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Slimbridge 1 – 4 Paulton Rovers
Sunday 24th December
Another bad day at the office for the Swans despite a late consolation.

Slimbridge made the first chance of the game on 7 minutes when Luke Payne fed stand-in striker Jack Twyman but his shot sailed wide of the post.  Five minutes late the visitor took the lead with a solo run from Jack Ball who evaded two Swans defenders to tuck the ball into the net with Ollie Hall beaten.  Within a minute Ball forced Hall to save a fairly tame shot from close range.  Paulton doubled their lead on 22 minutes, Dale Evans shot taking a wicked defection past Hall.  
Slimbridge were forced into an early substitution, Henry Birkett leaving the field having taken a boot to the face in the lead up to the visitor’s second goal and being replaced by manager Fred Ward.

Ball had a chance on 27 minutes skipping past Sam Turl who slipped while trying to make the tackle however his shot was wide of the post.  Twyman at the other end shot wide after some good team interplay from the back.  Slimbridge almost pulled a goal back on 35 minutes with two successive dangerous corners from Ward, the first deflected wide at the near post and the second cleared from the line after a goal mouth scramble.

The half ended with an ambitious free kick on the half way line saw Ward try his luck however the visiting keeper Andrew Hannah was wise to the attempt catching the ball just under the cross bar.

Slimbridge came out at half time looking to pull a goal back, and had a good 15 minute spell a quickly taken Ward free kick to Dean Turner whose cross evaded everyone at the back post.  Joe Wilton put a shot over the bar into the car park on 52 minutes having been fed a pin point through ball from Sam Turl. However the spell ended with an Evans free kick on 69 minutes from 25 yards cannoning off the underside of the bar allowing Joe Hillard a simple tap in to increase the visitors lead.

The Swans failed to give up, debutant Ewan Dunbar was introduced replacing Wilton on 70 minutes.  A minute later Payne’s pass from the left found Mike Bryant who then managed to turn his marker before  slotting into the corner to give the home side something to cheer about.  Slimbridge continued to pile on the pressure for the last 10 minutes of the game but failed to convert a couple of half chances.  A rare mistake in the Swans defence by Alex Hoyle allowed Ball to run in on goal and score his second and Paulton’s fourth of the afternoon.


Next up over the festive period Slimbridge travel to Shortwood United on Boxing day for a 3pm kick-off before hosting Cinderford Town next Saturday 30th December with an early kick-off of 1pm.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl (Harper-Emerson), Robinson, Hoskins, Hoyle, Turner, Payne, Birkett (Ward), Bryant, Twyman, Wilton (Dunbar)

Attendance: 105
Supporters man Of The Match: Mike Bryant 

 
Cirencester 4-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 17th December
A spirited performance by the Swans as they came up against a strong Cirencester team playing on their new 5G pitch for the first time.

The game started at a fast pace with end to end attacks by both sides on the zippy 5G surface.  A Sean Lawson cross early on was collected in the air by home Keeper Mateusz Wieczorek after some great link up play from Henry Birkett and Sam Turl.  At the other end Swans keeper Ollie Hall did well to tip a 20yard shot from Tommy Oulridge round the post and out for a corner.  A few minutes later Oulridge again forced Hall to push a close range shot wide of the post.  As the home side started to dominate the game, they were unlucky not to take the lead when Ben Whitehead headed against the bar from a corner.

It was whitehead who put the visitors ahead on 34 minutes beating two defenders in the box and slotting into the net under the advancing Hall in the swans goal.  The visitors almost equalised two minutes later, an Adam Mace through ball to Lawson on the left and his shot from a narrow angle was pushed around the post by the home keeper.  From the Swans corner, Cirencester gained possession and it was Whitehead who took advantage of the space on the edge of the Slimbridge box to hit a screamer into the top right corner to double the home sides lead.  On the stroke of half time Hall was called into action twice the first a point blank save from Oulridge and then from a close range shot from Henry Spalding.

A change in formation in the second half saw the Swans push forward in search of a goal, a Mace cross from the left was met by Joe Wilton who's header was well saved. On 69 minutes Whitehead completed his hat trick with an individual goal, picking up the ball on the halfway line and passing two swans defenders before slotting past Hall.

Birkett tried his luck from the halfway line but his shot sailed replica orologi just wide. Late on a Mace cross found Lawson but his shot only found the side netting.  Aiden Bennett completed the scoring for the home side with a close range header beating Mace to the cross in the box.  Unfortunately for Mace he landed awkwardly suffering an injured hip and had to be stretchered from the pitch, however it was not too serious only bruising.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Hoskins, Hoyle(Emerson-Harper 45), Pring, Twyman(L Payne), Birkett, Lawson, Bryant, Wilton(Turner)

Supporters Man of the match: Henry Birkett 

 
Slimbridge v Winchester City - Postponed
Saturday 9th December
Today's game has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

 
Didcot Town 4-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 3rd December
The first chance of the game fell to the home side with Cameron McNeil’s shot being saved by Swans keeper Ollie Hall. Slimbridge then had a really good 20 minute spell with Adam Mace firing wide from 35 yards and then Mike Bryant getting on to the end of a Mace through ball that was blocked by the home keeper Leigh Bedwell and defender Same Elkins.  Another well delivered through ball from Mace over the top of the home defence for Sean Lawson was headed away by the advancing Bedwell under pressure from Lawson.  Joe Wilton’s shot from 25 yards out sailed over after some great interplay from new signing Jake Robinson, Alex Hoyle and Bryant.

The home side then took control with a number of dangerous corners before they put the ball into the back of the Swans net on 32 minutes however this was ruled out for a foul in the box.  A minute later Didcot took the lead through Marlon Agyakwa who slotted home after some good interplay down the right.

Didcot continued to press for the remainder of the half, with Hall called into action spilling a fierce David Murphy shot before a Rich Twaite block stopped Agyakwa getting his shot away on goal. Slimbridge’s then had two chances 5 minutes before half time, Lawson’s shot from Wilton’s cross was deflected wide for a corner then Hoyle’s header from the corner was pushed wide by Bedwell.

The second half started with Didcot on the front foot, Twaite again did well blocking a goal bound shot.  At the other end Korey Pring’s pin point pass found Mace who’s shot was well saved by the home keeper.  Murphy’s cross into the Swans box found the lively Felipe Barcelos but his shot was blocked for a corner.

Hall’s long clearance found Lawson in space and forced Bedwell into a low save under pressure from the chasing defence.  On 56 minutes Didcot were awarded a dubious penaly when Hall was judged to have triped Barcelos wide of the goal.  Hall however pulled off a fantastic save to his right to deny the home side a second goal. It wasn’t long before Barcelos finally got onto the score sheet tapping in from 2 yards after Hall had made another great save but could not hold on to the ball.  

The home side dominated the last quarter of the game with Hall saving Elkins free kick and Seth Humphries firing wide from close range.  With 5 minutes remaining a Barcelos run down the right was pulled back for the on rushing Humphries to fire home from 20 yards to give the home side a 3 goal lead.  The final goal of the game came in stoppage time after yet another great save from Hall was tapped in this time by substitute Ollie Thomas.

Slimbridge: Hall, Pring, Robinson, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner (Ward 83), Twyman, Bryant (L Payne 45), Lawson, Wilton, Mace. 

Supporters Man of the Match: Korey Pring

 
Slimbridge 1 – 8 Wimborne Town
Saturday 25th November
A patched up Swans side missing 6 regular players through injury and suspension were beaten by a well organised Wimborne side, playing some good attacking and entertaining football.

After some good early exchanges from both sides, Luke Burbidge’s cross was thundered against the bar from 5 yards out by James Stokoe, whilst at the other end Karl Nash had a shot pushed around the post by the visiting keeper Gerard Benfield.  Ollie Hall in the home goal was called into action to pull off a great save from Burbidge after Henry Birkett was disposed in the middle.

Wimborne took the lead on 15 minutes with Stokoe looping the ball over Hall from 20 yards out on the right. Four minutes later Slimbridge levelled the score, Karl Nash supplied a neat through ball for Sean Lawson to run onto and tuck past Benfield.

Within five minutes Matt Oldring put Wimborne back in front on heading home at the far post unopposed from a corner after another great save from Hall.  The visitors increased their lead two minutes later Tobias Holmes latching onto a long through ball to slot past Hall.  Wimborne’s fourth came in the 31st minute; Jack Lovell’s cross was met by Louis Kellaway who fired home from inside the box. On the stroke of half time Kieran Squires committed a foul 30yards from goal, the resulting free kick from Billy Maybury’s flew into the top corner to leave Hall with no chance and make it five goals to the visitors.

Slimbridge made a change at half time with the struggling Squires being replaced by Nathan Payne at left back.  Maybury scored his second and Wimborne’s sixth on 49 minutes with a 30 yard screamer from open play.  

Slimbridge were awarded a penalty on 51 minutes, Nash was bundled over in the box after collecting a Lawson pass from the right the referee awarding the Swans a penalty. Nash summed up the homes sides day firing the spot kick well over the bar.
  
Wimborne’s seventh came on 65 minutes through visiting substitute Luke Holmes whom finding the top corner of the net from 20 yards.  The visitor’s goal feast was completed in stoppage time by Luke Burbidge whose mazy run beat 3 Slimbridge players and slotted the ball across Hall and into the far corner.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Squires (N Payne 45), Pring, Thwaite, Birkett, L Payne, Ward, Nash, Lawson (Philp 53), Wilton (Hoskins 70)

Attendance: 98

Supporters Man of the Match: Ollie Hall

 
Another Sad Day For The Swans Family - Doug Gray
Wednesday 22nd November
It is with sadness that we learnt this week of the passing of our former manager Doug Gray.  

Doug was instrumental in laying the foundations of the team’s rise from the Gloucestershire County League to the Hellenic Premier League.  He was also the manager that introduced Freddy Ward, and former manager Leon Sterling to the club as players who themselves more recently guided the Swans to the Southern League.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very sad time.

 
Swindon Supermarine A-A Slimbridge
Sunday 19th November
Competitive local derby played in awful weather conditions abandoned late in the second half due to serious injury to Swans striker Marley Thomas when the game was poised at 1 – 1.

Slimbridge started the game well putting some early pressure on the home side, however it was Marine who had the first real chance on 8 minutes with Josh Parsons firing over the bar.  Three minutes later the visitors took the lead with a well worked move started by Dean Turner on the right playing a neat pass to Marley Thomas in the middle.  Thomas’s run split the defence wide open for Joe Wilton to run onto a perfectly weighted through ball and lofted over the home keeper and into the net.

At the other end, the dangerous Connor Thompson’s shot was deflected with by a last ditch Alex Hoyle tackle, soon followed by Korey Pring blocking a goal bound shot again by Thompson who was causing the visiting defence all sorts of trouble.
The Swans lead should have been doubled on 20 minutes when Mace played a long ball over the home defence for Thomas to run onto but he hit his shot at keeper Josh Hill was well saved.  Luke Payne failed to hit the target from a Sean Lawson cross with a shot over the bar from 18 yards out.

Swindon then piled on the pressure for the remainder of the half with Parsons’ shooting wide and both Joe Selman and Thompson having shots blocked by the visiting defence.  

Slimbridge were forced into an early second half substitution when goal scorer Wilton failed to shrug off a hamstring injury and was replaced by manager Freddy Ward, with Paul Chappell taking Fred’s role in the dugout.  Marine increased the pressure on the visiting side with Thompson and Ryan Campbell having shots blocked and Parsons hitting the side netting.
On 75 minutes, visiting captain Hoyle received his second yellow card and marching orders for a mistimed tackle in the box leading to the home side being awarded a penalty.  Brad Hooper duly dispatching the spot kick past Ollie Hall to level the scores.  A minute later a Sam Turl pass found Thomas in space and his shot was tipped over the bar by Hill.

The game effectively ended on 78 minutes, Thomas ran the ball on the left to the by line and put a delightful cross in to the advancing Lawson whose shot was saved well by the keeper.  Home defender Joe Shepherd sliding tackle on Thomas as he put the cross in, accidently caught Thomas resulting in a serious injury to the visiting striker.  Shepherd was shown a straight red card for the tackle followed by a second yellow and sending off for Swans midfielder Turner who reacted to the challenge on his team mate.

Due to the nature of the injury, a suspected broken leg/ankle an ambulance was called, after a wait of 20 minutes during which time Thomas was treated on the pitch by the Swans Physio Lucy Pearce and the home medical staff the referee decided to abandon the game.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace Pring, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner, L Payne, Lawson, Wilton (Ward 50), Thomas


Fortunately the injury turned out to be ligament damage with no break.  All at Slimbridge AFC would like to thank the Medical staff at Swindon Supermarine for their fantastic assistance in helping Lucy look after Marley and their hospitality during and after the game. We wish Marley well for a speedy recovery
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Slimbridge 1 - 5 Yate Town
Friday 17th November
Swans suffer second heavy home defeat in a week, with Jekyll and Hyde performance.  

Slimbridge started the game brightly with Marley Thomas and Max Harper-Emerson causing the visiting defence all sorts of trouble.  At the other end the fast paced James Difford shot wide when well placed on the edge of the box.  On 18 minutes Harper-Emerson had a recurrence of his ankle injury and was replaced by Sean Lawson.

Six minutes later the visitors took the lead when a through ball from Difford found Ben Brookes who lifted the ball over Ollie Hall and into the net.  The lead only lasted five minutes as the home side got back on level terms; Lawson made a run on the left pushing the ball across to Jack Twyman whose neat pass found Thomas on the right to slot home past the advancing Harvey Rivers in the visiting goal.

The home side were now on top, Mikey Bryant heading over from close range from a Alex Hoyle cross on the right.  Hoyle then lifted a great ball over the visiting defence for Lawson to run onto but Rivers managed to gather.  As the half ended Rich Twaite made a last minute tackle on Brooks when looking to shoot on goal.

At the start of the second half, Bryant was replaced by Dean Turner in a tactical move by the home side.  A minute after the restart, Thomas had the ball in the net only to be harshly judged offside.  At the other end Thwaite diverted a visitors shot onto his own bar and away for a corner.  Immediately at the other end Thomas shot wide when bearing down on goal with only Rivers in the goal to beat.

The tide turned on 55 minutes when Yate defender Matson Evans was allowed to run into the Swans box and his shot cannoned into the net off the nearside post to give the visitors the lead.  From this point on the home side failed to get a grasp on the game and went on to concede a third on 73 minutes when Kyle Tooze’s shot bounced back off the bar for Brooks to tap in.  Ten minutes later Brooks completed his hatrick after a great through ball from Steve Davies.  Davies then completed the scoring with two minutes of the game left shooting across the advancing Hall into the far corner.

Slimbridge: Hall, Pring, Squires (Wilton 60), Thwaite, Hoyle, L Payne, Twyman, Bryant (Turner), Mace, Harper-Emerson (Lawson), Thomas

Supporters Man of the match: Jack Twyman

Attendance 171