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Sat 15th July
Pre-Season Friendly
Gloucester City
V
Bristol Rovers
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Tue 18th July
Pre-Season Friendly
Stonehouse Town
V
Slimbridge
7:00 PM
 
 
 
Sat 22nd July
Pre-Season Friendly
Pegasus Juniors
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
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Slimbridge 0-1 Barnstaple Town
Saturday 10th December
Slimbridge looked like a side who had only played one game in the past three weeks, as a sluggish performance saw Barnstaple Town take three points back down to Devon after they adapted far better to the conditions, with continuous rainfall throughout the game.

A single goal from Barum’s Ryan Turner settled the game in the end, but with Slimbridge not managing a shot on target during 90 minutes, they would be hard pushed to argue they deserved a point.

The early exchanges were notable for two efforts at each end - Lee Francis brought a good save from Slimbridge Keeper Adam Kowalski with eight minutes on the clock, while at the other end, Lee Smith’s shot across goal saw no-one to convert the opportunity.

The visitors settled far quicker than the home side, and with 12 minutes gone, Liam Gregory’s dangerous cross was cleared by Rich Thwaite for a Barnstaple corner, resulting in Kowalski clawing the ball from under his crossbar as Barum pressed for an opener.

As Slimbridge struggled to find their men in the teeming rain, Barnstaple continued to press, with James Blake and then Jack Jenkins being denied by good Kowalski stops.

The decisive goal arrived on the half hour, when Turner converted from close range after his own header had come back off the crossbar to put the visitors into a deserved lead.

There was still time for Turner to bring another good save from Kowalski before the break, but the second half was more of the same. Turner was just wide with a volley four minutes into the second half, while the Swans were restricted to long range efforts - Archie Haskayne shooting wide on the hour mark in a rare Slimbridge attack.

Barnstaple should have increased their advantage on 62 minutes when Blake’s effort came back off the woodwork, but as conditions worsened, the visitors looked comfortable as they played out time.

The Swans’ best effort of the game came with eight minutes remaining, when James Harding saw his lob over Barum Keeper Steven Oliver drift too high.

The last chance of the game came with two minutes remianing, when Jed Harper-Fenman was off target with an effort that was too high.

Slimbridge are back at Thornhill Park on Wednesday, when they host Bishops Cleeve in another League encounter (7.45pm), before travelling to high flying Tiverton Town on Saturday (3.00pm).

Team: Kowalski, Ward, Ryan Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Haskayne, Twyman (Mace 66), Stokes, Smith, Matondo (Turner 53), Lawson (Harding 60)

Supporters Man of the Match: Adrian Kowalski

 
Bristol Rovers 5-2 Slimbridge
Wednesday 7th December
Slimbridge emerged from their first ever meeting with Bristol Rovers on the wrong end of a GFA Cup defeat, but with their pride intact after a battling display at the Memorial Stadium.

Facing a Rovers side which included Will Puddy in goal, Irish International Liam Lawrence and Rovers’ second top League goalscorer last season, Billy Bodin, the Swans were always going to be facing a serious test, and for the first hour or so of the game, they matched their opponents. As legs tired and stamina began to tell between the sides, two goals in the last 13 minutes gave the score a slightly unfair lopsidedness, but the Swans can be very proud of their contribution to a very entertaining game.

Rovers made a good start, and were on the scoresheet with only four minutes on the clock, as Slimbridge were still adjusting to their surroundings – Ross Cook producing a storming header early on to put the hosts ahead.

As Rovers pushed to try and drive home their advantage, Adrian Kowalski made some good stops, and the Swans’ back four were at full stretch trying to contain their hosts, especially Bodin, whose father was watching him from the stands, but Slimbridge settled into the game, and started to create their own chances.

On the half hour, their efforts were rewarded when James Harding was hauled down in the Rovers box by Danny Greenslade, and Adam Mace converted the resulting penalty to level things up.

Rovers upped the pressure on the Swans again, but were unable to break through before the break, which sent the teams into the dressing room on level terms.

There were obviously a few words said in the Rovers dressing room at the break, as they came out again very strongly for the second period, and went back into the lead on 48 minutes, with a stunning strike from Jae Kim to put the home side back on top.

But Slimbridge’s resilience again shone through, and it took only three further minutes before they were back level – Joe Stokes’ curling shot from the left hand side beating Puddy all ends up to record their second goal of the night.

Slimbridge had a superb opportunity to take the lead three minutes later, when Puddy made an outstanding stop to deny Harding when he was through on goal, and Rovers went straight up the other end and scored – Cook’s shot brought a good save from Kowalski, but Byron Moore was on hand to convert the follow up in a breathtaking ten minute spell.

As the Swans began to tire, Rovers dominated the remainder of the game, but it took until the last thirteen minutes before they finally confirmed their victory – a magnificent Bodin effort after some dazzling footwork, and, in the last minute, Ryan Broom scoring from close range to round things off.

Rovers go on to face Cinderford Town in the next round, but everyone involved at Slimbridge can reflect proudly on another first in a truly historic season for the club.

Team: Kowalski, Grimes, Mace, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Turner (Haskayne 45), Twyman, Stokes, Smith (Matondo 65), Harding (Martin 50), Lawson

Supporters Man of the Match: Ryan Thwaite

The Swans have announced that the game at Thornhill Park against Hereford FC on February 4th will be an all ticket affair. Tickets will be available in the new year, and will be sold online as well as in the Clubhouse on matchdays. Further details to be announced as they are confirmed after Christmas..

 
New Date for Cleeve...
Sunday 4th December
Our postponed game at home to Bishops Cleeve has been rescheduled to Wednesday 14th December, 7.45pm Kick Off.

 
2.30 pitch inspection - Slimbridge v Bishops Cleeve OFF
Wednesday 30th November
As expected, tonight's game has not survived the weather. New date to be agreed.
 
Supermarine Date Confirmed
Saturday 26th November
We will now visit Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday, January 10th, Kick Off 7.45pm. This is a confirmed date between both clubs.

 
Change of date for Bridgy visit to Thornhill Park
Wednesday 23rd November
Our Boxing Day game at home to Bridgwater Town has been moved back 24 hours after agreement between both clubs. It will now take place on Tuesday 27th December. Kick Off remains 3.00pm.

 
Swindon Supermarine v Slimbridge - Match is OFF
Tuesday 22nd November
Tonights game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date will be announced in due course.

 
Predict the score prize pot now £600..
Monday 21st November
With no winner again last week, the Predict the Score prize pot now stands at £600. Contact John Ashplant for your tickets. Lovely just before Christmas!