Bristol Rovers 5-2 Slimbridge
Wednesday 7th December
Slimbridge emerged from their first ever meeting with Bristol Rovers on the wrong end of a GFA Cup defeat, but with their pride intact after a battling display at the Memorial Stadium.
Facing a Rovers side which included Will Puddy in goal, Irish International Liam Lawrence and Rovers’ second top League goalscorer last season, Billy Bodin, the Swans were always going to be facing a serious test, and for the first hour or so of the game, they matched their opponents. As legs tired and stamina began to tell between the sides, two goals in the last 13 minutes gave the score a slightly unfair lopsidedness, but the Swans can be very proud of their contribution to a very entertaining game.
Rovers made a good start, and were on the scoresheet with only four minutes on the clock, as Slimbridge were still adjusting to their surroundings – Ross Cook producing a storming header early on to put the hosts ahead.
As Rovers pushed to try and drive home their advantage, Adrian Kowalski made some good stops, and the Swans’ back four were at full stretch trying to contain their hosts, especially Bodin, whose father was watching him from the stands, but Slimbridge settled into the game, and started to create their own chances.
On the half hour, their efforts were rewarded when James Harding was hauled down in the Rovers box by Danny Greenslade, and Adam Mace converted the resulting penalty to level things up.
Rovers upped the pressure on the Swans again, but were unable to break through before the break, which sent the teams into the dressing room on level terms.
There were obviously a few words said in the Rovers dressing room at the break, as they came out again very strongly for the second period, and went back into the lead on 48 minutes, with a stunning strike from Jae Kim to put the home side back on top.
But Slimbridge’s resilience again shone through, and it took only three further minutes before they were back level – Joe Stokes’ curling shot from the left hand side beating Puddy all ends up to record their second goal of the night.
Slimbridge had a superb opportunity to take the lead three minutes later, when Puddy made an outstanding stop to deny Harding when he was through on goal, and Rovers went straight up the other end and scored – Cook’s shot brought a good save from Kowalski, but Byron Moore was on hand to convert the follow up in a breathtaking ten minute spell.
As the Swans began to tire, Rovers dominated the remainder of the game, but it took until the last thirteen minutes before they finally confirmed their victory – a magnificent Bodin effort after some dazzling footwork, and, in the last minute, Ryan Broom scoring from close range to round things off.
Rovers go on to face Cinderford Town in the next round, but everyone involved at Slimbridge can reflect proudly on another first in a truly historic season for the club.
Team: Kowalski, Grimes, Mace, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Turner (Haskayne 45), Twyman, Stokes, Smith (Matondo 65), Harding (Martin 50), Lawson
Supporters Man of the Match: Ryan Thwaite
The Swans have announced that the game at Thornhill Park against Hereford FC on February 4th will be an all ticket affair. Tickets will be available in the new year, and will be sold online as well as in the Clubhouse on matchdays. Further details to be announced as they are confirmed after Christmas..
New Date for Cleeve...
Sunday 4th December
Our postponed game at home to Bishops Cleeve has been rescheduled to Wednesday 14th December, 7.45pm Kick Off.
2.30 pitch inspection - Slimbridge v Bishops Cleeve OFF
Wednesday 30th November
As expected, tonight's game has not survived the weather. New date to be agreed.
Supermarine Date Confirmed
Saturday 26th November
We will now visit Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday, January 10th, Kick Off 7.45pm. This is a confirmed date between both clubs.
Change of date for Bridgy visit to Thornhill Park
Wednesday 23rd November
Our Boxing Day game at home to Bridgwater Town has been moved back 24 hours after agreement between both clubs. It will now take place on Tuesday 27th December. Kick Off remains 3.00pm.
Swindon Supermarine v Slimbridge - Match is OFF
Tuesday 22nd November
Tonights game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date will be announced in due course.
Predict the score prize pot now £600..
Monday 21st November
With no winner again last week, the Predict the Score prize pot now stands at £600. Contact John Ashplant for your tickets. Lovely just before Christmas!
Slimbridge 3 – 1 Yate Town
Saturday 19th November
Slimbridge extend their unbeaten run against the battling 9 men of Yate Town.
Yate Town started the game brightly with striker Josh Morgan-Williams causing the Slimbridge back line all sorts of problems in the first 20 minutes with Nick Grimes and Richard Twaite called upon several times making a number of important headers and interceptions. Eugene Keary goal bound shot was blocked by Grimes 2 yards in front of goal, and Morgan-Williams twice placed shots wide when in goal scoring opportunities.
Slimbridge came back into the game with Sean Lawson having a half chance blocked and a Richard Twaite header sailing over from a Lee Smith cross. On 30 minutes Jack Twyman, and Lawson linked up on the left resulting in a Slimbridge corner. The home side took the lead on 35 minutes Mace’s cross from the left was chested down by Twyman who played the ball into the path of Smith who drilled the ball into the corner of the Yate net leaving the keeper no chance.
Soon after the restart Yate Town were reduced to 9 men, Morgan-Williams and Swans full back Sam Turl clashed on the touch line with Morgan-Williams kicking out at Turl resulting in a straight red for the visitors. Yate Captain Kye Mountfield also received his marching orders for dissent while protesting against his team mates sending off.
A minute before half time Yate Town equalised from a free kick deep into the home sides half was headed in unopposed at the back post by Jack Ball.
The second half was one-way traffic Slimbridge taking advantage of the two extra men passing the ball around neatly from the back. Mace and Smith were getting down both flanks delivering delightful crossed unfortunately not managing to find a home player in the box. On the hour Grimes headed wide from a Slimbridge corner when well placed at the back post.
Slimbridge regained the lean on 69 minutes when visiting defender Matson Evans handled at the back post trying to sheppard the ball out for a corner. Mace stepped up to send Jonathan Brown the wrong way, his third successful penalty in three games. Two minutes later the Swans extended the lead when Lee Smith’s pin point cross was met by substitute Archie Haskayne who’s bullet header left Brown with no chance.
With 5 minutes remaining Joe Stokes was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when his delightful lob hit the bar with the visitors keeper stranded.
Slimbridge: Kowalski, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Twyman, Stokes, Smith, Lawson, Mace Subs: Martin, Harding, Haskayne
Goals: Smith 35, Mace 69, Haskayne 71
MOM: Nick Grimes