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V
Taunton Town
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Bideford
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
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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, 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

 
We are proud to support Kick It Out on Non-League Day
Friday 15th September
Slimbridge AFC and Slimbridge Youth FC are proud to support Kick It Out and Fans for Diversity on Non League Day (October 7th), our FA Trophy game against Hartley Wintney. We will be announcing further details of the matchday activities on the day in due course.

Kick It Out will partner with Non League Day for the sixth consecutive year on Saturday October 7th, as four teams dedicate fixtures to football's equality and inclusion organisation.

Altrincham, Metropolitan Police, Slimbridge and Solihull Moors have all selected their home fixtures on Non League Day to recognise the work of the organisation and the Fans For Diversity campaign, which is run in partnership by Kick It Out and the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF).

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.

Altrincham will be focusing on encouraging more women to attend through its Women At The Game initiative, whilst the build-up to the Metropolitan Police game will see Chelsea supporters group, We Are The Shed take on a Non-League Supporters and Ex-Players XI.

At Solihull, the club will be welcoming Asian supporters groups from local league clubs, as well as hosting a Kick It Out themed pop-up stall in the town centre from Thursday 28-Saturday 30 September.

Elsewhere, Slimbridge will be running competitions in conjunction with the Slimbridge Youth Teams for a group of local young people, who will join the players for the pre-match team photo.

In addition, players from all teams involved will wear t-shirts recognising Kick It Out and Fans For Diversity during the pre-match warm up, with supporters in attendance welcomed with badges, stickers, wristbands, fan clappers.

Fans who go to a game on Non League Day can get involved with Kick It Out's work around the initiative by using the hashtag #OurNLD and including a picture themselves at their respective stadium. Supporters are particularly encouraged to take images they feel celebrate the diversity of non-league support - whether that's related to age, disability, faith, gender, gender reassignment, race or sexual orientation.

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."

If you have any further questions about Kick It Out and Fans For Diversity's involvement in Non League Day, please contact Anwar Uddin on Anwar.Uddin@fsf.org.uk








 
Alex Hoyle Injury Update
Sunday 10th September
We have now had it confirmed that Alex's injury is ligament damage, not a break as we originally feared. Alex will be out for between 2-3 weeks, and everyone connected with the club wishes Alex a speedy recovery. See you back soon, Skipper! We would also like to place on record our thanks to Larkhall's Physio Kieran Moden, who helped Tony attend to the injury. Thanks Kieran!




 
Larkhall Athletic 2-2 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 9th September
Swans Manager Freddy Ward professed himself ‘delighted’ as his young side fought back from being two goals down within the first nine minutes, to picking up a point at Plain Ham with a much improved second half display. The comeback was even more notable as Slimbridge were forced into a reorganisation with twenty minutes remaining, losing Skipper Alex Hoyle to a suspected broken ankle.

‘I told them a few home truths at Half Time,’ Ward reflected after the game, ‘and I was delighted the way they responded, and we could even have nicked it right at the end.’

It was a definite game of two halves - Larkhall bossed the first period as the Swans didn’t settle into any rhythm and struggled to cope with the host’s long ball attacks, and after six minutes, with their first real attack, Larkhall took the lead. A long ball forward found Matt Groves, who fed George King, and King gave Slimbridge Keeper Marcus Beauchamp no chance to open the scoring.

Three minutes later, it was two - Joe Tumelty went on a mazy run, and was allowed to create far too much space for himself, before drilling the ball home to double the advantage.

It was not until the 15th minute that Slimbridge managed to have an attempt at the other end - Joe Stokes’ attempted lob beat Larks Keeper Shaun Semmens, but was just too high.

Larkhall were continuing to create good chances, and it took a smart Beauchamp save at the feet of Alex Lambert to prevent another goal, before King’s header was just off target after good work from Geraint Bater.

On 26 minutes, Henry Birkett attempted to emulate his long range scoring effort against Shortwood on Tuesday night, but was just off target, and Larkhall went straight down the other and, and Mason Winter’s effort drifted just the wrong side of the post.

Slimbridge’s best opportunity of the half came on the half hour, when Marley Thomas saw his effort blocked, and then Birkett’s effort from the rebound was saved by Semmens.

Larkhall had two good chances to increase their lead before the break, but Beauchamp was again alert to deny Tumelty, before Bater saw his effort rebound off the Slimbridge post and back into play, leaving the hosts two goals to the good at the half.

Slimbridge came out for the second half with a purpose, and immediately began to control the game far better than in the first period.

Five minutes in, Thomas brought a good save from Semmens, but a minute later, a Jack Twyman through ball was seized on by Thomas, who beat Semmens one on one to get the visitors back into the game.

After Twyman had forced Semmens into another good save, Thomas struck again in the 59th minute, latching onto Birkett’s pass and beating Semmens for the second time one on one.

The momentum had definitely swung to the visitors, and Sean Lawson was just wide with an effort three minutes after the equaliser.

On 70 minutes, a late tackle from Jay Adams left Swans Captain Alex Hoyle in obvious discomfort, and ended with Hoyle being stretchered off the pitch after a ten minute delay with what appears at this point to be a broken ankle.

Slimbridge reacted well to the lengthy stoppage, although Larkhall were trying their luck with some robust challenges, including one that left Sam Turl on the deck just a couple of minutes after play restarted. But, to his credit, Referee Declan O’Shea handled the situation well, and defused the obvious high tensions that followed Hoyle’s injury.

In the second of ten stoppage time minutes, Matt Britton shaved the Swans’ bar with a good effort, and there was plenty of time for Thomas to try and complete his Hat Trick, but his 95th minute effort was off target, and the sides shared the points.

Slimbridge now return to Thornhill Park to host North Leigh next Saturday (3.00pm)

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Mace, Pring (Ward 70), Hoyle (Squires 70), Birkett, Twyman, Stokes, Lawson, Harper-Emerson (Nathan Payne 55), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Marley Thomas


 
Shortwood United 2-1 Slimbridge AFC
Thursday 7th September
The second close encounter between these sides in just over a week saw Shortwood again hold the bragging rights over their local rivals to progress in the GFA Senior Cup.

After Marley Thomas had gone close with two minutes on the clock, Shortwood took the lead on five - Sam Ockwell was allowed too much room in the Slimbridge box, and converted the first corner of the game to put the hosts into the lead.

Slimbridge looked dangerous, and Nathan Payne was just off target before his probing cross somehow eluded Sean Lawson on it’s way across the Shortwood box.

The visitors continued to play some lovely football, but were unable to convert their chances - Payne brought a good save from Shortwood Keeper Harry Pickering, and Rich Thwaite headed just over from a corner as the Swans pressed.

Just on half time, Henry Birkett put the sides level with a 35 yard effort that left Pickering no chance to level things up.

Six minutes into the second period, Shortwood were back in front - the ball was cleared to Adam price on the edge of the Slimbridge box, and again, he was allowed far too much time to pick his spot and place the ball past Marcus Beauchamp.

The second half was a lot scrappier affair, and some very keenly contested tackles saw temperatures rise - Thomas was too high after good work from Max Harper-Emerson, before Will Hawes brought a good save from Beauchamp at the other end.

On 84 minutes, Thomas was felled by Ryan Thwaite as he broke through on goal, and from the resulting free kick, Thomas beat Pickering all ends up, only to see his effort bounce back off the Shortwood post and into play where it was cleared, and the home side hung on to record the victory.

Slimbridge are on the road again on Saturday, when they travel to Bath to take on Larkhall Athletic (3.00pm)

Team: Beauchamp, Nathan Payne, Harper-Emerson (Turl 70), Thwaite, Squires, Pring (Stokes 63), Luke Payne (Hoyle 63), Twyman, Lawson, Birkett, Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Sean Lawson


 
No rest for the Pitch Perfect team....
Saturday 2nd September
Although the Swans had a day off today, for some members of the organisation, it was business as usual.

The Thornhill Park Ground Staff team of Paul Chappell, Ian Wrixon and Ian Blount were at the club, as usual, working on all the behind the scenes activities that rarely get noticed - minor repairs to the clubhouse, making sure the facilities for visiting teams and officials are up to scratch, and, of course, tending to the Thornhill Park pitch, which is attracting so many compliments.

It was recently described by one of our visiting officials in the following glowing terms - '.....stunning, it looked superb and indeed was when we walked onto it.  I have rarely experienced such a good playing surface at this level of football of which I have been involved for many years. '

So, while we were all enjoying our day off, let's say 'Thanks' to Chap, Wricko and Blounty, some of the unsung heroes of any football club, but especially at this level. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, lads!