Fixtures
 
Thu 25th October
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Bishops Cleeve U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Thu 1st November
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Cheltenham Town U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 3rd November
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Street
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
Match Program
Table
Twitter
Latest News
 
Taunton v Slimbridge
Tuesday 10th April
Tonight's match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, a new date will be announced in due course.

 
Slimbridge 1-3 Swindon Supermarine
Sunday 8th April
The Swans had playoff chasing Supermarine on the rack for the first half hour of this game, and took an early lead through an Edji Mbunga penalty kick. However, after missing a raft of chances, three goals in the last nine minutes before the break from the visitors put them in charge of the game, and they comfortably played out the second half to take the points back to Wiltshire.

With Manager Freddy ward selecting himself in the team and the rare sight of Jack Twyman as a central defender, Slimbridge started very brightly, and had the best of the early play. On three minutes Mbunga played in Marley Thomas, whose effort was too high. Two minutes later, Joe Wilton chased down a misdirected back header, and won a corner. When the ball came out to Ward on the edge of the box, his effort was again off target.

With seven minutes gone, the home side took a deserved lead - Mbunga broke well down the right, and brought two superb stops in sequence from Marine Keeper Josh Hill. As the ball returned to Mbunga for the third time, he was felled by Ryan Morgan and Referee Darren Wilding pointed to the spot. With regular penalty taker Adam Mace on the bench, Mbunga stepped up and drilled the kick home to put the Swans ahead. 

On 11 minutes, Mbunga had another effort blocked, and in the scramble to follow up the chance, Joe Wilton picked up a knock and had to be replaced - Jamie Martin took his place.

Still Slimbridge pressed, and Thomas was denied by an offside flag after a pinpoint pass from Henry Birkett as the clock hit 15 minutes. 

Mbunga had a couple more chances in this sustained spell of pressure, but the second goal stubbornly refused to arrive, as Marine had their first effort on 22 minutes, when Connor Thompson and Callum Parsons combined for an effort which was deflected for a corner. 

Suddenly, Marine looked as if they had woken up, and following a short corner, Joe Selman’s header brought a good stop from Ollie Hall as the visitors started to exert some pressure of their own. 

Thomas and Mbnuga continued to combine well for the Swans though, and Mbunga was again just off target just before the half hour, while, at the other end, it took a superb tackle from Twyman to stop Brad Gray when he looked to be through on goal. 

On 36 minutes, Marine pulled things level - a Selman cross was superbly swept home by Gray to record the equaliser. 

As the visitors again upped a gear, it took a magnificent stop from Hall to deny Brad Hooper, but the momentum had definitely swung to the visitors.

With two minutes to go to half time, the Swans conceded twice - firstly, Thompson headed home Callum Parsons’ cross, and then Selman was nicked in the box by Sam Turl, with Hooper converting the resulting spot kick. 

The second period was a much scrappier affair - Gray and Hooper continued to pressurise Hall and his back line, and chances for the home side were few and far between - Jamie Martin hit the Marine post in the 77th minute, and there was a brief flurry of Slimbridge pressure in stoppage time, but Marine comfortably played out the second period to take the points. 

The Swans have three more games to come this week - they visit Champions Taunton Town on Tuesday (7.45pm), before Larkhall Athletic visit Thornhill Park on Thursday (7.45pm). On Saturday, the Swans make the short trip to Lodge Road to visit Yate Town (3.00pm)

Team: Hall, Turl, Payne, Pring, Twyman, Turner, Birkett (Manning 75), Ward, Mbunga (Mace 85), Wilton (Martin 14), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Luke Payne
 
Slimbridge 2-2 Barnstaple Town
Thursday 29th March
Both sides had to settle for a point after an eventful evening at Thornhill Park, although both teams could make the case for why they should have nicked the three points. The result leaves both clubs where they started in the bottom three, but a point further from Bishops Cleeve at the foot of the table.

It was a frantic start to the game, and the best of the early chances went to the visitors – the lively Billy Hopcroft was at the heart of most of Barum’s early attempts, and it took a good block from Korey Pring to stop a goalbound effort with six minutes gone. Hopcroft felt he should have been awarded a penalty a couple of minutes when he effort was stopped by a Swans’ arm in the box, but Referee Michael Halford waved away the Barnstaple protests.

With 14 minutes gone, Slimbridge had their best chance of the game so far, when Adam Mace’s effort brought a great save from Barum Keeper Aaron Screech, after good work from Edji Mbumnga and Dean Turner. As Slimbridge pressed, there was a second call for a penalty to be awarded when Screech clattered Mbunga as he was through on goal, but again, the Referee allowed play to continue.

As the game flowed from end to end, George Nancekvell was just off target for Barum, while Marley Thomas missed a great opportunity on 25 minutes after some neat play from Henry Birkett. At the other end, Hopcroft then brought a superb save from Ollie Hall in the Swans’ goal, and Robin Knight headed the rebound over the bar.

The home side took the lead on the half hour – a Luke Payne effort was saved by Screech, and the rebound was headed in by Mbunga to put the Swans ahead.

Barnstaple reacted well to going behind, and had a sustained spell of pressure up until the break, but with Steve Jackson and Korey Pring combining well, the Swans held out to take a lead into the half.

The second period started very much as the first had ended, with the visitors in the ascendence. After a series of corners early on, Mace made a superb goalline header to deny the visitors and equaliser, as Barum pressed to level things up. Hopcroft had a glorious opportunity on 58 minutes when through on goal, but his effort beat Ollie Hall, and drifted just the wrong side of the post.

On the hour, there was another big talking point. Mbumga was played through and felled by Screech as he went to take the ball round him. There was a lengthy delay while Screech received a red card from the referee, with Centre Half Tony Radford taking over the Keeper’s jersey. As Adam Mace waited to take the kick, there was then a further delay as the Referee was called to the halfway line by one of his assistants, and the pair then proceeded to have a loud and very public disagreement about the red card decision, in front of the bemused fans in the main stand. When Mace eventually did get to take the kick, Radford guessed the right way, and palmed the ball to safety.

With 11 minutes remaining, Barum were back on terms, when Hopcroft was allowed too much space in the Slimbridge box, and levelled things up.

Five minutes later, the Swans were back in front – the ball was cleared to Korey Pring on the edge of the Barum area, and his effort took a slight deflection to end up in the top corner.

After Mbunga was just off target as the clock hit 90 minutes, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, with Radford playing upfield as an outfield player again, Nathan Cooper turned and drilled the ball home from six yards out to snatch a point for the visitors.
 

The Swans host Larkhall Athletic on Saturday (3.00pm) before making the short trip to Cinderford Town on Easter Monday (3.00pm)

Team: Hall, Payne, Mace, pring, Jackson, D Turner, Twyman, Birkett (M Turner 75), Mbunga, Wilton (Mann 66), Thomas (Martin 85)

Supporters Man of the Match: Edji Mbunga


 
Slimbridge 3-6 Didcot Town
Monday 26th March
Swans steamrollered by promotion chasing Railwaymen in goal fest at Thornhill Park. 

Slimbridge and Didcot Town played out a 9 goal thriller in which the visitors steamed ahead to lead 4-0 at halftime before a spirited home side fought back to score three in the second.

It was Slimbridge who came out of the blocks early on pinning Didcot in their own half for much of the first five minutes, Joe Wilton forcing visiting keeper Leigh Bedwell into an early save.  However Didcot broke down the left on 6 minutes with a pinpoint cross into the box which just evaded the head of the diving George Reid. The ball ricocheted back to Reid who flicked the ball into the net while lying on the ground from 6 yards.

Didcot dominated most of the half from this moment on, Morgan Williams hitting the bar from a Reid cross, with Jack Twyman on hand to clear the ball out for a visitors corner.  From the resulting corner home keeper Ollie Hall then did well to save a close range header with his legs conceding a second corner in the process.  Adam Learoyd got his head to the second corner striking the bar with his effort the ball going safe for a goal kick to the relief of the home side.

The dangerous Felipe Barcelos should have done better shooting wide on 21 minutes with just the home keeper to beat.  At the other end Jamie Martin made a rare foray into the visitors half chasing a ball down the right a poking it past the outrushing Bedwell only for the ball to be cleared by a returning defender as the ball trickled towards an empty net.

The Swans managed a couple of further half chances Learoyd heading ove his own bar from Wilton’s cross on the right, from the corner Henry Birkett headed wide.  A minute later Birkett and Marley Thomas linked up leaving Bedwell stranded however the pass to Martin was cut out as the Slimbridge striker attempted a shot into an unguarded net.

Didcot’s second goal came on the half hour mark, Williams broke on the right turned past makeshift centre half Sam Turl and first past Hall into the bottom left corner.  Seven minutes later Learoyd beat Hall in the air to an in-swinging cross from the right to make it three.

On the stroke of half time Didcot got their fourth through Reid’s 25 yard shot from the right of the box sailing into the top left corner with Hall well beaten.

Slimbridge introduced Edjidja Mbunga upfront in-place of Jamie Martin at the start of the second half, and he almost made an immediate impact shooting just over after being played in by Thomas.  

On 57 minutes the Swans fought back with two goals in two minutes.  Adam Mace cross from the left was controlled on the edge of the box by Wilton with Birkett hitting a looping shot over the visiting keeper and into the net.  It was then Wilton’s turn to get on the score sheet his deflected shot from 18yards wrong footing Bedwell.

With the Swans looking dangerous going forward they also looked vunerable at the back, and were punished for some poor defending on 67 minutes Barcelos cutting in on the right and firing into the net for Didcot’s fifth.  Ten minutes later Didcot made in six goals Callum McNish firing home through a crowded box from a visitor’s corner.

There was still enough time left for Thomas to go on a solo run on the right cutting in and tucking the ball under Bedwell for the home sides third.  Slimbridge almost managed got a fourth late on but Mbunga’s shot was deflected wide.  Deep into injury time Swans substitute Kieran Squires was called into action throwing himself across the goal line at Marlon Agyakawa’s shot managing to get a leg to the ball and clearing an almost certain seventh for Didcot.


Slimbridge are next up against Barnstaple Town on Wednesday evening at Thornhill Park, 7.45 kick off in what could be a season defining game for both clubs with the Swans 2 points ahead of Barnstaple and with bottom side Bishops Cleeve currently hitting form 5 points behind them.  The Swans then entertain Larkhall Athletic at home on Saturday before making the short trip into the Forrest of Dean to visit Cinderford on Easter Monday afternoon.

Slimbridge: Hall, L Payne, Mace (Squires 72), Pring, Turl (Mannings 74), Turner, Twyman, Birkett, Martin (Mbunga 45), Wilton, Thomas

Goals: Birkett 57, Wilton 58, Thomas 80

Attendance: 95

Supporters Man of the match: Henry Birkett

 
Slimbridge 3-1 Kidlington
Thursday 22nd March
A rejuvenated Swans team returned to winning ways defeating old Hellenic league rivals Kidlington despite going a goal down midway through the first half. 

With two new faces in the starting line-up and the return of Henry Birkett, the Payne brothers Luke and Nathan to the squad along with the return of Joe Wilton, Jack Twyman and Adam Mace from injury the home side had an air of confidence among them after some recent heavy defeats on the road.

Slimbridge started off the game with an early spell of pressure Marley Thomas sending over a cross from the right unfortunately debutant Myron Turner in the middle failed to control the ball when well placed on the edge of the box.  As Kidlington got back into the match Mark Janes cross was cut out in the box by Korey Pring who cleared the ball up field to avert any danger.  A minute later Anaclet Odhiambo had a close range shot blocked with the ball falling to Janes who skied it high and wide.

On 17 minutes Dean Turner played Joe Wilton’s in on the left but his shot in the box was blocked by keeper Sam Warren and out for a Swans corner.  New centre half Steven Jackson almost made a dream start getting his head on the end of the in swinging corner but his effort stuck the post before the visitors cleared.

The deadlock was broken in the 23rd minute, Mark Bell played in Odhiambo as he ran into the box Ollie Hall in the home goal attempted to take the ball diving at the strikers feet only to bring the player down.  The referee had little choice but to award the penalty, which was dispatched by Duran Martin sending Hall the wrong way giving the visitors the lead.

The lead however lasted only 10 minutes when Myron Turners shot had been blocked by the visiting defence Luke Payne following up with a power strike into the bottom corner to equalise for Slimbridge.  As the half drew to a close a poor clearance from the visiting defence fell to Jack Twyman who hit a speculative shot from 20 yards with everyone standing still watched it hit the corner of the net giving the Swans a 2-1 lead going into the break.

The second half was a more subdued affair with Kidlington having much of the play putting pressure on the home defence in search of an equaliser.  Tom Castle looked dangerous chipping one over the bar from just over 20 yards and then finding Janes with a long cross fortunately Janes header was easily caught by Hall.  Jackson was then forced into a goal line clearance before Duran Martin shot wide when bearing in on goal.

Slimbridge would have increased their lead on 65 minutes had it not been for a triple save from Warren, first denying Luke Payne from 20 yards out and then Myron Turner twice folling up before Warren managed to smother the ball.

Six minutes later Pring blocked a cross at the near post for a corner from which Hall expertly punched cleared as Kidlington started to pile more bodies forward.  A tackle on the edge of the Swans box by Adam Mace allowed him to win the ball which he duly crossed to Thomas on the opposite wing to break away down the right touchline before squaring to substitute Birkett running through from the middle who forced a save from Warren.

As the game played into injury time Thomas again broke free down the right and in an identical move from 15 minutes previous Birkett’s shot was saved by Warren who this time failed to hold on to the ball which ricocheted back to Birkett who made no mistake in volleying the ball into the roof of the net to send the home crowd wild and sealed an important victory in the Swans bid to avoid relegation.


Slimbridge continue on their run of consecutive home games with Didcot Town the visitors on Saturday to Thornhill Park followed by a relegation battle against Barnstaple Town on Wednesday who the Swans leapfrog after tonight’s victory.

Slimbridge: Hall, L Payne, Mace, Pring, Jackson, D Turner, Twyman (Birkett 70), M Turner, J Martin (Squires 87), Wilton(N Payne 61), Thomas.

Attendance: 97

Supporters Man of the Match: Luke Payne
 
New U18 Team for 2018/19 Season
Wednesday 21st March
Slimbridge AFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Adam Coyle as Head coach of their new U18 team.

For further information please go to the U18 pages under the team menu above.
 
Winchester City 3-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 18th March
The Swans returned pointless from Hampshire despite an improved display, going down to a 3-0 defeat against play-off hopefuls Winchester City.

With just four minutes on the clock the home side were in front when player manager Craig Davis struck a free kick from 18 yards past the helpless Ollie Hall in the visitors goal.

On a bitterly cold afternoon the Swans were struggling to contain a rampant Winchester side and two superb saves by Hall along with two strikes against Hall's woodwork kept the Swans in the game. However disaster was to strike in the 27th minute when Henry Birkett was unlucky to deflect a shot past his own keeper to put Winchester two goals in front going into the break.

The second half was a different story as Slimbridge looked a different side. Joe Wilton had a good strike well pushed over by home keeper Ryan Pryce and a long range effort from Birkett went just over as the Swans tried to get back into the game.

On 57 minutes a great run up the right by Marley Thomas ended with a one, two with Jamie Martin but Thomas's final shot was cleared by the home keeper. Kieran Squires then headed a Thomas free kick just wide and a similar free kick by Thomas was just out of Freddy Wards reach at the far post.

Slimbridge should have reduced the deficit on 75 minutes when referee Robert Ablitt judged Thomas to have been tripped in the penalty area but Thomas struck his weak penalty kick straight at Pryce. The home side took full advantage by going straight up the other end and sealing the three points when Pat Cox headed home a cross from the right.

So another defeat for the Swans who now find themselves looking over their shoulders as Bishops Cleeve picked up a handsome 3 points away at Larkhall Athletic.

With the next four games that the Swans have left in March all coming at home manager Freddy Ward will be looking to pick up some points in their bid to stave off the threat of relegation. First up is Kidlington on Wednesday evening followed by Didcot Town next Saturday, after that the Swans face a crunch match with Barnstaple Town on Wed 28th and then Larkhall Athletic on Sat 31st.

Team: Hall,Turl,Ward,Pring,Twyman,Turner,Birkett,Searle(Squires 33)Martin,Wilton,Thomas.

Attendance 84

Supporters Man of the match: Ollie Hall.
 
Barnstaple Town - Postponed
Friday 9th March
Todays game has been called off due to a flooded pitch, a date for the rearranged fixture will be released in due course.

Last weekends fixture against Taunton Town away, has been scheduled for Tuesday 10th April with a 7:45 kick off.