Bristol Manor Farm 5-1 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 20th September
Manor Farm demonstrated why they were pre-season favourites for the Toolstation Premier League with a ruthless demolition of the Swans at The Creek this afternoon. Although Slimbridge could point to the continued absence of Jack Twyman, Sean Lawson and Jamie Hammond due to injuries, a suicidal first five minutes saw the Visitors ship two goals, and there was never going to be any way back after that.
Kane Ingram, who tormented Slimbridge all afternoon picked up the first goal, and this was quickly followed by a second from Jordan Metter. With half an hour gone, it was three - Lloyd Mills converting from a corner, and Pete Sheppard made it four ten minutes into the second half. Ben Tunnicliff pulled one back for Slimbridge, but a penalty from Billy Downes completed the rout with seven minutes remaining. The result sees the Swans slip from top to fourth in the table, with Manor Farm moving up to second.
Farm made a very high tempo start and appeared to catch the Swans on the hop - just three minutes were on the clock when Ingram drilled home a shot from the edge of the box, and two minutes later, the lead was doubled when Metters' cross drifted into the far corner to double the lead for the home side.
With Slimbridge given no time to settle, Ingram and Metters combined for a neat 1-2 which saw Ingram's shot just too high with what could have been the third with less than ten minutes on the clock.
Ingram was causing all sorts of problems for the visitors, and had three shots blocked in quick succession before Farm notched their third on 27 minutes. Mills' header from a corner gave Dave Evans no chance, and sent the home side into the break completely in control of proceedings.
The second half saw more of the same as the Swans were pinned back time after time - Ingram was again close on two occasions before Will Hailston's shot took a wicked deflection to record Farm's fourth of the afternoon on 54 minutes.
Ingram again went close on 55 minutes, but his lofted effort landed on the roof of the net, before Slimbridge pulled a goal back on 68 minutes, when Jamie Martin's corner was headed home by Ben Tunnicliff.
With eight minutes remaining, a tackle on Farm's Jack Durrant was deemed a foul by Referee Lawrence, and, despite Dave Evans going the right way and getting his hands to Downes' shot, the ball slipped agonisingly inside the post to put the final touch to a miserable afternoon for the visitors, who will now need to pick themselves up for a trip to Bishop Sutton next Saturday.
Team: Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Freeman (Rich Thwaite 55), Tunnicliff, Ward, Knott (Parrott 55), Turner, Martin, Davies, Fahy
Supporters Man of the Match: Sam Turl
Hallen 1-1 Slimbridge AFC
Wednesday 17th September
Paul Fahy's third goal in two games rescued a point for the Swans at Moorhouse Lane, a result which sees the side remain at the top of the Toolstation Western League on goal difference.
Trailing to an early second half header from Hallen's Luke Mills, Fahy converted a penalty on 55 minutes to level the scores, although it took three superb saves from Keeper Dave Evans to nick the visitors a point from their hosts.
In an uninspiring scrappy first period, the visitors could claim to have been slightly on top, but chances were few and far between - Hallen Keeper Adam Growcott made a good block at the feet of Fahy on 22 minutes, while Evans was called into action just before the break to deny Tom Collett, in the first of a string of saves from the Hallen forward.
Slimbridge also saw a Rich Thwaite goal ruled out for offside following neat interplay between Alex Parrott and Brad Martin, but the teams went in level at the half.
30 seconds into the second period, the home side took the lead, when Luke Mills was left in too much space and he nodded the ball well past Evans to give Hallen the advantage.
The lead was only to last 10 minutes - Sam Turl was brought down on a surging run into the Hallen box, and Fahy converted the penalty confidently to even things up on 55 minutes.
The rest of the match saw the home side pressing hard for a winner, but three times Collett was denied by Evans' acrobatic stops, and the Swans hung on for a valuable point.
Team: Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Tunnicliff, Harding, Knott (Davies 69), Parrott (Turner 55), B. Martin, Fahy, Mace (J. Martin 63)
Supporters Man of the Match: Dave Evans
Slimbridge 2-1 Cadbury Heath
Saturday 13th September
The Swans regained top spot in the Toolstation Western Premier League with a Paul Fahy brace at Wisloe Road this afternoon. Cadbury Heath fought back, and narrowed the deficit through Tudor Alexander with just under 20 minutes remaining, but the home side held on to pick up another valuable three points.
Missing both Jamie Hammond and Jack Twyman, both hobbling around the ground on crutches following injuries in the last week, Slimbridge started at a pace, and had all of the early exchanges - Fahy shot wide after two minutes in the first chance of the afternoon, and Sean Lawson saw two early chances, one of which was blocked, and the second foiled by Heath Keeper Sam Brown's dive at the Striker's feet. Lawson again went close on 7 minutes with a shot that just drifted wide, and Jamie Martin's lob on 16 minutes was just too high, as the home side pressed for an early breakthrough.
It took 20 minutes for Heath to register their first efforts on goal - Craig Parsons and then Rob Scott saw their efforts easily dealt with by Dave Evans.
On 25 minutes, the Heathens defence went to sleep and allowed Fahy far too much room the the penalty box - he placed his shot well past Brown to put the home side ahead.
Slimbridge continued to press, and should have increased their lead, but Martin, Lawson and Fahy all failed to convert good chances.
Just before the break, Lawson pulled up with a hamstring injury, which saw him substituted as a precaution at the break. Heath's best chance came as half time approached, when Matt Huxley got on the end of a dangerous cross, only to see his header drift over the Swans bar, leaving the score 1-0 after 45 minutes.
Heath came out of the blocks for the second period, and Huxley continued to look dangerous - he forced a good save from Evans three minutes into the half after outrunning Nathan Freeman for a through ball, before hitting the side netting following George Boon's cross.
Martin fired after on the hour mark after good work from Sam Turl, but Slimbridge were being penned back, and Warren Collins again went close to equalising after a long cross found him in space.
The Swans second goal relived the pressure and came against the run of play - Kyle Knott played in Fahy, who held off a defender, rounded the Keeper and netted for a superb individual effort to double the home side's lead.
Fahy very nearly picked up his hat trick on 69 minutes, but was foiled by a good save from Brown at his feet as he went to strike.
Heath pulled a goal back on 72 minutes, when Tudor Alexander's long range effort somehow eluded Evans to reduce the deficit, abut despite their efforts Heath could not conjure up a second goal and the home side held on comfortably in the end to pick up another three points.
Slimbridge are at Hallen on Tuesday (7.45pm), before travelling to Bristol Manor Farm next Saturday 3pm for a top of the table clash.
Team: Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Freeman, Ward, Knott (Mace 63), Turner, Lawson (Parrott 45), Martin (Tunnicliff 73), Fahy
Supporters Man of the Match: Paul Fahy
GFA Challenge Trophy Round 2
Friday 12th September
Our GFA Challenge Trophy Round 2 tie against Hallen at Wisloe Road has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th, 7.30pm Kick Off.
Almondsbury UWE 2-2 Slimbridge (Slimbridge win 3-0 on penalties)
Wednesday 10th September
The Swans progressed to the second round of the GFA Challenge Trophy after being given a scare by their opponents. Leading by a first half Adam Mace strike, it looked as if the Swans were going to get dumped out of the competition when they conceded goals in the 80th and 88th minute. However, with a minute remaining, Sean Lawson notched the equaliser to send the game to penalties.
There was a lengthy delay on the hour mark when Jack Twyman, who had only been on the pitch three minutes, was caught on the ankle and had to be stretchered off the pitch, with what was later diagnosed as a broken bone and ligament damage.
But the ties was decided on penalties - Dave Evans saved all three of the Almondsbury efforts, and successful conversions by Mace, Ben Tunnicliff and Lawson sent the visitors through to a home tie with Hallen.
Team: Evans, Turl, Freeman, Rich Thwaite, Tunnicliff, Hoyle, Turner, Parrott, (Twyman 57, replaced by Cole 60) Lawson, Martin, Mace
Saturday 6th September
Our game next Saturday has been changed. As Longwell Green Sports are engaged in FA Cup action, Cadbury Heath will now be the visitors to Wisloe Road. 3pm Kick Off. Longwell Green will now visit us on Tuesday October 7th, 7.30pm Kick Off.
Slimbridge 1-0 Kidlington
Saturday 6th September
The Swans progressed to the FA Vase second qualifying round courtesy of an 83rd minute strike from Dean Turner against their old Hellenic League Rivals Kidlington, just as it looked as if the game was going to extra time. Turner's winning goal sees the Swans rewarded with another home tie in the next round to another Hellenic side - they entertain Oxford City Nomads at Wisloe Road on October 4th.
In a game which quickly settled into a game of attrition between the sides, an entertaining first period saw play switch from end to end - Sean Lawson's early shot which was blocked was followed by a period of pressure from the visitors, although they were unable to carve out any clear chances. After eight minutes, a Slimbridge breakaway saw Hammond go on a powerful run, only to see his shot saved by Kidlington Keeper Matthew Hyslop.
Kidlington's best early chance came on 15 minutes, when a long range shot from Lewis Coyle saw Dave Evans have to be alert to make a good save to keep the scores level.
On 22 minutes, Hyslop was again called into action, this time tipping a superb strike from Lawson onto the bar, and it was Hyslop who was the busier of the two Keepers going into the break - another two great saves, from Jamie Hammond and then Jamie Martin kept things even as we went to half time.
On 58 minutes, Kidlington's Tom Castle deserved better for a superb turn and strike which cannoned back off the Swans post with Evans nowhere, As we went over the hour, two more good chances came for the home side - Rich Thwaite's header from Martin's corner was just wide, and then Lawson somehow failed to convert a Martin cross with the goal gaping in front of him.
The game was decided seven minutes before the end, when Dean Turner picked up a ball on the edge of the Kidlington box and drilled the ball home for the all-important winner. Unfortunately for the Swans, Hammond sustained what looked like a serious ankle injury in the build up to the goal, and had to be carried from the pitch in obvious pain.
The Swans have a GFA Challenge Cup tie on Tuesday at Almondsbury UWE, before returning to Wisloe Road next Saturday when Cadbury Heath are the visitors. This is a change from the original fixture scheduled, as Longwell Green Sports, the original opponents, are in FA Cup action.
Team: Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Freeman, Tunnicliff (Rich Thwaite 61), Hoyle, Turner, Twyman (Parrott 70), Lawson, Martin, Hammond (Irvine 83)
Supporters Man of the Match: Jamie Martin
Slimbridge 2-0 Street
Tuesday 2nd September
The Swans got back to winning ways in the Toolstation Western Premier League with an impressive first half performance at Wisloe Road. which saw goals by Jack Twyman, Sean Lawson and a missed Jamie Martin penalty. The second half saw a more even game as the tempo dropped, but the home side were fully deserving of the three points.
Slimbridge made a great start and were a goal to the good after three minutes - Jack Twyman finishing off a neat move with a good shot from inside the Street box. After Lawson had gone close again, he finished off a neat passing move involving Martin and Jamie Hammond just before the half hour mark to double the lead.
Two minutes into first half stoppage time, Nathan Freeman was floored by Street Keeper Dan Jackson as he attempted to reach a Martin free kick, but Martin's penalty was well saved by Jackson diving to his right to keep the effort out.
The home side allowed Street back into the game in the second period, although chances were scarcer than in the first period - Adam Mace and Sam Turl had good chances for the Swans which failed to convert, while Streets best efforts were shots well off target from Jack Adams and Nathan Truckle.
Slimbridge are back at Wisloe Road on Saturday for an FA Vase qualifying tie against Hellenic League side Kidlington, in a game which kicks off at 3.00pm.
Team: Evans, Turl, Mace, Freeman, Tunnicliff, Ward (Ryan Thwaite 61), Turner, Twyman, Lawson, J. Martin (B. Martin 65), Hammond (Irvine 75)
Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman