Bishops Cleeve 3-0 Slimbridge
Thursday 28th April
The Mitres’ gained revenge for their League defeat at Kayte Lane last weekend with a victory that sees them potentially go to the New Lawn on May 9th to face Forest Green Rovers in the GFA Senior Challenge Cup Final, if this venue and date is confirmed by the GFA.
After bossing the first half, the Swans fell behind to a freak goal from Jack Watts, who then proceeded to play a crucial part in securing the home side’s victory with two interventions in the final ten minutes, firstly gaining a penalty which was converted by Elliott Kennedy, and then turning in his second with five minutes remaining to seal the tie.
The Swans had much the better of the first period, and could have had at least two penalties awarded on another day before Watts tried his luck from 35 yards out with five minutes remaining in the half. The ball took a wicked bounce around the penalty spot, and lifted over George Burton in the Swans goal to put the home side ahead.
The second period was a much more even affair, and the game was in the balance until ten minutes from time, when Watts was felled in the box by Swans’ skipper Alex Hoyle, and Kennedy sent Burton the wrong way to double the advantage.
Four minutes later, it was game over as Watts notched his second of the night to send the home side through, and gain some payback for the defeat which prevented Cleeve from registering their highest ever League position a few days earlier.
Team: Burton, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Ward (Brown 71), Lawson (Brad Martin 64), Twyman, Fahy, Jamie Martin (Turner 60), Mace
Supporters Man of the Match: Sam Turl
Change of date for the Presentation Night
Tuesday 26th April
Our End of Season Presentation Night will now take place on Friday May 20th in the Clubhouse, 8pm start.
Bishops Cleeve 0-1 Slimbridge
Saturday 23rd April
The Swans completed their first Southern League season just as they had started it at Wantage in August - a 1-0 win on the road with an Adam Mace goal securing the points. The victory took the Swans above their 40 point target for the season, and set them up nicely for Wednesday night, when they travel back to Kayte Lane to meet Cleeve again, this time in the GFA Senior Challenge Trophy Semi Final.
Reflecting on the season after the game, Swans’ Chairman Barry Gay paid tribute to the team on the pitch as well as the backroom staff. ‘I’m delighted with what we have achieved, and very proud of the football club - We didn’t know at the start of the season how we would fare at this level, but to average a point a game, and taking at least a point from more games than not, it was a massive effort by Leon (Sterling), Freddy (Ward) and all the players that they have given us a solid foundation to build on at this higher level.
I must also mention everyone who has worked so hard behind the scenes, taking on the extra responsibilities and financial commitments required to compete at this level. We can all look forward to another season in the Southern League in August. It’s been a great achievement for us.'
The blustery conditions made things difficult for both sides, and it took a while for the sides to settle. The first 20 minutes saw the better chances fall to the visitors, with Mace, Paul Fahy and Sean Lawson all having good efforts.
Cleeve nearly took the lead on 21 minutes, when Leroy Odiero’s header from Aaron Drake’s free kick eluded everyone in the box, but it rebounded to safely off George Burton’s far post.
The Swans went down the other end, and Mace’s cross set up Lawson in space, but he was ruled offside and the chance was lost.
Cleeve thought they had broken the deadlock on 25 minutes, but Shane Bumphrey’s header was ruled out for another offside decision.
Five minutes later though, the visitors took the lead - Cleeve failed to clear their lines during a goalmouth scramble, and the ball fell to Mace in the six yard box, and he drove the ball past Mitres’ Keeper Mat Wieczorek to put the Swans ahead.
Momentum swung to Slimbridge and they had some good effort to increase the advantage - Brad Martin’s neat turn and shot brought a save from Wieczorek, Lawson made a probing run which resulted in his effort going too high, and Mace had another good effort saved, leaving the Swans ahead at the break.
Cleeve came out of the block for the second period, and Drake’s long range effort brought an acrobatic save from Burton as the home side pressed.
Slimbridge had another opportunity to increase their lead on 52 minutes, when a Wieczorek miscue found Mace, who set up Paul Fahy, but Fahy dragged his effort wide.
Having ridden out the storm, the Swans continued to create opportunities - Freddy Ward’s header was wide, Brad Martin had another header drift the wrong side of the post, and then Alex Hoyle saw his effort too high.
Jamie Martin’s cross on 74 minutes caught the wind and very nearly drifted in at the far post, as the home side began to become frustrated.
With four minutes remaining, Liam Orchard tried his luck with a dipping volley from long range, and was unlucky to see his effort just drift over the bar.
On 88 minutes, Kirk Layton, who had been booked in the first half for handball, came in late on Sam Turl, and was given his marching orders by Referee Craig Taylor for a second yellow card.
The Swans played out the remaining time to hold on for a comfortable victory and pick up their final League points of a successful first season at Southern League level, which saw them end in 18th place in the table, 18 points above the relegation zone.
Team: Burton, Turl, Ry Thwaite (Brown 53), Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Mace, Twyman, Fahy (Orchard 76), Brad Martin (Jamie Martin 60), Lawson
Supporters Man of the Match: Adam Mace
Slimbridge 1-1 Winchester City
Thursday 21st April
A much improved performance from the Swans saw them share the spoils in their final home game of their debut season in the Southern League, and pick up a well deserved point. The result also suited the visitors, who achieved the result that they required to secure their place in the Play Offs at the expense of Evesham United. Paul Fahy put the home side ahead, but Winchester drew level very quickly. Both sides had chances to win it - notably when Slimbridge Keeper George Burton pulled off a good penalty save from Winchester’s Warren Bentley, but in the end a draw was a fair reflection of the play.
Winchester quickly established that they were going to be playing a quick, passing game, and made a good start while the Swans adapted to the pace. Their best early chance saw Bentley shoot over after a good interchange in midfield.
After ten minutes or so, the home side had picked up their pace, and took the lead on 13 minutes with a lovely little break of their own - Brad Martin played a lovely diagonal ball down the Swans’ right flank and behind the Winchester defence. Jamie Martin latched onto the ball and advanced on goal, unselfishly playing the ball across the box as Winchester Keeper Brendan Norris advanced on him, allowing Paul Fahy free rein to sweep the ball home and put the hosts one up.
Slimbridge had two chances to double their lead on 17 minutes when Martin was unlucky to see his effort cannon off the post and behind for a Winchester Goal Kick, and Brad Martin had a header cleared off the line as the Swans pressed, but a minute later, Winchester pulled the goal back. Bentley broke down the Swans’ left, and his cross reached Craig Feeney in the Slimbridge box, who drilled the ball past Burton to even things up.
Momentum unsurprisingly was with the visitors as the game got towards the half, as they sought to build on the point they needed to confirm Play off Football, and the influential Jamie Barron was close on two occasions, with Bentley again just wide with a header just before the break, but the Slimbridge back line held firm, and the teams went in level at Half Time
Ten minutes into the second half, Winchester had a golden opportunity to take the lead, when Alex Hoyle was penalised for a foul in the box by Referee Rushton, but Bentley’s attempt was too near the centre of the goal, and Burton was able to make the block, with the ball being cleared for a corner.
On 65 minutes, the Swans had another let off, when a Free Kick from Michael Hubbard came down into play off the Swans’ crossbar, with the visitors protesting the ball had crossed the line, but nothing was given.
With 20 minutes remaining, a draw was always looking likely as Winchester sought to protect the precious point they needed, but there was still time for chances to be squandered at both ends - Brad Martin scuffed his effort when well placed six yards out, and at the other end, Bentley set up Hubbard, who saw his header bring a good stop from Burton.
The Swans travel to Kayte Lane to take on Bishops Cleeve in their final League fixture of the season on Saturday (3.00pm) before returning to the same venue to meet Cleeve again next Wednesday in the GFA Senior Challenge Trophy Semi Final (@7th April, 7.45pm)
The Swans have announced that their AGM will be held in the Clubhouse at Wisloe Road on Monday, 16th May at 7pm, with the End of Season Presentation evening scheduled for Saturday 21st May, 8pm. All are welcome.
Team: Burton, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Smith (Lawson 67), Fahy, Brad Martin (Mace 73), Jamie Martin (Twyman 65)
Supporters Man of the Match: George Burton
Slimbridge 0-1 Wimborne Town
Saturday 16th April
Wimborne gained revenge for their defeat at The Cuthbury earlier in the season, in a game where the Swans paid a heavy price for failing to convert their chances, especially in the first period. The game was ultimately decided by a 69th minute strike from the Visitors’ Louis Kellaway, but the home side should have had the game dead and buried long before then.
The hosts made the better start, and went close in the seventh minute, when Sean Lawson’s blocked shot fell to Paul Fahy, but his strike was too high.
Three minutes later, another chance went begging, when Liam Orchard’s cross was cleared to Liam Smith, but again, his effort was off target.
Wimborne’s best opportunity of the first half came on 14 minutes, when Mark Ford saw his effort deflected by Swans’ Skipper Alex Hoyle, only to see the ball rebound of the post to safety.
Still the chances came for the home side - Orchard was too high with another effort on 20 minutes, and Lawson was agonisingly close after good work from Orchard and Fahy.
On the half hour, Hoyle managed to strike the woodwork at the other end, when his first effort was cleared off the line, only to see his second effort come back off the Wimborne post, leaving the game even at the break.
Three minutes into the second period, another chances was lost - Wimborne’s Scott Arnold tried to shepherd the ball behind for a goal kick, only for Lawson to pick the ball off his feet before it cross the goaline. The ball fell to Fahy, but he scuffed his shot from close range, and Wimborne Keeper Patrick O’Flaherty was able to gather.
Sub Jamie Martin went close on the hour mark, with a powerful header that was cleared off the line by Arnold, before the visitors stunned the home side by taking the lead on 69 minutes.
James Stokoe broke from midfield, and his precision pass into the path of Louis Kellaway saw the strike drill the ball low past George Burton to put Wimborne ahead.
The last ten minutes saw more opportunities for the Swans to get the game back, but it was frustration again when there was no=one on hand to to apply the finishing touch to Hoyle’s ball across goal after an Adam Mace Free Kick.
On 83 minutes, Martin’s header saw an equally good save from O’Flaherty, and two minutes later, the Swans thought they may have had a shout for a penalty when Mace’s shot was blocked by an arm in a goalmouth scramble, but Referee Chris Smith waved play on. As play continued, Fahy saw his effort come back off the post, and Wimborne broke, only for Sam Bayston to miss an opportunity to double the advantage.
The Swans have two more league games remaining this season - they entertain Play Off Chasing Winchester City on Wednesday at Wisloe Road (7.45pm), before travelling to Bishops Cleeve next Saturday (23rd, 3.00pm). Slimbridge will also travel back to Kayte Lane to visit Cleeve in the GFA Senior Challenge Cup Semi-Final during the following week, although the date has not yet been agreed between the two sides at present. The winner will play Forest Green Rovers in the final, on a date to be agreed.
Team: Burton, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Smith (Ryan Thwaite 65), Twyman, Fahy, Lawson (Martin 56), Orchard (Mahmood 68)
Supporters Man of the Match: Sam Turl
The Club have also confirmed details of the County Cup and other Competitions that Wisloe Road will be hosting in April and May.
Thursday April 21st - Glos Junior County Cup Final - Stroud Harriers v Horsley CC (7.30pm)
Sunday 24th April - Glos Sunday League Presidents Cup Final - Innsworth Rangers v Riverside Sports (10.30am)
Sunday April 24th - Glos Sunday League Junior Cup Final - Coopers Edge Javelins v Renegades Reformed Reserves (2.30pm)
Thursday April 28th - Glos Primary County Cup Final - Kingsway Rovers v South Cerney Reserves (7.30pm)
Sunday May 1st - Glos Sunday League Senior Cup Final - Cheers Then v Frampton CC (10.30am)
Sunday May 1st - Glos Sunday League Don King Chairman’s Cup Final - Hillside v Leonard Stanley (2.30pm)
Wednesday May 4th - Stroud Charity Cup Final - Stroud United v Tredworth Tigers (7.30pm)
Sunday May 8th - SAFC and SAFC Present The Slimbridge Festival of Football Youth Tournament (9am-5pm)
More weather news....
Friday 15th April
Following the late postponement of our GFA tie at Bishops Cleeve last night, the club will be holding an inspection ahead of tomorrow's visit to Wisloe Road of Wimborne Town at 9am. Details will be posted here and on our Twitter feed as soon as we have news.
A new date will be announced for the Cleeve game in due course.
Slimbridge Festival Of Football Line up nearly complete
Friday 15th April
We are proud to announce that we have filled 39 of the 40 available slots for our Youth Tournament, The Slimbridge Festival of Football, which has been arranged as a joint venture between the Senior Club and the Youth team.
The Tournament, to be held on May 8th at what will then be known as Thornhill Park, with games taking place between 9am-5pm. We will have stalls, a Bouncy Castle and other activities taking place in addition to the football tournament, with further attractions being added as the event nears.
Food and drink will be available all day at the ground, so everyone is invited to come along and support the children, as they have the opportunity to sample Southern League facilities, and help support local football in Slimbridge.
Further details will be announced as they are confirmed.
Predict the Score -we have a winner!
Tuesday 12th April
A single ticket has been confirmed as the winner of the £1000 Predict the Score competition this weekend. The prize pot for this weekend will start at £250.