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Wed 22nd August
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Slimbridge
V
Highworth Town
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Thu 23rd August
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Bromyard Town U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 25th August
FA Cup Preliminary Round
Slimbridge
V
Wantage Town
3:00 PM
 
 
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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
Today’s 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, Pring’s 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 White’s 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 Mace’s 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 Thomas’s 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, Mace’s 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, Mahon’s 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.

 
Slimbridge 2-0 Winchester City
Thursday 18th January
Swans return to winning ways against promotion chasing opponents.

Slimbridge made the early running, Sam Turl, Mike Bryant and Jack Twyman linking up to feed Dean Turner but his shot was hit straight at the visiting keeper Ryan Pryce.  Winchester’s Dan Williamson playing on the right wing caused the home side to panic when he broke clear on goal only to see his shot go wide and a long range shot from visiting striker Pat Cox was collected by Ollie Hall on 8 minutes.

Three minutes later Williamson found space on the right and his cross was fired in to Cox who forced Hall into a point blank save with his legs the ball going out for a corner.  A succession of corners followed ending when Josh Harfield’s headed wide at the back post.

At the other end Max Harper-Emerson and Bryant exchanged passes but Harper-Emerson’s cross was too high and wide with Marley Thomas waiting on the edge of the area ready to pounce.  Turl was fouled in the visitors half, 30 yards from goal after a good run down the right.  Up stepped Adam Mace to lift the ball over the wall and into the top right hand corner with the keeper beaten to give the Swans a 25th minute lead.
Slimbridge continued to play the ball around the midfield in a good spell of possession with Winchester trying to hit the home side on the break.  Tom Hoskins was called to make a last ditch tackle on Williamson after he had skipped past Mace on the right wing. Thomas got a shot away after Bryant had won the ball in the visitors half, the keeper doing well to stop with his legs.

Williamson again broke through the home defence on the right but his cross / shot flashed across the goal and out for a goal kick.  Just approaching half time, the ball was expertly played out from the Swans defence to Hoyle who ran the ball to within 30 yards og the visitor goal but could only shoot over the bar.

Half time substitute Rob Carr almost made an early impact when Hoyle was forced to head his cross out for a corner at the far post with Williamson lurking behind.  At the other end harper-Emerson was fouled deep into Winchesters half, this time Mace’s free kick was spilled by Pryce with Twyman’s follow up blocked by the defence and then Hoyle’s shot blocked before Pryce managed to gather in his six yard area.

Slimbridge were lucky not to concede, Turl blocking a shot out for a corner which Pring then headed clear but the ball came straight back forcing Hall to punch clear for another corner.  With Winchester piling on the pressure Hall was forced into a double save in a goal mouth scramble as the visitors tried to get back on level terms but the Swans defence managed to hold out.

The home side eased the pressure on 65 minutes, Thomas picking up the ball on the left threading a cross field ball to Hoyle on the right side of the box who powerfully headed the ball back across the goal where Twyman was waiting to nod the ball past Pryce to double the home advantage.

The returning Lee Smith entered the field soon after replacing the tiring Harper-Emerson who had worked hard on the right wing all evening.  As the horizontal rain continued to fall Winchester continued to search for a goal despite the heroic efforts of the home defence.  

Oli Bailey had the best chance of the game for the visitors heading against the bar with 5 minutes left.
In the final minutes of the game Thomas and Bryant linked up on the left with Thomas stepping inside his marker to thread the ball through to Turner but his shot was well saved by Pryce.  In injury time Twyman cleared the bar from 20 yards after Thomas and Bryan again out foxed the visiting side this time in the centre of the pitch.


This long awaited victory, the first since October should lift the players ahead of a difficult trip up the M5 to 4th placed Evesham on Saturday followed by the rearranged game at Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday.  Then as the games come thick and fast, the eagerly awaited derby game at home against local rivals Bishops Cleeve the following Saturday.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Hoskins, Hoyle, Twyman, Turner, Bryant, Harper-Emerson (Smith), Thomas

Attendance: 74

Supporters man of the match Korey Pring