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Wed 25th October
EVO-STIK South League West
Slimbridge
V
Taunton Town
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 28th October
EVO-STIK South League West
Bideford
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Sat 4th November
EVO-STIK South League West
Bishops Cleeve
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
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Barnstaple Town 0-3 Slimbridge
Saturday 21st October
Swans' Manager Freddy Ward said that his side's performance was 'Immense' as they took three points with a comfortable victory over Barnstaple Town in Devon this afternoon. Goals from Marley Thomas and Adam Mace in the first half, topped off by a debut Southern League goal for Joe Wilton saw Slimbridge make their way back up the M5 with a real spring in their step ahead of Wednesday's clash with League Leader Taunton Town at Thornhill Park (7.45pm). Keeper Ollie Hall also made a huge contribution to the win, saving a late Lloyd Gardner Penalty to maintain the visitor's advantage.

'I was so proud of the lads', Ward reflected afterwards, 'The win was totally deserved, and to be honest we could have had six!’

After an even start in dreadful conditions the deadlock was broken by the visitors with two quick goals around the half hour mark - firstly, in the 27th minute, Wilton set Marley Thomas in, and he made no mistake, and then, five minutes later, Wilton again claimed an assist, as his initial effort was saved by Barnstaple Keeper Neal Osborne, but Mace was on hand to finish off the rebound.

The game was secured with 15 minutes remaining, when Wilton got the goal his play deserved to seal the points for the visitors.

A late penalty for Barnstaple saw the hosts with the chance to get on the scoresheet, but a combination of Ollie Hall and the Slimbridge crossbar kept Lloyd Gardner’s spot kick out, and it was a jubilant Swans side celebrating a crucial victory at the final whistle.

With eleven games gone, Slimbridge are able to be looking upwards rather than behind them as they are well clear of any relegation battle at this stage of the season, with the win moving the Swans up to ninth in the table, already sixteen points clear of bottom side Bishops Cleeve.

Ward said 'To be two points off the playoffs at this stage of the season, for the size of our club compared to the other big hitters in the league is a a massive achievement in itself.'

Ward also paid tribute to the Slimbridge fans making one of the longest journeys of the season, saying 'They all deserve a special mention, me and the boys really appreciate their support.’

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner, Twyman, Birkett, Wilton, Harper-Emerson, Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Joe Wilton

 
Change of date for Devon Trip...
Monday 16th October
Our visit to Bideford, originally scheduled for Tuesday 28th November, has been rearranged for Saturday, 28th October, with a 3pm Kick Off, due to both sides now having a free Saturday.


 
Slimbridge 2–5 Salisbury
Saturday 14th October
A strong well organised Salisbury team dominated for much of the game and deserved their victory despite a second half comeback from the Swans and some excellent saves from Ollie Hall late on in the home goal.

The first 15 minutes was all Salisbury but they failed to hit the target on a number of occasions with the chances they had.  Ollie Hall the home keeper held onto a shot from the visitors Chris Sheppard, shortly after he parried another shot that Rich Twaite then cleared while under pressure.

Slimbridge’s first chance came on 25 minutes when an Adam Mace free kick drifted wide of the post with no one to get on the end of it.  Jack Twyman was harshly judged to have handled a yard outside the box on 32 minutes, and from the resulting free kick the visitors Lewis Benson lifted the ball over the wall past Hall to give Salisbury the lead.  Salisbury continued to dominate the rest of the half with Hall tipping a Sam Roberts flick over the bar.

The second half started the same as the first with Salisbury on top, although a Micky Bryant cross-shot was spilled but keeper Charlie Searle who was lucky to recover the ball.  Henry Birkett was introduced replacing the tiring Bryant, and made an instant impact.  The Swans started to gain some control of the game leading to the equalising goal on 63 minutes.  Hall throwing the ball out to Max Harper-Emerson on the wing, who passed to Sean Lawson and after a 1-2 with Mace, rifled the ball home.  Two minutes later Birkett’s pass found Marley Thomas who feed in Harper-Emerson who slotted past Searle from a narrow angle to give the home side the lead.

With 15 left, the unmarked Daniel Young headed the equaliser at the far post.  Three minute later Salisbury took the lead Eddie Perrett slotting home from close in.  Hall was called into action a number of times to deny the visitors onslaught on the Swans goal.  Lewis Benson increased the visitiors lead on 90 minutes then completed his hat trick in stoppage time from another set piece 20 yards out.

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Thwaite, L Payne (Turner 82), Twyman ©, Bryant, (Birkett 53), Lawson, Harper-Emerson, Thomas (Wilton 70)

Attendance 205

MOM: Ollie Hall.   

 
Player News
Friday 13th October
Slimbridge are delighted to announce the return of Micky Bryant to the club, he will go straight into the squad for Saturday's game at home to Salisbury.

In his previous spell with the Swans Micky made 91 appearances scoring 14 goals.
 
Slimbridge 0 – 1 Hartley Wintney
Saturday 7th October
Today's game on non-league day was one of four games nationally that was dedicated to Kick it out - promoting Diversity and inclusion for all in football.  Unfortunatly for the home side, they exited their second cup competition in a week.

The first 15 minutes was very much a cat and mouse game with both sides sounding each other out, Hartley’s Jack French dragging a shot wide while at the other end Henry Birkett’s free kick was punched clear by the visiting keeper Paul Strudley under pressure from the home sides Dean Turner.

Ollie Hall in the Slimbridge goal pulled off a great save to deny Joshua Webb, as Hartley started to dominate the last 15 minutes of the first half.  The only goal of the game came in the 42nd minute when visiting striker Paul Hodges picked up the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box and fired past a helpless Hall.

Hall was called into action twice in 3 minutes early in the second saving shots from Steve Duff and Hodges.  Hodges hit the post midway through the half before Slimbridge got their best chance with Sean Lawson’s shot cannoning off the upright from 20 yards with the visiting keeper beaten.

Team: Hall, Turl, Harper-Emerson, Pring, Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Birkett(Lawson 60), Stokes (L Payne 60), N Payne (Mace 74), Thomas

Attendance 106

Man of the match: Jack Twyman

 
Cinderford Town 3–2 Slimbridge
Wednesday 4th October

Swans exit BigFreeBet.com cup at the first hurdle despite a second half comeback in a very entertaining local derby.

The game started at a fast pace with both sides playing some neat passing football, that continued for much of the game.  Dean Turner had the first chance of the game for the Swans shooting directly into the arms of home keeper Eric Edge.  Soon after Cinderford striker Robbie Atkinson’s dangerous cross was cut out by the visitor’s defence, while Edge was again back in action at the other end to stop a 25yard effort from the industrious Henry Birkett.

Atkinson continued to be a thorn in the Swans side all evening, his shot on 14 minutes was cleared off the line by Sam Turl.  The game continued on the same end to end theme until the 32nd minute when Atkinson skipped past two visiting defenders and chipped keeper Ollie Hall to put the home side ahead.  Hall was called into action two minutes later to save at the feet of Atkinson after a great through ball split that Swans defence.

Within a minute Hall was called into action diving full stretch to his right to keep out a Cinderford free kick from 25 yards as the home side dominated the play.  It wasn’t long before the Swans conceded a second, Adam Mace tried to head the ball back to Hall along the ground but misjudged to allow Nick Harrhy to nip in and round the keeper to double the home sides lead.

Slimbridge introduced Marley Thomas for the second half replacing Mace.  Cinderford were unlucky not to score on 47 minutes when Harrhy shot over from 5 yards after a delightful cross by Atkinson.  The visitors deservedly got onto the score sheet 7 minutes into the second half when Joe Wilton was pulled down in the box by Edge, with substitute Thomas dispatching the resulting penalty kick.

Both sides continued to play spells of fast flowing entertaining football with a number of chances being missed at either end.  The Swans drew level on 67 minutes, Luke Payne working hard in the middle getting the ball to Thomas whose cross from the right was met by the on rushing Nathan Payne to tap in.

Cinderfords lead however was restored less than ten minutes later when Harrhy skipped through the Swans defence and slotted home past Hall.  Neither side gave up searching for more goals, however it was the Swans keeper that had the last chance of the game going up for a corner and heading narrowly over.  

Team: Hall, Turl ©, Mace (Thomas 45), Pring, Squires, Turner(Twyman 71), L Payne, Birkett, N Payne, Harper-Emerson, Wilton(Stokes 71)

MoM: Henry Birkett

Att: 69

 
Mangotsfield United 1-2 Slimbridge
Saturday 30th September
The Swans capped a very productive week, which produced seven points from a possible nine, with their first ever win at Cossham Street. Slimbridge completing a double of wins over Bristol Clubs following their victory over Manor Farm last Saturday. A committed and hardworking performance saw Kieran Squires and Joey Stokes put them in the driving seat, before Laurent Davis-Wilson reduced the deficit, but the Swans held on to record another impressive victory, which lifts them up to eighth in the Division.

The first half was played at a frantic place, but both sides created few opportunities to show for their endeavours - Joe Stokes’ effort which was off target was the best of the early chances, while, on 12 minutes, Steve Davies’ header from a corner was wide for the hosts as the game refused to settle down.

On 15 minutes, Adam Mace’s effort brought a good save from Mangos Keeper George Dorrington, and 10 minutes later, Henry Birkett’s long range effort was just over, as Slimbridge controlled the game, but were unable to make their dominance count.

As the game reached the half hour mark, Dean Turner and Marley Thomas combined well for an effort which was saved by Dorrington, and, as the Mangos broke, Jordan Williams’ shot was deflected for a corner, with the Swans back line holding firm.

Slimbridge took the lead on 39 minutes, when Kieran Squires met Adam Mace’s corner with a towering header to give the visitors the advantage.

Mangotsfield rallied, and Jay Malpas was off target when presented with a decent effort, before at the other end Birkett brought a superb stop from Dorrington as the Swans broke, to leave the visitors ahead at the half.

As was to be expected, Mangotsfield came out of the traps after the break, and Slimbridge were forced into a long period of defending - Malpas, Jake Sinclair, and Davis-Wilson had the best of the early opportunities, the latter of which saw Ollie Hall tip an effort over the bar to maintain the Slimbridge lead.

On 74 minutes, Hall again made a great save from Malpas, and can be credited with an assist as Slimbridge broke forward from the loose ball. Marley Thomas played the ball through to Stokes, and he placed the ball neatly past Dorrington to double the visitors’ advantage.

Two minutes later, Mangoes finally made a breakthrough, when Davis-Wilson finished off a pass from George Loyd, but the host’s hearts never really seemed in the game, and a goalline clearance from Jack Twyman on 84 minutes represented the last real threat.

Thomas, Turl and Nathan Payne all had good chances before the final whistle to increase the score, but the final whistle saw great celebrations from players and officials as the Swans completed a memorable Southern League week.

Team: Hall, Turl, Squires, Pring, Thwaite, Turner, (Luke Payne 70) Twyman, Birkett, Stokes (Harper-Emerson 76), Mace (Nathan Payne 82), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Rich Thwaite


 
Kidlington 2-2 Slimbridge
Thursday 28th September
The Swans made it four points from the last two games on an eventful evening at Yarnton Road to move up to ninth in the table.

Although the result probably reflects the balance of the game on the night, it took a late goal four minutes from time to snatch a point for the home side, after Kieran Squires had seen red for Slimbridge. Adam Mace put the Swans into the lead in the first half, but Amclet Odhiambo levelled things up just after the break. Rich Thwaite looked to have won it for the Swans with a goal 12 minutes from time, before Lewis Coyle got the second equaliser.

Slimbridge definitely bossed the first half on an appalling night of heavy rain in Oxfordshire, although Kidlington had the first decent effort when Darius Brown brought a good save from Ollie Hall with seven minutes on the clock.

At the other end, Slimbridge Man of the Match Dean Turner was combining well with Marley Thomas, and Thomas’ dangerous cross a minute later found no-one able to convert.

With 17 minutes gone, Korey Pring met a corner with a great header that was just off target, before Turner was too high with an effort from the edge of the box five minutes later.

On 24 minutes, Slimbridge excellent approach play was rewarded - Thomas made a good run down the right flank, and Kidlington Keeper Sam Warrell spilled his cross, allowing Adam Mace to bundle the ball home.

Ten minutes later, it could have been two, but Joe Stokes’ glancing header from Mace’s cross beat Warrell, but edged just the wrong side of the post.

Hall was called upon to make a point blank stop from Ben Brown a couple of minutes later, and Slimbridge again could have extended their lead before the break, but Henry Birkett and Mace were both foiled in their efforts.

Kidlington brought on Lewis Coyle at the break, and came out of the traps with renewed vigour for the second half - Coyle forcing an early save from Hall after good work to make space for himself.

With 53 minutes gone, the equaliser came closer for the hosts, when Mark Janes’ effort came off the Slimbridge post, but a minute later, the sides were level.

Coyle made another penetrating run at the Slimbridge defence, and slid the ball to Odhiambo in space, and he beat Hall to even things up.

For a while, the game turned into a battle between Coyle and the Slimbridge defence - he was just off target on 59 minutes, and then brought another good stop from Hall three minutes later.

Hall was harshly penalised for what the Referee Ben Williamson deemed picking up a back pass shortly afterward, but Coyle’s effort this time was way too high.

With 15 minutes remaining, having ridden out the storm, Slimbridge took the lead again - Twyman and Thomas combined well, and Rich Thwaite was on hand to sweep home Thomas’ cross and restore the visitor’s advantage.

Four minutes from time, Squires and Coyle jumped together for a ball, and the Slimbridge defender was shown a straight red card by the Referee, much to the bemusement of both sets of players and club officials.

From the resulting free kick, and as the Swans were still reorganising, Coyle got the goal that his play deserved to even things up for the second time.

Kidlington had their tails up again, and battered the Slimbridge goal for the remaining time - Hall pushing a Coyle free kick onto the post in stoppage time.

When the teams last met in the Hellenic League, Kidlington were denied what would have been an equalising goal by the Referee blowing for time as a shot was on it’s way into the net, and the final whistle was again mired in controversy.

After signalling a minimum of six minutes stoppage time, the Referee blew for time having played less than than three, to the anger of the home side, bringing to an end a very entertaining evening’s football.

Team: Hall, Turl, Squires, Pring, Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Birkett (Luke Payne 62), Stokes (Harper-Emerson 75), Mace (Nathan Payne 75), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Dean Turner


 
 
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