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Wed 22nd August
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Slimbridge
V
Highworth Town
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Thu 23rd August
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Bromyard Town U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 25th August
FA Cup Preliminary Round
Slimbridge
V
Wantage Town
3:00 PM
 
 
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Friday 13th October
Slimbridge are delighted to announce the return of Micky Bryant to the club, he will go straight into the squad for Saturday's game at home to Salisbury.

In his previous spell with the Swans Micky made 91 appearances scoring 14 goals.
 
Slimbridge 0 – 1 Hartley Wintney
Saturday 7th October
Today's game on non-league day was one of four games nationally that was dedicated to Kick it out - promoting Diversity and inclusion for all in football.  Unfortunatly for the home side, they exited their second cup competition in a week.

The first 15 minutes was very much a cat and mouse game with both sides sounding each other out, Hartley’s Jack French dragging a shot wide while at the other end Henry Birkett’s free kick was punched clear by the visiting keeper Paul Strudley under pressure from the home sides Dean Turner.

Ollie Hall in the Slimbridge goal pulled off a great save to deny Joshua Webb, as Hartley started to dominate the last 15 minutes of the first half.  The only goal of the game came in the 42nd minute when visiting striker Paul Hodges picked up the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box and fired past a helpless Hall.

Hall was called into action twice in 3 minutes early in the second saving shots from Steve Duff and Hodges.  Hodges hit the post midway through the half before Slimbridge got their best chance with Sean Lawson’s shot cannoning off the upright from 20 yards with the visiting keeper beaten.

Team: Hall, Turl, Harper-Emerson, Pring, Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Birkett(Lawson 60), Stokes (L Payne 60), N Payne (Mace 74), Thomas

Attendance 106

Man of the match: Jack Twyman

 
Cinderford Town 3–2 Slimbridge
Wednesday 4th October

Swans exit BigFreeBet.com cup at the first hurdle despite a second half comeback in a very entertaining local derby.

The game started at a fast pace with both sides playing some neat passing football, that continued for much of the game.  Dean Turner had the first chance of the game for the Swans shooting directly into the arms of home keeper Eric Edge.  Soon after Cinderford striker Robbie Atkinson’s dangerous cross was cut out by the visitor’s defence, while Edge was again back in action at the other end to stop a 25yard effort from the industrious Henry Birkett.

Atkinson continued to be a thorn in the Swans side all evening, his shot on 14 minutes was cleared off the line by Sam Turl.  The game continued on the same end to end theme until the 32nd minute when Atkinson skipped past two visiting defenders and chipped keeper Ollie Hall to put the home side ahead.  Hall was called into action two minutes later to save at the feet of Atkinson after a great through ball split that Swans defence.

Within a minute Hall was called into action diving full stretch to his right to keep out a Cinderford free kick from 25 yards as the home side dominated the play.  It wasn’t long before the Swans conceded a second, Adam Mace tried to head the ball back to Hall along the ground but misjudged to allow Nick Harrhy to nip in and round the keeper to double the home sides lead.

Slimbridge introduced Marley Thomas for the second half replacing Mace.  Cinderford were unlucky not to score on 47 minutes when Harrhy shot over from 5 yards after a delightful cross by Atkinson.  The visitors deservedly got onto the score sheet 7 minutes into the second half when Joe Wilton was pulled down in the box by Edge, with substitute Thomas dispatching the resulting penalty kick.

Both sides continued to play spells of fast flowing entertaining football with a number of chances being missed at either end.  The Swans drew level on 67 minutes, Luke Payne working hard in the middle getting the ball to Thomas whose cross from the right was met by the on rushing Nathan Payne to tap in.

Cinderfords lead however was restored less than ten minutes later when Harrhy skipped through the Swans defence and slotted home past Hall.  Neither side gave up searching for more goals, however it was the Swans keeper that had the last chance of the game going up for a corner and heading narrowly over.  

Team: Hall, Turl ©, Mace (Thomas 45), Pring, Squires, Turner(Twyman 71), L Payne, Birkett, N Payne, Harper-Emerson, Wilton(Stokes 71)

MoM: Henry Birkett

Att: 69

 
Mangotsfield United 1-2 Slimbridge
Saturday 30th September
The Swans capped a very productive week, which produced seven points from a possible nine, with their first ever win at Cossham Street. Slimbridge completing a double of wins over Bristol Clubs following their victory over Manor Farm last Saturday. A committed and hardworking performance saw Kieran Squires and Joey Stokes put them in the driving seat, before Laurent Davis-Wilson reduced the deficit, but the Swans held on to record another impressive victory, which lifts them up to eighth in the Division.

The first half was played at a frantic place, but both sides created few opportunities to show for their endeavours - Joe Stokes’ effort which was off target was the best of the early chances, while, on 12 minutes, Steve Davies’ header from a corner was wide for the hosts as the game refused to settle down.

On 15 minutes, Adam Mace’s effort brought a good save from Mangos Keeper George Dorrington, and 10 minutes later, Henry Birkett’s long range effort was just over, as Slimbridge controlled the game, but were unable to make their dominance count.

As the game reached the half hour mark, Dean Turner and Marley Thomas combined well for an effort which was saved by Dorrington, and, as the Mangos broke, Jordan Williams’ shot was deflected for a corner, with the Swans back line holding firm.

Slimbridge took the lead on 39 minutes, when Kieran Squires met Adam Mace’s corner with a towering header to give the visitors the advantage.

Mangotsfield rallied, and Jay Malpas was off target when presented with a decent effort, before at the other end Birkett brought a superb stop from Dorrington as the Swans broke, to leave the visitors ahead at the half.

As was to be expected, Mangotsfield came out of the traps after the break, and Slimbridge were forced into a long period of defending - Malpas, Jake Sinclair, and Davis-Wilson had the best of the early opportunities, the latter of which saw Ollie Hall tip an effort over the bar to maintain the Slimbridge lead.

On 74 minutes, Hall again made a great save from Malpas, and can be credited with an assist as Slimbridge broke forward from the loose ball. Marley Thomas played the ball through to Stokes, and he placed the ball neatly past Dorrington to double the visitors’ advantage.

Two minutes later, Mangoes finally made a breakthrough, when Davis-Wilson finished off a pass from George Loyd, but the host’s hearts never really seemed in the game, and a goalline clearance from Jack Twyman on 84 minutes represented the last real threat.

Thomas, Turl and Nathan Payne all had good chances before the final whistle to increase the score, but the final whistle saw great celebrations from players and officials as the Swans completed a memorable Southern League week.

Team: Hall, Turl, Squires, Pring, Thwaite, Turner, (Luke Payne 70) Twyman, Birkett, Stokes (Harper-Emerson 76), Mace (Nathan Payne 82), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Rich Thwaite


 
Kidlington 2-2 Slimbridge
Thursday 28th September
The Swans made it four points from the last two games on an eventful evening at Yarnton Road to move up to ninth in the table.

Although the result probably reflects the balance of the game on the night, it took a late goal four minutes from time to snatch a point for the home side, after Kieran Squires had seen red for Slimbridge. Adam Mace put the Swans into the lead in the first half, but Amclet Odhiambo levelled things up just after the break. Rich Thwaite looked to have won it for the Swans with a goal 12 minutes from time, before Lewis Coyle got the second equaliser.

Slimbridge definitely bossed the first half on an appalling night of heavy rain in Oxfordshire, although Kidlington had the first decent effort when Darius Brown brought a good save from Ollie Hall with seven minutes on the clock.

At the other end, Slimbridge Man of the Match Dean Turner was combining well with Marley Thomas, and Thomas’ dangerous cross a minute later found no-one able to convert.

With 17 minutes gone, Korey Pring met a corner with a great header that was just off target, before Turner was too high with an effort from the edge of the box five minutes later.

On 24 minutes, Slimbridge excellent approach play was rewarded - Thomas made a good run down the right flank, and Kidlington Keeper Sam Warrell spilled his cross, allowing Adam Mace to bundle the ball home.

Ten minutes later, it could have been two, but Joe Stokes’ glancing header from Mace’s cross beat Warrell, but edged just the wrong side of the post.

Hall was called upon to make a point blank stop from Ben Brown a couple of minutes later, and Slimbridge again could have extended their lead before the break, but Henry Birkett and Mace were both foiled in their efforts.

Kidlington brought on Lewis Coyle at the break, and came out of the traps with renewed vigour for the second half - Coyle forcing an early save from Hall after good work to make space for himself.

With 53 minutes gone, the equaliser came closer for the hosts, when Mark Janes’ effort came off the Slimbridge post, but a minute later, the sides were level.

Coyle made another penetrating run at the Slimbridge defence, and slid the ball to Odhiambo in space, and he beat Hall to even things up.

For a while, the game turned into a battle between Coyle and the Slimbridge defence - he was just off target on 59 minutes, and then brought another good stop from Hall three minutes later.

Hall was harshly penalised for what the Referee Ben Williamson deemed picking up a back pass shortly afterward, but Coyle’s effort this time was way too high.

With 15 minutes remaining, having ridden out the storm, Slimbridge took the lead again - Twyman and Thomas combined well, and Rich Thwaite was on hand to sweep home Thomas’ cross and restore the visitor’s advantage.

Four minutes from time, Squires and Coyle jumped together for a ball, and the Slimbridge defender was shown a straight red card by the Referee, much to the bemusement of both sets of players and club officials.

From the resulting free kick, and as the Swans were still reorganising, Coyle got the goal that his play deserved to even things up for the second time.

Kidlington had their tails up again, and battered the Slimbridge goal for the remaining time - Hall pushing a Coyle free kick onto the post in stoppage time.

When the teams last met in the Hellenic League, Kidlington were denied what would have been an equalising goal by the Referee blowing for time as a shot was on it’s way into the net, and the final whistle was again mired in controversy.

After signalling a minimum of six minutes stoppage time, the Referee blew for time having played less than than three, to the anger of the home side, bringing to an end a very entertaining evening’s football.

Team: Hall, Turl, Squires, Pring, Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Birkett (Luke Payne 62), Stokes (Harper-Emerson 75), Mace (Nathan Payne 75), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Dean Turner


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Slimbridge 2-1 Bristol Manor Farm
Saturday 23rd September
You can normally guarantee entertainment when Slimbridge and Bristol Manor Farm meet, and, even after a three year break while the clubs were in different leagues, normal service was resumed in an eventful afternoon at Thornhill Park.

Farm demonstrated why they were top of the pile and unbeaten in the League with some very impressive play, especially in the first half when Aaron Robbins put them ahead, but they were more than matched by the Swans, for whom Kieran Squires and Nathan Payne both opened their Southern League accounts, as Slimbridge inflicted Farm’s first defeat of the season, and record their first home points of the campaign.

The first half was real end-to-end stuff - Jordan Metters was off target with an early effort on three minutes, while the Swans replied a minute later after Joey Stokes and Marley Thomas combined well to win a corner, which saw Kieran Squires’ header saved by Farm Keeper Ashley Clark.

As the teams traded chances, Dean Stamp was off target for Farm after good work from Ben Bament at the scoreboard end while Henry Birkett saw his long range effort go wide before ten minutes were on the clock.

Marley Thomas was looking a constant threat for the home side, and his mazy run and shot on 17 minutes was just off target.

As the home side pressed, Adam Mace’s effort was wide after the ball came to him on the edge of the Farm box, but Farm hit back, and Stamp’s header from Lloyd Mills’ cross was over the bar as the play flowed from end to end.

Just after the half hour, Farm took the lead - Aaron Robbins made some room for himself on the edge of the Slimbridge box, and a neat turn saw him make space to drill home past Ollie Hall and out the visitors in front.

With momentum behind them, Sam Gilbert and Jordan Metters combined well, but Metters’ effort was just over as Farm sought to capitalise on their lead.

Five minutes before the break though, it was level as Kieran Squires met Adam Mace’s cross with a towering header to level things up at the half.

The second period didn’t quite match the entertainment factor of the first, but was still a great advertisement for Southern League football.

With Slimbridge pressing hard, Thomas had a dangerous looking effort blocked, and then was again foiled after being played in by Jack Twyman.

Farm were also looking dangerous though, and a mix up between Korey Pring and Swans Keeper Ollie Hall saw the Swans concede a corner, which Slimbridge cleared.

On 68 minutes, Steve Kingdon headed over for Farm after a good Free Kick from Metters, as the game again started to swing from end-to-end.

Slimbridge Manager Freddy Ward made a substitution on 69 minutes, bringing on Nathan Payne for Joe Stokes, and was instantly rewarded - Adam Mace made room for himself to shoot on his left foot on the edge of the Farm box, and despite a supernb stop from Mace’s effort by Clark, Payne was on hand to knock home the rebound and put the home side into the lead for the first time.

As Slimbridge pressed to try and increase their advantage, Thomas had an effort saved after good work from Jack Twyman.

With ten minutes remaining, Referee Phil Stayings spotted a tug on Farm’s Stamp in the Slimbridge box and awarded a penalty to the visitors. Harley Purnell stepped up to take the kick but blasted his effort high over Ollie Hall’s crossbar.

Farm could still have pulled it back, and with five minutes remaining, Stamp had an effort blocked.

In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Thomas found himself through on goal, but Clark again made a good stop, and the Swans played out time to record a memorable victory.

Slimbridge face two away trips this week - they travel to Kidlingon on Wednesday (7.45pm), before making the journey to Mangotsfield United next Saturday (3.00pm)

Team: Hall, Turl, Squires, Pring, Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Birkett (Luke Payne 84), Stokes (Nathan Payne 69), Mace (Harper-Emerson 78), Thomas


 
Swans looking forward to Non League Day
Tuesday 19th September
Slimbridge AFC are looking forward to supporting Kick It Out and Fans For Diversity on Non League Day, October 7th, when they host Hartley Wintney in the FA Trophy at Thornhill Park.

Along with Altrincham, Metropolitan Police, and Solihull Moors, we have dedicated our fixture to football’s equality and inclusion organisation. The planned activity at the four clubs on Non League Day will seek to encourage greater engagement with a diverse range of communities, including local residents, young people and more.

In conjunction with Slimbridge Youth FC, there will be a range of pre-match activities supporting the campaigns, with players from both teams wearing t-shirts recognising Kick It Out and Fans For Diversity during the pre-match warm up, and supporters in attendance welcomed with badges, stickers, wristbands, fan clappers. The Club will be running competitions in conjunction with the Slimbridge Youth FC for groups of local young people who will join players of both teams for a mixed team photo behind a 'Kick It Out' Banner..

Slimbridge AFC Press Officer Tim Blake said "We’re delighted to be involved in such a high profile national initiative and to give our support as a club to both Kick It Out and Fans for Diversity. We are very well aware of Hartley Wintney’s previous good work with these campaigns, so it will be a pleasure for both clubs to work together to promote this Non League Day Initiative - Until 3.00pm, of course, when there is a football match to be won!"

Slimbridge Youth FC Chairperson Emma Bond said "At Slimbridge Youth Football Club, we promote fun, friendly and professional football for boys and girls of all abilities. We use the positive power of football to create equal opportunities and diversity for anyone and everyone, so we are very pleased and proud to be involved in this initiative."

Anwar Uddin, who leads on the Fans For Diversity campaign, is delighted to continue supporting Non league Day and believes this year's partnership work will be the mosat impressive so far. "It's vital for the Fans For Diversity campaign to engage with supporters at all levels of football - not just the professional leagues - and that's why I'm so pleased that we are able to continue promoting our messages of diversity and inclusion in non-league football. As someone who's played and managed in non-league, I firmly believe we have to keep working hard to tackle discrimination at this level and ensure it's an environment that is welcome to everyone.'

Roisin Wood, Chief Executive of Kick It Out, is equally pleased that the organisation has continued its support of Non League Day this year. "Kick It Out has been a proud supporter of Non league Day for six years now and know just ho important it is to support clubs as they seek to engage a diverse range of the community in their local area. The Fans For Diversity campaign has been a powerful tool to encourage supporters to celebrate the diversity we have in football and I look forward to this year's activities emphasising the message that our game is inclusive - we should all feel excited about supporting our local club."

 
Slimbridge 0-2 North Leigh
Saturday 16th September
Two late North Leigh goals saw the visitors leave Thornhill Park with all three points, after both sides were very evenly matched for most of the game.

With just six minutes left on the clock, Swans’ nemesis George Seacole pounced on a defensive error to put the visitors ahead,http://www.spiwatches.com/ and a penalty for North Leigh with the last kick of the match from Michael Hopkins gave a very even game a lopsided scoreline. There will be plenty for Manager Freddy Ward to work on in the week ahead of the visit of Bristol Manor Farm next Saturday.

It was a very entertaining and even game thoughout, with the first decent chance going to the visitors on three minutes - Swans’ Keeper Ollie Hall making a great stop from Eddie Stevens’ effort.

Four minutes later, Slimbridge had their first good opportunity, but Marley Thomas’ effort was just off target after good work from Dean Turner had set him up.

North Leigh had a decent spell around the twenty minute mark, but Seacole was unable to take advantage of a good chance, while Josh Thomas brought another good stop for Hall with a dangerous shot on the half hour.

It was not all North Leigh though, and Dean Turner was just too high with a good effort at the other end, before Seacole just failed to get in the end of a penetrating cross from Connor Waldron a couple of minutes later.

Thomas had probably the best chance to break the deadlock for the visiting side after a good break down the North Leigh left, but scuffed his shot wide after he had done the hard work in making space for himself, to leave the scores even at the break.

The second half very much followed the pattern of the first and Rich Thwaite made a couple of good blocks to efforts from Seacole and Waldron, while Henry Birkett’s early effort was the best Slimbridge attempt of the early second period.

On 56 minutes, Seacole had a header ruled out for offside by Referee Sarah Garrett, who had a very impressive afternoon.

After Birkett’s long range effort was saved by North Leigh Keeper Manny Agboola, the game looked as if it was beginning to drift towards a draw, as Hall made another good stop, this time from Michael Hopkins.

Hall made two further good stops from Sean Wood and then Seacole again, while at the other end, Joe Stokes charged down a clearance from Agboola, only to see the ball run out for a goal kick.

With six minutes remaining, the deadlock was broken - Rich Thwaite mishit a back pass to Hall, and Seacole pounced to convert and put the visitors ahead.

As North Leigh sensed victory, Adam Mace was forced into a goalline clearance from Will Wellon’s header.

Two minutes into stoppage time, Thwaite was penalised for a tackle on Thomas, and Hopkins stepped up to convert the penalty, which proved to be the last kick of the match.

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Thwaite, Turner, Twyman (Luke Payne 69), Birkett, Lawson (Stokes 75), Nathan Payne (Harper-Emerson 60), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Ollie Hall

 
 
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