continued to press for a second goal the ball flashing across the Swans goalmouth from the left and Turl’s follow-up blocked and cleared away to safety.  Collins broke through the visiting defence and with just Adams to beat fired past the keeper only to see the ball strike the post.

Yeshaya Lomotey fierce shot was blocked by the home defence the subsequent corner was then claimed by Harris.  Greaves headed the ball into the net on 56 minutes but the referee’s assistant had his flag up for offside.

Dan King now playing in a midfield position was tripped by Andy Lewis as he ran towards goal resulting in a Slimbridge free kick 35 yards out from goal as the visitors started to put a little pressure on the home side.  King’s delivery was headed down to Noakes whose initial shot was blocked before Dunbar’s follow-up was also stopped by the home defence.

On the hour Lomotey’s 25 yard shot was deflected for a corner from which Pring headed over the bar.  Moments later Mark Magee fired just over before King’s cross was cleared as Magee lurked in the box.

Cinderford still looking dangerous going forward fired a 25 yard free kick wide after a handball from Noakes.  With just over 10 minutes to go a home side corner was dropped by Adams and bundled into the back of the Swans net but the goal was ruled out for a foul in the box to the relief of the visiting fans.  Dean Turner conceded a corner blocking an in swinging cross from which the ball flashed across the Slimbridge goal mouth missing the on running strikers.  

Moments later another home side free kick from just over 25 yards was flashed inches past the post by Dan MacDonald.  With a couple of minutes to go Ioan Richards cross found Dean Turner in the box Harris managing to claim the ball at the second attempt from Turners toes but the referee had blown for a foul on Harris.  The last chance of the game came in stoppage time Lomotey’s chip deflected wide for a corner and then Pring heading the corner wide at the far post.


The Swans go again next Saturday facing 2018 FA Vase winners Thatcham Town at Thornhill Park with a 3pm kick off.

Slimbridge: Adams, King (80 Mendes), Brennan (45 Noakes), Pring, C Turner, Richards, D Turner, M Turner, Magee, Dunbar (71 Martin), Lomotey

Supporters’ man of the match: Lewis Adams

 
Slimbridge 0-4 Blackfield & Langley
Sunday 30th December
Swans downed by league leaders clinical finishing.

Slimbridge’s unbeaten run came to a crashing halt by the league leaders who took their chances well in a dominant second half performance despite the Swans strong first half showing.

The visitors Fatah Makhloufi had the first chance of the game, but his shot was blocked by the Swans defence.  The hosts then started brightly with Sam Mendes linking up with Edji Mbunga who fed the ball through to Will Hawes forcing a save from Lewis Noice.  From the corner Ioan Richards headed wide.  Mark Magee chased a long ball down the middle but Noice got their first colliding with his team mate Adedye Olumuyiwa as he collected the ball, the Blackfield defender was able to continue after treatment.

Slimbridge continued to press Christien Turner’s shot from a corner was blocked before Ewen Dunbar picked up the loose ball forcing another save from Noice. Lerone Plummer was becoming a handful for the Swans defence, Richards doing well to force the striker wide and his shot sailing over the bar from a narrow angle.

On 21 minutes Slimbridge gained a corner, which saw Dunbar’s cross back in cut out for a second corner from which Myron Turner hit wide of the post.  Owen Fee broke free on the right but his cross landed into the arms of home keeper Lewis Adams.  Adams was then on hand to tip away Ryan Oatley’s cross under pressure before Plummer fired wide.

The visitors should have taken the lead on the half hour, Mitchell Speechley-Price burst through the Swans defence and with only Adams to beat put the ball over the bar.  A delightful crossfield ball from Dan King on the left found Dunbar on the right but his shot was high and wide of the visitor’s goal.

With 35 minutes on the clock, Christien Turner pulled out a last gasp tackle on Plummer to concede a corner as the striker ventured alone into the box.  The corner was not dealt with by the home side allowing Adam Tomasso to head against the bar the ball coming back into the path of Plummer who made no mistake from a few yards out giving the visitors the lead.

As half time approached Slimbridge were looking for a way back into the game, Hawes finding the arms of Noice from a cross on the right.  King fired in a free kick deep in the visitors half towards the far right post which required the quick reactions of Noice to push the ball wide for a Swans corner.

A disastrous start to the second half for the home side, Speechley-Price guiding his header past Adams from a pin point cross on 47 minutes. Less than ten minutes later the lead was increased to three when a Blackfield corner was cleared by the home defence to Speechley-Price who fired into the top corner from 20 yards out.

On the hour mark, Swans manager Lee Driver-Dickerson brought on all three substitutes in an attempt to recover something from the game.  This moved unfortunately failed as on 69 minutes the visitors sealed the game with Tomasso heading in at the back post from a well taken corner.

Slimbridge managed a couple of late chances Yeshaya Lomotey finding Noice’s hands from 25 yards before Lomotey put a neat through ball to Magee however Noice was quick to clear.


Next up for the Swans is a New Year’s day trip to Cinderford Town before returning to Thornhill Park next Saturday 5th January to host 2018 FA Vase winners Thatcham Town.

Slimbridge: Adams, King, Dunbar (60 Maddock), Pring, C Turner, Richards, Mendes (60 Beadle) , M Turner, Magee, Hawes (60 Lomotey), Mbunga

Attendance: 87

Supporters man of the match: Korey Pring

 
Slimbridge 3-3 Bristol Manor Farm
Thursday 27th December
Swans extend unbeaten run in entertaining six goal thriller.

A game of two halves saw Slimbridge take a three goal first half lead and then a Manor Farm come back in the second half scoring three goals in ten minutes  to give both sides a point.

A lively start from both sides both intent on playing attacking football, the visitors Lloyd Mills long range effort sailing wide of Eric Edge’s left post.  Jack Durrant thought he had won a penalty on 6 minutes when tackled just inside the box by Ewen Dunbar but was adjudged by the referee to have dived.  On 11 minutes Steve Jackson and Dunbar linked up on the right Dunbar’s cross finding Mark Magee who failed to get a shot away before Will Hawes attempt was cleared by the visitors defence.

Hawes made a run into the box on 16 minutes and was pulled down leaving the referee little option but to award the Swans a penalty.  Hawes fired the ball low into the corner of the net to give the home side the lead.  This lead was doubled a minute later; Steve Jackson’s shot was blocked and deflected out for a Swans corner.  Dan King’s corner found the head of Jackson at the near post who made no mistake from 10 yards beating the unsighted Ben John in the visitors goal.

Both sides played some good attacking football, with the Slimbridge midfield battling well to reduce the visitor’s attempts on goal.  A Manor Farm free kick on 27 minutes saw Jamie Bird fire at the wall the follow up falling into the arms of Edge.

Five minutes later King went on a run down the left chipping the ball over the advancing John to Mark Magee in the middle whose goal bounder header was cleared off the line by the well placed Aron Robbins.
The Swans increased their lead on 40 minutes, Dunbar picking up the ball from his own half ran the length of the right touchline beating three defenders to put in a pin point cross to Magee.  Magee’s initial shot was blocked on the line but found the net with his follow up.

Manor Farm made a late rally to end the half Bird firing wide after a spell of pressure around the home side’s box before Bird tested Edge with a 20 yarder that Edge expertly pushed around the post.

Early in the second half Lewis Bamford’s strike was deflected wide by King for a corner, up at the other end Magee dinked a ball over the top for King to chase panicking keeper John into making a last ditch clearance under pressure. On 54 minutes, Magee fired in a cross from the right to Hawes whose first time effort struck the bar and away to safety as the Swans pressed for a fourth goal.  

However it was the visitors turn to dominate proceedings with a ten minutes spell that swung the game.  With 57 minutes on the clock Dean Turner conceded a corner blocking a shot on the edge of the box, the resulting corner was initially cleared but the cross back into the box found Ashley Kington’s head to reduce the arears.

From the kick off Slimbridge broke Hawes getting into the box squaring the ball to Magee whose shot was blocked and the follow up by Jackson was also blocked by some strong Manor Farm defending.  Three minutes later the Swans found themselves pegged back another goal, Bamford causing havoc to the Swans defence on the right skipped past Korey Pring to square for the waiting Bird to tap in past Edge.  On 66 minutes the game was all square, Bamford’s shot was well saved by Edge but Bird was on hand to fire in the loose ball much to the delight of the visiting fans.

The momentum now fully with the visiting side, Bird looking for his hat-trick continued to fire shots at the Swans goal but failed to find the target on a number of occasions.  With 15 minutes left Bird forced a block out of Edge with Pring clearing off the goal line and to safety as the home side was on the back foot.  

As the game drew to a close both side had half chances to win the game, Bird’s shot was blocked and out for a corner.  Substitute Sam Mendes linked up with Dean Turner through the middle with Turners effort blocked before Magee pounced and his shot was also blocked with minutes of the game remaining.  A late free kick for the home side after Christien Turner had been tripped 20 yards out was deflected off the wall and out for a corner as the referee called time on an entertaining Boxing Day afternoon.


The festive period continues for Slimbridge when they entertain league leaders Blackfield and Langley at Thornhill Park on Saturday afternoon with a 3pm Kick off.  The Swans then travel the short distance to the Forest of Dean to play Cinderford Town on New Year’s at 3pm.

Slimbridge: Edge, King, Dunbar (85 Lomotey), Pring, C Turner, Richards, D Turner, Magee, Hawes (68 Mendes), Jackson (78 Smith)

Attendance:  126

Supporters man of the match: Cristien Turner

 
 
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