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Tue 10th July
Severn Sport Shield
Slimbridge
V
Gloucester City
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Wed 11th July
Severn Sport Shield
Tuffley Rovers
V
Longlevens
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 14th July
Severn Sport Shield
Slimbridge
V
TBC
3:00 PM
 
 
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Evesham United 3-0 Slimbridge
Thursday 22nd February

Two set pieces and a freak goal leave Slimbridge deflated.

Slimbridge included new signing Edjidja Mbunga in the team after his transfer from Southern League Premier Division Redditch United was confirmed prior to kick off.  The Swans started the game in dominant fashion pressuring their hosts for the first five minutes with the former Gloucester City striker Mbunga looking very lively up front.

It was Jordan Bryant for the home side who had the first sight of goal his tame shot reaching Ollie Hall in the visiting goal, at the other end Sean Lawson hit a speculative effort over the bar from 20 yards.  Max Harper-Emerson filing in for the injured Sam Turl at right back drilled a long cross field ball towards the far post leaving Andy Lewis with little option to head clear for a corner to the Swans, the poor delivery was easily cleared by the Evesham defence.  

Home captain Linden Dovey tried his luck after collecting a throwin on the right but his weak shot fell straight to Hall.  Hall pulled off a stunning save tipping Adam Mannís well placed header over the bar from close range.  A minute later the home side took the lead, former Swan Carl Brown ran the ball down the right side of goal, and from near the corner flag put in a cross that flashed across the goal hitting the inside of far post and into the net from an almost impossible angle.  

Mbunga and Slimbridge winger Marley Thomas linked up well on the edge of the home sideís box feeding Joe Stokes but his effort was wide.  The visitors were grateful of Harper-Emersonís clearance 6 yards from goal off Matt Bennetts foot as he was about to pounce.  Two minutes later Adam Mace pulled off a goal line clearance, from which Thomas picked up the ball in the middle playing in Mbunga who ran the ball into the home box but his shot was just over the bar from 10 yards out.

On the stroke of half time Hall yet again saved the visitors tipping over Bennettís delicate far post lobb.

The second half started badly for the Swans, when on 47 minutes Adam Mannís free kick on the right edge of the box was fired into the top corner of the net leaving the visiting defence watching to double Eveshamís lead.  

Ten minutes later Slimbridge made a rare foray into the opposing half, Lawsons cross cleared only as far as Mace who got a shot away but was deflected away for a corner.  

The final blow for Slimbridge came on 70 minutes when Korey Pring and Jordan Bryan tussled for the ball inside the Swans area, Bryan going down leading to the referee to award the penalty.  This was duley dispatched by Matt Liddiard to give the home side an unassailable lead.  

Kai Mahon should have pulled a goal back late on when he fired over the bar with only Kevin Sawyer to beat in the home goal.


Slimbridge have a crucial game this Saturday when they face Bristol based Mangotsfield United who are two points ahead of the Swans in a relegation 6-pointer.

Slimbridge: Hall, Harper-Emerson, Mace, Pring (Squires 79), Hoskins, Layton (Ward 62), Turner, Stokes (Mahon 75), Mbunga, Lawson, Thomas

Supporterís star man Max Harper-Emerson

Attendance 180
 
Salisbury 5-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 18th February
The Swans went down by five goals to one on Saturday to Steve Claridge's Salisbury who now sit seven points clear in second spot in the League Table.

Without the injured Jack Twyman and with Tom Hoskins and Dean Turner both away Slimbridge travelled light to the Ray Mac stadium and with a healthy expectant home crowd of 631 the Swans were always going to be up against it. Yet the opening five minutes could have seen the visitors two goals up as early chances by Sean Lawson and Max Harper Emerson went begging.

However, it did not take long for the Whites to get their large home followers singing when after ten minutes Owen Howe converted Tom Whelan's cross from close in. Just seven minutes later Stuart Green scored the first of his hat trick when Howe set him up with a superb defence splitting ball, Green finishing well past Ollie Hall in the visitors goal.

Hall, who was outstanding during the 90 minutes pulled off a stunning save from Howe's shot on 38minutes but the resulting corner was headed home by George Colson to give Salisbury a comfortable three goal lead.

There was a further set back for the Swans just before the break when centre back Kieran Squires was stretchered off with concussion to be replaced by youngster Kai Mahon.

The second period was all about the Swans trying to keep the score down and in all fairness they did superbly well to restrict the home side to just two more goals, Green completing his hat trick with two good finishes in the 63rd and 84th minutes, the latter goal coming after Hall had made a miraculous double save.

In between those two goals though came something to lift the travelling supporters when a defensive mix up by a home defender and keeper Charlie Searle, who was outside of his penalty area, allowed Kai Mahon to rob them of the ball and roll it into an empty net to secure the youngster his first goal for the club in only his third appearance. The Swans were further hampered with a injury to full back Sam Turl late on but the influential defender, to his credit, struggled on.

So a comfortable win for a very good Salisbury outfit who will now surely go on to secure the second automatic promotion spot behind runaway leaders Taunton Town. As for the Swans, they must now regroup for a tough looking fixture away to Evesham Utd on Wednesday evening and then a home clash versus Mangotsfield Utd on Saturday.

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Squires (Mahon 41) Hoyle, Ward, Stokes, Lawson, Harper-Emerson, Thomas.

Supporters man of the match: Ollie Hall

Attendance: 631.
 
Slimbridge v Kidlington - Postponed
Saturday 10th February
Todayís game has failed a pitch inspection due to a waterlogged pitch. 


 
Shortwood Utd 2 Slimbridge 2
Wednesday 7th February
Buoyant Swans undone by late Shortwood equaliser after a dominant first half performance in deteriorating snowy and freezing conditions.

Recent tradition between these two local sides has produced a number of entertaining games in bitterly cold conditions with a flurry of goals.  Last night was no exception, with temperatures around freezing and snow falling, heavy at time both teams battled to an entertaining draw where the home side should have been dead and buried before half time.

Prior to kick off Swans keeper Ollie Hall was taken ill, however he bravely took to the field for the start of the game awaiting a backup keeper on route.  Captain for the night Jack Twyman tried his luck early on with a 30 yard attempt that sailed over the bar.  With only 5 minutes on the clock Bakare Alie in the home defence hit a poor back pass to keeper Harry Pickering which Sean Lawson was quick to pick up on robbing the keeper and slotting into an empty net to give Slimbridge an early lead.

A wide free kick for the Swans was swung in to the far post where Korey Pring was waiting to let fly but his effort cleared the car park and out of the ground.  Lawson should have made it two latching on to Maces through ball but his shot was wide from 10 yards.  Joe Stokes also managed to shoot wide from close range while well placed.

On 15 minutes the home side were back on level terms, Pringís headed clearance fell to Will Hawes who tucked the ball into the corner will Hall rooted to the spot.  A minute later it was Shortwood who were unlucky not to take the lead, Hawes shot was deflected away for a corner.  Hawes got on the end of the corner with an attempted bicycle kick but the visiting defence cleared for another corner.  From the second corner Jordan Morris shot hit the bar and a away for a goal kick.

With only 20 minutes on the clock Jack Twyman went down on the far touchline after a strong challenge with a nasty looking injury that saw him leave the field of play on a stretcher with what later turned out to be ankle ligament damage.  Alex Hoyle was introduced into the game with Tom Hoskins taking the captains armband.

Five minutes later the home sides Nick Humphreys cross from the left was met by Hawes but his shot was blocked and with the ball falling to Alex Kibbles, his effort sailed high and wide.  Marley Thomas almost got on the end of a long through ball only for Pickering to be alert to produce a last gasp clearance.  Hall had his first real touch of the game, saving a week shot from Jack Freeman.  Shortwood gained a free kick on the wide left of the Slimbridge box after a Sam Turl foul, from which Joe Whiteís shot in the box was blocked for a corner, that was expertly cleared by the visiting defence.

Slimbridge dominated the last 10 minutes of the first half as the snow continued to fall at times it almost called for the Orange ball to make an appearance.  It was on 36 minutes that the visitors broke away with Thomas chasing in on goal passing to Lawson but the tackle cam in resulting in a corner.  The ball was clear from the resulting corner to Stokes who hammered the ball back across goal for Lawson to tap home at the far post to give Slimbridge the lead.

Pickering somehow kept the score down making a double save first from a one on one with Thomas after Stoke dinked the ball over the top, and from Lawson who got on the end of the rebound.  Thomas then turned provider on the right, crossing to Stokes but again Pickering was forced into the save. 

At the end of normal time, Thomas again made a run down the right but his weak cross was cleared with three Swans players lined up ready to get on the end of the cross.  Lawson and Thomas breached the home defence again but it was Thomas who got the shot away just wide.


Slimbridge introduced keeper Adam Thomas at half time after he had answered a late call up, as backup for Ollie Hall who clearly was not well enough to continue in the Swans goal.  The second half started well for the visitors with Mace winning the ball in a strong tackle, he fired a cross field ball into the path of Turl whose shot was blocked before Stoke fired the cleared over the bar.

A great move from Hoyle and Laws saw Stokes chip the ball over the visiting defence for marley Thomas to run onto but again the home keeper saved.  As the half progressed Showrtwood continued to press for an equaliser while Slimbridge tried to take advantage on the break.  On 81 minutes the Swans Thomas yet again got a shot away at keeper Pickering from a free kick but was well saved.

Shortwood now in the ascendancy with five minutes reaming, Hawes cross from the left found substitute Harry Burns but his shot was high and wide of the goal.  The equaliser came on 87 minutes a free kick on the left was swung in, Hoskins headed clearance fell kindly to Morris to fire home past the stranded Adam Thomas who had yet to be called upon since his half time introduction.  


Although the Swans gained a valuable point, it felt like a loss after the dominance of the first half.  Next up is a home game this coming Saturday against Kidlington.

Slimbridge: Hall (Adam Thomas 45), Turl, Mace, Pring, Hoskins, Layton, Twyman (Hoyle 23), Turner, Lawson (Mahon 83), Stokes, Marley Thomas.

Supporters Man of the match: Sean Lawson.


 
Bristol Manor Farm 3-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 4th February
The Swans returned home from the Creek pointless despite having more than their fair share of the play, the difference between the two sides was the finishing with the home side scoring three first half goals to the Swans nil.

Slimbridge gave a debut to new signing Kirk Layton who acquitted himself well over the 90 minutes. On a heavy pitch it was the Visitors who had the better start as a long range effort from Layton just cleared the Bar.
Manor Farm's leading scorer Dean Stamp then went close with a similar effort. It was Stamp however who had a big hand in the opening goal on ten minutes when he was allowed to run through the Swans defence to set up Troy Simpson who shot low past Hall in the home goal.

There was early controversy when two minutes later a great cross from Jack Twyman found Mike Bryant who appeared to be pushed in the penalty area but referee Richard Lawrence waved away the appeals.
The man in Black was again at the centre of controversy five minutes later when Bryant found himself clear on goal only to be pulled back by the home side's John Lock but Lawrence deemed it to be not a goal scoring opportunity and showed Lock a yellow card.

As usually happens in these situations it was Lock who had a big hand in the second goal on 17 minutes when he headed on a corner kick to Aron Robbins who nodded it past Ollie Hall to give the home side a clear advantage. The Swans rallied and good efforts by Marley Thomas and Tom Hoskins nearly produced a goal.
On 35 minutes the visitors should have reduced the deficit after a good flowing piece of football involving Joe Stokes and Thomas found Sam Turl in space on the edge of the box but his rasping drive rebounded back in to play via the post with keeper Ashley Clark stranded.

Manor Farm punished the visitors with another good finish just five minutes later when Durrants shot came back off the crossbar and the unmarked Stamp finished well from 8 yards to give them a three goal lead going into the break.

The second half started well for Slimbridge and a 35 yard effort from Stokes was well tipped over by the home keeper. It was then the turn of Mace to test the home custodian as he done well to push away a stunning drive from the visiting full back.
This good spell of pressure continued as a cross from Thomas found the head of Bryant but his goal-bound effort was once again saved well by Clark. Ollie Hall in the Swans goal then turned hero as he pushed away a certain goal after a good header from Steve Kingdon looked to be going in.

Swans manager Freddy Ward introduced substitute Sean Lawson on 62 minutes who replaced Bryant, quickly followed by Kieran Squires who came on for Korey Pring. 

As the Swans pushed forward tempers started to get frayed and three cautions for both sides kept the referee busy, however on 77 minutes the home side found themselves down to ten men when Kye Holly placed a head butt on Dean Turner and received a straight red card. Turner, with a egg shaped bruise to his head was quickly replaced by Max Harper-Emerson as the entertaining encounter drew to a close.


So on reflection a deserved three points for the home side which will help them in their quest for promotion, as for the Swans, they must now regroup and prepare for Tuesday evenings visit to near neighbours Shortwood Utd.

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring (Squires 64) Hoskins ,Layton, Twyman, Turner (Harper-Emerson 80) Bryant (Lawson 62) Stokes, Thomas.

Supporters man of the match, Joe Stokes.

 
Slimbridge 1-2 Bishops Cleeve
Monday 29th January

Swans lose to local rivals despite dominating much of the game.


Slimbridge took control of the game from the kick off forcing the visiting side back into their own half for much of the first 15 minutes.  Adam Maceís long ball found the returning Joe Stokes 10 yards from goal, but he could only poke his shot wide of the near post.  Jack Twyman then found space to get on the end of Marley Thomasís cross from the left touchline but again his header was wide after some great link up play from Max Harper-Emerson and Sam Turl.


After a Cleeve foul 25 yards out, Mace stepped up forcing keeper Elliot Seddon into a save which was spilled and then recovered.  The visitors brake away with Joe Bates threading the ball through to Jack Watts however Korey Pring was on hand to cut it out, from the clearance Harrison Iddles shot over the bar.

On 15 minutes, Michael Fords speculative shot was smothered by home keeper Ollie Hall, but somehow he failed to hold on and the ball squirmed underneath him trickling into the net to give Bishops Cleeve the advantage against the run of play.


As Slimbridge continued to press the visitors with Mike Bryant having a shot blocked by the out rushing Seddon. Thomas was given a yellow card on the half hour mark for his heavy protests to the referee claiming a penalty after the ball was adjudged to have stuck a defenders arm from a free kick on the right.

Three minutes later a good move from the back resulting in a corner to the Swans on the left, Maceís corner was cleared back to him and the resulting cross flew across the goal skimming the cross bar and out for a throw in. Thomas forced Seddon into a save after a neat passing move involving Mace and Bryant in the middle.


With a little over 5 minutes to half time, Mace hit a long free kick into the box causing panic in the Cleeve defence who somehow managed to cleare the ball of the line twice in a matter of seconds from the ensuing scramble.

Half Time 0 -1


The second half continued with Slimbridge dominating the play, on 52 minutes Dean Turners header hit the back of the net however it failed to count as he was flagged offside.  Cleeve slowly managed to get a foothold on the game, Watts shot from the left sailed wide of the goal.  On the hour mark Mace conceded a free kick from which Hall was called into action to save from Bates.


Sam Turl was on hand to intercept a visitors break away after a long clearance from a Swans free kick.  A few minutes later Pring saved the home sides blushes making a last gasp tackle on Bates with an empty net ahead of him after Hall failed to deal with another visitors break away.


Debutant Kai Mahon was introduced on 74 minutes and almost made an instant impact providing a pin point cross from the right to Bryant, his goal bound header being deflected over the bar and out for a Swans corner.  With less than 5 minutes of play to go, Cleeve broke on the right through Watts, his pass to Bates was slammed home from 15 yards to double the lead.


The Swans finally got a consolation goal on 89 minutes, Mahonís corner from the right was met by the on rushing Pring to head past Seddon.

 


Next Saturday Slimbridge pay a visit to Bristol Manor Farm who are currently riding high at the other end of the table.

 

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Hoskins, Turner (Mahon 76), Twyman, Stokes (Squires 83), Bryant, Harper-Emerson (Lawson 65), Thomas


Attendance: 104


Supporters Man of the match: Jack Twyman

 
Game On
Saturday 27th January
After an early pitch inspection, today's home fixture against local rivals Bishops Cleeve is ON.

 
Swindon Supermarine v Slimbridge
Tuesday 23rd January
Tonight's game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.