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Sat 16th December
EVO-STIK South League West
Cirencester Town
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Sat 23rd December
EVO-STIK South League West
Slimbridge
V
Paulton Rovers
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Tue 26th December
EVO-STIK South League West
Shortwood United
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
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Slimbridge 2-0 Bideford
Saturday 8th April
The Swans collected three points after an entertaining afternoon at Thornhill Park, with a goal in each half securing the spoils for the home side. In a game that had very much a preseason feel with nothing resting on the results, Slimbridge's two clinical finishes from Lee Smith and Marley Thomas proved the difference between the sides.


Bideford had the best of the early play, with Kevin Squire and Billy Tucker off target, while the Swans best effort saw Bideford Keeper Joe Moore make a sharp stop from Adam Mace. 

On ten minutes, Bideford were pressing, and a quick Slimbridge break saw Lee Smith notch the first of the afternoon, with a good finish past Moore to put the home side ahead.

Bideford continued to create chances, and Swans Keeper Marcus Beauchamp made a great stop from Ian Sampson's volley on the half hour, and then denied Sean Downing, who had a superb afternoon for the visitors, when the Robins' man was through one on one.

The Swans went close to doubling their advantage just before the break, when good work from Marley Thomas saw a dangerous looking Smith effort block, leaving the hosts to go in a goal to the good at the half.

Bideford came out with a purpose after the break, and for about 15 minutes, it seemed like the game was reduced to a duel between Downing and Slimbridge, with three great efforts bringing good stops from Beauchamp to maintain the home side's lead.

On the hour though, it was two - Ben Prictor played a superb diagonal ball across the Bideford back line, and Thomas picked up the pass, rounded Moore and walked the ball into the net for the Swans' second of the afternoon.

Downing continued to pose a threat, with an overhead kick just after the goal again going close, but the game settled into a stalemate as it approached the final stages.

Squire saw a late effort cleared off the line as Bideford continued to press, and Downing brought another good stop from Beauchamp in stoppage time, but the Swans held on to record the victory.

Slimbridge travel to already relegated Wantage Town next Saturday, before returning to Thornhill Park on Easter Monday for a local derby with Shortwood United (3.00pm).

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Prictor, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Smith, Brad Martin (Jamie Martin 60), Mace (Lewis 77), Thomas (Orchard 80)

Supporters Man of the Match: Sam Turl
 
Barnstaple Town 3-1 Slimbridge
Monday 3rd April
Despite the defeat, Swans Boss Freddy Ward was upbeat about the battling display his threadbare team put on during an entertaining match at Mill Road. 

'I was very proud of the boys', Ward said afterwards, 'they gave their all under very difficult circumstances, and I felt that in the second half especially, we could have gotten something out of the game.'

On a sunny Devon afternoon, Barnstaple settled quickest, and took the lead on 14 minutes. Jack Jenkins lobbed a cross into the Swans' box, it was headed back across goal by Aaron Harper-Penman, and Shaun Copp gave Marcus Beauchamp no chance from close range.

The home side continued their bright opening, and Jenkins and Lee Francis were both off target before Dean Turner shot wide for the visitors. 

Seven minutes before the break, Barum doubled their lead - Kyle Paine was given too much room on the Swans left flank, and he took full advantage to put Barnstaple two goals to the good.

After the break, Slimbridge came out with far more purpose, and Liam Orchard had a couple of early opportunities to pull a goal back, but failed to hit the target when well placed. With Mason Lewis putting in a magnificent shift despite carrying a troubling toe injury, the Swans began to threaten. 

Barum remained dangerous though, and it took a great goaline clearance from Brad Martin to stop the hosts extending their lead on 63 minutes.

With 15 minutes remaining, Adam Mace produced another thunderbolt from 25 yards to reduce the deficit, but as the Swans pressed for an equaliser, in the first minute of stoppage time, James Blake got on the end of a through ball as Barnstaple broke quickly, and lobbed Beauchamp to finish the game off. 

Slimbridge are back at Thornhill Park on Saturday when Bideford are the visitors. With both Bridgwater Town and Wantage Town both relegated last week, the Swans have four games left to complete their season.

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Mace, Prictor, Martin, Turner, Twyman, Ward, Lewis, Orchard, Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match : Mason Lewis
 
Physio/Sports Therapist required for 2017/18 Season
Friday 31st March
Slimbridge AFC are looking to appoint a Physio/Sports Therapist for the 2017/18 season. If you hold an FA Intermediate qualification and also hold a First Aid Certificate, and are interested in applying, please contact Club Secretary Colin Gay at colin.hamish@icloud.com ot call him on 07702 070229.

 
Slimbridge 2-0 AFC Totton
Wednesday 29th March
Two first half goals in two minutes saw the Swans leapfrog Totton in the table, and mathematically confirm their safety, securing a third season at Southern League level at Thornhill Park this evening. The result effectively relegated Wantage Town, who will join Bridgwater Town in dropping out of the League unless they win at Champions Hereford on Saturday and pick up maximum points from the rest of their games this season.

The first period of the game flowed from end to end, with Marley Thomas and Joe Stokes looking particularly dangerous for the home side early on. Totton, played their part though, and Sam Roberts and Alfy Whittingham were both off target in an entertaining opening ten minutes.

Jack Twyman went close for the home side on 21 minutes, when his header from Thomas’ cross was just off target, while Curtis Young was wide with an effort for the Stags just before the half hour mark.

The Swans then struck with two quick goals to take control of the game - firstly, a superb run from Adam Mace saw him cause problems down the Totton left flank, and his cross was steered home by Jack Twyman to put the home side ahead.

Two minutes later, Mace was left in far too much on the edge of the Totton box, and he drilled the ball across Keeper Patrick O’Flaherty and into the far corner to double the advantage for the Swans.

Slimbridge lost the influential Stokes to a hamstring injury at half time, and he was replaced by Nathan Payne.

The Swans dominated the second period to a large extent, as they pressed for the third goal that would have sealed the deal, but Twyman, and then Thomas on two occasions were unable to deliver the killer blow.

Totton still looked dangerous going forward and their best chance of the game probably came with 20 minutes remaining, when Curtis Young put the ball over the bar when well placed, and could well have put the game back into the melting pot.

But Slimbridge held firm, and with a makeshift back four, superbly marshalled by Brad Martin and Ryan Thwaite, all Totton attacks were seen off.

With five minutes remaining, Price’s great cross was met by a an equally good header from Jamie Martin, but his effort was just off target.

After six minutes of stoppage time played by Referee Simon Shaw, the final whistle saw scenes of great celebration among the home players and fans, as their survival was mathematically confirmed.

Slimbridge travel to Devon on Saturday to play Barnstaple Town (3.00pm), before returning to Thornhill Park the following Saturday (April 8th, 3.00pm) to host Bideford FC.

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Prictor, Ryan Thwaite, Brad Martin, Turner, Twyman, Stokes (Payne 45), Smith, Mace (Lewis 70), Thomas (Jamie Martin 75)

Supporters Man of the Match: Marley Thomas


 
Slimbridge 1-5 Larkhall Athletic
Saturday 25th March
With results elsewhere going their way, the Swans continue to inch towards safety, and are now two points away from mathematically confirming their third season at Southern League level - a win over AFC Totton on Wednesday at Thornhill Park will be sufficient, but the crucial point in this game revolved around four eventful minutes on the half hour mark.

After the visitors had taken the lead after just 45 second through Greg Peel, two further Larkhall goals in a four minute spell, combined with two yellow cards in the same period for Ryan Thwaite gave the Swans a mountain to climb. An impressive Larkhall side made sure that there was not to be a great comeback, despite Brad Martin reducing the deficit just after half time, and two goals in the last fifteen minutes as the Swans' ten men tired sealed a victory for the visitors that was in the end as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.

With last week’s Man of the Match Nick Grimes out due to concussion, and Rich Thwaite unavailalable, the Swans started without a recognised centre half in their back four, and Larkhall took advantage in the first minute of the game - Lark’s Man of the Match Joe Raynes was allowed far too much space on a mazy run at the Swans defence, and although Marcus Beauchamp beat away his effort, the ball fell to Greg Peel who made no mistake from close in to put the visitors ahead.

The Larks had the advantage in the first period of a howling gale behind them in the first half which was making things difficult for both sides, and it took until the 25th minute for Slimbridge to produce their first decent effort on goal - Lee Smith’s effort catching a bobble of the bumpy pitch and nearly deceiving Larks’ Keeper Shaun Semmens, but he reacted well and made the stop.

Three minutes later, Larkhall got their second, when Raynes was again allowed too much room in the box, and he drilled the ball past Beauchamp to double the advantage.

Things went from bad to worse for the Swans two minutes later, when Ryan Thwaite was penalised for a challenge and Referee Richard Gardener awarded a penalty to the visitors, neatly despatched by Jamie Lyons. Thwaite picked up a yellow card for his challenge.

It took only two more minutes for Thwaite to be penalised again, picking up another yellow, and the Swans were down to ten men for the last hour of the game.

After the break, the Swans came out with the wind now behind them, and with a much greater sense of purpose, and it seemed like an unlikely comeback may just be on the cards as they reduced the deficit just three minutes into the second period - Brad Martin heading home Adam Mace’s free kick to give the home side some hope.

With momentum now behind them, Slimbridge began to create some good chances - Lyon’s made a good clearance from Lee Smith’s goalbound effort, Joe Stokes had a header saved by Semmens, Martin was again just wide with a header, and Semmens pulled off an impressive point blank save from Smith as Slimbridge fought to get themselves back in the game.

However, having survived the onslaught, and with the ten men of Slimbridge tiring, two goals picked off the home side and secured the points for the Larks.

On 73 minutes, Reauchamp brought down Dan Restorick as the Larks man attempted to round him, and Lyons converted the spot kick for his second of the game.

Four minutes later, a Larkhall break saw Joe Tumelty through on goal, and his clinical finish past Beauchamp capped a bad day at the office for the Swans.

Slimbridge host AFC Totton at Thornhill Park on Wednesday (7.45pm) before they make the long trip to Devon to face Barnstaple Town next Saturday (April 1st, 3.00pm).

Team: Beauchamp, Ward, Mace, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Twyman, Smith, Stokes, Jamie Martin (Turner 58), Brad Martin (Lewis 77), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Marley Thomas


 
Slimbridge 2-0 Paulton Rovers
Saturday 18th March
The Swans recorded the double over Paulton Rovers with a dominant display this afternoon at Thornhill Park. Captain Lee Smith was ultimately the difference between the two sides, notching two goals to seal the victory which means that the Swans can start planning for another season in the Southern League next season. 

Slimbridge move up a place to 19th as a result of the win, with a 14 point advantage over Wantage Town in the relegation spots. However, with Wantage still to travel to both Hereford and Salisbury in their last six games, their chances of survival are unlikely, to say the least, although they still currently have a mathematical chance of pulling off an huge upset.



Paulton had the first early opportunity when Adam Mace was penalised for a pull on Reeko Best, by far the visitors best player on the day, but Josh Ford’s effort was weak and easily gather by Slimbridge Keeper Marcus Beauchamp.

The Swans had a glorious opportunity to take an early lead when Paulton Keeper, and ex-Swan, George Burton scuffed a clearance to Jamie Martin on three minutes, but, faced with virtually an open goal, Martin skewed his effort wide.

The chances continued to come for the home side, with Smith and Marley Thomas both going close, but the scores remained level. 

The combination of an uneven pitch and high wind was creating some interesting opportunities, and Mace saw his 40 yard free kick end up with a good save from Burton as the wind caught it with 12 minutes gone.

Manager Freddy Ward was forced into an early change, bringing himself on after Mike Oakes got caught with a nasty looking tackle, and was unable to continue.

Mace and Thomas then combined well to set up Martin, whose header was well caught by Burton as Slimbridge pressed forward.

On 26 minutes the wind again nearly proved decisive, this time lifting Thomas’s lob over the Paulton bar, before the deadlock was eventually broken on 32 minutes. 

A lovely move saw Joe Stokes play in Ward on the Slimbridge right, and Smith stroked home Ward’s cross to put the home side ahead. 

Smith had two great chances in the next two minutes to increase the lead, but his efforts were just too high and then wide as Slimbridge pushed for a second.

Paulton attacks were rare at this point, but Ryan Thwaite made a good block from Best’s effort on 35 minutes to maintain the lead.

Paulton’s closest effort of the game came on 36 minutes, when Matthew Benham saw his header come back off the Swans’ crossbar, but Referee John Roskelly had already penalised the striker for a push as he went up.

Reeko Best continued to look the most dangerous player for Paulton, and Man of the Match Nick Grimes made a great block just before the break from a goalbound effort, but the Swans went in ahead at the Half. 

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first - Paulton had a flurry of chances in the first 15 minutes, but Elliott Keighley’s effort was easily saved, Joe Chandler’s effort was wide and Jordan Rickett’s effort saw another comfortable Beauchamp save, before the Swans wrapped things up in the 76th minute. 

Smith turned and made space for himself in the Paulton box, beat two men, and then slammed the ball homes despite the best efforts of Burton to double the home side’s advantage. 

Martin and Smith both had chances to increase the score with chances in the last ten minutes, but the Swans comfortably played out time to record an important victory.

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Mace, Grimes, Ryan Thwaite, Twyman, Stokes, Oakes (Ward 12), Martin, Smith, Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Nick Grimes
 
Didcot Town 1-0 Slimbridge
Saturday 11th March
A frustrating afternoon saw the Swans fail to build on their previous two wins, losing a game they should have picked up at least a point from. Falling behind to an absolute peach of a Free Kick from Didcot’s George Reid, Slimbridge failed to capitalise on a penalty ten minutes later, with Diddy Keeper Leigh Bedwell making his second spot kick stop of the week to keep out Lee Smith’s effort. The loss sees the Swans slip to 20th in the League, but they still hold a fourteen point advantage over Wantage Town in 21st place, with just seven games left for the Oxfordshire side to pull off a highly improbable escape.
 

The pitch at Loop Meadow Stadium was definitely suffering from already having hosted two games this week, and both sides early on struggled to cope with the erratic bounce of the ball. The opening minutes were very disjointed from both sides, and the earliest opportunity went to hosts on six minutes, when Andy Ballard’s effort was way too high and didn’t trouble Swans Keeper Marcus Beauchamp. 

Lee Smith, who worked well with Joe Stokes, especially in the first period, forced a corner for the visitors with 13 minutes gone, but Adam Mace’s delivery of the kick was cleared to safety. 

Stokes was proving particularly influential for the Swans, and he was involved in some Slimbridge’s best moves, setting up Smith for a cross which was overhit, and then bringing a save from Bedwell after good work from Mace. 

Marley Thomas was the next to try his luck, but again the ball was overhit, and ran harmlessly out as the Swans pressed. 


Didcot were struggling with the conditions as well, and Reid tried to play in Louis Joyce on 19 minutes, but again the ball was overhit and drifted out for a goal kick. 

Slimbridge were still creating the better chances at this point in the game, and Stokes saw his effort blocked before Mace was off target as the visitors continued to create opportunities. 

The standard of finishing on display was summed up neatly by a snatched shot from Sam Barder for Diddy on the half hour, which nearly put the corner flag out of commission as both sides struggled to really threaten. 

Two minutes later, Stokes played Smith in well, but the ball held up and got caught under his feet as he shaped to shoot, and the chance was lost. 

The litany of misses continued to the break, with Smith again off target for Slimbridge, while Reid, Ben Whitehead and Joyce were all off target for the hosts, leaving the scores level at the half. 

Four minutes into the second period, the deadlock was broken in spectacular fashion. Freddy Ward may have been unfairly penalised for handball 25 yards from the Slimbridge goal by Referee Tom Reeves, who had a superb afternoon in the middle, but Reid’s pearl of a free kick was worthy of winning any game, leaving Beauchamp no chance, and putting the hosts ahead. 

Spurred on, Diddy started to apply a little pressure, and Callum McNish was next to see his effort off target as the home side looked to increase their advantage. 

Reid thought he had doubled the lead on 58 minutes when through on goal, but his superb shot brought an equally magnificent save from Beauchamp and his effort was cleared. 

Freddy Ward replaced Brad Martin with Ryan Thwaite on the hour mark, and he had an immediate impact, being felled in the Didcot box to give the Swans a spot kick chance to level things up. 

Bedwell dived well to his right, and beat away Smith’s kick to maintain the home side’s lead. 

Two minutes later, Joyce had a glorious chance to put the game to bed from six yards out, but again, the bounce of the ball on the uneven surface saw him scuff his effort well wide, and Slimbridge breathed again. 

The last ten minutes saw Nick Grimes and Mace both have goal bound efforts blocked, and Rich Thwaite and Grimes have headers off target from Mace Free Kicks, but Diddy held firm to record the victory. 

The Swans now have a run of three home games at Thornhill Park - they host Paulton Rovers (Saturday 18th, 3.00pm), and Larkhall Athletic (Saturday 25th, 3.00pm), before AFC Totton make the long trip from Southampton on Wednesday 29th (7.45pm), a set of games which should see the Swans mathematically ensure their survival at Southern League level for a second season. 

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Mace, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Twyman, Stokes (Lewis 79), Ward (Oakes 71), Smith, Martin (Ryan Thwaite 60), Thomas 

Supporters Man of the Match: Marcus Beauchamp
 
Predict the Score rolls over
Sunday 5th March
No winners, this week, so the prize pot rolls over to £650 for next week's competition. Gotta be worth a shot for a quid!

 
 
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