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Sat 15th July
Pre-Season Friendly
Gloucester City
V
Bristol Rovers
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Tue 18th July
Pre-Season Friendly
Stonehouse Town
V
Slimbridge
7:00 PM
 
 
 
Sat 22nd July
Pre-Season Friendly
Pegasus Juniors
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
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Predict the Score rolls over
Sunday 5th March
No winners, this week, so the prize pot rolls over to £650 for next week's competition. Gotta be worth a shot for a quid!

 
Slimbridge v AFC Totton - Game OFF
Saturday 4th March
Today's game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date will be announced once agreed between the Clubs.

 
Slimbridge 5-2 Tiverton Town
Wednesday 1st March
A five star display by the Swans saw them record their best win of the season and stun second placed Tiverton Town on a night of drama at Thornhill Park.

Manager Freddy Ward gave the home side an early advantage, before Jamie Short restored parity. Lee Smith, Joe Stokes and Marley Thomas then netted to put Slimbridge four-one up at the break.

In the second half, Jamie Price pulled another goal back on 77 minutes, before Smith’s second wrapped up a memorable night for the home, with a victory that lifts them fifteen points of the drop zone with only nine games remaining, and virtually guarantees another season at Southern League level.

The game started in driving rain, and Slimbridge were quickly ahead - on four minutes, Freddy Ward lifted a ball high into the Tiverton box, and it beat Tivvy Keeper Joe Perry to drift into the back of the net.

Tiverton hit back, and on ten minutes, Jamie Short’s effort from the edge of the box levelled things up.

The visitors had a couple of good chances to take the lead, but Owen Howe’s effort was well saved point blank by Swans Keeper Marcus Beauchamp, and Beauchamp was again in action stopping an effort from Levi Landricombe before the Swans restored their advantage on 24 minutes - a mazy run from Man of the Match Marley Thomas saw Smith slide in at the far post to net.

Two minutes later, Perry scuffed a clearance, and the ball fell to Joe Stokes, who stroked the ball home to make it 3-1.

Just after the half hour, another charged down clearance saw the ball fall to Thomas, who netted the fourth to put the Swans in complete control at the break.

As to be expected, Tiverton came out of the blocks for the second half, and beauchamp pulled off another great stop from Rob Norrish, before Jamie Price was off target with a good effort.

But the Swans rode out the storm, and superbly marshalled by Jack Twyman and Joe Stokes, pulled themselves back into the game.

On 77 minutes, Price pulled a second back for Tiverton, but the last word went to Slimbridge - Stokes’ cross again met at the far post by Smith to record the Swans’ fifth of the night with two minutes remaining.

Slimbridge welcome AFC Totton to Thornhill Park on Saturday (3.00pm) for another League encounter.

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Mace (Lewis 87), Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Twyman, Stokes, Ward (Oakes 68), Thomas, Brad Martin (Jamie Martin 75), Smith

Supporters Man of the Match: Marley Thomas

 
Evesham United 1 – 2 Slimbridge
Saturday 25th February
In a game dominated by the weather conditions, debutant Mason Lewis seals the Swans first victory for three months in injury time against an Evesham side reduced to 10 men.

Kicking against a strong headwind Evesham were unfortunate not to open the scoring in the first five minutes of the game with player manager Freddy Ward clearing a goal bound shot off the line. At the other end good work from Brad Martin and Joe Stoke ended with a firm Evesham defence blocking an effort from Jack Sklenar.
Evesham’s Liam Harding tried his luck from the halfway line but his strike sailed over the bar as it dipped into the wind. The home sides Elliot Kennedy also tried his luck from distance but again failing to trouble debutant Swans keeper Marcus Beauchamp with his shot wide of the goal. A 30 yard free kick from Adam Mace was floated in on the wind but just missed the top corner by inches.

A crazy 3 minute spell on 30 minutes started with Evesham winning three consecutive corners, the third of which resulted in the home side taking the lead through Kennedy after the visiting defence failed to clear. Immediately from the kick-off Slimbridge equalised with Stokes playing in Sklenar who controlled the ball well to fire past keeper Kevin Sawyer. Evesham restarted and forced their way into the visitor’s box, as the loose ball was being picked up by keeper Beauchamp, striker Lance Smith kicked out at the keeper in frustration earning him a straight red card.
Slimbridge took advantage of the extra man and finished the half with the better of the play.

HT 1-1

The second half this time saw Evesham kicking with the strong wind behind them, and missed an early opportunity with Adam Mann failing to connect to a long through ball splitting the Swans defence. Sklenar at the other end fire a shot straight at Sawyer when well placed in the box.
Evesham failed to let the one man deficit hinder them as they continued to press the Slimbridge goal, Beauchamp growing in confidence pulled off a fingertip save from Mann destined for the top corner. As injury time approached the visitor’s counter attacked with Lee Smith through ball saw Sklenar’s shot well saved by Sawyer.

In the dying seconds, a long cross field ball by Smith caught the home sides defence napping allowing substitute Mason Lewis to run in from 30 yards out drilling the ball past a helpless Sawyer giving Slimbridge a much needed three points.

Next up is Tiverton Town at Thornhill Park on Wednesday at 7:45.

Slimbridge: Beauchamp, Turl, Mace (Lewis), Grimes, Thwaite, Twyman, Stokes, Ward (Oakes), Smith, Martin (Thomas), Sklenar
MOM: Jack Twyman
 
Swans announce two more new faces...
Thursday 23rd February
Slimbridge are pleased to welcome Mason Lewis and Michael Oakes to the club. Mason joins us from Lydney Town while Michael's last club was Upton St Leonards, Mason plays anywhere on on the left while Michael is a centre or left midfielder. Welcome to the Swans family both...
 
Marcus Beauchamp joins the Swans
Tuesday 21st February
Slimbridge Manager Freddy Ward has moved to strengthen his squad for the end of season run in, and the club have today announced that they have received International Clearance for the 2 month loan of Goalkeeper Marcus Beauchamp from Newport County.

The 19 year old stopper signed for Newport in August, and is a former Norwich City Academy Scholar. He won the 2014-15 Barclays Under 18s Premier League ‘Save of the season’ award while with the Canaries.

Freddy Ward said 'I'm glad to have Marcus on board, he's been getting some good reviews, and I'm hoping he will come in and give us something we've been missing.'

Marcus will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Evesham United (3.00pm)

 
Slimbridge 0-7 Taunton Town
Saturday 18th February
Taunton Town demolished the Swans in an eventful one sided encounter at Thornhill Park. The only bright spot of the afternoon for Slimbridge was that the bottom two sides both lost, thus the nine point cushion that they have over the relegation places remains, with another round of games ticked off towards the end of the season.

Taunton made an impressive start to the game, but it was Slimbridge who had the first real opportunity - Jack Twyman shooting wide with three minutes on the clock. At the other end, Pete Davies in the Slimbridge goal made a good stop when he pushed away Ross Staley’s header in the early exchanges.

The visitors took the lead on 15 minutes, when Jordan Rogers converted from close range after a header had come back off the bar, and five minutes later, the Peacocks doubled their lead, when Ed Palmer’s long throw was met by the head of Matt Wright, who beat Rich Thwaite to the ball to net the second.

On 33 minutes, an identical throw from Palmer saw Thwaite beat Wright to the ball this time, only for his header to end up in the same corner of the net, for the first of two Swans own goals.

Two minutes after the break, Staley converted an Ollie Chamberlain cross, only to see his effort ruled out for offside, but the respite was short lived for the Swans.

With just under an hour gone, Pierce Mitchell’s drilled effort was turned into his own net by Sam Turl for Taunton’s fourth.

On 68 minutes, Taunton’s Shane White picked up an innocuous second yellow card from Referee Gareth Hubbard for taking a free kick before the whistle had been blown and was dismissed, much to the bewilderment of everyone in the ground.

Ten minutes later though, numbers were evened up after a clash in the Slimbridge box, which saw Dean Turner pick up a straight red, and the awarding of a penalty to Taunton, despatched by Palmer for Taunton’s fifth.

Taunton notched a further two goals in the last ten minutes - Matt Buse with an impressive shot on 83 minutes, and Craig Veale with a classy 25 yard lob in the final minute, to round off a miserable afternoon for the hosts.

Slimbridge’s ‘Month of death’ now moves on to a visit to Fourth placed Evesham United on Saturday (3.00pm), followed by the visit of second placed Tiverton Town to Thornhill Park a week Wednesday (March 1st, 7.45pm)

Team: Davies, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Mace, Twyman, Sklenar (Stokes 62), Smith, Thomas (Jamie Martin 58)

Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman

 
Predict the Score update and advice for Taunton Town Fans next weekend
Sunday 12th February
There were no winners of this weeks Predict the Score comepetition, so the £1000 prize rolls over to this weekend. Tickets will be on sale behind the bar on Saturday - and at only £1 a shot, it's got to be worth a punt!

We are reminding everyone travelling up from Taunton at the weekend that the A38 is fully closed at Berkeley Bridge from February 14th-23rd. if you follow your usual route, leaving the M5 at Junction 14, you will have a complicated and convoluted diversion which will take you a substantial amount of time. Please do not exit the M5 at Junction 14 (Falfield/Thornbury), but continue North to Junction 13 (Stroud), and then follow the A38 South back to Thornhill Park. This will put an additional 30 minutes or so on your journey, but we promise that will be a lot quicker than exiting at Junction 14.