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Slimbridge 1-2 Bridgwater Town
Thursday 29th December
A sad defeat for the Swans to bottom of the table Bridgwater Town saw a day that ended with the club parting company with long serving Player and Manager Leon Sterling after another disappointing display. Assistant Manager Freddy Ward will assume the reins while the search for a replacement takes place. Club Secretary Colin Gay was keen to stress that the parting was undertaken ‘with great sadness’, and that 'Slimbridge FC and Leon have departed on good terms and both Leon and his family will always be made most welcome at Thornhill Park.’

After last week’s trouncing at Winchester City, Swans fans were looking to see a reaction from their side, and early signs were encouraging - with just two minutes gone, the host were ahead, when a powerful run by Jack Twyman saw him play in Marley Thomas, who smashed the ball past Bridgy Keeper Liam Kingston to put Simbridge ahead.

Sadly, that was to be one of the few positives in the first period, which saw Bridgwater haul themselves back into the game, and look by far the likeliest to score as the half played out - Tyne Govier had a good effort blocked on 21 minutes, and a minute later, Syd Camper hit the bar with a header as the visitors pressed.

Slimbridge’s best chance came with a minute remaining in the first period, when Adam Mace and Joe Stokes combined well to set up Thonas, but his effort was well saved by Kingston.

The visitors dominated the second period, and got themselves level when Camper was left in way too much space in the Swans’ box, and drilled the ball past Ben Reed for the equaliser on 61 minutes.

With momentum behind them, Bridgy always looked like they were most likely to nick the points, although Slimbridge will wonder how they failed to convert from a massive goalmouth scramble on 69 minutes, that saw both Smith and Thomas have efforts cleared off the line.

As events turned out, it was not until the 94th minute that the deadlock was broken, when a peach of a strike from George Sinnott sent the away fans into raptures and clinched their first away win of the season. The Swans remain in 16th place in the League, eleven points above the bottom two, but, with a difficult series of games coming up, starting with a visit to Shortwood United on January 2nd (3.00pm), they will be looking to put a few more wins on the board to make sure they are not sucked into a relegation battle.

Team: Reed, Turl, Mace, Ry Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Twyman (Turner 55), Stokes (Ward 72), Haskayne, Smith, Cant (Martin 65), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match; Archie Haskayne

 
Applications for First Team Manager details
Wednesday 28th December
Slimbridge AFC would like to invite applications for the current position of first team manager.

Slimbridge currently play in the South and West Division of the Evo-Stik Southern League.

All applications should be made to Club Secretary Colin Gay in writing to either 21 Union Street, Dursley, GL11 4JT or via email to colin.hamish@icloud.com.

All interested persons can be confident that their applications will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

All applicants will receive a response within seven days of their application being received.
 
Club Statement
Tuesday 27th December
After this afternoons defeat at home to Bridgwater Town it is with great sadness that Slimbridge FC and their manager Leon Sterling have decided to part company by mutual consent.

Assistant manager Freddy Ward has been put in temporary charge of the team until further notice.

Slimbridge FC would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Leon for the tremendous amount of work that he has done for this club both as a player and a manager.

Slimbridge FC and Leon have departed on good terms and both Leon and his family will always be made most welcome at Thornhill Park.

No further statement will be made by the club until further notice.

A full match report will follow on today's game.

 
Winchester City 7-0 Slimbridge
Thursday 22nd December
It has been a season of historic firsts for Slimbridge Football Club this season, and another club record, albeit not a positive one, was set at the Denplan Stadium last night - the Swans shipped seven goals for the first time in the modern era history of the football club, and suffered their heaviest defeat on record in that time.

These two sides have now shared 15 goals in their two games this season, but on a evening when nothing went right for the Swans, take nothing away from Winchester, and especially four goal striker Craig Feeney, who thoroughly deserved their victory, and were rightly applauded off the pitch by their supporters at the final whistle. For the shell shocked Swans, it’s time to regroup, refocus and concentrate on a highly important League encounter with Bridgwater Town on December 27th at Thornhill Park (3.00pm).

With Keeper Adrian Kowalski unavailable, Ben Reed made his debut for the club between the sticks, but certainly cannot be blamed for the manner of the defeat, as Slimbridge misfired all over the pitch during the 90 minutes.

Slimbridge could have taken the lead with just three minutes on the clock, when Lee Smith’s cross was met by a superb Sean Lawson volley. Winchester Keeper Lewis Noice was up to the task, and produced an equally impressive save to tip the ball over the bar.

On 20 minutes, the hosts took the lead - a badly defended corner saw Ik Hill’s effort come back off the Slimbridge post, and Adam Tomasso was on hand to drill the ball home to put Winchester ahead.

Twelve minutes later it was two - Reed appeared to be impeded as he came for another Winchester corner, and in the resulting scramble, the ball fell to Feeney to notch his first of the night. Referee Craig Robson saw nothing wrong with the challenge and awarded the goal to the hosts.

Five minutes later, it was game over, when another effort coming back into play from the Slimbridge woodwork fell to Jamie Barron, and he blasted the ball past Reed for Winchester’s third.

The second half saw more of the same, as Slimbridge struggled to find any rhythm in their play, and Feeney shoved himself centre stage - Two more goals in the first ten minutes of the second half completed his Hat Trick as Winchester completely dominated proceedings.

The introduction of Joe Stokes on 55 minutes saw the Swans briefly rally - with Marley Thomas and Smith both having efforts that were on target, but then the game went back to business as usual - On 67 minutes, Feeney’s clever turn and shot recorded his fourth of the night and put Winchester six goals to the good.

The scoring was completed on 76 minutes, when Jack Hannon netted after a neat 1-2 to finish off a game that couldn’t end quickly enough for the small band of Swans’ supporters who had made the long trip down to Hampshire.

Slimbridge are back in action on December 27th, when Bridgwater Town travel to Thornhill Park for a League game which kicks off at 3pm.

Team: Reed, Turl (Ward 80), Mace, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Turner (Stokes 56), Twyman, Haskayne, Smith, Lawson, Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Archie Haskayne

 
Predict The Score Rollover again!
Sunday 18th December
With no winners again, the Predict The Score Prizepot will stand at £800 for this week's competition. Get your tickets from John Ashplant now!

 
Tiverton Town 2-1 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 17th December
A passionate and committed performance by the Swans saw them fall just short at Ladysmead, where it took a goal nine minutes from time for second placed Tiverton to nick the points after a very entertaining afternoon.

The sides exchanged early goals - Adam Mace putting the visitors in front before Levi Landricombe levelled things up, but ultimately the game was decided by an 81st minute strike from Tiverton’s Owen Howe, which saw the hosts maintain their league position, ten points adrift of Hereford.

The game started at a very high tempo, and Slimbridge Man of the Match Joe Stokes looked dangerous early on, while Jamie Short was well off target with an effort at the other end.

In the ninth minutes, a superb sweeping move from Slimbridge saw them go ahead - Sam Turl, Lee Smith and Marley Thomas all combined well to tee up Adam Mace on the edge of the Tivvy box, and he drilled the ball past Keeper Joe Perry to put the Swans one up.

A minute later, Stokes had a glorious opportunity to double the lead, when through one on one with Perry, but while he rounded the keeper, there was enough time for two Tivvy defenders to get back on the line and clear his goalbound effort.

Slimbridge paid for the failure to convert that chance when Tiverton equalised in the 16th minute - a dangerous cross into the Swans’ box was neatly converted by Levi Landricombe to level things up.

There were chances for both sides before the break, with Smith and Thomas going close for the Swans, and Landricombe and Howe looking dangerous at the other end, but the teams went in level at the break.

The second half started with some controversy, when Tiverton felt that Ryan Thwaite should have received a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Jamie Short, but Referee Martin Underhay contented himself with a word.

From the resulting free kick, Rich Thwaite made a superb goaline clearance to keep the scores level.

There was no doubt that Swans’ Keeper Pete Davies was the busier of the two stoppers in the second half, and he rose to the challenge, making superb stops from both Howe and Landricombe on 55 minutes as the home side pressed.

On the hour mark, more good work from Marley Thomas saw Slimbridge break dangerously, but Smith had strayed offside, and the move was halted, while at the other end, Landricombe was too high with a header following a good cross from Howe.

After Nick Grimes was penalised for an innocuous looking challenge on the edge of the Slimbridge box, but Davies was again equal to make a superb stop from Howe’s Free Kick.

The deciding goal came with just nine minutes remaining, when Landricombe’s effort was blocked, but the ball fell to Howe, who placed it across Davies and into the far corner to give the hosts the lead for the first time in the game.

The last five minutes saw all the action in the Tivvy box as Slimbridge pressed for an equaliser, but their best chance saw Sean Lawson agonisingly unable to reach Joe Stokes’ cross in the first minute of stoppage time, leaving Tiverton to celebrate with their fans at the final whistle.

Slimbridge travel to Winchester City on Wednesday (21st, 7.45pm), before hosting bottom of the table Bridgwater Town at Thornhill Park on December 27th (3.00pm).

Team: Davies, Turl, Ry Thwaite (Lawson 57), Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Stokes, Twyman, Smith, Thomas (Cant 68), Mace (Ward 65)

Supporters Man of the Match: Joe Stokes

 
Slimbridge 0-1 Bishops Cleeve
Thursday 15th December
Cleeve gained revenge for the Swans’ League victory at Kayte Lane at the end of last season on an instantly forgettable night on a heavy pitch at Thornhill Park.

With conditions not at their best, Slimbridge continued their stuttering display that had seen them succumb to Barnstaple Town at the weekend to the same scoreline, and rarely looked like getting anything from the game. The Swans are still well clear of the relegation zone, but Manager Leon Sterling will be looking for a marked improvement as they move onto tricky road trips to Tiverton Town and then Winchester City before welcoming Bridgwater Town to Thornhill Park on December 27th (3.00pm).

The game quickly developed into a stalemate, with few chances for either side - James Harding struck wide early on for the Swans, and Dean Turner and Jack Twyman both had efforts saved, while Cleeve’s best opportunities saw Jack Horrell and Jordan Stoddart off target.

What turned out to be the crucial point of the game arrived on the half hour - Lee Smith saw his effort blocked at one end, while at the other, Harlie Price’s effort was well saved by Adam Kowlaski in the Swans goal, but the rebound fell to Jack Watts, who converted to put the visitors in front.

Cleeve had a couple of opportunities to increase their lead before the half, but Oliver Butler’s header was wide, and Aaron Drake’s shot was cleared off the Slimbridge goalline by Freddy Ward to keep the score to a single goal at the break.

The second half of the game was notable only for the lack of incident, with a single chance for either side the sum total of efforts from both camps - Horrell brought a good save from Kowalski early on as Cleeve pressed, and Archie Haskayne headed over as the game ran down. Jacob Davidge had a goal ruled on on 90 minutes after Kowalski was fouled as he went up for the header, but Cleeve comfortably held on to record the victory.

Team: Kowalski, Ward, Mace, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Twyman (Thomas 60), Haskayne, Smith, Harding (Martin 69), Stokes

Supporters Man of the Match: Adam Mace

 
It was Leicester wot dun it....
Sunday 11th December
There was no winner of Predict the Score this week, as no-one saw Leicester turning over Manchester City as they did. This means that the Prize Pot rises again, and now stands at £750. Get your tickets behind the bar or from John Ashplant.