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Sat 19th August
Emirates FA Cup Prelim
Slimbridge
V
Cinderford Town
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Sat 26th August
EVO-STIK South League West
AFC Totton
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Mon 28th August
EVO-STIK South League West
Slimbridge
V
Shortwood United
3:00 PM
 
 
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BigFreeBet Challenge Cup 1st Round Draw
Monday 31st July
We have been drawn away to Cinderford Town in this competition, in a game that will be played w/c October 2nd.

A reminder that our Committee Meeting is this Thursday in the Clubhouse at Thornhill Park, 7pm start.


 
Clanfield 2-4 Slimbridge AFC
Sunday 30th July
Goals from Luke Payne, Joe Stokes, Nathan Payne and trialist Sol Wanjau-Smith ensured a comfortable 4-2 victory for the Swans at Clanfield on Saturday afternoon.

Manager Freddy Ward took a squad of 18 to Radcot Road which included 3 trialists and  he also gave starts to newcomers Ollie Hall in goal, Joe Wilton, Kieran Squires, Korey Pring, Luke Payne, Henry Birkett and Max Harper-Emerson.

The Swans went ahead after just 5 minutes when a delightful free kick from Stokes found the head of Luke Payne which gave the home keeper no chance.

Squires left the pitch with a knee injury on 17 minutes and a minute later Clanfield were level.

A good run up the right by Zak Oliver, who had a excellent afternoon for the home side, and his cross was finished well by Mike Duerdon.

Stokes should have put the Swans back in front after 25 mins when  Birkett sent him free but his weak shot was easily gathered by the home keeper.

Stokes made amends five minutes from the break when good work by Sam Turl and Joe Wilton allowed him to finish well from 8 yards out.

Dean Turner nearly increased the Swans lead straight from the re start but his cheeky lob went inches over the crossbar.

On 50 minutes Stokes was guilty of another glaring miss when substitute Josh Beadle set him up with a great through ball but once again poor finishing allowed the keeper to push the ball away.

Adam Mace's run at the home defenders ended with Nathan Payne firing a volley towards goal but the home custodian did well to push the ball away for a corner.

Beadle and Twyman linked up well on 70 minutes which resulted in a Wilton shot going inches past the post.

Nathan Payne finally increased the visitors lead in the 75th minute with a shot from 12 yards which took a deflection on its way into the net.

Clanfield pulled a goal back five minutes later when their Man of the Match Oliver powered a header past the helpless Hall.

The Swans completed the scoring in stoppage time when Wanju-Smith finished of a good ball from Nathan Payne.

Slimbridge have just two friendlies left now, starting with a visit to last season's FA Cup heroes Westfields on Tuesday evening, 7.45pm and then a trip over the Severn Bridge next Saturday when Undy Athletic will play hosts, 3pm k.o.

Team: Hall,Turl,Wilton,Squires,Hoyle,Pring,Turner, Luke Payne,Stokes,Birkett,Harper-Emerson.
Subs all used: Beadle, Twyman, Mace, Nathan Payne, Wanju-Smith, Goodhall, Morris -Edwards.

Referee : Ben James.

 
Smile for the Camera!
Thursday 27th July
It was Pen Pics night at Thornhill Park before training, with our good friend Shane Healey taking a series of player photos for use during the season.





Away from the bright lights, everyone at the club was delighted to welcome back from injury Sean Lawson, who put pen to paper ahead of the current season after 8 months on the sidelines. Sean is working his way back to full fitness and hopes to be available for selection in three weeks time. Great to see you back, Laws!





 
Slimbridge 2 – 4 Gloucester City
Tuesday 25th July
Although Slimbridge fell to defeat against a strong City side they more than held their own for much of the game showing good passing ability and pace in all areas of the pitch.

Swans Sam Turl had the first chance of the game on 4 minutes forcing the visitor’s keeper Alex Harris into action.  At the other end George Forsyth’s headed wide when well placed, while shorlty after the home sides  Nathan Payne then stung Harris’s palms resulting in a corner then was headed just over the bar from Rich Thwaite.

City took the lead on 15 minutes with Eathan Moore latching onto a direct through ball rounding the keeper and slotting home. With both sides playing some neat flowing football on a carpet of a pitch, Moore should have done better on 25 minutes putting the ball well over from 15 yards with clear sight of the goal.

Slimbridge came back into the game and deserved their equaliser on 34 minutes when Payne riffled home from a corner. Gloucester had a couple of half chances leading up to the break but couldn’t find the target.

HT 1-1

With only two minutes on the clock into the second half Jack Twyman put the home side in front with a 25 yard strike in the bottom left corner after some good midfield interplay.

With both sides continuing to play some neat passing football, it was Gloucester’s strength and fitness that started to show with the Swans defence at full stretch Hoyle clearing a goal bound shot off the line on 65 minutes.  City’s equaliser came in the 77th minute, a short corner found Forsyth who made no mistake from 5 yards out.  A minute later substitute Will Morford gave city the lead before Zack Kotawica completed the scoring with 2 minutes remaining.

Swans: Hall, Turl, Mace, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner, Birkett, Stokes, N. Payne, Wilton, Harper-Emerson, Squires, Pearson, L. Payne, Pring, Beadle.

Attendance: 205

Man of the match: Jack Twyman

 
Pegasus Juniors 0-4 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 22nd July
The Swans pre-season campaign continued with a comfortable victory over their hosts at Old School Lane this afternoon.

With all the goals coming in the first period, Slimbridge were never troubled by a Peggy side in the middle of a rebuild, who never really hit their stride during the 90 minutes.

Early chances were all created by the visitors, with Swans’ Man of the Match Joe Stokes having two good efforts early on, which were both well saved.

Slimbridge took the lead on nine minutes, when Jack Twyman and Stokes combined well to set up a chance for a trialist, whose initial header was saved, but who then converted the rebound.

On 18 minutes, Stokes was again close with a free kick that went just wide, but a minute later, Henry Birkett set up Nathan Payne, who drilled the ball home to double the advantage.

Payne was denied by a good tackle a minute later, but on the half hour mark it was three - Stokes’ cross headed home by Birkett.

As the opportunities continued to come for the visitors, Stokes had a good effort saved, and Payne saw his effort come back off the crossbar, before, right on the stroke of half time, Birkett and Stokes combined well, with Stokes hitting home the fourth of the afternoon.

The second half was a quieter affair - Romaine Thomas saw his effort saved when through on goal early on, another Stokes effort brought another good save, and Birkett saw his effort palmed away as the Swans dominated the play.

Dean Turner was next to try his luck, bringing another good save, and Thomas blazed over after good work from Birkett with 15 minutes remaining.

Josh Beadle was also thwarted by the Peggy Keeper in the final minutes, before the whistle blew on another good workout for Freddy Ward’s side ahead of the visit to Thornill Park of Gloucester City on Tuesday (7.45pm). The Swans travel to Clanfield next Saturday (3.00pm)

Team: Gayle, Trialist, Barratt, Hoyle, Squires, Thwaite, Birkett, Twyman, Stokes, Nathan Payne, Luke Payne Subs (All Used): Beadle, Turner, Thomas


 
Stonehouse Town 2-4 Slimbridge
Tuesday 18th July
The Swans started their pre-season campaign with a victory over Stonehouse Town this evening, but were made to battle hard by their hosts.

Slimbridge made a positive start, and Marley Thomas’ early effort which was just too high would not have counted because of an offside flag, but it only took seven minutes for the visitors to take the lead - Marley Thomas playing in Joe Stokes, whose peach of a strike gave the Stonehouse Keeper no chance.

The hosts struck back almost immediately, and equalised straight from the restart before taking the lead on 25 minutes, a scoreline they took into the break.

It was not until the last 15 minutes that Slimbridge regained some momentum, with Trialist Joe Wilton, watched by his Father Russ and Brother Lewis, both of whom have memorably represented the Swans, turning the game on its head in a five minute spell.

Two goals in two minutes from Wilton saw the visitors retake the lead, and three minutes later, he set up Marley Thomas for the Swans' fourth.

After the game. Wilton signed forms to joins the Swans for the forthcoming season, who now travel to Hereford based Pegasus Juniors on Saturday (3.00pm)

Team: Harris, Trialist, Mace, Rich Thwaite, Hoskins, Turner, Twyman, Stokes, Nash, Thomas, Nathan Payne

Subs: (All used) Beadle, Luke Payne, Gale, Barrett, Wilton, Squires



Pics below show Joe Wilton, Sam Turl and Rich Thwaite all signing on for the 2017-8 season

 
Chappie aims for pitch perfection...
Sunday 16th July
Pretty much every day in the close season, Swans' newly adopted Groundsman Paul Chappell has been working on the pitch at Thorhill Park. Judging by the comments from both of our visitors yesterday, his hard work is beginning to pay off.

Swans Spokesman Tim Blake said 'To receive fulsome compliments from both League One and Conference South organisations, as we did yesterday is a a massive tribute to Chappie and Wricko (Ian Wrixon), who have put so much work into the surface here at Thornhill Park. Hopefully it will give Freddy (Ward) and the lads the best possible opportunity to do well this season.'

Gloucester City return to Thornhill Park on Tuesday 25th July for a preseason friendly against Freddy Ward's side, on what is bound to be another memorable occasion in the recent history of the Club. Tony Thornhill, whose family name adorns the ground will be the Slimbridge AFC's  guest of honour at the game.
 


 
Another first for Thornhill Park...
Saturday 15th July
We were delighted to host Gloucester City at Thornhill Park this afternoon when they took on a Bristol Rovers whose 93rd minute equaliser denied the 'home' side a victory. 449 fans went through the turnstiles, and both Gloucester and Rovers have registered their appreciation at the way the event was organised. Swans' Chairman Barry Gay said 'We've received sincere thanks from both sides for the way we have handled today's game. Having Hereford come down last season taught us what we needed to know about handling bigger than normal crowds, and we were very pleased that everything ran so smoothly, and thanks, of course,  go to all our commitee members and volunteers who worked to ensure that the day was a success.'

Gloucester City return to Thorhill Park a week Tuesday  (25th July) to play the Swans' first team.