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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
 
 
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Slimbridge 1-2 Bishops Cleeve
Monday 29th January

Swans lose to local rivals despite dominating much of the game.


Slimbridge took control of the game from the kick off forcing the visiting side back into their own half for much of the first 15 minutes.  Adam Mace’s long ball found the returning Joe Stokes 10 yards from goal, but he could only poke his shot wide of the near post.  Jack Twyman then found space to get on the end of Marley Thomas’s cross from the left touchline but again his header was wide after some great link up play from Max Harper-Emerson and Sam Turl.


After a Cleeve foul 25 yards out, Mace stepped up forcing keeper Elliot Seddon into a save which was spilled and then recovered.  The visitors brake away with Joe Bates threading the ball through to Jack Watts however Korey Pring was on hand to cut it out, from the clearance Harrison Iddles shot over the bar.

On 15 minutes, Michael Fords speculative shot was smothered by home keeper Ollie Hall, but somehow he failed to hold on and the ball squirmed underneath him trickling into the net to give Bishops Cleeve the advantage against the run of play.


As Slimbridge continued to press the visitors with Mike Bryant having a shot blocked by the out rushing Seddon. Thomas was given a yellow card on the half hour mark for his heavy protests to the referee claiming a penalty after the ball was adjudged to have stuck a defenders arm from a free kick on the right.

Three minutes later a good move from the back resulting in a corner to the Swans on the left, Mace’s corner was cleared back to him and the resulting cross flew across the goal skimming the cross bar and out for a throw in. Thomas forced Seddon into a save after a neat passing move involving Mace and Bryant in the middle.


With a little over 5 minutes to half time, Mace hit a long free kick into the box causing panic in the Cleeve defence who somehow managed to cleare the ball of the line twice in a matter of seconds from the ensuing scramble.

Half Time 0 -1


The second half continued with Slimbridge dominating the play, on 52 minutes Dean Turners header hit the back of the net however it failed to count as he was flagged offside.  Cleeve slowly managed to get a foothold on the game, Watts shot from the left sailed wide of the goal.  On the hour mark Mace conceded a free kick from which Hall was called into action to save from Bates.


Sam Turl was on hand to intercept a visitors break away after a long clearance from a Swans free kick.  A few minutes later Pring saved the home sides blushes making a last gasp tackle on Bates with an empty net ahead of him after Hall failed to deal with another visitors break away.


Debutant Kai Mahon was introduced on 74 minutes and almost made an instant impact providing a pin point cross from the right to Bryant, his goal bound header being deflected over the bar and out for a Swans corner.  With less than 5 minutes of play to go, Cleeve broke on the right through Watts, his pass to Bates was slammed home from 15 yards to double the lead.


The Swans finally got a consolation goal on 89 minutes, Mahon’s corner from the right was met by the on rushing Pring to head past Seddon.

 


Next Saturday Slimbridge pay a visit to Bristol Manor Farm who are currently riding high at the other end of the table.

 

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Hoskins, Turner (Mahon 76), Twyman, Stokes (Squires 83), Bryant, Harper-Emerson (Lawson 65), Thomas


Attendance: 104


Supporters Man of the match: Jack Twyman

 
Game On
Saturday 27th January
After an early pitch inspection, today's home fixture against local rivals Bishops Cleeve is ON.

 
Swindon Supermarine v Slimbridge
Tuesday 23rd January
Tonight's game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 
Slimbridge 2-0 Winchester City
Thursday 18th January
Swans return to winning ways against promotion chasing opponents.

Slimbridge made the early running, Sam Turl, Mike Bryant and Jack Twyman linking up to feed Dean Turner but his shot was hit straight at the visiting keeper Ryan Pryce.  Winchester’s Dan Williamson playing on the right wing caused the home side to panic when he broke clear on goal only to see his shot go wide and a long range shot from visiting striker Pat Cox was collected by Ollie Hall on 8 minutes.

Three minutes later Williamson found space on the right and his cross was fired in to Cox who forced Hall into a point blank save with his legs the ball going out for a corner.  A succession of corners followed ending when Josh Harfield’s headed wide at the back post.

At the other end Max Harper-Emerson and Bryant exchanged passes but Harper-Emerson’s cross was too high and wide with Marley Thomas waiting on the edge of the area ready to pounce.  Turl was fouled in the visitors half, 30 yards from goal after a good run down the right.  Up stepped Adam Mace to lift the ball over the wall and into the top right hand corner with the keeper beaten to give the Swans a 25th minute lead.
Slimbridge continued to play the ball around the midfield in a good spell of possession with Winchester trying to hit the home side on the break.  Tom Hoskins was called to make a last ditch tackle on Williamson after he had skipped past Mace on the right wing. Thomas got a shot away after Bryant had won the ball in the visitors half, the keeper doing well to stop with his legs.

Williamson again broke through the home defence on the right but his cross / shot flashed across the goal and out for a goal kick.  Just approaching half time, the ball was expertly played out from the Swans defence to Hoyle who ran the ball to within 30 yards og the visitor goal but could only shoot over the bar.

Half time substitute Rob Carr almost made an early impact when Hoyle was forced to head his cross out for a corner at the far post with Williamson lurking behind.  At the other end harper-Emerson was fouled deep into Winchesters half, this time Mace’s free kick was spilled by Pryce with Twyman’s follow up blocked by the defence and then Hoyle’s shot blocked before Pryce managed to gather in his six yard area.

Slimbridge were lucky not to concede, Turl blocking a shot out for a corner which Pring then headed clear but the ball came straight back forcing Hall to punch clear for another corner.  With Winchester piling on the pressure Hall was forced into a double save in a goal mouth scramble as the visitors tried to get back on level terms but the Swans defence managed to hold out.

The home side eased the pressure on 65 minutes, Thomas picking up the ball on the left threading a cross field ball to Hoyle on the right side of the box who powerfully headed the ball back across the goal where Twyman was waiting to nod the ball past Pryce to double the home advantage.

The returning Lee Smith entered the field soon after replacing the tiring Harper-Emerson who had worked hard on the right wing all evening.  As the horizontal rain continued to fall Winchester continued to search for a goal despite the heroic efforts of the home defence.  

Oli Bailey had the best chance of the game for the visitors heading against the bar with 5 minutes left.
In the final minutes of the game Thomas and Bryant linked up on the left with Thomas stepping inside his marker to thread the ball through to Turner but his shot was well saved by Pryce.  In injury time Twyman cleared the bar from 20 yards after Thomas and Bryan again out foxed the visiting side this time in the centre of the pitch.


This long awaited victory, the first since October should lift the players ahead of a difficult trip up the M5 to 4th placed Evesham on Saturday followed by the rearranged game at Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday.  Then as the games come thick and fast, the eagerly awaited derby game at home against local rivals Bishops Cleeve the following Saturday.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Hoskins, Hoyle, Twyman, Turner, Bryant, Harper-Emerson (Smith), Thomas

Attendance: 74

Supporters man of the match Korey Pring

 
Slimbridge 0-2 AFC Totton
Saturday 13th January
Ten man Swans downed by two late goals after captain Hoyle sees red.

In an entertaining goaless first half Slimbridge started the game with a flurry of early corners, the returning Marley Thomas cutting in from the left but was tackled before he could get a cross in.  The resulting corner was cleared to Adam Mace but his cross was blocked for another corner that was cleared by the Totton defence.

At the other end Craig Feeney burst down the right flank to cross for Oluwatobi Adekunle but his tame shot was saved by home stopper Ollie Hall.  Tony Lee’s cross for the visitors was expertly put out for a corner by the Swans Tom Hoskins.  The home sides Jack Twyman was unlucky not to score on 17 minutes hitting the base of the post from 18 yards out after some good build up play on the right.  

Korey Pring then got his head on Feeney’s cross with Curtis Young running in behind ready to pounce, the visitors corner was then turned around the post by Hall. The following corner was put in deep to Young who shot over the bar from 25 yards, After a spell of good possession by Slimbridge on 37 minutes Dean Turner somehow managed to put his diving header from 5 yards out over the bar.  On the stroke of half time Slimbridge were unlucky not to take the lead when Mike Bryant’s header from a corner was cleared off the Totton line.

Slimbridge continued the second strongly Sam Turl finding space on the right to play a cross field ball to Mace on the left threading in Joe Wilton whos shot was well saved by Shame Murphy but cleared back to Wilton who chipped the ball over the keeper unfortunately too high for Bryant to get on the end of.  

Two yellow cards in 7 minutes saw home captain Alex Hoyle take an early bath on 60 minutes, from then on it was an uphill battle for the Swans from then on. Totton piled on the pressure and scored what should have been their opener on 67 minutes but was ruled offside after a discussion between the referee and his assistant who had not previous flagged the offence.  The visiting strike partnership of Craig Feeney and Tony Lee tested home keeper Ollie Hall on a number of occasions, however the home defence held strong.  

The visitors did eventually make the pressure count taking the lead through Charlie Gunson on 75 minutes latching onto a through ball and slotting past Hall.  With the last kick of the game Jack Masterton fed the ball to Lee and his strike somehow crept underneath Hall and into the net at his near post having made the save.


Next up for the Swans is Winchester City at Thorhill Pack on Wednesday at 7.45pm followed by a trip up the M5 next Saturday to face local rivals Evesham United.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Hoskins, Hoyle, Twyman, Turner, Bryant, Wilton (Ponting 80), Thomas (Harper-Emerson 73)

Attendance: 81

Supporters Man Of The Match: Ollie Hall

 
North Leigh 1-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 7th January
Dominant Swans gain well deserved point in game of few clear cut chances.
 

Starting the game kicking down the slope the Swans had an early half chance; Sam Turl’s run down the right providing a pinpoint pass to Max Harper-Emerson who failed to get a shot away from ten yards when well placed.  Jack Twyman on 13 minutes tried his luck with a long range shot but sailed straight into the home keeper Jack Griffiths hands. 

The physical home side took control of the early play not allowing Slimbridge much room on the ball, Piers McGlynn shot from outside the box was well wide.  North Leigh took the lead on 20 minutes Michael Hopkins picked up the ball out wide on the left of the visitors box swung in a cross to the right of the penalty area where Roger James was lurking 15 yards out to volley the ball into the roof of the net leaving keeper Ollie Hall no chance.

From the restart Slimbridge failed to let their heads go down and pressured well looking for an equiliser.  An interchange of passes between Harper-Emerson and Twyman on the right feeding Dean Turner running through the middle but his lob was just over the bar. Tom Hoskins was unlucky to see his hooked shot from a corner just go over the bar, and further linkup play between Turl and Twyman on the right resulting in Turls cross being caught by the home keeper.
North Leigh had two good chances late in the half, Lee Marshalls shot wide after Lorcan Sheehan's initial shot was blocked by Twyman.  George Seacoles breakaway caught the Swans napping, feeding McGlynn who missed the target with only the keeper to beat.  

With two minutes left, Turners cross from the left was headed on by Joe Wilton in the box deflecting out for a visitor’s corner.  Adam Mace returning after a hip injury took the corner on the right swinging in the cross to the far post which appeared to spin a swerve deceiving both sets of players before the home side managed to clear.

North Leigh this time kicking downhill, started the second half strongly with Hopkins shooting wide and former Swans defender Will Wellon getting on the end of a home corner only to head wide also.  The visiting defence of Turl, Korey Pring, Hoskins and Mace were superb all afternoon, Haskins winning the aerial battle in the middle and Mace making a number of exceptional tackles to win possession from the home strikers.

On 62 minutes Alex Hoyle playing in a midfield role burst through the middle of the North Leigh defence who somehow cleared the ball out for a throw on the left. From the throw Mace’s cross was controlled by Wilton on the right and his shot was cleared off the line as the Swans dominated the play.

The Swans deserved equaliser finally arrived on 73 minutes, Mike Bryant playing in Wilton on the left who found room to slip the ball around the advancing Griffiths into the far corner of the net.  Turner was unlucky not to put the Swans ahead two minutes later as his shot flew over after some great link up play between Mace and Bryant.

As the game entered injury time substitute Luke Payne’s dangerous chip into the box resulting in Bryant clipping the ball over.  While a last chance attack for North Leigh saw Mace clear off the line at the far post from a corner.


Next Saturday Slimbridge welcome AFC Totton to Thornhill Park, followed by the rearranced Winchester City home game the following Wednesday.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Hoskins, Hoyle (L Payne 88), Twyman, Turner, Bryant, Harper-Emerson (Dunbar 56), Wilton

Goals: Wilton 73
Supporters Man of the Match: Tom Hoskins
Attendance: 64 

 
Slimbridge 0-1 Cinderford Town
Saturday 30th December
Ten man Cinderford Town hold on to first half lead to take the spoils in local derby game.

Cinderford started the game in dominant mood with early pressure, Robbie Atkinson burst through the Swans defence on 8 mintues but was denied a shot on goal by Tom Hoskins last gasp challenge.  The only goal of the game came on 15 minutes when a visitors corner found Dan Clare unopposed at the back post to head past Ollie Hall in the home goal. 
Two minutes later Ewan Dunbar making his first start for the Swans forced a save from Joe Perry who got his legs to the ball after Joe Wilton had fed the ball through on the right flank.  Cinderford continued to boss the first half, Matt McDonald heading wide from a dangerous cross.  Slimbridge did manage a couple of half chances Mike Bryant’s cross evading Dunbar at the far post and then a Luk Payne shot was claimed by the visitors keeper.  

Nick Harrhy had the ball in the net on 26 minutes but was judged to be offside.  This followed a series of corners to the visitors, Korey Pring deflecting the first at the near post after a shot from Robbie Atkinson, then Hall tipped Clare’s header past the other post before Pring headed the third over his own bar.

Slimbridge came back into the game late in the half, Jack Twyman shooting tamely at Perry, and then Bryant was called offside after his turn and shot on goal. On the stroke of half-time Wiltons shot from the left forced Perry to push the ball around the post and from the resulting corner Luke Payne’s effort was ruled out for offside.

The second half started with home keeper Ollie Hall called into action tipping McDonalds shot past the post.  Dunbar picked the ball up on the Swans right but his cross at the near post was gathered by the visitors keeper.  Clare again caused the home side trouble in the box getting on the end of a long free kick but this time heading wide.

On 55 minutes Mike Bryant collected the ball on the 18 yard box turned his defender and slotted the ball into the corner of the net, unfortunately it didn’t count as he was ruled offside.  The Swans started to control the game searching for an equaliser, substitute Sean Lawson’s cross was cut out for a corner that came to nothing.  

A further turning point for the Swans on 73 minutes, substitute Blaine Waugh saw red for an alleged stamp on Sam Turl.  From this point on the home sides tails were up and they continued to press, Twymans free kick found Payne but his shot was wide.  Then Wilton’s through ball to Lawson was intercepted by Perry. In a rare foray into the Slimbridge half, Hall collected a through ball at the feet of Atkinson.

The last ten minutes saw a Payne cross cut out for a corner from which Bryant headed straight at the keeper.  A free kick out on the left was swung into the Cinderford box, after a couple of failed clearances Tom Hoskins headed over.  The last real chance of the game for the Swans saw Max Harper-Emersons brought down 25 yards from goal, and the resulting free kick from Bryant sailed inches wide.  Although the Swans deserved a point from today’s game, the work rate and performance was several levels above the recent heavy defeats.

Next up the Swans travel to visit North Leigh next Saturday 6th January, looking to kick off the New Year with some much needed points.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Robinson (Harper-Emerson 37), Hoskins, Pring, Turner, Twyman, Payne (Hoyle 84), Bryant, Wilton, Dunbar (Lawson 65)

Attendance 122

Supporters Man of the Match: Korey Pring
 
Shortwood United - Match Postponed
Tuesday 26th December
Todays league match at Shortwood United has been Postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and will be rearranged in due course.