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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 3 – 1 Yate Town
Saturday 19th November
Slimbridge extend their unbeaten run against the battling 9 men of Yate Town.

Yate Town started the game brightly with striker Josh Morgan-Williams causing the Slimbridge back line all sorts of problems in the first 20 minutes with Nick Grimes and Richard Twaite called upon several times making a number of important headers and interceptions. Eugene Keary goal bound shot was blocked by Grimes 2 yards in front of goal, and Morgan-Williams twice placed shots wide when in goal scoring opportunities.

Slimbridge came back into the game with Sean Lawson having a half chance blocked and a Richard Twaite header sailing over from a Lee Smith cross. On 30 minutes Jack Twyman, and Lawson linked up on the left resulting in a Slimbridge corner. The home side took the lead on 35 minutes Mace’s cross from the left was chested down by Twyman who played the ball into the path of Smith who drilled the ball into the corner of the Yate net leaving the keeper no chance.

Soon after the restart Yate Town were reduced to 9 men, Morgan-Williams and Swans full back Sam Turl clashed on the touch line with Morgan-Williams kicking out at Turl resulting in a straight red for the visitors. Yate Captain Kye Mountfield also received his marching orders for dissent while protesting against his team mates sending off.
A minute before half time Yate Town equalised from a free kick deep into the home sides half was headed in unopposed at the back post by Jack Ball.

HT 1-1

The second half was one-way traffic Slimbridge taking advantage of the two extra men passing the ball around neatly from the back. Mace and Smith were getting down both flanks delivering delightful crossed unfortunately not managing to find a home player in the box. On the hour Grimes headed wide from a Slimbridge corner when well placed at the back post.

Slimbridge regained the lean on 69 minutes when visiting defender Matson Evans handled at the back post trying to sheppard the ball out for a corner. Mace stepped up to send Jonathan Brown the wrong way, his third successful penalty in three games. Two minutes later the Swans extended the lead when Lee Smith’s pin point cross was met by substitute Archie Haskayne who’s bullet header left Brown with no chance.

With 5 minutes remaining Joe Stokes was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when his delightful lob hit the bar with the visitors keeper stranded.

Slimbridge: Kowalski, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Twyman, Stokes, Smith, Lawson, Mace Subs: Martin, Harding, Haskayne
Goals: Smith 35, Mace 69, Haskayne 71

Attendance: 102
MOM: Nick Grimes
 
Winchester game postponed
Monday 14th November
Our trip to Winchester City, scheduled for Saturday 26th November has been postponed as our hosts are going to be on FA Trophy duty. The new date for the game is now Wednesday, December 21st, 7.45pm Kick Off. We are endeavouring to rearrange a forthcoming game to fill the gap, and will make another announcement should we be successful.

 
No Predict the Score winner again...
Sunday 13th November
...pushing this week's prize pot up to £550. Ideal just as we come up to Christmas!

Tickets will be available at the bar before Saturday's game at Thornhill Park when Yate Town come to town, or contact @john_ashplant on Twitter to get your entries in...at a quid a shot, can you afford not to be in?

 
Paulton Rovers 1-3 Slimbridge
Saturday 12th November
A gritty and determined display saw the Swans return from their first ever visit to Winterfield Road with three precious points that lift them to 14th in the League. The victory was even more notable as Slimbridge had to cope with losing both Skipper Lee Smith and influential midfielder Joe Stokes to back injuries, together with being forced to play the last 30 minutes with ten men, after Marley Thomas saw red on the hour mark. Ultimately, two early goals, from Smith and Adam Mace, together with a third from Sean Lawson, back in the side after recovering from injury saw the spoils go back to Gloucestershire.

On a pitch that resembled a ploughed field, Paulton made a good start, and there were just three minutes on the clock when Kane Simpson saw his effort come back off the Swans’ crossbar. Simpson then had arguably an easier chance two minutes later, but missed his opportunity after a good cross from Jordan Ricketts reached him with space in the Slimbridge box.

The hosts were made to pay dearly for the missed opportunities, as Slimbridge scored two goals before 15 minutes were on the clock to put them well in control of the game. Firstly, Lee Smith was given way too much room on the edge of the Paulton box, and his neat turn and shot gave Keeper Andrew Hannah no chance.

Six minutes later it was two - Smith was felled in the Paulton box after another quick turn, and Mace stepped up to send Hannah the wrong way and double the visitor’s advantage.

Paulton were playing some neat passing football, but there was a lack of end product, with Simpson again off target as the home side tried to get back into the match.

Slimbridge thought they had on the half hour, but Jack Twyman’s header was ruled out for offside by Referee Lewis Sandoe.

With Smith picking up a back injury in the move that led to the disallowed goal, he was replaced by Sean Lawson as the Swans were forced to reorganise.

With the visitors momentum halted temporarily, Paulton started to press, with Ricketts again causing problems for the Swans’ back line. on 38 minutes, Will Hailston created the space for himself to drill the ball past Adrian Kowalski and halve the deficit.

Stokes had a great effort blocked for the Swans before the break, while at the other end Ricketts headed over following Solomon Wheatley’s good cross.

The second period did not start well for the Swans - Keeper Kowalski seemed to be in trouble as he took a goal kick, seeming to pull a back muscle as he cleared, and with no substitute Keeper on the bench, it was a worrying few minutes for Slimbridge as he played on with limited mobility.

Paulton sensed another opportunity to turn the screw, but Ian Parkes’ header and then another effort from Ricketts did not cause Kowalski too much trouble to deal with.

On the hour mark, Marley Thomas, who had had a superb afternoon tormenting his markers, went close to the third with a show after a mazy run, before being dismissed almost instantly afterwards after a challenge that the Referee deemed two footed.

Things looked like going from bad to worse for the Swans when Stokes then hobbled off, the victim of yet another back injury, but the visitors had the perfect response three minutes later.

The ball found it’s way to Sean Lawson on the edge of the Paulton box, and he turned into space, and gave Hannah no chance with a superb effort to announce his arrival back from injury.

The third goal deflated the hosts visibly, and they struggled to create too many chances against the ten men, with outstanding effort from everyone on the Slimbridge side chasing and denying them space. Joe Chandler on 69 minutes went closest, but his effort was well off target as Paulton struggled to assert themselves.

Slimbridge had two great opportunities to increase the score in the last ten minutes, both created by the running of Sam Mason down the right flank. Firstly, his cross somehow eluded Lawson in the six yard box, and then another foray saw Jamie Martin’s effort go wide from another dangerous ball in.

The disallowed goals tally was evened up in the second minute of stoppage time, when Simpson converted only for the Linesman to rule out his strike, and the Swans played out time to record a precious victory.

The Swans return to Thornhill Park next Saturday when Yate Town are the visitors (3.00pm) before travelling to Swindon Supermarine the following Tuesday (22nd, 7.45pm).

Team: Kowalski, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Twyman, Stokes (Mason 61), Smith (Lawson 31), Mace (Martin 80), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman

 
Predict the score - another rollover..
Sunday 6th November
There were no winners of this week's Predict the Score competition (I'm guessing no-one saw Middlesbrough getting a point at Manchester City), so this week's prize pot moves up to £500. Just in time for Christmas. You need to be in it to win it. get your tikcets from John Ashplant now!

 
Slimbridge 2-3 Didcot Town
Saturday 5th November
Didcot Town twice came back for being behind to nick the points at Thornhill Park after an entertaining afternoon where most of the action was compressed into the first half. The Swans took the lead after 24 minutes through Lee Smith, before three goals in a five minute spell - Adam Mace for Slimbridge, Ben Whitehead and James Organ for Didcot- saw the sides go in level at the break. In a much more subdued second period, Didcot’s third goal 15 minutes from time by Declan Benjamin ultimately decided the outcome.

Didcot created the best of the early chances, with Louis Joyce first seeing his lob over Swans Keeper Adrian Kowalski drift just wide, with his effort a minute later, coming back into play off Kowalski’s post. On 15 minutes, Joyce saw another effort cannon back into play off the post, and the Swans luck with woodwork from Tuesday night at Taunton seemed to be holding.

Ten minutes later, Slimbridge were ahead - a mazy run from Adam Mace saw his pinpoint cross headed home by Lee Smith. The lead only lasted seven minutes though, as Ben Whitehead was allowed too much space in the Swans’ box to turn and place a neat shot past Kowalski to even things up on 31 minutes.

Slimbridge went straight up the other and, after good work from Archie Haskayne, Sam Turl’s cross was blocked by a Didcot hand, and Mace stepped up confidently to dispatch the penalty awarded by Referee Richard Price.

Three minutes later, Didcot’s woodwork woes continued as Whitehead saw his effort again denied by the post, but a minute later, James Organ played a neat 1-2 in the Slimbridge box and levelled things up for a second time.

In the last five minutes of the half, Jordan Graham saw his effort rebound back into play from the Swans’ crossbar before, amazingly Whitehead and Joyce both managed to hit the bar with headers in the same passage of play, leaving the teams level at the break.

It was always going to be difficult for the second half to match the incident quota of the first, and thus it proved - Joyce headed over four minutes into the second period after good work from Didcot’s Graham. At the other end, Nick Grimes was too high with his effort. As the Swans began to apply more pressure, Smith went close on two occasions, before James Harding, making his debut for the Swans’ saw his effort cleared off the Didcot line.

The game was settled in the 76th minute, when Slimbridge again allowed too much space, and Declan Benjamin took advantage to drill the ball past Kowalski, and Didcot comfortably saw out time to take the points back to Oxfordshire.

Results elsewhere mean the Swans’ remain in 16th place in the League Table, and they travel to Paulton Rovers next Saturday (3.00) for another League encounter.

Team: Kowalski, Low, Turl, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Twyman, Stokes, Haskayne (Ward 67), Smith, Mace (Harding 60), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Marley Thomas

 
Taunton Town 0-0 Slimbridge
Wednesday 2nd November
Slimbridge arrived at The Viridor Stadium to be greeted by the BBC who were there to do some filming ahead of Taunton Towns big FA Cup tie with Barrow on Sunday.

However, the limelight was slightly taken away from the home side as the Swans returned home with a surprise draw and another precious point in their bid to stay clear of the relegation zone.

Take nothing away from the home side, they certainly looked like a team who will be there or there abouts come next April but they came up against a very stubborn Swans defence and an incredible goalkeeping display from Adrian Kowalski who time and time again denied the Taunton Strikeforce with a string of fine saves.

Add to that the fact that the Peacocks managed to rattle Kowalski's woodwork on no fewer than six occasions then you can appreciate why it was the Swans who were the most pleased to hear referee Sean Rothwells final Whistle rather than the home side.

Slimbridge started with Forest Green Rovers loanee Joe Stokes on the bench and with Chairman Barry Gay and assistant manager Freddy Ward in charge in the absence of Leon Sterling who became a Dad earlier in the day.

Archie Haskayne was penalised for a foul 18 yards out after 15 minutes and Kowalksi's bar was shaken for the first time from the resulting free kick, but that was just the start of things to come.

Slimbridge had chances of their own during the first period, Lee Smith's delightful cross found Jamie Martin alone six yards out but he somehow failed to make contact with the ball when it looked easier to score.

Swans Full back Nick Grimes,made a superb tackle on Callum Martindale who broke clear after 25 mins and five minutes later a vicious volley from Matt Wright once again rattled the visitors crossbar.

A great run up the left on 30 minutes by Marley Thomas ended with Martins cross being headed inches wide by Smith.

Smith himself rolled back the years by leaving the Taunton defence for dead but his final shot went too high.

Just before half time Slimbridge's Post was shaken by a good shot from Matt Wright as an exciting half came to an end.

The second half was just one minute old when astonishingly Wright hit the post yet again with a neat strike from 18yards.

Kowalski then made a series of fine saves, the best being when he dived low to his right to push round what looked like a certain goal from Ollie Chamberlain.
Taunton upped the pace now and a series of corner kicks were all well defended by a dogged swans defence.

On 65 minutes the home side should have been in front when Adam Mace made a rash challenge in the penalty area but Shane Whites resulting penalty was beaten away by Kowalski.

The Swans were now defending for their lives as Taunton pushed forward and substitute Freddy Ward made a couple of good goal line clearances as more corners were won by the home side and Kowalski made further reflex saves from Wright and Craig Veal.

With just a couple of minutes left the home fans could not believe it when their full back Pierce Mitchell once again struck the woodwork with a cross stroke shot and then Kowalski made another stunning one hand save as Craig Duff powered a rasping drive at him.

Three minutes into stoppage time Marley Thomas went down in the penalty area after a challenge by former Swan Alex Hoyle but it would have taken a brave decision by any referee to give that one, considering the dominance that Taunton had showed in the second half.

The final whistle was greeted with jubilant enthusiasm from the Swans faithful and as Slimbridge now turn their attentions to an important home league fixture with Didcot Town on Saturday they would like to wish Taunton Town good luck with their FA Cup Tie on Sunday.

Team.Kowalkski,Grimes (61) Mace, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Turner (Mason 76) Twyman, Haskayne (Stokes 65) Smith, Martin, Thomas.

Man of the match...Adrian Kowalski.

Attendance...233
 
Joe Stokes joins Swans on loan from Forest Green Rovers
Tuesday 1st November
The Swans have today announced that Joe Stokes will be joining the club today for a month’s loan from National League side Forest Green Rovers. Joe will go straight into the squad for tonight’s trip to Taunton Town.

Joe is a central midfielder who has made one first team appearance for FGR, and who is currently on a one year contract at The New Lawn.

SAFC would like to welcome Joe to Thornhill Park and wish him all the best during his time with us.