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Tue 25th July
Pre-Season Friendly
Slimbridge
V
Gloucester City
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 29th July
Pre-Season Friendly
Clanfield
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Tue 1st August
Pre-Season Friendly
Westfields
V
Slimbridge
7:45 PM
 
 
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Pegasus Juniors 0-4 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 22nd July
The Swans pre-season campaign continued with a comfortable victory over their hosts at Old School Lane this afternoon.

With all the goals coming in the first period, Slimbridge were never troubled by a Peggy side in the middle of a rebuild, who never really hit their stride during the 90 minutes.

Early chances were all created by the visitors, with Swans’ Man of the Match Joe Stokes having two good efforts early on, which were both well saved.

Slimbridge took the lead on nine minutes, when Jack Twyman and Stokes combined well to set up a chance for a trialist, whose initial header was saved, but who then converted the rebound.

On 18 minutes, Stokes was again close with a free kick that went just wide, but a minute later, Henry Birkett set up Nathan Payne, who drilled the ball home to double the advantage.

Payne was denied by a good tackle a minute later, but on the half hour mark it was three - Stokes’ cross headed home by Birkett.

As the opportunities continued to come for the visitors, Stokes had a good effort saved, and Payne saw his effort come back off the crossbar, before, right on the stroke of half time, Birkett and Stokes combined well, with Stokes hitting home the fourth of the afternoon.

The second half was a quieter affair - Romaine Thomas saw his effort saved when through on goal early on, another Stokes effort brought another good save, and Birkett saw his effort palmed away as the Swans dominated the play.

Dean Turner was next to try his luck, bringing another good save, and Thomas blazed over after good work from Birkett with 15 minutes remaining.

Josh Beadle was also thwarted by the Peggy Keeper in the final minutes, before the whistle blew on another good workout for Freddy Ward’s side ahead of the visit to Thornill Park of Gloucester City on Tuesday (7.45pm). The Swans travel to Clanfield next Saturday (3.00pm)

Team: Gayle, Trialist, Barratt, Hoyle, Squires, Thwaite, Birkett, Twyman, Stokes, Nathan Payne, Luke Payne Subs (All Used): Beadle, Turner, Thomas


 
Stonehouse Town 2-4 Slimbridge
Tuesday 18th July
The Swans started their pre-season campaign with a victory over Stonehouse Town this evening, but were made to battle hard by their hosts.

Slimbridge made a positive start, and Marley Thomas’ early effort which was just too high would not have counted because of an offside flag, but it only took seven minutes for the visitors to take the lead - Marley Thomas playing in Joe Stokes, whose peach of a strike gave the Stonehouse Keeper no chance.

The hosts struck back almost immediately, and equalised straight from the restart before taking the lead on 25 minutes, a scoreline they took into the break.

It was not until the last 15 minutes that Slimbridge regained some momentum, with Trialist Joe Wilton, watched by his Father Russ and Brother Lewis, both of whom have memorably represented the Swans, turning the game on its head in a five minute spell.

Two goals in two minutes from Wilton saw the visitors retake the lead, and three minutes later, he set up Marley Thomas for the Swans' fourth.

After the game. Wilton signed forms to joins the Swans for the forthcoming season, who now travel to Hereford based Pegasus Juniors on Saturday (3.00pm)

Team: Harris, Trialist, Mace, Rich Thwaite, Hoskins, Turner, Twyman, Stokes, Nash, Thomas, Nathan Payne

Subs: (All used) Beadle, Luke Payne, Gale, Barrett, Wilton, Squires



Pics below show Joe Wilton, Sam Turl and Rich Thwaite all signing on for the 2017-8 season

 
Chappie aims for pitch perfection...
Sunday 16th July
Pretty much every day in the close season, Swans' newly adopted Groundsman Paul Chappell has been working on the pitch at Thorhill Park. Judging by the comments from both of our visitors yesterday, his hard work is beginning to pay off.

Swans Spokesman Tim Blake said 'To receive fulsome compliments from both League One and Conference South organisations, as we did yesterday is a a massive tribute to Chappie and Wricko (Ian Wrixon), who have put so much work into the surface here at Thornhill Park. Hopefully it will give Freddy (Ward) and the lads the best possible opportunity to do well this season.'

Gloucester City return to Thornhill Park on Tuesday 25th July for a preseason friendly against Freddy Ward's side, on what is bound to be another memorable occasion in the recent history of the Club. Tony Thornhill, whose family name adorns the ground will be the Slimbridge AFC's  guest of honour at the game.
 


 
Another first for Thornhill Park...
Saturday 15th July
We were delighted to host Gloucester City at Thornhill Park this afternoon when they took on a Bristol Rovers whose 93rd minute equaliser denied the 'home' side a victory. 449 fans went through the turnstiles, and both Gloucester and Rovers have registered their appreciation at the way the event was organised. Swans' Chairman Barry Gay said 'We've received sincere thanks from both sides for the way we have handled today's game. Having Hereford come down last season taught us what we needed to know about handling bigger than normal crowds, and we were very pleased that everything ran so smoothly, and thanks, of course,  go to all our commitee members and volunteers who worked to ensure that the day was a success.'

Gloucester City return to Thorhill Park a week Tuesday  (25th July) to play the Swans' first team.
 


 
Player News - Freddy’s Squad begins to take shape
Wednesday 12th July
With pre-Season now up and running, Freddy Ward's new squad is beginning to take shape.

Among the early signings announced by Ward and new Assistant Manager Lee Driver-Dickerson, the club have moved swiftly to replace departed goalkeeper Marcus Beauchamp by signing Ollie Hall, who joins the club from Longlevens. 



Club stalwarts Jack Twyman, Dean Turner and Adam Mace were also among the early signatures, along with Marley Thomas and Joe Stokes. Alex Hoyle also rejoins the club after a spell at Taunton Town, with Nathan Payne also renewing his involvement with the Swans from last season.

Nathan's brother Luke also arrives at Thornhill Park, alongside former Tuffley Rovers midfielder Henry Birkett, with more signings to be confirmed in the next few days.

Pictures below show (from top) Ollie Hall, Luke Payne, Adam Mace, Nathan Payne, Dean Turner, and Joe Stokes and Marley Thomas putting pen to paper.

 
Emirates FA Cup and Buildbase FA Trophy Draws confirmed
Friday 7th July
The new season really kicked into gear today today with the FA announcing details of the early Buildbase FA Trophy and Emirates FA Cup draws.

In chronological order, the Swans have a mouth watering local clash with Cinderford Town set up in the FA Cup Preliminary Round. The Swans will entertain The Foresters at Thornhill Park on Saturday August 18th, in a tie which is sure to be one of the local highlights of that particular round. Cinderford are back in the EvoStik Southern League South & West after relegation from the Southern Premier last season, so everything is set up for a fantastic local clash.

In the Buildbase FA Trophy, we entertain Hartley Wintney from Hampshire in the Premilinary Round. on October 7th at Thornhill Park. Hartley are facing their first season in the Southern League Central having walked away with the Combined Counties League last season, so will undoubtably prove a formidable opponent. For those of you who remember travelling to Fleet this time last season, it's just before you cross the M3, so a couple of miles nearer to us but not much!

The winners of that tie faces an away trip to two sides in our current league, Swindon Supermarine or Barnstaple Town, for the 1st Qualifying Round tie scheduled for October 28th.

We can confirm that admission prices for the forthcoming season will remain unchanged - Adults £8, Concessions (OAPs and Student Cards) £5, Under 16s Free if accompanied by a paying adult.

As per last season, Player Sponsorship is available at £50 per player, to include publicity in the matchday programme and the website. Contact tim.blake@slimbridgeafc.co.uk for further details.


 
Want to be a Physio for SAFC?
Friday 7th July
Slimbridge AFC are looking to appoint a Physio/Sports Therapist for the 2017/18 Season.

if you hold an FA Intermediate qualification and a First Aid Certificate, and are interested in applying, please contact Club Secretary Colin Gay at Colin.Hamish@icloud.com or call him on 07702 070229.


 
New League Challenge Cup Sponsor
Thursday 6th July

The Southern Football League has announced that the upcoming 2017/18 League Challenge Cup will be sponsored by ww.bigfreebet.com, a leading online sports predictions, news and tips site.

Proceeds from the deal will contribute to developing the league and the growth in grassroots English football that has seen players such as Jamie Vardy and Chris Smalling rise through the ranks to become elite European football athletes.

Don Gillies, Director of BigFreeBet.com, said:

“We are very happy about sponsoring the cup and providing funding to help nurture local English talent. Long term, we hope to see more home-grown talent breaking through to Europe’s top leagues and sponsorship of this cup will be one small step to achieving this goal.”



Founded in 1894, the Southern Football League exemplifies the heritage and strength of local grassroots football in the UK.

The League Chairman has thanked BigFreeBet.com for their Agreement to sponsor the League Cup for Season 2017-2018.


League Chairman Terry Barratt said, “I am pleased that BigFreeBet.com share the same views that Non-League football is full of players with potential that could make it at a higher level. We are the shop window of opportunity”.



The BigFreeBet.com League Challenge Cup will run from October to April and will be available to watch through YouTube channels and on a selection of Club websites.

Last season saw newcomers to the League’s Premier Division, Hayes & Yeading United defeat St Ives Town 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after normal time.


There are a number of ex-Professional players now plying their trade in the Southern Football League who are due to appear in this year’s competition, including Jamie Cook, Jamie Cureton, Barry Hayles and Andy Sandell to name a few.

 
 
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