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Mangotsfield United
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Taunton Town
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Slimbridge 0-2 AFC Totton
Saturday 13th January
Ten man Swans downed by two late goals after captain Hoyle sees red.

In an entertaining goaless first half Slimbridge started the game with a flurry of early corners, the returning Marley Thomas cutting in from the left but was tackled before he could get a cross in.  The resulting corner was cleared to Adam Mace but his cross was blocked for another corner that was cleared by the Totton defence.

At the other end Craig Feeney burst down the right flank to cross for Oluwatobi Adekunle but his tame shot was saved by home stopper Ollie Hall.  Tony Lee’s cross for the visitors was expertly put out for a corner by the Swans Tom Hoskins.  The home sides Jack Twyman was unlucky not to score on 17 minutes hitting the base of the post from 18 yards out after some good build up play on the right.  

Korey Pring then got his head on Feeney’s cross with Curtis Young running in behind ready to pounce, the visitors corner was then turned around the post by Hall. The following corner was put in deep to Young who shot over the bar from 25 yards, After a spell of good possession by Slimbridge on 37 minutes Dean Turner somehow managed to put his diving header from 5 yards out over the bar.  On the stroke of half time Slimbridge were unlucky not to take the lead when Mike Bryant’s header from a corner was cleared off the Totton line.

Slimbridge continued the second strongly Sam Turl finding space on the right to play a cross field ball to Mace on the left threading in Joe Wilton whos shot was well saved by Shame Murphy but cleared back to Wilton who chipped the ball over the keeper unfortunately too high for Bryant to get on the end of.  

Two yellow cards in 7 minutes saw home captain Alex Hoyle take an early bath on 60 minutes, from then on it was an uphill battle for the Swans from then on. Totton piled on the pressure and scored what should have been their opener on 67 minutes but was ruled offside after a discussion between the referee and his assistant who had not previous flagged the offence.  The visiting strike partnership of Craig Feeney and Tony Lee tested home keeper Ollie Hall on a number of occasions, however the home defence held strong.  

The visitors did eventually make the pressure count taking the lead through Charlie Gunson on 75 minutes latching onto a through ball and slotting past Hall.  With the last kick of the game Jack Masterton fed the ball to Lee and his strike somehow crept underneath Hall and into the net at his near post having made the save.


Next up for the Swans is Winchester City at Thorhill Pack on Wednesday at 7.45pm followed by a trip up the M5 next Saturday to face local rivals Evesham United.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Hoskins, Hoyle, Twyman, Turner, Bryant, Wilton (Ponting 80), Thomas (Harper-Emerson 73)

Attendance: 81

Supporters Man Of The Match: Ollie Hall

 
North Leigh 1-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 7th January
Dominant Swans gain well deserved point in game of few clear cut chances.
 

Starting the game kicking down the slope the Swans had an early half chance; Sam Turl’s run down the right providing a pinpoint pass to Max Harper-Emerson who failed to get a shot away from ten yards when well placed.  Jack Twyman on 13 minutes tried his luck with a long range shot but sailed straight into the home keeper Jack Griffiths hands. 

The physical home side took control of the early play not allowing Slimbridge much room on the ball, Piers McGlynn shot from outside the box was well wide.  North Leigh took the lead on 20 minutes Michael Hopkins picked up the ball out wide on the left of the visitors box swung in a cross to the right of the penalty area where Roger James was lurking 15 yards out to volley the ball into the roof of the net leaving keeper Ollie Hall no chance.

From the restart Slimbridge failed to let their heads go down and pressured well looking for an equiliser.  An interchange of passes between Harper-Emerson and Twyman on the right feeding Dean Turner running through the middle but his lob was just over the bar. Tom Hoskins was unlucky to see his hooked shot from a corner just go over the bar, and further linkup play between Turl and Twyman on the right resulting in Turls cross being caught by the home keeper.
North Leigh had two good chances late in the half, Lee Marshalls shot wide after Lorcan Sheehan's initial shot was blocked by Twyman.  George Seacoles breakaway caught the Swans napping, feeding McGlynn who missed the target with only the keeper to beat.  

With two minutes left, Turners cross from the left was headed on by Joe Wilton in the box deflecting out for a visitor’s corner.  Adam Mace returning after a hip injury took the corner on the right swinging in the cross to the far post which appeared to spin a swerve deceiving both sets of players before the home side managed to clear.

North Leigh this time kicking downhill, started the second half strongly with Hopkins shooting wide and former Swans defender Will Wellon getting on the end of a home corner only to head wide also.  The visiting defence of Turl, Korey Pring, Hoskins and Mace were superb all afternoon, Haskins winning the aerial battle in the middle and Mace making a number of exceptional tackles to win possession from the home strikers.

On 62 minutes Alex Hoyle playing in a midfield role burst through the middle of the North Leigh defence who somehow cleared the ball out for a throw on the left. From the throw Mace’s cross was controlled by Wilton on the right and his shot was cleared off the line as the Swans dominated the play.

The Swans deserved equaliser finally arrived on 73 minutes, Mike Bryant playing in Wilton on the left who found room to slip the ball around the advancing Griffiths into the far corner of the net.  Turner was unlucky not to put the Swans ahead two minutes later as his shot flew over after some great link up play between Mace and Bryant.

As the game entered injury time substitute Luke Payne’s dangerous chip into the box resulting in Bryant clipping the ball over.  While a last chance attack for North Leigh saw Mace clear off the line at the far post from a corner.


Next Saturday Slimbridge welcome AFC Totton to Thornhill Park, followed by the rearranced Winchester City home game the following Wednesday.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Hoskins, Hoyle (L Payne 88), Twyman, Turner, Bryant, Harper-Emerson (Dunbar 56), Wilton

Goals: Wilton 73
Supporters Man of the Match: Tom Hoskins
Attendance: 64 

 
Slimbridge 0-1 Cinderford Town
Saturday 30th December
Ten man Cinderford Town hold on to first half lead to take the spoils in local derby game.

Cinderford started the game in dominant mood with early pressure, Robbie Atkinson burst through the Swans defence on 8 mintues but was denied a shot on goal by Tom Hoskins last gasp challenge.  The only goal of the game came on 15 minutes when a visitors corner found Dan Clare unopposed at the back post to head past Ollie Hall in the home goal. 
Two minutes later Ewan Dunbar making his first start for the Swans forced a save from Joe Perry who got his legs to the ball after Joe Wilton had fed the ball through on the right flank.  Cinderford continued to boss the first half, Matt McDonald heading wide from a dangerous cross.  Slimbridge did manage a couple of half chances Mike Bryant’s cross evading Dunbar at the far post and then a Luk Payne shot was claimed by the visitors keeper.  

Nick Harrhy had the ball in the net on 26 minutes but was judged to be offside.  This followed a series of corners to the visitors, Korey Pring deflecting the first at the near post after a shot from Robbie Atkinson, then Hall tipped Clare’s header past the other post before Pring headed the third over his own bar.

Slimbridge came back into the game late in the half, Jack Twyman shooting tamely at Perry, and then Bryant was called offside after his turn and shot on goal. On the stroke of half-time Wiltons shot from the left forced Perry to push the ball around the post and from the resulting corner Luke Payne’s effort was ruled out for offside.

The second half started with home keeper Ollie Hall called into action tipping McDonalds shot past the post.  Dunbar picked the ball up on the Swans right but his cross at the near post was gathered by the visitors keeper.  Clare again caused the home side trouble in the box getting on the end of a long free kick but this time heading wide.

On 55 minutes Mike Bryant collected the ball on the 18 yard box turned his defender and slotted the ball into the corner of the net, unfortunately it didn’t count as he was ruled offside.  The Swans started to control the game searching for an equaliser, substitute Sean Lawson’s cross was cut out for a corner that came to nothing.  

A further turning point for the Swans on 73 minutes, substitute Blaine Waugh saw red for an alleged stamp on Sam Turl.  From this point on the home sides tails were up and they continued to press, Twymans free kick found Payne but his shot was wide.  Then Wilton’s through ball to Lawson was intercepted by Perry. In a rare foray into the Slimbridge half, Hall collected a through ball at the feet of Atkinson.

The last ten minutes saw a Payne cross cut out for a corner from which Bryant headed straight at the keeper.  A free kick out on the left was swung into the Cinderford box, after a couple of failed clearances Tom Hoskins headed over.  The last real chance of the game for the Swans saw Max Harper-Emersons brought down 25 yards from goal, and the resulting free kick from Bryant sailed inches wide.  Although the Swans deserved a point from today’s game, the work rate and performance was several levels above the recent heavy defeats.

Next up the Swans travel to visit North Leigh next Saturday 6th January, looking to kick off the New Year with some much needed points.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Robinson (Harper-Emerson 37), Hoskins, Pring, Turner, Twyman, Payne (Hoyle 84), Bryant, Wilton, Dunbar (Lawson 65)

Attendance 122

Supporters Man of the Match: Korey Pring
 
Shortwood United - Match Postponed
Tuesday 26th December
Todays league match at Shortwood United has been Postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and will be rearranged in due course.

 
Slimbridge 1 – 4 Paulton Rovers
Sunday 24th December
Another bad day at the office for the Swans despite a late consolation.

Slimbridge made the first chance of the game on 7 minutes when Luke Payne fed stand-in striker Jack Twyman but his shot sailed wide of the post.  Five minutes late the visitor took the lead with a solo run from Jack Ball who evaded two Swans defenders to tuck the ball into the net with Ollie Hall beaten.  Within a minute Ball forced Hall to save a fairly tame shot from close range.  Paulton doubled their lead on 22 minutes, Dale Evans shot taking a wicked defection past Hall.  
Slimbridge were forced into an early substitution, Henry Birkett leaving the field having taken a boot to the face in the lead up to the visitor’s second goal and being replaced by manager Fred Ward.

Ball had a chance on 27 minutes skipping past Sam Turl who slipped while trying to make the tackle however his shot was wide of the post.  Twyman at the other end shot wide after some good team interplay from the back.  Slimbridge almost pulled a goal back on 35 minutes with two successive dangerous corners from Ward, the first deflected wide at the near post and the second cleared from the line after a goal mouth scramble.

The half ended with an ambitious free kick on the half way line saw Ward try his luck however the visiting keeper Andrew Hannah was wise to the attempt catching the ball just under the cross bar.

Slimbridge came out at half time looking to pull a goal back, and had a good 15 minute spell a quickly taken Ward free kick to Dean Turner whose cross evaded everyone at the back post.  Joe Wilton put a shot over the bar into the car park on 52 minutes having been fed a pin point through ball from Sam Turl. However the spell ended with an Evans free kick on 69 minutes from 25 yards cannoning off the underside of the bar allowing Joe Hillard a simple tap in to increase the visitors lead.

The Swans failed to give up, debutant Ewan Dunbar was introduced replacing Wilton on 70 minutes.  A minute later Payne’s pass from the left found Mike Bryant who then managed to turn his marker before  slotting into the corner to give the home side something to cheer about.  Slimbridge continued to pile on the pressure for the last 10 minutes of the game but failed to convert a couple of half chances.  A rare mistake in the Swans defence by Alex Hoyle allowed Ball to run in on goal and score his second and Paulton’s fourth of the afternoon.


Next up over the festive period Slimbridge travel to Shortwood United on Boxing day for a 3pm kick-off before hosting Cinderford Town next Saturday 30th December with an early kick-off of 1pm.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl (Harper-Emerson), Robinson, Hoskins, Hoyle, Turner, Payne, Birkett (Ward), Bryant, Twyman, Wilton (Dunbar)

Attendance: 105
Supporters man Of The Match: Mike Bryant 

 
Cirencester 4-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 17th December
A spirited performance by the Swans as they came up against a strong Cirencester team playing on their new 5G pitch for the first time.

The game started at a fast pace with end to end attacks by both sides on the zippy 5G surface.  A Sean Lawson cross early on was collected in the air by home Keeper Mateusz Wieczorek after some great link up play from Henry Birkett and Sam Turl.  At the other end Swans keeper Ollie Hall did well to tip a 20yard shot from Tommy Oulridge round the post and out for a corner.  A few minutes later Oulridge again forced Hall to push a close range shot wide of the post.  As the home side started to dominate the game, they were unlucky not to take the lead when Ben Whitehead headed against the bar from a corner.

It was whitehead who put the visitors ahead on 34 minutes beating two defenders in the box and slotting into the net under the advancing Hall in the swans goal.  The visitors almost equalised two minutes later, an Adam Mace through ball to Lawson on the left and his shot from a narrow angle was pushed around the post by the home keeper.  From the Swans corner, Cirencester gained possession and it was Whitehead who took advantage of the space on the edge of the Slimbridge box to hit a screamer into the top right corner to double the home sides lead.  On the stroke of half time Hall was called into action twice the first a point blank save from Oulridge and then from a close range shot from Henry Spalding.

A change in formation in the second half saw the Swans push forward in search of a goal, a Mace cross from the left was met by Joe Wilton who's header was well saved. On 69 minutes Whitehead completed his hat trick with an individual goal, picking up the ball on the halfway line and passing two swans defenders before slotting past Hall.

Birkett tried his luck from the halfway line but his shot sailed just wide. Late on a Mace cross found Lawson but his shot only found the side netting.  Aiden Bennett completed the scoring for the home side with a close range header beating Mace to the cross in the box.  Unfortunately for Mace he landed awkwardly suffering an injured hip and had to be stretchered from the pitch, however it was not too serious only bruising.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Hoskins, Hoyle(Emerson-Harper 45), Pring, Twyman(L Payne), Birkett, Lawson, Bryant, Wilton(Turner)

Supporters Man of the match: Henry Birkett 

 
Slimbridge v Winchester City - Postponed
Saturday 9th December
Today's game has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

 
Didcot Town 4-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 3rd December
The first chance of the game fell to the home side with Cameron McNeil’s shot being saved by Swans keeper Ollie Hall. Slimbridge then had a really good 20 minute spell with Adam Mace firing wide from 35 yards and then Mike Bryant getting on to the end of a Mace through ball that was blocked by the home keeper Leigh Bedwell and defender Same Elkins.  Another well delivered through ball from Mace over the top of the home defence for Sean Lawson was headed away by the advancing Bedwell under pressure from Lawson.  Joe Wilton’s shot from 25 yards out sailed over after some great interplay from new signing Jake Robinson, Alex Hoyle and Bryant.

The home side then took control with a number of dangerous corners before they put the ball into the back of the Swans net on 32 minutes however this was ruled out for a foul in the box.  A minute later Didcot took the lead through Marlon Agyakwa who slotted home after some good interplay down the right.

Didcot continued to press for the remainder of the half, with Hall called into action spilling a fierce David Murphy shot before a Rich Twaite block stopped Agyakwa getting his shot away on goal. Slimbridge’s then had two chances 5 minutes before half time, Lawson’s shot from Wilton’s cross was deflected wide for a corner then Hoyle’s header from the corner was pushed wide by Bedwell.

The second half started with Didcot on the front foot, Twaite again did well blocking a goal bound shot.  At the other end Korey Pring’s pin point pass found Mace who’s shot was well saved by the home keeper.  Murphy’s cross into the Swans box found the lively Felipe Barcelos but his shot was blocked for a corner.

Hall’s long clearance found Lawson in space and forced Bedwell into a low save under pressure from the chasing defence.  On 56 minutes Didcot were awarded a dubious penaly when Hall was judged to have triped Barcelos wide of the goal.  Hall however pulled off a fantastic save to his right to deny the home side a second goal. It wasn’t long before Barcelos finally got onto the score sheet tapping in from 2 yards after Hall had made another great save but could not hold on to the ball.  

The home side dominated the last quarter of the game with Hall saving Elkins free kick and Seth Humphries firing wide from close range.  With 5 minutes remaining a Barcelos run down the right was pulled back for the on rushing Humphries to fire home from 20 yards to give the home side a 3 goal lead.  The final goal of the game came in stoppage time after yet another great save from Hall was tapped in this time by substitute Ollie Thomas.

Slimbridge: Hall, Pring, Robinson, Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner (Ward 83), Twyman, Bryant (L Payne 45), Lawson, Wilton, Mace. 

Supporters Man of the Match: Korey Pring