Fairford Town 0-4 Slimbridge
Wednesday 30th July
Slimbridge cruised to a comfortable victory at Cinder Lane last night, in a game notable for a 9 minute second half hat trick from Jamie Hammond.
Slimbridge dominated the first half with Sean Lawson, Hammond and Dean Turner all hitting the woodwork, but it took until 5 minutes from half time to register a strile, Jack Twyman converting from close range.
The second half started with two goals in 4 minutes from Hammond, before he was fouled in the box for a Slimbridge penalty. Hammond picked himself up to convert the kick on 56 minutes and finish the game off prior to the usual slew of substitutions, with no further scores.
Slimbridge visit Frampton United on Thursday (31st, 6.45pm Kick Off) and entertain Larkhall Athletic (Saturday 2nd, 2.00pm), before finishing their pre-season at home to Brimscombe & Thrupp on Tuesday (August 5th, 7.30 pm.
Team: Evans, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Freeman, Mills, Turner, Twyman, Lawson, Hammond, Fahy Subs Used: Martin, Brockley, Preece, Parrott, Ward, Cole
Slimbridge 1-1 Shortwood United
Sunday 27th July
The Swans encouraging pre-season continued with another strong performance, which could have seem them overcome their Southern League opponents in front of a crowd of over 100.
The home side made a great start when a chip by Alex Parrot from outside the Shortwood box found the net to put the hosts ahead. As might be expected, Shortwood retaliated and Slimbridge spent some time under pressure from their higher division opponents, but held firm.
At the other end, the pace of Sean Lawson and Paul Fahy was causing Shortwood problems, and Lawson twice went close to increasing the lead.
Fahy and Jamie Martin both went close, and the home side went in at the break a goal to the good, and deserved their lead on the balance of play.
The second period was the usual raft of rolling substitutions, and the game became very patchy as was to be expected - Twyman went close for Slimbridge before a Nick Hancock Free Kick from the edge of the Swans' box drew the visitors level on the hour mark.
Slimbridge continued to exert good pressure though, especially in view of their exertions on Tuesday night, and Jamie Hammond went brought a good save from the Shortwood Keeper before the final whistle.
Team: Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Robinson, Parrott, Turner, Twyman, Lawson, Martin, Mace Subs Used: Hammond, Preece, Mills, Hoyle, Ward
Slimbridge 0-1 Forest Green Rovers
Wednesday 23rd July
Manager Leon Sterling said after yesterday's entertaining game at Wisloe Road that his team had 'set the bar' for their performances this season, after a hard working and industrious side pushed their Professional opponents very close. The Swans eventually fell to a single goal from a Forest Green Rovers side containing a large majority of first team regulars, in front of a healthy crowd of 362.
'We were under no pressure' the Manager said, 'and I'm now looking for the lads to repeat that quality against Shortwood and Larkhall. Forest Green made a very good start, and it was a new experience for some of our lads to play at that tempo, and they (FGR) controlled the first 20 minutes. But we kept trying to build a fast tempo, and we saw that we have pace in the side that can cause problems.'
Forest Green Manager Ady Pennock was complementary about the game his side had been given, and Wisloe Road as he found it on his first visit. 'I had two objectives' he said afterwards, 'to get a good workout for 75 minutes, and to avoid injuries, and I got both of those, in part due to the very impressive pitch here, which is a credit to the club.
I thought Slimbridge did exceptionally well, and all the players should be proud of themselves. The whole club is first class, with great hospitality, and I've really enjoyed the evening at Wisloe Road.'
The game was ultimately decided by a James Norwood strike five minutes before the interval, although Adam Mace and later on Jamie Martin both had good opportunities to get on the scoresheet. At the other end Dave Evans was kept busy and made good saves from Norwood, Adam Baldwin, and new FGR signing Jon Parkin, which earned the stopper the Man of the Match award.
The postponed friendly from the weekend when we were due to host Brimscombe & Thrupp has been rearranged, and will now take place on Tuesday 5th August, with a 7.30pm Kick Off.
Team: Evans, Preece, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Tunnicliff, Ward, Fahy, Twyman, Lawson, Martin, Mace Subs used: Cole, Turner, Parrott, Hammond, Robinson
Slimbridge v Brimscombe & Thrupp - Game Off
Saturday 19th July
Today's game has been called off due to the weather conditions and standing water from last night's storm on the pitch.
Club Statement concerning Forest Green Rovers
Friday 18th July
After discovering at lunchtime today that Forest Green Rovers had arranged a second pre season friendly for next Tuesday evening,away at Gloucester City, and on the same day that Forest Green Rovers are playing Slimbridge at Wisloe Road, Slimbridge Secretary Colin Gay immediately contacted Forest Green disclosing his concerns of the impact that this last minute arrangement may have on the game at Wisloe Road.
It is to Forest Green Rovers credit that Colin immediately received a telephone call from Ady Pennock, the Forest Green Rovers Manager, who wanted to ensure us that he would be bringing a very strong side to Wisloe Road on Tuesday which will include goalkeeper Sam Russell, Lee Hughes and James Norwood.
The squad will also include David Pipe, James Jennings, Luke Oliver, Dale Bennett, Rob Sinclair and several other first team players, Ady Pennock will also be at Wisloe Road on Tuesday evening.
Slimbridge FC would like to thank Forest Green Rovers for their rapid response to our concerns and especially to Ady Pennock for understanding our concerns and for promising to bring a strong side to us on Tuesday.
Slimbridge 2-1 Cribbs FC
Wednesday 16th July
The Swans won 2-1 after a good game played in good spirit.
Slimbridge took the lead after 6 mins when Paul Fahy took advantage of a badly controlled ball by their keeper to easily slot home.x
Fahy should have scored his second after 27 mins with the goal at his mercy but he shot wide.
Cribbs had plenty of possession but rarely troubled Dave Evans in the first half.
Slimbridge continued to control the second half with Fahy's pace causing them problems.
A great run up the right wing by Fahy resulted in his dangerous cross being put through their own net by a defenders desperate attempt to clear on 65 mins.
Dave Evans spilled what looked liked to be a easy catch on 75 mins and the ball fell nicely to a Cribbs forward to tap home.
2014-15 Fixtures announced
Sunday 13th July
Sat 9th Aug Slimbridge v Gillingham Town
Tue 12th Aug Odd Down (Bath) v Slimbridge
Sat 16th Aug Slimbridge v Thatcham Town FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Tue 19th Aug Slimbridge v Brislington
Sat 23rd Aug Melksham Town v Slimbridge
Tue 26th Aug Bitton v Slimbridge
Sat 30th Aug TBA FA Cup Preliminary Round
Tue 2nd Sept Slimbridge v Street
Sat 6th Sept Slimbridge v Kidlington FA Vase 1st Qaul Round
Sat 13th Sept Slimbridge v Longwell Green Sports
Wed 17th Sept Hallen v Slimbridge
Sat 20th Sept Bristol Manor Farm v Slimbridge
Sat 27th Sept Bishop Sutton v Slimbridge
Tue 30th Sept Slimbridge v Cadbury Heath
Sat 4th Oct TBA v FA Vase 2nd Qaul Round
Sat 11th Oct Slimbridge v Shepton Mallet
Sat 18th Oct Bradford Town v Slimbridge
Sat 25th Oct Ilfracombe Town v Slimbridge
Sat 1st Nov Slimbridge v Willand Rovers
Sat 8th Nov Sherborne Town v Slimbridge
Sat 15th Nov Gilingham T/Longwell Green Spts v Slimbridge 1st Round Les Phillips Cup
Sat 22nd Nov Buckland Ath v Slimbridge
Sat 29th Nov Slimbridge v Bridport
Sat 6th Dec Gillingham Town v Slimbridge
Sat 13th Dec Slimbridge v Odd Down (Bath)
Sat 20th Dec Brislington v Slimbridge
Sat 27th Dec Slimbridge v Winterbourne Utd
Sat 3rd Jan Slimbridge v Melksham Town
Sat 10th Jan Longwell Green Sports v Slimbridge
Sat 17th Jan Slimbridge v Bristol Manor Farm
Sat 24th Jan Slimbridge v Bishop Sutton
Sat 31st Jan Shepton Mallet v Slimbridge
Sat 7th Feb Slimbridge v Ilfracombe Town
Sat 14th Feb Willand Rovers v Slimbridge
Sat 21st Feb Slimbridge v Sherborne Town
Sat 28th Feb Slimbridge v Buckland Ath
Sat 7th Mar Bridport v Slimbridge
Sat 14th Mar Cadbury Heath v Slimbridge
Sat 21st Mar Slimbridge v Bitton
Sat 28th Mar Slimbridge v Bradford Town
Fri 3rd April Winterbourne Utd v Slimbridge
Mon 6th April Slimbridge v Hallen
Sat 11th April Reserved for possible rearrangements
Sat 18th April Street v Slimbridge
Sat 25th April Reserved for possible rearrangements
Sat 2nd May Reserved for possible rearrangements
Slimbridge 3-1 Gala Wilton
Saturday 12th July
The Swans came out on top of an entertaining encounter at Wisloe Road this afternoon, which saw both sides playing some attractive football.
Jamie Martin put the home side one up from a penalty after he was felled in the box, and Sean Lawson added a second before Martin saw a second penalty saved after a foul on Paul Fahy.
Gala reduced the deficit before the break, but Adam Mace notched a third goal in the second period to complete the scoring.
We would like to wish Gala Wilton all the best for the forthcoming season, and thank them for their contribution to the afternoon.