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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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Bristol Manor Farm 3-0 Slimbridge
Tuesday 28th August
Swans return home pointless against a strong Manor Farm side who took an early lead that they never looked like relinquishing.

Manor Farm took the lead on 5 minutes a through ball splitting the visiting defence wide open for Owen Howe to run onto and expertly tucked into the bottom right corner past Eric Edge. Slimbridge tried to respond gaining a corner two minutes later, this was cleared to Ben Hands but his shot was fired wide of the post.

The home sides lead was doubled on 11 minutes, a delightful ball over the top of the Swans defence found Dean Stamp on the left whose first time shot squeezed inside the near post. Again Slimbridge tried to respond Ewen Dunbar on the left wing put over a pin point cross onto the head of Dean Turner forcing an acrobatic save from Ben John however the assistant referee’s flag was up with Turner being adjudged to being offside.

As the first half progressed the home side dominated the middle, Troy Simpson putting a shot wide from Jamie Adams cross.  Dean Stamp who terrorised the Swans all afternoon headed over from another cross from a wide position.  On the half hour mark, Liam Smith played a neat pass to Dunbar on the left and after cutting inside the full back forced a save from Johns in the home goal conceding a corner.  The Manor Farm defence blocked Hands corner original corner, from the second Max Harper-Emerson fired his cross / shot high and wide.

Slimbridge started to gain a little momentum late in the half, Smiths free kick was punched clear by Johns under pressure from Swans centre half Christien Turner.  Smith then tried his luck from 25 yards unfortunately it was too high over the bar.

The second half started like the first, with the home side putting pressure on the visiting defence, Edge saving Howe’s close range shot before gathering Adams follow-up. A minute later Howe fired a shot wide.  At the other end Will Hawes finally got a half chance from 20yards which John spilled but managed to recover at the second attempt.  

As the second half played out, Manor Farm continued to pressure the visiting defence which held up well despite being two goals down met with the challenge. Jordan Metters shooting wide on 55 minutes, from the resulting goal kick Edge found Tornado Bellow who played some neat touches to beat a couple of home players before gaining a corner.

Ten minutes later Ashley Kington fired wide from the home side before Matters forced Edge into a diving save conceding a corner in the process from which Howe fired wide.  With 15 minutes left Hawes and Bello played a delightful 1-2 with Hawes shot blocked by Lloyd Mills.  Dean Turner got his head to the corner kick but directed the ball over.

A scuffled ensued on 82 minutes Simpson chasing a ball through the middle despite the referee blowing for an offside caught Edge very late as he tried to claim the ball.  After calming the players down Mr Clench gave Simpson a stern talking too when a booking may have been more appropriate.
Four minutes into injury time, Manor Farm was awarded a penalty which was duly dispatched by Howe sending Edge the wrong way.


The Swans must now regroup for next Saturdays home league fixture against Bideford before tackling Wantage Town on Tuesday 4th September in the FA Cup replay.  The winners of this replay will travel to Bishops Cleeve in the first qualifying round.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Harper-Emerson, Pring, C Turner, D Turner (83 Bloomfield), Hands (72 Noakes), Smith, Dunbar (67 Lomotey), Hawes, Bello

Attendance: 184

Supporters Start Man: Max Harper-Emerson

 
FA Cup - 1st Qualifying Round Draw
Tuesday 28th August
The winners of the replay between ourselves and Wantage Town on Tuesday 4th September shall travel to Hellenic League neighbors Bishops Cleeve on Saturday 8th September with a 3pm kickoff.

 
Slimbridge 1-1 Wantage Town
Sunday 26th August
Swans hold on against a very industrious Wantage Town side to remain in the FA Cup, despite leading for more than 40 minutes of the game.

The Swans were forced into a late change with striker Edji Mbunga unable to take his place in the side due to injury; he was replaced by Joe Wilton in the starting line-up.  On the back of four league wins and sitting on the top of the Hellenic league table, it was no surprise that Wantage started the game on the front foot.

A third minute corner to the visitors found Jack Dunmall in space but his header was cleared only for Bradley Cox to fire back in but this was blocked and cleared up field by the Slimbridge defence.  Wantage were lucky not to take the lead a few minutes later, a free kick on the edge of the box from Connor Mattimore stuck the top corner of the post and bar cannoning away for a goal kick with Swans keeper Eric Edge well beaten.

A hamstring injury forced late replacement Wilton to be substituted on 12 minutes being replaced by Liam Smith.  Christien Turner was forced into conceding a corner at the near post after Mattimore had broken down the right flank and fired in a dangerous cross.  Dan Comer headed the resulting corner over the bar to the relief of the home side.

Will Hawes forced a save from the Wantage keeper Curtis Meare from 20yards giving the Swans their first corner on 16 minutes.  It was taken short unfortunately Ben Hands cross was too hard and sailed wide near the far corner flag. At the other end Cal Wright’s shot flew inches wide of Edge’s left post.

Joe Noakes cross from the left flank almost found Smith at the far post but he was just beaten to the ball by Meare in the visitor’s goal.  Midway through the half a mistake by Noakes allowed Kaylem Patterson to get a shot on goal but Edge was well positioned to make the save.  

On the half hour Edge was called into action twice in a minute making two point blank saves the second pushing the ball off the line and out for a corner.  The corner was cleared up field and a through ball to Tornado Bello was just intercepted by the visitor’s keeper at the last minute to keep the score line level.

Five minutes later the Swans took the lead, Ewan Dunbar made a run down the left skipping past the visiting defence and pulling the ball back for Hawes whose mishit shot crept into the far corner mush to the delight of the home support.

Another neat pass through the middle of the Wantage defence was latched onto by Tornado Bello, his shot was too close to Curtis who managed to stick out a leg and divert the ball wide when it look certain the Swans would double their lead.


Wantage started the second half as they did the first on the attack, Cox hitting the bar from a free header from an early corner.  Noakes then gave away another corner to the visitors heading over his own bar from a dagerouse cross fired in from the left.

On the hour, Swans Christien Turner turned the ball away for a corner having worked hard to chase down Mattimore’s run down the right.  The corner again picked out Cox who this time got his header on target only to find the hands of Edge.

Edge then found Bello out wide on the left, after running down the flank his cross was too hard for the on rushing Dunbar to reach however with the pace of Dunbar sprinting across to the right he managed to keep the ball in passing to Smith who fired tamely straight at Curtis.

Bello was unlucky again not to get on the score sheet, his pace through the middle put him through one on one with the keeper again but he nicked the ball just wide of the post having beaten the visiting keeper.

The Swans were left to rue the missed chances a minute later with just ten minutes remaining Mattimore managed to skip down the right and pull the ball back for Jon Davoile to fire past the stranded Edge as the home defence stood watching to equalise.

Slimbridge almost won it on the stroke of full time, after a passage of good play the Swans forced a corner sending up the big guns from defence.  Christien Turner got his head to the ball from the corner and somehow the Wantage defence managed to scramble the ball off the line and away to safety.


Both teams now go back to Wantage Town on Tuesday 4th September at 7:45pm for the replay to determine who earns a place in the first qualifying round, the draw for which takes place on Tuesday lunchtime at FA headquarters.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Noakes (Tryner 63), D Turner ©, Pring, C Turner, Wilton (Smith 12), Hands, Bello, Hawes (Lomotey 79), Dunbar

Attendance: 65

Supporters Star Man: Christien Turner

 
Slimbridge 0-0 Highworth Town
Thursday 23rd August
Slimbridge 0 – 0 Highworth Town

Slimbridge play out entertaining draw against Highworth Town to kick off their home league campaign.
Despite the score line both sides played with flair and passion in an entertaining encounter where nether side deserved to lose. 

Slimbridge started well with Ewen Dunbar attacking down the left flank and Edji Mbunga down the right causing the visiting defence some concerns.  Ryan Morgam was pressed into cutting out a through ball from Mbunga under pressure from Will Hawes.

Highworth had a chance to open the scoring on 10 minutes, Ashley Edenborough latching on to a defence splitting through ball however Korey Pring’s tackle in the box was enough to allow Eric Edge in the home goal to collect.

At the other end Mbunga tried his luck from 18 yards but fired straight at visiting keeper Connor Johns.  A minute later Dunbar sprung through from the left but overran the ball as he bore down on the goal.  

On 18 minutes a Highworth free kick on the left sailed wide of the goal with no one  near enough to get a head on it.  Edge was then called into action to palm away Matty Grabe’s point blank shot from a narrow angle on the left.

With 24 minutes on the clock Swans Liam Smith fed Hawes on the right however his delightful chip in the box fell to both Dunbar and Mbunga who got in each other’s way allowing the visitors to clear but only as far as Dean Turner who follows up shot was easily saved by Johns.

Christien Turner having a solid game at the heart of defence produced a great tackle to deny Edenborough and shot on goal from the edge of the penalty area.  Late in the half both Dunbar and Harper-Emerson attempted long range shots which missed the target.  Edge in the home goal produced another save this time from Callum Parsons speculative strike.

The second half started strongly for Highworth, Aaron Nesbeth attacking down the right, first skipping past Harper-Emerson before drawing a point blank save from Edge. Slimbridge could have taken the lead on 54 minutes Mbunga’s run down the right crossing to the on rushing Dunbar at the far post but was just inches too far in front of him to get a shot away.  

Referee Mr Andrew Genders who was having an excellent game in the middle pulled in Mbunga and Jordan Roberts after the pair had a set too down on the right touch line.  After a stern warning play continued with Edenborough raving through tracked closely by Luke Payne, but was allowed to get his shot in however Edge was on hand to make the save.

Edge was again called into action with 15 minutes to go, heading the ball clear on the edge of the box straight to the visitors Roberts who strike cannoned back off the foot of the post and away to safety.

As tempers started to rise Sean Wood’s name went into the reference book on 80 minutes for a strong challenge in midfield as both teams were chasing for a winner.  The last chance of the game fell to visiting substitute Harrison Bennett after collecting Nesbeth’s through ball but his shot was wide of the goal.


The Swan start their journey down the FA Cup trail this Saturday against high flying Hellenic leader Wantage Town with a 3pm kickoff.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Harper-Emerson, Pring, C Turner, Dempdey, D Turner, Smith(85 Hands), Dunbar(89 Yeshaya Lomotey), Hawes(69 Bello), Mbunga

Attendance: 108

Supporters Star Man: Eric Edge.


 
Blackfield & Langley 1-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 19th August
The Swans returned home from Hampshire pointless on the opening day of the season, going down 1-0 thanks to a 52nd minute penalty scored by Blackfield & Langley's Liam Robinson.


The hosts, who were making their debut in the Southern league after being crowned champions of the Wessex league last season were keen to make a good start and certainly looked more sharper on a pitch best described as poor, which was disappointing especially considering it was the first game of the season.

Blackfield & Langley's Owen Fee was a thorn in the Swans side all afternoon with his pacy runs up the left side came close to opening the scoring when his free kick was well pushed away by Eric Edge in the visitors goal.

A early caution for Christien Turner for a deliberate push was followed by a second for Joe Noakes for a soft challenge by a referee who seemed to be wanting to stamp his authority on the game.

Slimbridge had a penalty appeal turned down on 33 minutes when Liam Smith appeared to be felled in the box but the referee was close enough and was not interested.

The home side should have scored right on half time when a high cross into the box eluded Edge but was cleared off the line by Luke Payne, the rebound being struck inches wide by Robinson.

Slimbridge went into the break knowing that they had had a poor half and the half time cuppa seemed to do good as they showed much more purpose during the second 45.

However it was the hosts who went in front on 52 minutes when Korey Pring was penalised for a late challenge and up stepped Robinson to fire his spot kick low past Edge.

Slimbridge were rather fortunate not to concede a second penalty 10 minutes later when Noakes barged into a opponent but the referee awarded a free kick to the Swans much to the annoyance of the home side.

The Swans started to get their game going now and a great run up the right by Ewen Dunbar found Will Hawes free but his shot was blocked, the rebound being struck inches wide by Liam Smith.

Hawes and Ben Hands were replaced by substitutes Yeshaya Lomotey and Sam Mendes as the Swans looked to freshen things up, quickly followed by Max Harper- Emersons introduction, replacing the injured Noakes.

Lomotey looked quick and was soon felled on the edge of the box, Mendes hitting the free kick just wide. As the Swans pushed for the equaliser Christien Turner was just wide with a shot after a good run by Payne.

Mahhloufi was cautioned for the hosts late on for a late challenge on Smith as Slimbridge threatened on several occasions but it was the home side who held on to take the points which was probably just about deserved on the day.


Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Noakes (Harper-Emerson 80), Dean Turner, Pring, Christien Turner, Dempsey, Smith, Hawes (Lomotey 75) Dunbar, Hands (Mendes 75)

Supporters man of the match- Luke Payne.

 

 
Gloucester Senior Challenge Cup Draw has been completed
Wednesday 8th August
The Swans have been given a bye into the Quarter Final Round, where they will face the winners of a Round One tie between Cheltenham Town Reserves/Under 21's and Mangotsfield United. Dates for the game will be announced in due course.

 
Change of date for Under 18s fixture
Monday 6th August
Our Under18's fixture aganst Bristol City, originally scheduled for tomorrow night, will now take place on Thursday 9th August. Kick Off time remains the same.

 
Dave Strain Appointed Assistant Manager
Wednesday 1st August
Slimbridge AFC are delighted to announce that they have appointed Dave Strain as Assistant manager/ Coach.
Dave was Assistant manager to John Brough at North Leigh last season and before that he spent 16 years coaching at Cheltenham Town AFC Academy. Dave is a Level 3 coach.

Commenting on his appointment Dave said "I am really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead of us here at Thornhill Park.
From what I have seen so far we have a excellent set up and the people involved here have been very welcoming"

Slimbridge AFC Chairman Barry Gay said that he is absolutely delighted that Dave has agreed to join us, after a long search to find Lee Driver-Dickerson an assistant I feel that we have found the right person in Dave who has an excellent pedigree and I am really looking forward to working with him.