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Sat 15th December
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Slimbridge
V
Yate Town
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Sun 16th December
County Youth Cup
Rodborough Hawkes U18
V
Slimbridge (U18)
2:00 PM
 
 
 
Sat 22nd December
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Mangotsfield United
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
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Yate Town 1-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 15th April
Slimbridge claim point away from home despite dominating much of the game and missing a host of chances. 

Slimbridge started the game with confidence on the back of Thursday night’s win at home, Ollie Hall returned in goal despite not being fully fit after missing Thursdays game with tonsillitis. Jenson Mannings started in midfield with the dependable Jamie Martin taking the place of the absent Sean Lawson up front.

It was Mannings who had the first sight of goal, clipping his shot wide after some good play by the industrious Edjidja Mbunga.  Mannings made a great tackle on the edge of his own box, feeding the ball to Marley Thomas on the wing before laying it off the Mbunga who raced through with the only Yate keeper Harvey Rivers to beat but his shot just cleared the bar.

On 15 minutes the Slimbridge defence was under pressure with a mix up between Sam Turl and Ollie Hall almost allowing the home side an open scoring opportunity however Hall managed to clear the ball up field.  From the resulting clearance Jamie Martin picked up the ball beating a Yate defender on the right cutting in and placing the ball past the advancing Rivers to give the Swans the lead.

Ten minutes later Martin’s pass to Henry Birkett in the middle resulted in Birkett’s shot sailing over from 25 yards.  On the half hour, Dean Tuner was on hand to head away a dangerous cross into the Slimbridge box as Yate tried to find an equaliser.

At the other end a pin point cross from Thomas on the left was knocked out by the home defence at the far post, the resulting corner was cleared.  On 35 minutes Martin picked up a yellow card for a late challenge, from which Yate had a great chance to pull one back, Steve Davies getting his head to the free kick but floated narrowly over Halls bar.

On the stroke of half time Trey Andersons cross from the right evaded everyone in the box and out for a goal kick.

Yate started the second half brightly, former Swan Ross Langworthy breaking down the right his cross was punched clear by Hall under pressure from Anderson who had moved into a strikers role with Yate losing Ben Brokes to injury just before half time.

A free kick from Birkett was easily gathered by Rivers followed a few minutes later by Martins long range shot which Rivers held.  With 55 minutes gone there was a moment of controversy from Referee Mr Cockle, Thomas fed a delightful ball into the box to Mbunga, who appeared to be tripped as he attempted to take a clear shot on goal but no foul was given despite protests from the visiting bench.

Yate still in search of a goal had a strong spell of possession Adam Price shooting over from 25 yards and Anderson hitting his shot wide.  Davies managed to get on the end of a long range free kick but his header fell directly to Hall.  Anderson then just failed to reach Langworthy’s cross from the left again Hall on hand to claim.

On 70 minutes Slimbridge had two glorious chances to kill the game off.  Mbunga beat the keeper and two home defenders in the box, rather than shooting from a narrow angle on the byline he dragged the ball back into the box and his fierce shot cannoned off the underside of the bar and was cleared to safety.  Thomas followed up a minute later with a driving shot that the tipped onto the post by Rivers.  As the game swung end to end, Hall kicked clear as Davies overran the ball as he bore down on goal.  Martins pass down the right to Mbunga whose shot was blocked the ball then fell to Turner who’s follow up shot just skimmed wide of the far post.

Yate did however punish the Swans for failure to convert their chances on 77 minutes, Price picking up the ball 20 yards out and his well-placed chip over Hall dipping under the bar and into the net to equalise.  

The home side now in the ascendancy for the last 10 minutes pressed for a winner as the Slimbridge players started to tire playing their second game in 3 days.  Korey Pring having a solid performance in the back four managed to advert a dangerous cross in the box out for a corner from which two more corners followed and shot wide from Nick Peare.


With only four games left of the season, today’s performance should be enough to see Slimbridge almost safe from relegation.  Next up is the rearranged derby game at Cinderford Town on Thursday at the Causeway before the last home match of the current campaign next Saturday when playoff chasing Bideford visit Thornhill Park.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, L Payne, Pring, Twyman, Turner, Mannings (Ward 80), Birkett, Mbunga, Martin, Thomas

Supporter’s man of the match: Jenson Mannings

 
The relegation run in
Sunday 15th April

With only 2 weeks to go, the games left for those battling relegation are:



Paulton RoversShortwood UnitedSlimbridgeNorth LeighBarnstaple TownBishops Cleeve
Tue 17 AprNorth Leigh AWimborne Town HPaulton Rovers HCinderford A
Thu 19 AprBishops Cleeve AEvesham HCinderford ABideford APaulton Rovers H
Sat 21 AprYate HBarnstaple Town ABideford HWinchester City AShortwood HSwindon Supermarine H
Tue 24 AprWimborne Town ABishops Cleeve HTaunton Town ABarnstaple ANorth Leigh HShortwood United A
Thu 26 AprKidlington ADidcot Town H
Sat 28 AprDidcot Town ACirencester Town HWimborne Town ALarkhall Athletic HSwindon Supermarine AYate Town A
Mon 30 AprKidlington HCinderford Town H
Wed 2 MayCinderford Town A
 
Slimbridge 4-2 Larkhall Athletic
Friday 13th April
Swans defeat the Larks despite the visitors late comeback

Slimbridge took a big step towards safety from relegation in the Southern League South, West last night defeating local rivals Larkhall Athletic in an entertaining game of football.  Slimbridge lead by three goals midway through the second half when Larkhall scored two goals in a minute to set up a tense final 10 minutes before super sub Jamie Martin nodded home in injury time to give the Swans a vital 3 points to leapfrog Barnstaple Town and give themselves a 10 point cushion over bottom side Bishops Cleeve.

Larkhall were first out of the blocks dominating the first 7-8 minutes of the game, Alex Lambert breaking on the right flank but his cross floated over the bar and out for a goal kick.  A few moments later Aysa Corrick floated in a dangerous cross but Korey Pring was on hand to cut the ball out with a number of Larkhall players rushing to get on the end of it.  Corrick then fired wide from Mason Winters cross from the left,  before Kailan Gould got his head to a long range free kick which was gathered safely by Adam Thomas filling in for the absent Ollie Hall.  The first half chance for Slimbridge came on 8 minutes, Henry Birkett hitting a long range shot over the bar.

However Slimbridge took the lead on 11 minutes, a well worked move from the midfield saw a pin point through ball to Marley Thomas who slotted past Shaun Semmens in the visitors goal.  Seven minutes later Edjidja Mbunga burst through the visitors defence but his shot was save by Semmens legs, Thomas then followed up with the keeper making a second save but unwittingly gave the ball back to Thomas who made no mistake a second time poking into an empty net.

Mbunga almost got through the defence a minute later requiring George King to make a last ditch tackle to stop the Swans front man.  On 25 minutes home keeper Thomas came to the rescue punching clear a long range free kick floated dangerously into the Swans box.

Corrick should have got on the score sheet just after the half hour mark, he skipped past Sam Turl on the left but failed to control the ball as he entered the box with just the keeper to beat, fortunately Thomas gathered safely.  A few minutes later Jack Twyman gave away a free kick on the right edge of the box, and it was Twyman that cleared the free kick giving the visitors a corner, which was turned behind giving the visitors a second corner which was cleared by the home defence.

Greg Peel almost pull a goal back, his turn and shot from 25 yards just creeping wide, before home keeper Thomas was called into action saving Corricks drive with his legs in the dying moments of the first half.

An even start to the second half saw Lamberts cross into the Swans box missing everyone and out for a goal kick.  At the other end Mbunga found the car park with his shot after bursting through down the right flank.  The Swans increased their lead on 52 minutes, Sean Lawson was fouled out on the right of the box, Birkett stepped up from a narrow angle to blast the ball into the roof of the net with the visiting defence looking shell shocked.

Five minutes later it should have been four, Mbunga’s pass to Birkett and subsequent pass out to Thomas on the right had the Larks defence pull out of position. Unfortunately Thomas’s delightful lob beat the visitors keeper but cannoned back off the bar and out to safety.

An injury to Birkett on 61 minutes saw him  replaced by managed Fred Ward, a straight replacement in the middle of the park.  The game contuined to flow with both sides in search of a goal, Lambert shooting just over from the right while Thomas hit the side netting from close range and Mbunga firing straight at Semmens after a great through ball from Turl.

The visitors made a breakthrough on 79 minutes, Greg Peel sending in a delicate chip over Adam Thomas to score.  A minute later Peel acted as provider to Lambert whose close range shot past the home keeper reducing the deficit to one.  A nervy final 10 minutes ensued, Larkhall camping themselves in the Slimbridge half for much of the time.  Lamberts shot was deflected wide and out for a corner.  The resulting corner causing havoc in the home penalty area with keeper Thomas dropping the ball but the home defence managed to clear much to the relief of the home support.

As the game entered injury time, Peel’s shot from 20 yards sailed over an empty net with the home keeper stranded at the front of the goal area should have sealed a remarkable late comeback.  However Slimbridge did manage to settle the nerves 3 minutes into injury time, Marley Thomas burst down the left flank from within his own half sending in a cross from the by-line.  Substitute Jamie Martin who had only just entered the game 4 minutes earlier appeared to overrun the ball however managed to stoop down and get his head onto the end of the cross to score.


Slimbridge: A Thomas, Turl, L Payne, Pring, Twyman, D Turner, M Turner, Birkett (Ward 63), Mbunga (Martin 89), Lawson, M Thomas

Attendance 91

Man of the match: Marley Thomas
 
Larkhall match - Game ON
Thursday 12th April
Tonight's home game against Larkhall Athletic is ON as the pitch has been deemed fit to play on.

 
Date changes
Wednesday 11th April
We will now travel to Cinderford Town on April 19th, and our postponed game from last night against Taunton Town will now take place on April 24th.
 
Rearranged Cinderford game
Tuesday 10th April
Our league game at Cinderford has been rearranged for Monday 23rd April at 7:45pm

 
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