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Sat 21st October
EVO-STIK South League West
Barnstaple Town
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Wed 25th October
EVO-STIK South League West
Slimbridge
V
Taunton Town
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 28th October
EVO-STIK South League West
Bideford
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
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Undy Athletic 0-3 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 5th August
The Swans completed their pre-season with a win over Welsh League opponents Undy Athletic this afternoon, with Adam Mace, Nathan Payne and Marley Thomas the goalscorers.

The Swans looked comfortable throughout the game, creating most of the chances, with Goalkeeper Ollie Hall rarely troubled.

Joe Wilton was just off target after good work by Joe Stokes early on, before Alex Hoyle was off target following an Adam Mace Free Kick.

Wilton was fouled on 19 minutes, but Stokes’ effort was saved.

Hall’s first save came on 35 minutes, but the Swans were soon down the other end, with Mace shooting wide, before they took the lead just before half time.

Joe Stokes was felled in the Undy box after chasing down a back pass, and Mace stepped up to convert the penalty and put the visitors ahead at the break.

The second half continued to see Slimbridge dominate - Thomas had a good early effort saved, before Stokes was just too high with another good shot.

Nathan Payne saw his attempt well saved, before finishing off another neat passing move on 57 minutes to double the lead for the visitors.

Marley Thomas finished the game off on 66 minutes with a good strike after being foiled by the Undy Keeper a minutes earlier.

Thomas had another chance at the death to increase the lead, but was too high with his effort, before the final whistle drew the curtain down on Slimbridge’s pre-season.

Manager Freddy Ward was pleased after the game with the campaign, but pointed out that ‘The Slate is now wiped clean. Pre-Season counts for nothing, and we need to carry that form into our League campaign!’

Slimbridge start their third season at Southern League level with a trip to Paulton Rovers next Saturday, before kicking off their home campaign on Wednesday August 16th, when Cirencester Town visit Thornhill Park for an eagerly anticipated local derby.

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Luke Payne, Stokes, Wilton, Harper-Emerson Subs: (All Used) Nathan Payne, Thomas, Pring, Reeves

Supporters Man of the Match; Adam Mace

Picture shows Adam Mace converting his penalty for the first Swans' goal


 
Westfields 2-2 Slimbridge AFC
Wednesday 2nd August
The Swans and their Midland Premier League opponents played out a highly entertaining draw this evening at AllPay Park.

The hosts took the lead just before half time through Alex Hainault, but goals from Rich Thwaite and Max Harper-Emerson looked to have nicked the game for the visitors, before Hainault popped up with his second to level the scores in the last ten minutes.

it was a high tempo start from both sides, with Slimbridge having the better of the opening exchanges - Harper-Emerson’s good run saw Stokes’ effort scrambled wide, and the Stokes played a neat 1-2 with Henry Birkett, but left his cross just a little too close to Westfields Keeper Kieron Blackburn.

Blackburn was by far the busier keeper at this point and needed to be on his toes to keep out an effort from Nathan Payne on 16 minutes, which, a minute later, Harper-Emerson just couldn’t reach a through ball from Stokes as the visitors pressed.

On 24 minutes, there was controversy when Blackburn handled a back header well outside his area, as Stokes chased him down, and then tipped a follow up effort from Stokes round the post. In a normal League game, the keeper would have received a red card, but the Swans were disappointed to only be awarded a free kick, which saw Blackburn go down to his left to save Mace’s effort.

Payne and Harper-Emerson combined well down the right again as Slimbridge produced some lovely passing football, with Harper-Emerson’s header just wide, before Rich Thwaite was next to try his luck with a header, only to see his effort drift the wrong side of the post.

Slimbridge’s sense of injustice deepened on 25 minutes, when Stokes was rugby tackled in the Westfields box as he beat his man to try and get a shot on target, but again, the referee was unmoved, and play was allowed to continue.

With their first effort on target, the hosts then took the lead with three minutes remaining in the half - when Hainault found some space in a scramble, and drilled the ball past Ollie Hall to put Westfield into the lead.

Slimbridge continued to press as the second half started, and Birkett was unlucky after picking up a bad clearance and racing through on goal, only to see Blackburn turn his effort past the post for a corner.

On 52 minutes, the visitors were finally rewarded for their enterprise, when Rich Thwaite drove forward from his own half, and, with Birkett and then Stokes instrumental in some lovely passing 1-2’s, found himself through on goal, and made no mistake to level things up.

Jack Twyman was next to try his luck, but his effort was too high, before Matt Reeve at the other end tested Hall with a header, forcing the Swans’ stopper into a good save.

The game was pinging from end to end now, and Harper-Emerson’s good effort that was just too high was matched by Carlos Moriera, whose effort was agonisingly wide at the other end, with both sides looking to regain the advantage.

With Joe Wilton now in the fray, Slimbridge had another attacking option, and Wilton brought a good save from Blackburn. Again, Westfields retaliated, and Hainault header the ball too high when well placed.

With 77 minutes on the clock, Slimbridge regained the lead - Max Harper-Emerson went on another mazy run, and, despite appearing to lose the ball at one point, went all the way through the Westfield defence to strike an absolute peach of a goal.

Four minutes later, the scores were back level - Hainault’s effort took two deflection off Swans’ defenders on it’s way into the net.

Nathan Payne’s effort in the closing seconds could have snatched the win for Slimbridge, but the final whistle brought to an end a very close and highly contested match, which will serve both sides well as they gear up for the new season.

The Swans play their final Pre-Season friendly on Saturday, when they travel over the Severn Bridge to Undy Athletic (3.00pm)

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Thwaite, Pring, Luke Payne, Birkett, Twyman, Stokes, Nathan Payne, Harper-Emerson Subs: (All Used) Wilton, Beadle, Turner

Supporters Man of the Match: Max Harper-Emerson


 
BigFreeBet Challenge Cup 1st Round Draw
Monday 31st July
We have been drawn away to Cinderford Town in this competition, in a game that will be played w/c October 2nd.

A reminder that our Committee Meeting is this Thursday in the Clubhouse at Thornhill Park, 7pm start.


 
Clanfield 2-4 Slimbridge AFC
Sunday 30th July
Goals from Luke Payne, Joe Stokes, Nathan Payne and trialist Sol Wanjau-Smith ensured a comfortable 4-2 victory for the Swans at Clanfield on Saturday afternoon.

Manager Freddy Ward took a squad of 18 to Radcot Road which included 3 trialists and  he also gave starts to newcomers Ollie Hall in goal, Joe Wilton, Kieran Squires, Korey Pring, Luke Payne, Henry Birkett and Max Harper-Emerson.

The Swans went ahead after just 5 minutes when a delightful free kick from Stokes found the head of Luke Payne which gave the home keeper no chance.

Squires left the pitch with a knee injury on 17 minutes and a minute later Clanfield were level.

A good run up the right by Zak Oliver, who had a excellent afternoon for the home side, and his cross was finished well by Mike Duerdon.

Stokes should have put the Swans back in front after 25 mins when  Birkett sent him free but his weak shot was easily gathered by the home keeper.

Stokes made amends five minutes from the break when good work by Sam Turl and Joe Wilton allowed him to finish well from 8 yards out.

Dean Turner nearly increased the Swans lead straight from the re start but his cheeky lob went inches over the crossbar.

On 50 minutes Stokes was guilty of another glaring miss when substitute Josh Beadle set him up with a great through ball but once again poor finishing allowed the keeper to push the ball away.

Adam Mace's run at the home defenders ended with Nathan Payne firing a volley towards goal but the home custodian did well to push the ball away for a corner.

Beadle and Twyman linked up well on 70 minutes which resulted in a Wilton shot going inches past the post.

Nathan Payne finally increased the visitors lead in the 75th minute with a shot from 12 yards which took a deflection on its way into the net.

Clanfield pulled a goal back five minutes later when their Man of the Match Oliver powered a header past the helpless Hall.

The Swans completed the scoring in stoppage time when Wanju-Smith finished of a good ball from Nathan Payne.

Slimbridge have just two friendlies left now, starting with a visit to last season's FA Cup heroes Westfields on Tuesday evening, 7.45pm and then a trip over the Severn Bridge next Saturday when Undy Athletic will play hosts, 3pm k.o.

Team: Hall,Turl,Wilton,Squires,Hoyle,Pring,Turner, Luke Payne,Stokes,Birkett,Harper-Emerson.
Subs all used: Beadle, Twyman, Mace, Nathan Payne, Wanju-Smith, Goodhall, Morris -Edwards.

Referee : Ben James.

 
Smile for the Camera!
Thursday 27th July
It was Pen Pics night at Thornhill Park before training, with our good friend Shane Healey taking a series of player photos for use during the season.





Away from the bright lights, everyone at the club was delighted to welcome back from injury Sean Lawson, who put pen to paper ahead of the current season after 8 months on the sidelines. Sean is working his way back to full fitness and hopes to be available for selection in three weeks time. Great to see you back, Laws!





 
Slimbridge 2 – 4 Gloucester City
Tuesday 25th July
Although Slimbridge fell to defeat against a strong City side they more than held their own for much of the game showing good passing ability and pace in all areas of the pitch.

Swans Sam Turl had the first chance of the game on 4 minutes forcing the visitor’s keeper Alex Harris into action.  At the other end George Forsyth’s headed wide when well placed, while shorlty after the home sides  Nathan Payne then stung Harris’s palms resulting in a corner then was headed just over the bar from Rich Thwaite.

City took the lead on 15 minutes with Eathan Moore latching onto a direct through ball rounding the keeper and slotting home. With both sides playing some neat flowing football on a carpet of a pitch, Moore should have done better on 25 minutes putting the ball well over from 15 yards with clear sight of the goal.

Slimbridge came back into the game and deserved their equaliser on 34 minutes when Payne riffled home from a corner. Gloucester had a couple of half chances leading up to the break but couldn’t find the target.

HT 1-1

With only two minutes on the clock into the second half Jack Twyman put the home side in front with a 25 yard strike in the bottom left corner after some good midfield interplay.

With both sides continuing to play some neat passing football, it was Gloucester’s strength and fitness that started to show with the Swans defence at full stretch Hoyle clearing a goal bound shot off the line on 65 minutes.  City’s equaliser came in the 77th minute, a short corner found Forsyth who made no mistake from 5 yards out.  A minute later substitute Will Morford gave city the lead before Zack Kotawica completed the scoring with 2 minutes remaining.

Swans: Hall, Turl, Mace, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner, Birkett, Stokes, N. Payne, Wilton, Harper-Emerson, Squires, Pearson, L. Payne, Pring, Beadle.

Attendance: 205

Man of the match: Jack Twyman

 
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