Larkhall Athletic 4-1 Slimbridge AFC
Monday 21st April
It was always going to be a tough ask for Slimbridge travelling to league Champions Larkhall on the day the Trophy was being presented to the hosts, but, after holding their own in the first period, the Swans self destructed in the second period and were ultimately well beaten. Gifting the home side two of their goals, coupled with the dismissal of Callum Brown meant that Slimbridge had an impossible task after the break, and the home dutifully picked up their 30th win of their 36 League games this season.
It could have been so different though - Larkhall came out of the blocks with purpose, as you would expect, and made a strong start, dominating the first period without creating too many chances as the Swans worked hard to close down their opponents - Steve Bridges went close for the hosts after 17 minutes following good work from Charlie Maddison, and ten minutes before the break, Larkhall had a goal ruled out when Bridges' shot came back off the post to Robert Hobbs who netted, but he was ruled offside.
The Swans made a good start to the second period, and Jamie Martin was too slow to take opportunity of Fred Ward and Harlie Price's good work, but on 54 minutes, it all started to unravel. Tyler Sibbick looped a harmless looking header towards goal, and Scott Gearon, in for the injured Dave Evans, fumbled the ball over the line to put Larkhall one up.
Five minutes later, Callum Brown's two footed tackle saw a straight red card from Referee Cobb, and the Swans were really up against the wall.
Larkhall continued to press, and Scott Lye managed to hit the side netting after good work from Sibbick had sent him clear just before the hour.
Seven minutes later, the lead was doubled - Jacon Gardner's cross was swept home by Siddick to make it two. Two minutes later, it was three - a game of head tennis in the Swans' box saw Freddy Ward's misplaced header nodded home by Siddick to record his hat trick.
Larkhall's third goal in this deadly five minute spell saw Siddick set up Nat Auckland, who drilled the ball past Gearon to put the game away.
Dean Turner's strike after being set up by Adam Mace was no more than a consolation with virtually the last kick of the match, as Slimbridge slumped to their second 4-1 setback over Easter.
The Swans make their final away trip of the season on Saturday when they travel to Hallen (3.00pm) before their final two home games, at home to Larkhall on Wednesday May 30th (7.45pm) and Bridport (May 3rd, 3.00pm).
Team: Gearon, Brown, Mace, Sterling, Tunnicliff, Ward, Turner, Twyman, Price, Martin, Fahy (Butler 67)
Supporters Man of the Match: Dean Turner
Slimbridge 1-4 Winterbourne United
Saturday 19th April
A sluggish display from the Swans saw Winterbourne notch up their second 4-1 victory over Slimbridge this season. The home side never recovered from conceding an early goal from Sam Vile. Vile and Ben Dowdell added further goals before Paul Fahy pulled one back, but a fourth goal for the visitors from Matt Maynard sealed the victory.
Winterbourne took the lead after seven minutes when Voile capitalised on some sloppy play from the home defence to put Winterbourne ahead with the first real attack of the game. Ashley McCrave also went close a couple of minutes later as the hosts made a sluggish start.
Winterbourne were creating the better chances - Dowdell went close on 19 minutes with a shot across goal, before the same player brought a good save from Dave Evans when put throigh one on one with the Swans Keeper.
Slimbridge were further disrupted by a nasty looking knee injury picked up by Jack Rutter just before half time, and which saw him carried from the pitch to be replaced by Dean Turner.
Ten minutes into the second half, Winterbourne doubled their advantage when Vile flicked on a free kick to register his second of the afternoon. Five minutes later, it was game over as Dowdell chased a through ball and nicked it past Evans for the third Winterbourne goal.
Seven minutes from time, Paul Fahy pulled a goal back after Winterbourne KeeperTom Sheppard puch the ball to the edge of his box, and Fahy lobbed the ball back into the net.
The visitors went straight down the other end and scored again, Evans making a good save from Dowdell's shot, only to see the ball rebound to Matt Maynard who slid the ball home to cap a miserable afternoon for the home side.
Team: Evans, Preece, Rutter (Turner 34), Bennett, Tunnicliff, Ward, Fahy, Twyman, Price (Cornock 65), Martin (Lawson 59), Mace
Goal: Fahy 83
Supporters Man of the Match: Callum Preece
Slimbridge 2-2 Brislington
Tuesday 15th April
The Swans will be kicking themselves after throwing away a two goal advantage in the last five minutes, although the result extends their unbeaten run to five games. Two first half goals in two minutes from Harley Price and a Jamie Martin penalty had put the home side in the driving seat, and they looked the better side right up until the end of the game. In the 85th minute, Alex Lambert pulled a goal back for the visitors, and, within a minute, John Moss's header had evened up the scores.
The first half began scrappily, but exploded into life just after the half hour, when Slimbridge went ahead. A Callum Brown free kick was swept home by Harley price to put the home side in front. Two minutes later, a Price flick on had found Jamie Martin, who was bundled over in the Brislington box. Martin took the spot kick himself and converted. Inbetween the two goals, Slimbridge Keeper Dave Evans had made a point blank save from a Jason Hughes' header to keep Brislington out.
Evans was again the hero on 67 minutes when he pulled off another close range save, this time from Danny Barwood's header, and ten minutes from time, then Keeper again stretched to push a long range effort over.
Brislington were not to be denied though, and goals from Lambert, a Free Kick, and then Moss sent Brislington back to Bristol with a share of the spoils.
The Swans entertain Winterbourne United on Good Friday at Wisloe Road (1pm) and travel to Larkhall Athletic on Easter Monday (2pm)
Team: Evans, Preece, Brown, Sterling, Tunnicliff, Turner, Fahy, Twyman, Price, Martin (Chandler 65), Mace (Ward 71)
Goals: Price 32, Martin (Pen) 34
Supporters Man of the Match: Dave Evans
Supporters Player of the Season nominations
Sunday 13th April
Starting on Tuesday night, we will be collecting nominations from the terraces for Supporters' Player of the Season. Although this is not necessarily a determining factor, the players with the most League appearances this season to date are as follows
Dave Evans - 32
Jack Twyman - 31
Dean Turner - 30
Freddy Ward - 27
Liam Harding - 23
Leon Sterling - 23
Jamie Martin - 22
Dan Robinson - 19
Danny Chandler - 17
Adam Mace - 17
Callum Brown - 17
You can register your vote with John Ashplant at Wisloe Road on matchday or Tweet us your vote @slimbridgeafc
Bishop Sutton 2-2 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 12th April
The Swans picked up another point from their fourth game in seven days at Lakeview this afternoon. After a poor start, which saw them trailing to a Bishop Sutton penalty, goals from Adam Mace and Jamie Martin had put the visitors in the driving seat with 20 minutes remaining. However, Bishop Sutton nicked an equaliser back, and the Swans were unable to take advantage of their superiority to pick up the vital winning goal.
The result sees the Swans remain in 16th place, three points above Winterbourne, but with three games in hand on their local rivals. The two sides meet this coming Friday at Wisloe Road.
An uninspiring start on a bumpy pitch saw entertainment at a premium, with the first attempt on goal taking nearly twenty minutes to arrive - Lewis Shipp played in Nathan Legge as the home side pressed, but his shot was well off target.
As was the case on Thursday night, Slimbridge went behind to a penalty. As the game approached the half hour, a clumsy challenge from Callum Preece took down Legge in the Swans' penalty box, and Ryan Radford stepped up to convert and put the home side ahead.
Six minutes later, though, the Swans were level - Harley Price played a nice ball into Mace's feet, and he twisted and turned past two Sutton defenders before netting to equal things up.
Slimbridge had a great opportunity to go in the break ahead, but Price elected to shoot with Paul Fahy in space to his right just before the half, and his shot was well off target, so the teams went in level.
The visitors made far the better start to the second period, with Danny Chadler going close with a volley just 23 seconds into the second period, and Callum Brown's free kick a minute late somehow managing to miss every incoming attacker with Lewis Coombes in the Sutton goal stranded.
With 50 minutes gone, Mace forced a good save from Coombes, and as Slimbridge pressed, Chandler again went close after Preece's shot was deflected into his path.
Sutton were being pinned back and not really creating any decent chances for themselves, but Radford forced Dave Evans into a save on 58 minutes before George Lavender shot well over when he would have wanted to hit the target.
On 67 minutes, the Swans took the lead - Evans long clearance eluded Dan Rosser as it bounced towards the Sutton box, and Jamie Martin, on for Chandler, twisted superbly to loft the ball over the oncoming Coombes and into the net.
The lead only lasted two minutes though as the Swans switched off - a through ball was allowed to reach Radford, who rounded Evans and put the home side back on level terms.
The last 20 minutes were again dominated by the visitors, but misses by Martin, a couple from Harley and Fahy meant that the scores remained deadlocked at the final whistle.
Team: Evans, Preece (Lane 73), Brown, Sterling, Tunnicliff, Turner (Ward 67), Fahy, Twyman, Chandler (Martin 56), Price, Mace
Goals: Mace 35, Martin 67
Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman
Slimbridge 3-1 Longwell Green Sports
Friday 11th April
In their third game of four within a week, the Swans made it seven points from a possible nine with another impressive performance to see off Longwell Green Sports. The home side fell behind to an early penalty conceded after Callum Preece was deemed to have committed a foul, but bounced back quickly with two goals from Jack Twyman and Adam Mace. Danny Chandfler wrapped up the points in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the game.
The win puts even more distance between Slimbridge and the bottom of the table and mathematically confirmed they will be playing Western Premier League football again next season.
Manager Leon Sterling was in an upbeat mood after the game - 'Since Christmas, we have tried to be more competitive and harder to beat as a team, but we were still too inconsistent from one game to the next.' He said, 'So the aim was to get to a level where we were going to play with that consistency. With so many young lads in the squad, it was always going to take time to do that.
'I'm really pleased that everything has come together in the last three games, as we have a much stronger squad. Hopefully we can continue playing well and picking up points until the end of the season, which will keep the majority of the players on for next season and give us something to build on.'
The first good opportunity of the game went to the visitors - Callum Brown's clearance was picked up by Kris Lee for Longwell Green, and Dave Evans slipped as he went to collect his shot. The ball nicked the outside of the Swans' post and went wide. On six minutes, Longwell Green did gain the advantage however, when Callum Preece was penalised for a foul in the box by Referee Richard Morris, and Simon Dew stepped up to convert the penalty.
The lead did not last long - the Swans, playing at a high tempo and moving the ball around well,. stormed back into the game. Jack Twyman slid home the equaliser on ten minutes, and then five minutes later, the ball came to Adam Mace on the edge of the Longwell Green box - his powerful strike gave Keeper Dan Jackson no chance and the home side were ahead.
Longwell Green were playing a very physical game, and the Swans' movement was causing them all sorts of problems - Kyle Knott had to limp off on 35 minutes after a dreadful late tackle that possibly should have been punished further, and temperatures rose as the game approached the break. Paul Fahy replaced Knott from the Sub's bench.Just before the half, Slimbridge nearly notched a third when Jamie Martin and Sean Lawson, who put in a Man of the Match Performance up front for the home side, combined to set up Mace, whose shot was just deflected wide.
The second half saw more of the same - Fahy and Lawson in particular were causing problems every time they ran at the Longwell Green defenders, and more often than not, it took fouls to halt their advance, which stopped the flow of the play. On 62 minutes, Slimbridge again went close - Fahy's shot took a deflection to end up just the wrong side of the Longwell Green post, and on 67 minutes, Slimbridge missed a glorious chance to increase the lead.
Jack Twyman chased down a clearance and played in Lawson, who rounded the Longwell Green Keeper, and then played the ball back across goal when Twyman agonisingly failed to connect with an open goal in front of him.
Slimbidge were dominant now though, and ten minutes later, Mace again went close after good work from Fahy and Alex Hoyle, but the third goal the play deserved still eluded them.
In the second minute of stoppage time, the Swans picked up their third goal - Lawson charged down an attempted clearance from Longwell Green Keeper Jackson, and then unselfishly laid the ball into the path of Chandler, who walked the ball into the net to nail down a very impressive win for the home side.
The Swans now travel to Bishop Sutton on Saturday,(3.00pm) before entertaining Brislington at Wisloe Road on Tuesday (7.45pm). Winterbourne United come to Wisloe on Good Friday (1pm). and on Easter Monday, the Swans travel to Larkhall Athletic (2pm).
Team: Evans, Preece (Ward 72), Brown, Tunnicliff, Hoyle, Turner, Knott (Fahy 35), Twyman, Lawson, Martin (Chandler 56), Mace
Supporters Man of the Match: Sean Lawson
Bitton 0-0 Slimbridge
Tuesday 8th April
A hard working and resilient performance from the Swans saw them pick up another useful point at top six side Bitton, where the teams played out their second 0-0 game of the season. The result moves Slimbridge above Winterbourne to 16th position in the Western Premier League.
In an entertaining encounter, both teams cancelled each other out in the early stages, and it was 17 minutes until the first decent opportunity of the game went to the visitors - Jack Twyman's ball into the box was punched clear by Bitton Keeper John rendell, and Twyman and then Paul Fahy combined to see an effort drift just wide.
Bitton were restricted to long range chances for the majority of the game, but on the half hour, a break involving Luke Bryan and Jacob Jackson had to be stopped by superb tracking back from Danny Chandler to avert the danger.
Before the break, Twyman, Chandler and Jamie Martin all combined well, but Martin's cross was too close to the Keeper, and Kyle Knott made a dangerous break that resulted in a corner, but the teams went in level at the Half.
Bitton tried to up the tempo at the start of the second period, but good work from a solid Swans back four continued to restrict them to long range efforts - Dan Spill had a couple of efforts well off target, while Aysa Corrick was also well wide with another shot from outside the box.
Just after the hour, both sides had their best chances to break the deadlock - firstly, Chandler brought a great save from Rendell with a 25 yard free kick, and Bitton retaliated with Bryan forcing Dave Evans into a good stop. As the game swung from end to end, Twyman and Fahy combined to set up Chandler, who saw Rendell make another good stop.
Bitton had a chnce to nick the points with the last kick of the match, but Leigh Edward-Samuels skied his effort way too high, and Slimbridge returned back to Gloucestershire with a precious point.
Team: Evans, Rutter, Brown, Tunnicliff, Hoyle, Ward, Knott, Twyman, Chandler (Kinnear 86), Martin (Turner 83), Fahy (Mace 75)
Supporters Man of the Match: Freddy Ward
Slimbridge 4-0 Ilfracombe Town
Saturday 5th April
The Swans recorded their third win this season against Ilfracombe Town to notch a morale boosting win ahead of their busiest week of the season. The victory moves Slimbridge twelve points clear of the bottom two, although they remain in 17th place in the Western Premier League, with a couple of games in hand on most of their rivals around them.
Ilfracombe contributed to their own downfall by gifting the home side their first two goals, but this was a much improved display from the home side, and they fully deserved the margin of victory at the final whistle. Danny Chandler's penalty put the Swans ahead with just five minutes on the clock before a howler from Ilfracome Keeper Kurtis Parkin left Sean Lawson with an open goal to double the lead on the hour. Jack Twyman's superb strike added the third with seven minutes left, and there was still time for Dean Turner to round off the win with the last kick of the match.
Slimbridge were forced into a late change when Liam Harding picked up a knee injury in the warm up, and his place in the starting line up was taken by Jack Twyman.
The first real action of the first half saw the home side take the lead = Jamie Martin's run in the Ilfracombe box was halted by a combination of Ian Cockwill and Gary Skinner, and Referee John Law had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Danny Chandler stepped up to convert the penalty with great confidence, to give the home side a lift they needed after their stuttering performance last week.
Slimbridge settled well in the early stages, and were playing the ball around with confidence - Dean Turner was unlucky when his effort following good work from Martin and Jack Twyman just missed the target on 12 minutes, and as the Swans pressed, Alex Hoyle was unlucky to be penalised for pushing as he went to convert Chandler's free kick a couple of minutes later.
The hosts continued to dominate the play, and Chandler went close again with a header that forced a save from Parkin after Jack Rutter's long cross found the striker in space at the far post.
With 25 minutes gone, Martin's audacious long range lob cleared Parkin. but sadly also the bar as the home side pressed for a second goal.
Twyman and Chandler then combined well to set up Paul Fahy, who slipped as he went to shoot, and another chance was lost.
Ilfracombe took the best part of half an hour to create their first decent chance, but Skinner's back post header went wide when he was well placed to hit the target.
Although Martin again went close after Twyman and Kyle Knott had combined well, and Knott set up Rutter for a cross which he overhit, Slimbridge failed to take advantage of their dominance to increase the lead, and went in at the Half with just a single goal advantage.
The second period started well for the visitors, and Slimbridge started to get pressed back as the visitors applied a spell of pressure of their own - Josh Heafield scuffed his shot after Luke Evans had played him through into space in the Swans' box. At the other end, Chandler's header from Callum Brown's Free Kick drifted just wide.
With an hour gone, Slimbridge doubled their advantage - Ilfracombe Keeper Parkin made a serious hash of a backpass, leaving Lawson to walk the ball into the empty net.
Ilfracombe went close again on 63 minutes, when Heafield's turn and shot saw his effort go wide, but Slimbridge remained in control of the game.
Ilfracombe's best opportunity of the afternoon came on 65 minutes, when good interplay between Steve Holland and Evans was halted by a superb Jack Rutter tackle, and the visitors were reduced to long range efforts for the remainder of the game, without really threatening Dave Evans in the Slimbridge goal.
Two goals in the last seven minutes clinched the win for the home side - firstly, Twyman's turn and volley from Turner's cross was certainly a candidate for goal of the season.
With the last kick of the match, Dean Tuner nicked the ball off Mark Clunie and beat Parkin to register the fourth goal of the afternoon and complete a very satisfactory outing for the home side.
Slimbridge travel to Bitton on Tuesday (8th, 7.30pm), before they host Longwell Green Sports (Thursday 10th, 7.45pm), before visiting Bishop Sutton next Saturday (12th, 3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Rutter, Brown, Sterling (Tunnicliff 63), Hoyle, Turner, Knott, Twyman, Chandler (Ward 60), Martin, Fahy (Lawson 55)
Goals: Chandler (Pen) 5, Lawson 60, Twyman 83, Turner 90
Supporters Man of the Match: Alex Hoyle