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Slimbridge 3-5 Evesham United
Monday 13th November
Evesham Utd left Thornhill Park with all 3 points in an eight goal thriller in a game that kept the supporters warm on a rather cold afternoon. A minutes silence was held prior to kick off in respect of both Armistice day and the sad loss of Swans long serving committee member John Ashplant.

The Swans opened the scoring early on when Adam Mace converted a good cross from Marley Thomas, firing Low past Kevin Sawyer in the eighth minute. Ex Swan Paul Fahy was causing the Swans defence problems with his mazy runs and Ollie Hall in the home goal did well to parry a blistering shot from Fahy over his bar after twenty minutes.  Fahy should have equalised five minutes later but he fired his shot over after a good cross from Jordan Bryan.

Play was end to end on the well prepared,slick surface and efforts from Lewis Powell and Adam Mann went unrewarded for the visitors whilst at the other end Sean Lawson went close after Kieran Squires had set him up with a superb long ball down the left. Lawson then disposed a defender and looked certain to score but his shot was cleared and went for a corner.
Slimbridge were more than holding their own and good moves resulted in both Mace and Lawson going close. With the last attack of the half the visitors drew level. A excellent run and cross by Fahy was well headed home by the advancing Powell as both teams went in for their half time break.

Swans manager Freddy Ward  introduced Max Harper-Emerson after the break, replacing Kieran Squires as the home side looked to score a second and they really should have done on 52 minutes when Lawson excellent run and cross found Thomas with just Sawyer to beat but he completely fluffed his shot. Jack Twyman picked up the first caution of the afternoon a minute later for a shirt pull and referee Ollie Williams who had a excellent afternoon levelled things up by issuing a yellow card to Evesham's Matt Liddiard for holding back Lawson. On 56 minutes the visitors took the lead when Liddiard headed home a cross from the right.

Things were made harder for the Swans when Twyman made a silly challenge on Adam Mann which left the referee with the easy option of showing him a second yellow card. Although now a man down the Swans equalised after after a shot by Thomas took a wicked deflection on its way into the net past the helpless Sawyer. Just two minutes later Evesham regained the lead when Mann fired in from close range as the excitement continued.

Slimbridge had a big appeal for a penalty turned down when Thomas appeared to be upended in the box but the referee was having none of it. Evesham started to turn the screw now and went 4-2 up after 69 minutes when Carl Brown was left unmarked and he nodded home Liddiard cross. On 87 minutes it was 5-2 when Powell notched his second goal of the game, converting another cross from close in. A pulsating game was completed when Harper-Emerson converted Lawsons cross after 88 minutes.

Both sides should be commended for entertaining a crowd of 182, the visitors deserving the points in their quest for promotion. Slimbridge now turn their attentions to Wednesday evening when Yate Town are the visitors to Thornhill Park, 7.45pm K.O.

Team: Hall: Turl:Squires ( Harper-Emerson 45):Thwaite:Hoyle:Ward:Twyman:Birkett( Wilton 70) Lawson: Mace (Pring 70) Thomas.Unused sub: Turner.

Supporters man of the match: Alex Hoyle.

ATT: 182.
Change of date for Cinderford game
Wednesday 8th November
Our New Year's Day game at Thornhill Park against Cinderford Town has been moved forward at the agreement of both clubs, and now will now take place on Saturday December 30th, with a 1pm Kick Off.

John Ashplant Funeral Arrangements
Tuesday 7th November
John's funeral will be held on Monday November 13th, as Dursley Tabernacle Church, Parsonage Street, Dursley GL11 4BT at 1pm.

Following the service, there will be refreshments provided in the Clubhouse at Thornhill Park.

Bishops Cleeve 1-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 5th November
This was a typical local derby - it was frantic, bad tempered at times, contained little football of note, and featured two penalties and a sending off.

For a long time, it looked as if Cleeve were on their way to a second win on the bounce, after Elliot Kennedy's first half penalty. However, a second spot kick ten minutes from time, stuck away for the visitors by Adam Mace level led things up. The result suited the Swans far more than the Mitres, who remain five points from safety at the bottom of the table, while Slimbridge remain in mid table, albeit only three points away from a Play Off place.

Following an impeccably observed minutes silence for Swans Committee Member John Ashplant, who sadly passed away this week, the tempo of the game started high and never dropped, as the players scrapped for local bragging rights - Slimbridge throught they had made the first breakthrough on 11 minutes, when Max Harper-Emerson converted Marley Thomas' cross, only for the goal to be ruled out for offise.

The Swans were having the better of the early exchanges, and Dean Turner brought a good stop from Mitres Keeper Sam Gilder five minutes later as the visitors sought to drive home their territorial advantage. Thomas' effort from Ollie Halll's clearance was agonisingly off target as the Swans pressed forward.

It was 23 minutes before Cleeve created their first real opportiunity on goal, when Kennedy found himself through one on one with Hall, but the Swans Stopper made a good save at the striker's feet.

On the half hour mark, the visitors took the lead - Jack Watts broke down the Slimbridge left flank, and collided with Hall as he looked to shoot. Referee Jack Shephers awarded a spot kick to the hosts, and yellow carded Hall. The penalty was well tucked away by Kennedy to put Cleeve ahead.

Bouyed by the goal Cleeve had a spell of pressure, and Hall made a good stop to deny Watts a couple of minutes later.

The Swans lost influential midfielded Dean Turner to a knock ten minutes before the break, as Freddy Ward replaced him as the Swans held on to reach the break.

The second half saw more of the same - Jack Twyman was just wide for Slimbridge after turning his man five minutes in, while Kennedy, Watts and Ben Hands were all well off target for the home side.

On 63 mintes, Ben Tunnicliff went up for a header with Ward leading with his elbow, and was lucky to escape with just a yellow card, after a robust exchange of views between both sides had settled down.

The resulting Free Kick saw Ward head home Mace's cross, only to see his effort ruled out again for offisde.

With ten minutes remaining, the scores were evened up - Marley Thomas was brought down by Gilder as he raced into the Cleeve box, and Mace held his nerve to convert the spot kick to level things up.

as both teams pressed for a winner, Tunnicliff came in late on Ollie Hall during a scramble in the Slimbridge box, prompting another session of handbags, and a second yellow card for the Cleeve defender.

Slimbridge had a great opprtunity to win the game in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but Twyman was just off target with a header from Thomas' cross, to see the side sharing the points at the final whistle.

Slimbridge replicas relojes next host two league games at Thornhill Park - Evesham United visit next Saturday (3.00pm) before Yate Town make the short trip up from Bristol the following Wednesday (15th, 7.45pm)

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner (Ward 35), Twyman, Birkett, Lawson, Harper-Emerson (Squires 80), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match; Adam Mace

Tonight’s Committee Meeting Cancelled
Thursday 2nd November
As a mark of respect for John Ashplant, tonight’s Committee Meeting has been cancelled. We shall reconvene at Bishops Cleeve on Saturday.

A very sad day for the Swans Family - John Ashplant
Wednesday 1st November
Everyone in the Swans family are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of long time supporter and long serving Committee Member John Ashplant earlier today after a long illness.

Our love, thoughts and prayers go to Ange, and the rest of John’s family and friends from everyone here at Thornhill Park.

Details of John’s Funeral will follow in due course.

We know for sure when the bus drops John off at the pearly gates, the driver will have been informed that John knew a far quicker route to his destination than the one taken. And it was one that would have avoided the busy main roads. 

Also, he would have sold everyone on the bus a Predict the Score ticket!

RIP Johnny, we’ll all miss you very much…

Freddy -
Monday 30th October
Slimbridge Manager Freddy Ward professed himself "very encouraged" by the Swans' start to the new Southern League Season, which has seen the Slimbridge pull off some very noteworthy victories - winning at Mangotsfield United, beating Leaders Bristol Manor Farm and winning on the road at Barnstaple Town probably the pick of the early bunch of results. The Club currently sit in tenth position in the League, but only three points off the Play Off spots, with a very healthy points total already compared to their previous two seasons at this level. 

"It's a big learning curve for a lot of the lads who are playing at this level for the first time," Ward said, "but they're all making progress and learning quickly what happens when you don"t take your chances. But for our team to be competing with the other big hitters in this League is a massive achievement in itself, and I'm delighted with the start to the season, although there are always more things to work on!" 

The Swans have had a run of games where they have conceded late on, and Ward puts this down to a combination of factors - "Sometimes it's just lack of concentration or a little defensive naivety", he said, "but most importantly, I think it is down to a lack of experience. The average age of the side is fairly young, so this aspect of our game will only improve as the team gains that experience and learns what you need to do to play games out at this level."

Slimbridge head to bottom side Bishops Cleeve on Saturday (3.00pm) very aware that their hosts are coming off their first win of the season, a thumping of Shortwood United. "Derby games are always tight affairs", Ward said, "and there are no easy games at this level, so we will need to be at our best, but if we continue to play the football we have so far this season, there's no reason why we can't go there and get a result."
Bideford 3-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 29th October
The Swans returned pointless from one of their longest trips of the season, after three goals in the last fifteen minutes from the home side took Bideford into the top five places, after a game that never really caught fire until that point. Slimbridge are now in tenth place in the League, with a three point gap between them and sixth place.

The Swans made a dream start and were one goal up with barely thirty seconds on the clock. Max Harper-Emerson went on a dangerous run and Henry Birkett fed Joe Wilton, who shot on the turn. Wilton’s effort took a massive deflection off James Mayne, and looped over Bideford Keeper Steve Oliver and into the net. Wilton was officially credited with the goal, to record his second strike at Southern League level.

After a foul on Marley Thomas a couple of minutes later, Adam Mace’s Free Kick was off target, while Bideford’s first effort came on seven minutes, when Louie Roberts was off target with his effort.

Wilton was looking dangerous, and very nearly chased down a misplaced back header from Scott Beattie, but Oliver just reached the ball ahead of him to clear.

Slimbridge continued to work hard and press the opposition, and nearly had their second on 16 minutes, when a scramble in the Bideford box initiated by Thomas, saw Rich Thwaite just off target.

After the teams had exchanged off target efforts - Birkett for Slimbridge and Billy Tucker for Bideford, another two good opportunities went begging for the visitors, as Twyman’s effort was just off target, and Thomas saw Oliver save at his feet after great work from Twyman, Birkett, and Harper-Emerson.

Bideford’s best effort of the half by a mile was Sean Downing’s free kick, five minutes before the break, which saw a superb stop from Ollie Hall to keep the Swans ahead at the Half.

A period of early pressure in the second period from the home side was only to be expected, and Ben Seymour’s effort, followed by a series of corners, saw the Swans pushed back and having to defend, but they held firm as Bideford continued to stutter up front.

Slimbridge were still creating their own chances - Thwaite’s header was just wide from Thomas’ cross, and Thomas couldn’t convert another goalmouth scramble, as the Swans had chances to increase their advantage.

With 15 minutes remaining, Bideford equalised, when Ryan Turner headed home a flicked on cross, and the momentum of the game swung completely to the home side.

Five minutes later, Exeter City Loanee Ben Seymour worked his way into the Slimbridge box, and looked like he had lost the opportunity to shoot, but then regained possession and shot past Hall to put the hosts ahead.

A second for Seymour in the third minute of stoppage time after a quick break as Slimbridge pushed forward finished the afternoon off on a disappointing note for the visitors, who now look forward to visiting Kayte Lane next Saturday when they travel to take on Bishops Cleeve (3.00pm)

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner, Twyman, Birkett (Lawson 78), Wilton, Harper-Emerson, Thomas

Manager’s Man of the Match: Dean Turner