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Sat 25th February
Evo Stik Southern League South & West
Evesham United
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Wed 1st March
Evo Stik Southern League South & West
Slimbridge
V
Tiverton Town
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 4th March
Evo Stik Southern League South & West
Slimbridge
V
AFC Totton
3:00 PM
 
 
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Marcus Beauchamp joins the Swans
Tuesday 21st February
Slimbridge Manager Freddy Ward has moved to strengthen his squad for the end of season run in, and the club have today announced that they have received International Clearance for the 2 month loan of Goalkeeper Marcus Beauchamp from Newport County.

The 19 year old stopper signed for Newport in August, and is a former Norwich City Academy Scholar. He won the 2014-15 Barclays Under 18s Premier League ‘Save of the season’ award while with the Canaries.

Freddy Ward said 'I'm glad to have Marcus on board, he's been getting some good reviews, and I'm hoping he will come in and give us something we've been missing.'

Marcus will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Evesham United (3.00pm)

 
Slimbridge 0-7 Taunton Town
Saturday 18th February
Taunton Town demolished the Swans in an eventful one sided encounter at Thornhill Park. The only bright spot of the afternoon for Slimbridge was that the bottom two sides both lost, thus the nine point cushion that they have over the relegation places remains, with another round of games ticked off towards the end of the season.

Taunton made an impressive start to the game, but it was Slimbridge who had the first real opportunity - Jack Twyman shooting wide with three minutes on the clock. At the other end, Pete Davies in the Slimbridge goal made a good stop when he pushed away Ross Staley’s header in the early exchanges.

The visitors took the lead on 15 minutes, when Jordan Rogers converted from close range after a header had come back off the bar, and five minutes later, the Peacocks doubled their lead, when Ed Palmer’s long throw was met by the head of Matt Wright, who beat Rich Thwaite to the ball to net the second.

On 33 minutes, an identical throw from Palmer saw Thwaite beat Wright to the ball this time, only for his header to end up in the same corner of the net, for the first of two Swans own goals.

Two minutes after the break, Staley converted an Ollie Chamberlain cross, only to see his effort ruled out for offside, but the respite was short lived for the Swans.

With just under an hour gone, Pierce Mitchell’s drilled effort was turned into his own net by Sam Turl for Taunton’s fourth.

On 68 minutes, Taunton’s Shane White picked up an innocuous second yellow card from Referee Gareth Hubbard for taking a free kick before the whistle had been blown and was dismissed, much to the bewilderment of everyone in the ground.

Ten minutes later though, numbers were evened up after a clash in the Slimbridge box, which saw Dean Turner pick up a straight red, and the awarding of a penalty to Taunton, despatched by Palmer for Taunton’s fifth.

Taunton notched a further two goals in the last ten minutes - Matt Buse with an impressive shot on 83 minutes, and Craig Veale with a classy 25 yard lob in the final minute, to round off a miserable afternoon for the hosts.

Slimbridge’s ‘Month of death’ now moves on to a visit to Fourth placed Evesham United on Saturday (3.00pm), followed by the visit of second placed Tiverton Town to Thornhill Park a week Wednesday (March 1st, 7.45pm)

Team: Davies, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Mace, Twyman, Sklenar (Stokes 62), Smith, Thomas (Jamie Martin 58)

Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman

 
Predict the Score update and advice for Taunton Town Fans next weekend
Sunday 12th February
There were no winners of this weeks Predict the Score comepetition, so the £1000 prize rolls over to this weekend. Tickets will be on sale behind the bar on Saturday - and at only £1 a shot, it's got to be worth a punt!

We are reminding everyone travelling up from Taunton at the weekend that the A38 is fully closed at Berkeley Bridge from February 14th-23rd. if you follow your usual route, leaving the M5 at Junction 14, you will have a complicated and convoluted diversion which will take you a substantial amount of time. Please do not exit the M5 at Junction 14 (Falfield/Thornbury), but continue North to Junction 13 (Stroud), and then follow the A38 South back to Thornhill Park. This will put an additional 30 minutes or so on your journey, but we promise that will be a lot quicker than exiting at Junction 14.
 
Salisbury 3-0 Slimbridge
Saturday 11th February
The Swans run of defeats stretched to six games, after another battling performance was undone by better finishing from their opponents. Salisbury had a massive slice of luck early on when Taurean Roberts’ cross caught the wind and sailed over Keeper Pete Davies to put the hosts ahead early, but it was not until the last 15 minutes that two further goals secured the points for home side, who looked a lot more uncomfortable than the scoreline might suggest.

In front of a crowd numbering 545, Salisbury pressed well early early on, and earned a series of corners in the first five minutes, but their efforts were restricted to a Roberts shot that was blasted well too high.

Two minutes later, Roberts saw his cross from the left flank drift in at the far corner to put Salisbury ahead.

Brandon Munday had a great opportunity to double the advantage a minute later, but Davies saved well when the Striker was one on one with the Swans Keeper.

The games developed into much of a stalemate as both teams struggled to deliver any meaningful final balls - Roberts had another effort off target for the home side, while Dean Turner’s effort on 19 minutes was too high.

On 24 minutes, a massive scramble in the Slimbridge box saw another Salisbury effort go to waste, while Adam Mace and Brad Martin were working hard to create opportunities without any real success, leaving Salisbury a goal to the good at the break.

Salisbury Manager Steve Claridge, who watched the entire game from the lofty position of the Press Box, obviously had a few words with his players at half time, and they came out of the traps after the interval. A free Kick from Lewis Benson two minutes into the secodn period saw a game of pinball take place in the Slimbridge box before the ball was cleared, and Thomas Wright was just off target with his header from Thomas Whelan’s cross a minute later.

Benson and Justin Bennett then had efforts blocked as the home side pressed, until Slimbridge started to edge back into the game.

On 56 minutes, the visitors had their best chance of the game when Martin put Jack Sklenar through one on one with Portsmouth Loanee Keeper Alexander Bass, but Sklenar couldn’t get enough lift on his effort, and Bass made a save to keep the hosts’ lead.

The better chances were still being created by the home side, and Roberts was wide with another headed effort, before after a neat one two with Whelan, his shot was blocked by an excellent challenge from Sam Turl.

On 73 minutes, the second goal came for Salisbury, when a cross from Eddie Perrett fond it’s way to Salisbury Captain Kane O’Keefe, and he lofted the ball over Davies to double the advantage.

Ten minutes later, Roberts took advantage of too much space in the Slimbridge box to drill home the third, and finally put the game to bed.

Davies was called into action again in the third minute of stoppage time, when he made a good stop from Benson, but the Swans ‘Month of Death' now moves onto next weekend, when fifth placed Taunton Town come to Thornhill Park. The Swans next two games after that feature a visit to third placed Evesham United (25th February, 3.00pm) before they entertain second placed Tiverton Town (1st March 7.45pm)

Team: Davies, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Smith, Twyman, Sklenar (Thomas 59), Martin, Mace (Stokes 63)

Supporters Man of the Match Nick Grimes

 
Slimbridge 0-3 Hereford FC
Saturday 4th February
The Swans may have been defeated by the runaway League Leaders in front of a record Thornhill Park crowd, but they were certainly not disgraced, as clinical finishing proved to be the difference between the two sides.

With just under 900 fans crammed into the ground, the first period of the game was evenly matched as both sides tried to adapt to a surface which cut up quickly, and it was the home side who had the first decent opportunity - Dean Turner’s effort on seven minutes drifting wide, while at the other end, Nick Grimes did well to block an effort from John Mills after Pablo Haysham had set him up.

Brad Martin went on a good run for Slimbridge on 18 minutes, hurdling three tackles, but his effort was weak and easily gathered by Bulls’ Keeper Alex Harris.

Hereford went closest to opening the scoring on 22 minutes, when Mike Symons’ header clipped the top of the bar on its way over.

After another effort from Symons that was too high, the visitors took the lead on 36 minutes, when neat play between between John Mills and Tristan Plummer set up Symons who converted past Swans’ Keeper Adam Thomas.

One minute into the second period, Joe Stokes was off target after a Lee Smith cross found him in space, and Smith himself saw his volley go over off the Hereford bar on 52 minutes.

Two goals in five minutes then effectively killed the game off - Mills converted after a scramble in the Slimbridge box 0n 54 minutes, and five minutes later, tristan Plummer made space for himself of the Swans’ left and drilled the ball past Thomas for Hereford’s third.

The last half hour saw the visitors comfortably play out time - Adam Mace had a couple of efforts for Slimbridge that came to nothing, while Plummer had a good shot blocked after good work from Mills and Bradley Williams, but the visitors secured the three points that now see them 21 points ahead of second spot in the table.

Team: Thomas, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Stokes (Cant 63), Martin (Sklenar 72), Smith, Thomas (Mace 62)

Manager’s Man of the Match: Ryan Theaite

With today attracting the biggest crowd in the history of Thornhill Park, it is only right that we recognise the army of volunteers who helped to make the day run smoothly - We couldn't have done it without you, and have had many complimentary messages from visiting fans about their matchday experience, so on behalf of Slimbridge Football Club to all of you - a massive and sincere 'Thank You'.
 
Hereford ticket and pitch update - the countdown begins
Friday 3rd February
We seem to have escaped the worst of the storm, and the pitch is in very good condition, therefore we are not anticipating to have to schedule a pitch inspection tomorrow, especially as the rain has passed through according to all the forecasts.

We will provide a further update at 9.30am tomorrow via our Twitter feed (@slimbridgeafc), but at this point are completely confident that the game will go ahead, and do not anticipate any issues.

Ticket sales remain brisk, and we are already assured of breaking (by a substantial margin) our previous ground record attendance of 525, with ticket sales well North of 800 at this point. However, we remind everyone that there is no cash admission on the turnstiles tomorrow once they are open at 11.30am. We are open between 9am-11am for last minute ticket sales.

An additional bar, food outlet and extra toilet facilities will be in place at the Scoreboard End of the ground.

Please follow the instructions of our stewards who will be directing the parking arrangements, and respect our neighbours by not parking where you will obstruct their movements.

Finally, this is a game that we have been planning for probably about seven months. We hope that you all enjoy your visit to Thornhill Park, and would like to place on record our sincere thanks to all our regular volunteers, who work so hard every home game for us, as well as the army of extra people who have generously donated their time to helping us out managing this particular occasion. We literally could not have done this without you.

Enjoy your afternoon!

 
North Leigh 3-1 Slimbridge
Saturday 28th January
The Swans returned pointless from Eynsham Park after more than matching North Leigh in the first half, and despite taking the lead in the first minute of the game.

An error by Slimbridge Keeper Adrian Kowalski let the home side back into the game with 15 minutes gone, and two goal in four second half minutes saw the hosts claim the spoils.

Slimbridge made the best of starts and, with less than a minute on the clock, they were ahead - Joe Stokes and Swans Man of the Match Jack Twyman worked the ball across the North Leigh goal from the left flank, and Lee Smith drilled it past Keeper Connor Thompson to put the visitors in the lead.

Slimbridge had a great opportunity to double the score on eight minutes, but firstly Stokes, and then James Harding with the follow up, saw Thompson pull off two good saves to deny them.

Nick Grimes was next to go close for the Swans, heading Marley Thomas’ corner over, before North Leigh got back on terms in bizarre circumstances. Brad Gray’s scuffed cross was rolling harmlessly to be collected by Adrian Kowalski, but the Swans’ stopper took his eye off the ball as he went to collect, and could only watch in horror as it went through his hands and into the net to even things up.

The Swans continued to match their hosts despite the setback, and Rich Thwaite’s header set up by good interplay between Dean Turner and Stokes saw Thompson make another bright stop.

North Leigh began to create their own chances, and Jamie Cook and Gray again were both off target as the home side pressed, but the teams went in even at the break.

Now playing down the slope, North Leigh nearly took the lead in the first minute of the second half, but Michael Hopkins’ free kick struck the bar and went over.

All the pressure was now coming from the hosts, and on the hour mark, they took the lead - Hopkins’ header saw Kowalski made an acrobatic stop, but the ball ran loose to Cook who made no mistake with the rebound.

Four minutes later, North Leigh scored again, when a break down the left saw Hopkins score with a shot across Kowalski into the far corner.

North Leigh continued to dominate possession, and Roger James had a couple of good efforts after coming off the bench.

In the final minute, Leigh’s Jon Else saw red for a late challenge on Rich Thwaite, but the dismissal was too late in the day to affect the rest of the game, and the Swans pointless streak now stretches to four games, ahead of the visit of runaway leaders Hereford FC to Thornhill Park next Saturday.

Hereford tickets remain on sale online until Tuesday through www.slimbridgeafc.co.uk, and the club will be selling tickets to personal callers between 2pm and 4pm on Friday and 9am-11am on the day of the game. No tickets will be available for sale after that time.

Team: Kowalski, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner (Mace 70), Twyman, Stokes, Harding (Sklenar 67), Smith (Cant 75), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match; Jack Twyman

 
Hereford Ticket Update
Wednesday 25th January
We have received reports today of problems with online ordering. If you have received an email confirming your purchase your ticket transaction has been completed and all tickets ordered so far will be despatched on Monday (30th January) using First Class Post. If you have not received an email confirmation, please contact either colin.gay@slimbridgeafc.co.uk or tim.blake@slimbridgeafc.fo.uk and we will resolve any issues.

Tickets remain on sale, and will be available for personal callers at Thornhill Park on Saturday from 10.00-12.00 and Sunday between 9.00-11.00. No tickets will be available on the day.
 
 
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