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Thu 25th October
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Bishops Cleeve U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Thu 1st November
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Cheltenham Town U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 3rd November
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Street
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
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Slimbridge 1-3 Fleet Town
Saturday 20th October
Fleet Town register first league win of the season against a poor Slimbridge side that had the better of the first half.

Slimbridge starting the game with two changes at the back, Ben Hands and Joe Noakes replacing Max Harper-Emerson and Christien Turner against a youthful looking Fleet Town side.  The Swans took charge of the game from the kick off Edji Mbungaís fierce shot from the edge of the area was blocked by Ronan Silva in the heart of the visitors defence.  With 4 minutes gone a move from the back involving Ben Hands and Jamie Martin on the left threading the ball to Ewen Dunbar who cleared the bar with his shot.

A corner for Slimbridge fired over to the far side of the box found Korey Pring in space at the but his header at the back post was wide.  Fleet playing with Meshach Williams as a lone striker forced a last gasp tackle from Pring on Lamar Koroma just inside the home box, Dean Turner blocking the follow up from Connor Channon.

At the other end Yeshaya Lomotey fired over from 20 yards from a Ben Hands throw on the left.  As Fleet came into the game Slimbridge failed to handle Fleetís dogged determination in the middle of the park.  After some good link up play between Koroma and Joe Wilson for the visitors Wilsons shot was blocked resulting in a corner that was dealt with and cleared by the Swans defence.

A bizarre incident on 31 minutes, Joe Noakes long forward pass found Ben Hands his shot hit captain Dean Turner on the goal line diverting the ball onto the post bouncing back into play however Turner was given offside.  Very little action occurred for the remainder of the half both sides going into the break goalless.

Slimbridge introduced Dan King at the start of the second half replacing Lomotey.  Fleet started on the front foot Williams early shot blocked and a minute later Wilsonís free kick on the right was swung into the box somehow evading everyone rushing in towards it.  

The deadlock was broken on 55 minutes by the visitors, Slimbridge failing to clear the ball from a corner leaving Koroma unmarked at the back post to fire the ball home.  The goal sparked the visitors into life putting pressure on the home defence firing a number of shots in mostly high and wide.

However a second goal for the visitors arrived on 74 minutes, Liam Smith heading out a Fleet corner straight to Harryson Wickens who fired the ball back into the net through a crowded box.

As time was running out for the home side, the Swans pushed everyone up for a corner on 85 minutes leaving keeper Adams at the back.  The corner put in by Smith resulted in a bit of a goal mouth scramble before the ball was cleared down field to Williams just inside his own half leaving Adams exposed.  Williams confidently striking the ball over the top of Adams from around 40 yards out finding the empty net to make it three to the visitors.

Slimbridgeís last pressure did pay off two minutes later Joe Wilton getting on the end of Dan Kings cross from the right to score from close range.  The home side were denied a second in injury time, Smiths free kick from the halfway line finding Joe Noakes unopposed to head past Harvey White in the visitors goal but was adjudged to be offside.


The Swans have a two week break to regroup with the next match on Saturday 3rd November when they make the short trip down the M5 into Somerset where they visit Southern league newcomers Street.

Slimbridge: Adams, Maddock, Hands, Pring (Hawes 74), Noakes, Smith, Turner, Lomotey (King 45), Dunbar (Wilton 74), Martin, Mbunga

Attendance: 75

 
Slimbridge 2-3 Melksham Town
Sunday 14th October
Swans exit the Buildbase FA Trophy conceding late winner in difficult windy conditions on footballs annual Non-League day

After Wednesdayís victory in the league cup, Slimbridge manager Lee Driver-Dickersen kept faith with youngsters Lewis Adams and Jayden Maddock, captain Dean Turner and striker Edji Mbunga returning to the side after being rested and Eric Edge taking a place on the bench after injury.


Kicking with the wind in the first half the home started well against a strong physical Melksham side, however it was the visitors that got the first real chance Rob Hobbs cross had to be dealt with by the dependable Korey Pring in the heart of the Slimbridge defence heading out for a corner with a number of Melksham players lining up to pounce.

Adams did well to save Jon Davies close range shot on 12 minutes; Slimbridge immediately went on the counter attack Dunbarís 20 yard strike being saved by Darren Bechet in the visitorís goal.  Another Swans chance on 17 minutes a neat passing move involving Christien Turner, Mbunga and Maddock who crossed to Ben Hands who forced a save from Bechet with his feet from 10 yards.

A trip by Max Harper-Emerson on Neikell Plummer just inside the home box on 23 minutes resulted in the referee pointing to the spot, Jon Davies dispatching the penalty to give the visitors the lead.  The home side responded Mbungaís run through the middle and squaring to Jamie Martin but his shot at keeper Bechet was saved.

The equaliser arrived soon after, Martin laying off the ball to Dunbar on the left and after skipping past one of the visitorís defenders fired into the bottom corner to level the scores with 28 minutes gone.  After a spell of heavy pressure from the visitors, Slimbridge managed to see of the danger and hold the score going in level at half time.

Melksham took advantage of the wind in the second half putting Slimbridge under constant pressure, Adams in the home goal having difficulty kicking the ball down field.  Davies had a couple of half chances around the hour mark, blasting over from 18 yards and wide from 25 yards.

Slimbridge trying to counter break almost took the lead through the industrious Yashaya Lomotey getting onto the end of a Mbunga cross but Bechet was quick to react with a point blank save.  A goal did come on 63 minutes, Maddock winning the ball in his own box passing it up field to Lomotey who laid the ball off to Mbunga in the middle passing right the Martin whose pinpoint cross found Dunbar to fire home from close range.
With the home side starting to tire and the visitors pressing deep into the Slimbridge half a Melksham cross from left to right found Luke Ballinger unmarked in space on the edge of the 18 yard box and he made no mistake firing into the bottom left corner to level the scores with 15 minutes of the game remaining.

Michael Perrott pulled of a great tackle with ten minutes remaining as Ben Hands was about to shoot after some great link up play between Dunbar and substitute Will Hawes.  Ballinger once again found himself in clear space on the right in an identical move to his goal but this time placed his shot over the bar.

As the game entered injury time with a replay looming, Ballinger fired in a cross from the right to the far post where Plummer was lurking to head in the winner for the visitors.


The Swans return to league action next Saturday 20th October where they entertain Fleet Town at Thornhill Park with a 3pm kick off. 

Slimbridge:  Adams, Maddock, Harper-Emerson, Pring, C Turner, Hands, D Turner, Lomotey (Hawes72), Dunbar, Martin (Wilton 90), Mbunga

Attendance: 81
Supporters Man of the match: Ewen Dunbar

 
Slimbridge 5-1 Merthyr Town
Thursday 11th October
Slimbridge progress in league cup with five star performance.

Slimbridge progressed through to the second round of the City Security Services Ltd League Challenge Cup against a strong Merthyr Town side.  A brace from Jamie Martin and Yeshaya Lomotey along with a solo effort from Max Harper-Emerson settled the tie with Ryan Prosserís 30 yard strike a consolation for the visitors.  The Swans also gave debuts to Under 18ís full back Jaden Maddock and new signing Josh Beadle in an entertaining game where the score line didnít really reflect the balance of the game.

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Southern Premier side Merthyr Town started the game at a fast pace with full back Joe Hunt firing at Swans 17 year old keeper Lewis Adams after a good run down the left.  Slimbridge responded with some intricate passing play resulting in Will Hawes cross from the left being cut out in the box.

With just less than ten minutes gone Jamie Martin broke through the visitorís defence squaring to Joe Wilton whose initial shot was blocked and blocked again from Hawes follow up.  Almost immediately at the other end Ian Traylors shot sailed wide under pressure from Swans centre half Christien Turner.

Hunt then managed to get on the end of another good ball his shot was initially blocked by Turner and Prossers follow up forcing a save from Adams.  Traylor then broke the offside trap with 15 minutes gone but Adams did well to save with his feet.  Three minutes later a short corner from Merthyr to Cole Jarvis caught the home side off guard, Jarvis shot turned round the post by Adams in the home goal.

The hosts opened the scoring on 25 minutes, Josh Beadle making his debut for the Swans fed the ball through to Lomotey his initial shot was blocked by the Merthyr defence but he managed to recover the ball from the rebound laying it off to Martin who slotted the ball past two defenders and home keeper Lewis Webb to score his second of the week.

From the kick off, Traylor miss-hit shot went wide and soon after Jay Bowen fired over from 15 yards as the game now flowed back and forth with a number of neat passing moves from both sides.  With ten minutes of the half remaining Huntís cross from the left found Traylor in space but his shot was too high to trouble the home goal.

With five minutes of the first half remaining Harper-Emerson threaded the ball from the heart of the defence to Hawes, whose pass found Lomotey with his back to goal turned a defender and shot past the stranded Webb to double the home sides lead. 

Jayden Maddock having a great first game at full back did well to block Hunts cross who had made a number of chances for the visitors down the left.  As the half drew to a close, Lomotey headed wide from 2 yards and Joe Wilton managed to hit his shot wide from 20 yards as the Swans continued to press for more goals.

Early in the second half a mistake from Harper-Emerson was pounced on by the visiting full back Lee Price whose shot forced a decent save from Adams who look assured in the Swans goal.  Traylorís shot from a 20 yard free kick fell inches wide of the Slimbridge goal after a foul from Wilton.

A ball over the top from Wilton found Harper-Emerson on the left, where he went on a 20 yard solo run passing two defenders and squeezed the ball inside the near post putting Slimbridge into a three goal lead after 57 minutes.

Two minutes later Adams pulled off another save to deny Traylor yet again, before captain for the evening Korey Pring was called into action blocking a dangerous cross into the box to concede the corner.  Adams was on hand to pluck the ball out of the air safely from the resultant corner.

With an hour of play gone, Slimbridge introduced substitutes Ewen Dunbar and Finlay Byrnes into the game.  After some good work by Dunbar on the right Martin blasted an effort wide from 10 yards.

The fourth goal of the game came on 72 minutes, Lomotey having his best game in the Swans colours played a pinpoint through ball to Dunbar on the left from the halfway line.  Dunbar beat a defender and then keeper Webb at the near post before squaring across the goal line for Martin to tap home.

Merthyr got the consolation goal that their efforts deserved, Prosser collecting the ball just outside the left hand corner of the Slimbridge box launching a delicate chip over the advancing Adams.  

Dunbar then hit the post with two minutes left of normal time before he played a delicate through ball to Lomotey who tucked the ball away under the advancing Webb to round off a great night for the Swans.

Cup action continues this weekend as Slimbridge host fellow Evo-Stick League South Division One South rivals Melksham Town in the Buildbase FA Trophy Preliminary Round with a 3pm kick off.

Slimbridge: Adams, Maddock, Harper-Emerson, Pring ©, C Turner, Beadle (68 Byrnes), Smith, Hawes, Martin (72 Hands), Lomotey, Wilton (60 Dunbar)

Attendance: 72

Supporters man of the match: Yeshaya Lomotey

 
Predict the Score Competition
Monday 8th October
Due to unforeseen circumstances this weeks predict the score competition has been cancelled.
Anyone who has already purchased a ticket can receive a full refund or a free ticket for the October 20th competition.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

 
Paulton Rovers 2-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 7th October
Swans downed in Somerset despite late onslaught and heroics from debutante keeper.

With regular goalkeeper Eric Edge not fit, the Swans handed a senior debut to Under 18ís keeper Lewis Adams who had an outstanding game between the sticks.

The visitors started the game brightly kicking down the slope, Dan King getting a clear run on goal but Paulton keeper Rob Brown got to the ball first and cleared the danger.  Captain Dean Turner tried his luck from 30yards but his effort sailed wide.  With 15 minutes gone Ewen Dubarís close range shot was blocked by the home defence conceding a corner to the Swans.  Christien Turner got his head to the corner kick but his effort was just wide of the far post.

A move from the back starting from Adams throw out, found Dunbar in space but his shot was straight at Brown who gathered easily.  Edji Mbunga won a free kick on the edge of the box after a mazy run across field; his kick unfortunately was too high to trouble the home side.

The home side having soaked up the Swans early pressure took the lead on 25 minutes, Ryan Gay tucking the ball away into the bottom right hand corner from 15 yards out after the visiting defence failed to clear.

On the half hour Joe Noakes fired a dangerous cross into the box towards the on rushing Dunbar but he was just not fast enough to get his head to the ball and it sailed out for a home throw in.  At the other end Adams was called into action punching clear a Paulton corner and then scrambling the ball off the goal line from Treyvond Andersons header.  A few moments later Korey Pring miss-kicked a clearance from a home free kick and to his relief only conceded a corner.

The home side at this point were camped in the Swans half not allowing them to get control of the ball.  Anderson was again unlucky not to double the lead firing wide from 5 yards out in a crowded box after a long throw-in from the right.

With 5 minutes of the half remaining Adams was on hand to save Aysa Corricks shot and a few moments later called into action again Gay on the right squared the ball to Joe Hilliard whos hesitation and weak shot allowed Adams to scramble back and make the save.

Just as the half was ending Christien Turner got his head to the ball from a corner again going wide after Mbunga had forced the corner from a fierce shot blocked by the home defence.

The second half started well with Yeshya Lomotey getting a shot on goal but Brown was on hand to stop the effort.  At the other end the Swans conceded a soft second goal on 50 minutes, after failing to clear the ball from the box Gayís shot on the left squeezed just inside the near post with Adams view blocked by Noakes as he tried to charge down the the shot.

Eight minutes later it could have been three, Pring pulled off a last gasp tackle just inside the box on lively substitute Ben Withey as he was through on goal.  A double substitution on the hour by manager Lee Driver-Dickerson aimed to spark Slimbridge back into life introducing Jamie Martin up from and Ben Hands into the middle.

Initially Paulton still remained on top with Jay Malpas firing over from 25 yards and a few moments later Gay in search of his hatrick forced Adams into a great save tipping the ball past his left hand post.  

However on 65 minutes the substitution paid dividends, Hands cross field ball from right to left found Martin on the edge of the box.  Martin jinxed past the keeper and a home defender who appeared to get in each otherís way firing into an empty net from a narrow angle.

Now the Swans pushed forward in search of the equaliser, Max Harper-Emerson cross into the box just evaded Dunbar.  With 10 minutes remaining Noakes was forced into a clearance over his own bar from Witheyís throw in.

A couple of minutes later Mbunga headed wide from another Harper-Emerson teasing cross, as the visitors pushed forward they looked vulnerable at the back Noakes making a last gasp challenge on Withey.

As the game entered into injury time, Adams launched a cross into the box from the halfway line but Brown was there to take the catch under pressure from the visiting players camped in the box.  With the Swans pushed high up the field Malpas stuck the post from distance with Adams beaten soon followed by Corrickís shot from close range forcing Adams into a save.

At the death Slimbridge still didnít give up, Pring hitting the side netting from Adams long kick and then Pring again with a chance getting on the end of a throw in from the right but his shot went wide from 10yards out just before the final whistle ended the game.  Unfortunately this time the Swans failing to gain a last gasp goal as they have done several times already this season.


Another busy week beckons with Merthyr Town the visitors to Thornhill Park on Wednesday evening at 7:45pm in a rearrange City Security Services Limited League Challenge Cup tie followed by the Buildbase FA Trophy Preliminary Round game at home to Melksham Town on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.

Slimbridge: Adams, Noakes, Harper-Emerson, Pring, C Turner, Smith (Hands 60), D Turner, Lomotey (Hawes 77), Dunbar, King (Martin 60) , Mbunga

Atendance: 145

Supporters man of the match: Lewis Adams

 
Winchester City 3-3 Slimbridge AET - Slimbridge win 6-5 on penalties
Wednesday 3rd October
In what can only be described as a pulsating night of football in Hampshire, Slimbridge edged through to the next round of the FA Trophy by beating Winchester City on penalties after coming from behind on three occasions to force extra time and a penalty shoot out.

Travelling without defensive duo Luke Payne and Korey Pring, manager Lee Driver-Dickerson brought in Nick Pulman and the returning Christien Turner to the starting line up.

The home side went in front on 5 minutes, Jamie Baron firing home from 15 yards but ten minutes later the Swans were level when Yeshaya Lomotey did well to beat two defenders and fire low past the home keeper.

Tyrell Mitford put Winchester back in front on the half hour and that's how it stayed until seven minutes from full time when Ewen Dunbar rifled home a terrific curling shot from 25 yards which went into the top corner to force extra time.

With both sides committed to full out attacking football it made for a great spectacle for both sets of supporters and when Joe Noakes was adjudged to have felled Barron in the box it looked as if the home side would go through as Mitford fired home the spot kick.

The Swans, to their credit never gave up and with just 3 minutes left on the referees watch, Liam Smith drove a delightful 20 yard cross into the box and Ewen Dunbar dived at full stretch to head in a spectacular equaliser once again to send the delirious Swans supporters wild.

The penalty shoot out was a very tense affair and after both sides had taken 6 each it went into sudden death.

Eric Edge made a great save to deny the home side's taker so it was all up to Noakes to send the Swans through and he held his nerve well to fire confidently home and earn Slimbridge the £2000 prize pot and a home tie versus Melksham Town on Sat 13th Oct, 3pm k.o.

Slimbridge now travel to Paulton Rovers for a re arranged league match on Saturday, 3pm and then they entertain Merthyr Town at Thornhill Park on Wednesday evening in the Southern League Cup.

Supporters man of the match :Ewen Dunbar.

 
Winchester City- Coach Travel
Sunday 30th September
We will be running a coach to the Winchester City game on Tuesday night for the Buildbase FA Trophy replay, it will leave Thornhill Park at 4pm at a cost of £10 per seat.  All supporters are welcome, contact Colin Gay for details.

 
Slimbridge 2-2 Winchester City
Sunday 30th September
Harper-Emersonís habit of injury time goals secures last gasp replay for the Swans against a hard working Winchester side.


A fast start from the home side allowed young Adam Bloomfield to get a strike away from 15 yards after cutting in from the right but was too high to trouble the visitors goal. Winchester soon had their first chance a long throw from Joe Hayward on the left was narrowly fired wide by Tyrell Mitford.

A good team move from the back saw the Swans striker Edji Mbunga beat two visiting defenders but his shot sailed high a wide. However a few minutes later Slimbridge opened the scoring, on 13 minutes Dan King threading a ball from the right to Yeshaya Lomotey whose first time shot from 20 yards flew into the bottom right corner of the net with the Winchester keeper Ryan Pryce left watching.

A minute later visiting keeper Pryce went down with an injury and after a spell of treatment was able to continue.  Swans captain Dean Turner tried to capitalise on Pryceís immobility a few minutes later but his chip shot went wide.

Winchester equaliser came on 27 minutes Reece Rusher cross finding the head of Tyrell Mitford who tucked the ball away unopposed.  As the momentum switched to the visitors they took the lead seven minutes later Jamie Barronís shot was tipped onto the post by Swans keeper Eric Edge and crossed the line despite an attempted clearance from the home defence.  

As the half came to a close a neat passing move involving Lomotey, Mbunga, Ben Hands and Luke Payne resulted in a poor cross shot from Payne going high and wide.

Slimbridge dominated most of the second half, Dean Turner putting the ball in the net on 57 minutes after a good spell of play from Mbunga and Hands but was adjudged to be offside.  A few moments later Turner this time sprung the offside trap and in a one on one showdown with Pryce forced the keeper into a point blank save.  Pryce the busier of the two keepers confidently stopped Max Harper-Emersonís close range shot as Slimbridge started to pile pressure on the visitors in search of an equalising goal.

That goal almost came on 70 minutes, Turnerís chip to the far post towards substitute Liam Smith was just too high for the midfielder to get his head to.  Smith then tried a shot of his own from 20yards but this was way too high.

Ewen Dunbar was introduced into the game with just over 10 minutes remaining and his link up play with Hands resulting in Harper-Emerson now playing upfront blazing over.   A last throw of the dice substitution from Swans manager Lee Driver-Dickersen sending on Christien Turner upfront for Payne with two minutes of normal time remaining was a master stroke.

With seconds left of the game Edge launched the ball up field to sub Christien Turner his header fell to Max Harper-Emerson whose deflected shot evaded the diving Pryce sailing into the net of the right hand post to earn the Swans a replay on Tuesday night.


Both sides do battle again down at Winchester on Tuesday evening in a replay with a 7:45pm kick off, a coach will be running to this game leaving Thornhill Park at 4pm, costing £10 per person contact secretary Colin Gay for details.  Also on Tuesday evening the Under 18 squad travel to Torquay United in the FA Youth Cup as they continue to preserve their 100% start to the season.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne (88 C Turner), Harper-Emerson, Pring, Noakes, Hands, D Turner, Lomotey (78í Dunbar), Bloomfield (62í Smith), King, Mbunga
Attendance: 85
Supporters Man of the match: Joe Noakes

 
 
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