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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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John Ashplant Funeral Arrangements
Tuesday 7th November
John's funeral will be held on Monday November 13th, as Dursley Tabernacle Church, Parsonage Street, Dursley GL11 4BT at 1pm.

Following the service, there will be refreshments provided in the Clubhouse at Thornhill Park.


 
Bishops Cleeve 1-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 5th November
This was a typical local derby - it was frantic, bad tempered at times, contained little football of note, and featured two penalties and a sending off.

For a long time, it looked as if Cleeve were on their way to a second win on the bounce, after Elliot Kennedy's first half penalty. However, a second spot kick ten minutes from time, stuck away for the visitors by Adam Mace level led things up. The result suited the Swans far more than the Mitres, who remain five points from safety at the bottom of the table, while Slimbridge remain in mid table, albeit only three points away from a Play Off place.

Following an impeccably observed minutes silence for Swans Committee Member John Ashplant, who sadly passed away this week, the tempo of the game started high and never dropped, as the players scrapped for local bragging rights - Slimbridge throught they had made the first breakthrough on 11 minutes, when Max Harper-Emerson converted Marley Thomas' cross, only for the goal to be ruled out for offise.

The Swans were having the better of the early exchanges, and Dean Turner brought a good stop from Mitres Keeper Sam Gilder five minutes later as the visitors sought to drive home their territorial advantage. Thomas' effort from Ollie Halll's clearance was agonisingly off target as the Swans pressed forward.

It was 23 minutes before Cleeve created their first real opportiunity on goal, when Kennedy found himself through one on one with Hall, but the Swans Stopper made a good save at the striker's feet.

On the half hour mark, the visitors took the lead - Jack Watts broke down the Slimbridge left flank, and collided with Hall as he looked to shoot. Referee Jack Shephers awarded a spot kick to the hosts, and yellow carded Hall. The penalty was well tucked away by Kennedy to put Cleeve ahead.

Bouyed by the goal Cleeve had a spell of pressure, and Hall made a good stop to deny Watts a couple of minutes later.

The Swans lost influential midfielded Dean Turner to a knock ten minutes before the break, as Freddy Ward replaced him as the Swans held on to reach the break.

The second half saw more of the same - Jack Twyman was just wide for Slimbridge after turning his man five minutes in, while Kennedy, Watts and Ben Hands were all well off target for the home side.

On 63 mintes, Ben Tunnicliff went up for a header with Ward leading with his elbow, and was lucky to escape with just a yellow card, after a robust exchange of views between both sides had settled down.

The resulting Free Kick saw Ward head home Mace's cross, only to see his effort ruled out again for offisde.

With ten minutes remaining, the scores were evened up - Marley Thomas was brought down by Gilder as he raced into the Cleeve box, and Mace held his nerve to convert the spot kick to level things up.

as both teams pressed for a winner, Tunnicliff came in late on Ollie Hall during a scramble in the Slimbridge box, prompting another session of handbags, and a second yellow card for the Cleeve defender.

Slimbridge had a great opprtunity to win the game in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but Twyman was just off target with a header from Thomas' cross, to see the side sharing the points at the final whistle.

Slimbridge next host two league games at Thornhill Park - Evesham United visit next Saturday (3.00pm) before Yate Town make the short trip up from Bristol the following Wednesday (15th, 7.45pm)

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner (Ward 35), Twyman, Birkett, Lawson, Harper-Emerson (Squires 80), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match; Adam Mace


 
Tonight’s Committee Meeting Cancelled
Thursday 2nd November
As a mark of respect for John Ashplant, tonight’s Committee Meeting has been cancelled. We shall reconvene at Bishops Cleeve on Saturday.


 
A very sad day for the Swans Family - John Ashplant
Wednesday 1st November
Everyone in the Swans family are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of long time supporter and long serving Committee Member John Ashplant earlier today after a long illness.

Our love, thoughts and prayers go to Ange, and the rest of John’s family and friends from everyone here at Thornhill Park.

Details of John’s Funeral will follow in due course.



We know for sure when the bus drops John off at the pearly gates, the driver will have been informed that John knew a far quicker route to his destination than the one taken. And it was one that would have avoided the busy main roads. 

Also, he would have sold everyone on the bus a Predict the Score ticket!

RIP Johnny, we’ll all miss you very much…

 
Freddy - "This team will only get better..."
Monday 30th October
Slimbridge Manager Freddy Ward professed himself "very encouraged" by the Swans' start to the new Southern League Season, which has seen the Slimbridge pull off some very noteworthy victories - winning at Mangotsfield United, beating Leaders Bristol Manor Farm and winning on the road at Barnstaple Town probably the pick of the early bunch of results. The Club currently sit in tenth position in the League, but only three points off the Play Off spots, with a very healthy points total already compared to their previous two seasons at this level. 

"It's a big learning curve for a lot of the lads who are playing at this level for the first time," Ward said, "but they're all making progress and learning quickly what happens when you don"t take your chances. But for our team to be competing with the other big hitters in this League is a massive achievement in itself, and I'm delighted with the start to the season, although there are always more things to work on!" 

The Swans have had a run of games where they have conceded late on, and Ward puts this down to a combination of factors - "Sometimes it's just lack of concentration or a little defensive naivety", he said, "but most importantly, I think it is down to a lack of experience. The average age of the side is fairly young, so this aspect of our game will only improve as the team gains that experience and learns what you need to do to play games out at this level."

Slimbridge head to bottom side Bishops Cleeve on Saturday (3.00pm) very aware that their hosts are coming off their first win of the season, a thumping of Shortwood United. "Derby games are always tight affairs", Ward said, "and there are no easy games at this level, so we will need to be at our best, but if we continue to play the football we have so far this season, there's no reason why we can't go there and get a result."
 
Bideford 3-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 29th October
The Swans returned pointless from one of their longest trips of the season, after three goals in the last fifteen minutes from the home side took Bideford into the top five places, after a game that never really caught fire until that point. Slimbridge are now in tenth place in the League, with a three point gap between them and sixth place.

The Swans made a dream start and were one goal up with barely thirty seconds on the clock. Max Harper-Emerson went on a dangerous run and Henry Birkett fed Joe Wilton, who shot on the turn. Wilton’s effort took a massive deflection off James Mayne, and looped over Bideford Keeper Steve Oliver and into the net. Wilton was officially credited with the goal, to record his second strike at Southern League level.

After a foul on Marley Thomas a couple of minutes later, Adam Mace’s Free Kick was off target, while Bideford’s first effort came on seven minutes, when Louie Roberts was off target with his effort.

Wilton was looking dangerous, and very nearly chased down a misplaced back header from Scott Beattie, but Oliver just reached the ball ahead of him to clear.

Slimbridge continued to work hard and press the opposition, and nearly had their second on 16 minutes, when a scramble in the Bideford box initiated by Thomas, saw Rich Thwaite just off target.

After the teams had exchanged off target efforts - Birkett for Slimbridge and Billy Tucker for Bideford, another two good opportunities went begging for the visitors, as Twyman’s effort was just off target, and Thomas saw Oliver save at his feet after great work from Twyman, Birkett, and Harper-Emerson.

Bideford’s best effort of the half by a mile was Sean Downing’s free kick, five minutes before the break, which saw a superb stop from Ollie Hall to keep the Swans ahead at the Half.

A period of early pressure in the second period from the home side was only to be expected, and Ben Seymour’s effort, followed by a series of corners, saw the Swans pushed back and having to defend, but they held firm as Bideford continued to stutter up front.

Slimbridge were still creating their own chances - Thwaite’s header was just wide from Thomas’ cross, and Thomas couldn’t convert another goalmouth scramble, as the Swans had chances to increase their advantage.

With 15 minutes remaining, Bideford equalised, when Ryan Turner headed home a flicked on cross, and the momentum of the game swung completely to the home side.

Five minutes later, Exeter City Loanee Ben Seymour worked his way into the Slimbridge box, and looked like he had lost the opportunity to shoot, but then regained possession and shot past Hall to put the hosts ahead.

A second for Seymour in the third minute of stoppage time after a quick break as Slimbridge pushed forward finished the afternoon off on a disappointing note for the visitors, who now look forward to visiting Kayte Lane next Saturday when they travel to take on Bishops Cleeve (3.00pm)

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner, Twyman, Birkett (Lawson 78), Wilton, Harper-Emerson, Thomas

Manager’s Man of the Match: Dean Turner


 
Slimbridge 2-2 Taunton Town
Wednesday 25th October
Taunton may have come to Thornhill Park looking to extend their lead at the top of table to six points, but they came within a minute of going home pointless, after a hard working and committed Slimbridge side came close to one of the big upset results of the season. All the goals came in the last 20 minutes, and Taunton twice had to come from behind to take a take a point back down the M5. Two goals from Marley Thomas put the hosts ahead twice, but goals from Omar Simpson and Pierce Mitchell snatched a draw that was probably a fair outcome of the evening.

The result moves Slimbridge up a place to eighth in the table ahead of their second trip to Devon in a week on Saturday, when they make the journey to Bideford (3.00pm).

The first half saw a series of wasted chances for the visitors, but with the Swans always looking dangerous on the break - the early exchanges saw Dan Sullivan’s effort in the first minute for the visitors cannon off the Slimbridge bar and over, while Adam Mace was closest for the home side, just off target from a free kick on the edge of the Taunton box after Max Harper-Emerson had been fouled on nine minutes.

Sullivan was off target with another effort a minute later after being set up by Matt Wright, but again Slimbridge hit back - Harper-Emerson’s dangerous cross across goal eluding any incoming Slimbridge men as the play swung from end to end.

On 26 minutes, Dean Turner, Harper-Emerson and Thomas combined well, only for Joe Wilton to see his header just off target in a sweeping attacking move.

Sullivan continued to create chances for Taunton, and Swans Keeper Ollie Hall needed to be alert to keep out his effort on 34 minutes, and then produce another good stop three minutes later from Ryan Brett.

As Taunton pushed for a breakthrough before half time, Mitchell, Ollie Chamberlain and Ross Staley were all off target, while the last chance of the half went to Slimbridge, with Thomas bringing a good save from Taunton Stopper Lloyd Irish just before the half.

The Swans came out buoyed by their first half performance, and Jack Twyman and Harper-Emerson worked an early opportunity, only for Irish to bring out a good stop to Harper-Emerson effort three minutes into the second period.

On 64 minutes, a superb strike by Taunton Substitute Ben Palmer was matched by an equally impressive tip over from Hall, before the last twenty minutes exploded into goal action.

Firstly, on 70 minutes, Marley Thomas broke down the Slimbridge left, beat two men, and slid the ball past Irish from what looked an impossible angle to put the home side ahead.

Taunton responded well, and seven minutes later, they levelled things up, when Omar Simpson was allowed too much space down the left flank, and he beat Hall to notch the equaliser.

Four minutes later, the home side’s advantage was restored when Thomas again made the most of a quick break to score his second of the evening and restore Slimbridge’s lead.

In the last minute of normal time, Taunton pulled the game back for a second time, when a Free Kick into the Slimbridge box saw Pierce Mitchell head home the second equaliser. Despite the late setback, this was another hugely encouraging result for Freddy Ward’s young side, and the final whistle saw the team applauded from the pitch by a highly appreciative home crowd.

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner, Twyman, Birkett (Squires 83), Wilton (Lawson 68), Harper-Emerson, Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Marley Thomas

 
Barnstaple Town 0-3 Slimbridge
Saturday 21st October
Swans' Manager Freddy Ward said that his side's performance was 'Immense' as they took three points with a comfortable victory over Barnstaple Town in Devon this afternoon. Goals from Marley Thomas and Adam Mace in the first half, topped off by a debut Southern League goal for Joe Wilton saw Slimbridge make their way back up the M5 with a real spring in their step ahead of Wednesday's clash with League Leader Taunton Town at Thornhill Park (7.45pm). Keeper Ollie Hall also made a huge contribution to the win, saving a late Lloyd Gardner Penalty to maintain the visitor's advantage.

'I was so proud of the lads', Ward reflected afterwards, 'The win was totally deserved, and to be honest we could have had six!’

After an even start in dreadful conditions the deadlock was broken by the visitors with two quick goals around the half hour mark - firstly, in the 27th minute, Wilton set Marley Thomas in, and he made no mistake, and then, five minutes later, Wilton again claimed an assist, as his initial effort was saved by Barnstaple Keeper Neal Osborne, but Mace was on hand to finish off the rebound.

The game was secured with 15 minutes remaining, when Wilton got the goal his play deserved to seal the points for the visitors.

A late penalty for Barnstaple saw the hosts with the chance to get on the scoresheet, but a combination of Ollie Hall and the Slimbridge crossbar kept Lloyd Gardner’s spot kick out, and it was a jubilant Swans side celebrating a crucial victory at the final whistle.

With eleven games gone, Slimbridge are able to be looking upwards rather than behind them as they are well clear of any relegation battle at this stage of the season, with the win moving the Swans up to ninth in the table, already sixteen points clear of bottom side Bishops Cleeve.

Ward said 'To be two points off the playoffs at this stage of the season, for the size of our club compared to the other big hitters in the league is a a massive achievement in itself.'

Ward also paid tribute to the Slimbridge fans making one of the longest journeys of the season, saying 'They all deserve a special mention, me and the boys really appreciate their support.’

Team: Hall, Turl, Mace, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner, Twyman, Birkett, Wilton, Harper-Emerson, Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Joe Wilton