Slimbridge 0-2 North Leigh
Saturday 24th September
it would be easy to say that clinical finishing was the difference between the two sides at Thornhill Park this afternoon, but, after missing a penalty, and then taking the lead with a defected shot, it was not until the 82nd minute that North Leigh, surely one of the play off contenders in the South and West Division this time round, secured the points after an encounter that will not live long in the memory.
The game was ultimately decided by North Leigh’s George Seacole, whose two goal haul, as well as winning a penalty which was not converted, saw the points go back to Oxfordshire.
With both teams cancelling each other out, the first half was largely forgettable - Seacole brought a good save from Slimbridge keeper Adrian Kowalski on 12 minutes, Jamie Martin had an effort picked off by Leigh keeper Connor Thompson, and Archie Haskayne’s shot was easily gathered after good work between Haskayne and Jack Twyman, before the main incident of the half half occurred on 41 minutes.
Alex Hoyle’s misplaced back pass was seized upon by Seacole, and Hoyle brought the North Leigh striker down as he shaped to shoot in the box. The Swans’ defender earned a yellow card, and a penalty was awarded. Slimbridge keeper Adrian Kowalski guessed correctly, dived to his right and gathered Lance Williams’ penalty shot to keep the scores level.
The second half started with a much brighter tempo from the home side, but they were stunned five minutes in, when Seacole’s effort took a defection to leave Kowalski stranded, and put the visitors ahead.
North Leigh should have increased their advantage when Kowalski made a superb stop from Callum McNish on 57 minutes , but as the game entered the last ten minutes, Slimbridge were still in with a chance of nicking something.
Eight minutes remained when Seacole shoved Ed Major to create some space for himself in the Swans’ box, before drilling the ball past Kowalski to seal the game. The Slimbridge appeals were in vain, as Referee Greg Rollason allowed the goal to stand to stand, and effectively killed off the game.
Slimbridge had two good opportunities to get on the scoresheet before the final whistle - Dean Turner shot too high after a scramble in the North Leigh box, and the Swans felt they had a decent shout of a penalty of their own when Sam Turl was felled in the North leigh box on 90 minutes, but again, the decision was not given in their favour, and North Leigh saw out the game comfortably to record the win.
Slimbridge now turn their attention to Tuesday night, when they travel to Hereford FC, where they are guaranteed to play in front of the largest crowd in the club’s history.
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Haskayne (Ward 62), Martin (Major 56), Mace, Thomas
Supporters Man of the Match: Rich Thwaite
Keep up at the back!
Friday 23rd September
On November 1st, we were due to travel to Bristol Rovers for a GFA Challenge Trophy tie which has now been postponed. We are now making a League trip to Taunton Town (7.45pm KO) for our game which was postponed as a result of Taunton's continued FA Cup involvement, when they beat us at the Viridor Stadium last weekend.
To replace the originally planned Taunton game next weekend (October 1st), we now travel to our friends from Larkhall Athletic for a game brought forward from December 3rd.
Hope that all makes sense...
Trip to Bristol Rovers to be rescheduled
Thursday 22nd September
Bristol Rovers' League One home match against Fleetwood Town, orginally postponed due to international callups, has been rearranged for Tuesday 1st November. This means that our scheduled GFA Challenge Cup tie at the Memorial Stadium will need to be rearranged. A new date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed between the two clubs.
Bridgwater Town 0-0 Slimbridge
Wednesday 21st September
A scrappy game at Fairfax Park saw The Swans maintain their unbeaten record, but it was definitely two points lost as Bridgwater's young side worked hard to deny the visitors.
There were only two decent chances in the whole of the first period - Adam Mace's one-on-one just before the half hour saw Bridgwater Keeper Mark Childs make a superb stop low down to his right, while, at the other end, Alex Hoyle's misplaced back pass saw Syd Camper bring a good stop from Luke Merchant in the Swans goal.
The second half started at a better pace from the visitors, and Liam Orchard, Jamie Martin and Rich Thwaite all going close early on.
Slimbridge continued to press, but could not make a breakthrough with Jack Twyman and Marley Thomas having the best opportunities, but in the end, the sides had to settle for a point apiece.
Slimbridge entertain North Leigh on Saturday at Thornhill Park (3.00pm) before making the trip the Edgar Street on Tuesday (27th, 7.45pm) to face runaway League leaders Hereford.
Due to their FA Cup exit and Taunton Town's continued involvement in the competition, Slimbridge will now visit Larkhall Athletic on Saturday 1st October (3.00pm), a game brought forward from Saturday 3rd December.
Team: Merchant, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Twyman, Haskayne (Turner 72), Martin (Major 63), Mace, Orchard (Thomas 60)
Supporters Man of the Match : Ryan Thwaite
FA Cup result sparks fixture change
Monday 19th September
Whoever won Saturday's FA Cup tie at the Viridor Stadium, the impact was always going to be felt on our return trip to Taunton Town, scheduled for the same day as the next round of the FA Cup on October 1st.
As a consequence, and with Taunton now entertaining Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Third Qualifying Round, our scheduled game has been postponed - we have brought forward our trip to Plain Ham, and will now visit Larkhall Athletic on October 1st, a match originally slated for December 3rd.
A new date for the Taunton visit will be announced once agreed between the tow clubs.
Predict the Score - No winner this week
Sunday 18th September
There was no winner to this week's Predict the Score competition, which means that the prize pot for next week's competition will be increased to £350.
Taunton Town 2-0 Slimbridge
Saturday 17th September
It says much for the progress that Slimbridge Football Club have made both on and off the pitch in the past ten years that there was a genuine sense of disappointment as the side bowed out of the FA Cup at The Viridor Stadium this afternoon to Taunton Town. From competing in the Northern Senior League in the 2007-8 season to competing with clubs like like Taunton Town, and in ten days time, Hereford, is a measure of how much has been achieved during the clubs’ journey to Southern League football.
The hosts can rightly point to a game that they should have put to bed far earlier than the 80th minute second that clinched the tie for them, including hitting the woodwork on no less than three occasions, but the Swans never gave up, battled hard, and on another day, may have nicked a goal that would have potentially have changed the game. In the end though, Taunton deserved their victory, and booked their place in the Third Qualifying Round of the Emirate FA Cup with a goal in each half.
The game started at a pace despite the warm conditions, and it was the visitors who fashioned the first real opportunity, when no-one was in the Taunton box to meet a probing Marley Thomas cross in the fifth minute. Apart from a straightforward save for Luke Merchant from Jordan Rogers, the visitors were making the running early on. Archie Haskayne, and then Jack Twyman both went close, the latter bringing a great stop from Taunton Keeper Lloyd Irish as the Swans pressed in the first ten minutes.
Twyman was thwarted again by a superb tackle from Owen Irish, before the hosts found their feet and started to get into the game. Merchant made good stops from Jordan Rogers and then Matt Wright, before Taunton broke the deadlock on 19 minutes - Pierce Mitchell was allowed too much space on the Taunton right, and his pinnpoint cross was met by the head of Rogers, giving Merchant no chance.
The momentum of the game swung very much to Taunton at this point, and Adam Kelly saw his rocket shot come back into play off the Slimbridge bar just before the half hour, as the home side pressed. The last 15 minutes of the half was backs to the wall for the Swans, as Ed Palmer’s Free Kick tested Merchant, Wright was off target when well placed, Jordan’s neat turn and shot saw his effort come back off the post, and Wright again had a good opportunity which he placed too high as the game approached the break.
The Swans situation was summed up by Ed Major’s air kick at a dangerous cross, but Taunton were again denied before the break when Owen Irish’s header was cleared off the line by Dean Saunders, before Wright was again off target, leaving Slimbridge to regroup at the break.
The second half started in much the same vein as the first, with Callum Martindale’s Free Kick a minute in hitting the woodwork again, but it was still a single goal dividing the sides.
Slimbridge began to create opportunities for themselves, with Archie Haskayne’s free kick just wide, and a scramble in the Taunton box seeing Irish made another superb stop from Alex Hoyle, before the ball was cleared.
There were still chances being created at the other end though, and a 35 yard Free Kick from Ed Palmer was only just off target as Taunton pushed to kill the game off. At the other end, Ed Major was brought down on the edge of the box, resulting in a free kick which saw a Haskayne effort deflected for a corner, and then Johnny Cant was off target as Slimbridge still looked as if they may be able to force their way back into the game.
On 64 minutes, Matt Villis was off target for the hosts with a header, before Wright brought another good save from Merchant, who pushed his effort into the side netting.
Slimbridge had a glorious opportunity to level things up on 71 minutes, when Cant found himself through one on one with Irish, but his effort ended up in the side netting and the chance was lost.
Taunton finally broke the Swans’ resistance for the second time ten minutes from time, when another long range Palmer Free Kick was spilled by Merchant. Ryan Batley was first to the loose ball and drilled it in to double the advantage.
Cant had another good effort which brought another classy stop from Irish, while Merchant made a good stop from Kelly in the second minute of stoppage time before Referee Lewis Sandoe drew events to a close.
The Swans are back to League action on Tuesday, when they make their third attempt to travle to Bridgwater Town (7.45pm), before hosting high flying North Leigh at Thornhill Park next Saturday (3.00pm). Slimbridge curently sit in 13th place in the Southern League South and West, albeit with either one or two games in hand on most of the clubs around them.
Team: Merchant, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Haskayne (Ward 65), Twyman, Major (Orchard 70), Cant, Thomas (Mace 60)
Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman
Hereford Away - Matchday Info from Edgar Street
Thursday 15th September
Ahead of our trip to Hereford FC on September 27th, we have received from the club an information pack which will be useful to anyone intending to travel and supporting our side in what is bound to be a very memorable evening.
Details are posted here for information
Directions - The Edgar Street Athletic Ground (HR4 9JU) is situated on the main A49 road running through Hereford. The main stand and major entry points are on the opposite side of the ground to the A49, accessed via the Merton Meadow Car Park from Blackfriars Street or Widemarsh Street.
Car Parking - Parking for supporters is available in the Merton Meadow Car Park adjoining the ground at £5 per car, or £1.50 after 6pm. Additional car parking is available in a number of other nearby car parks however there is very little onstreet parking with most roads having timed or residents restrictions.
Away supporters are to be placed in Block E of the Len Weston Stand with associated facilities in easy reach. Further capacity can be made available for larger contingents. Away supporters are welcome in our bars around the ground.
We operate cashless ticket only turnstiles so tickets must be purchased from the Matchday Ticket Office before attempting to enter the ground.
Standard League prices for the 2016/17 season are:
Seats £9 Adult, £8 Concession, £2 Under 18
Terrace £8 Adult, £7 Concession, £2 Under 18
Edgar Street is a family friendly environment and we respectfully request that all visitors to the club refrain from speaking or acting in a manner that would be unacceptable to this environment. The stadium is non smoking throughout, which includes ecigarettes.