Slimbridge 1-2 Wantage Town
Saturday 28th November
Wantage gained revenge for their opening day defeat at the hands of the Swans with a victory at Wisloe Road in a game that was effectively turned into a lottery by the weather conditions, and credit is due to both sides for producing any sort of spectacle given the conditions.
The visitors opened the scoring in the first minute, and as they pressed for a second, Swans Keeper Adam Thomas picked up an injury that has since been diagnosed as a broken fibula. Thomas lasted until half time, but was replaced at the interval - Midfielder Jack Twyman taking over the gloves in the place of the suspended Jamie Martin, who is the usual ‘outfield player going in goal’ go-to guy. Ironically, the suspended Martin was in goal himself in a half time penalty shoot out with members of the Slimbridge Youth Team. A second goal conceded as Twyman was still adjusting to the wind and rain that was sweeping across the ground gave Wantage a greater advantage, and despite Paul Fahy’s late penalty conversion, the visitors held on to collect the points.
The game was subject to a series of inspections before it was finally declared that it could go ahead, but Wantage started the game far better than the hosts - within the first minute, Ben Whitehead was left in too much space on the edge of the Swans’ box, and wrongfooted Thomas to slide the ball home in the opposite corner to out Wantage ahead. The visitors continued to press, and a series of corners followed, one of which saw Thomas pick up a knock which eventually saw him replaced at half time as he struggled to play on with his injury.
After Sam Turl had seen a decent effort turned over by Wantage Keeper Eddie Cavanagh, Slimbridge hit the woodwork twice within a minute - on eleven minutes, Sam Blackie’s corner caught the wind and was unlucky to rebound back into play off the far post, and then Rich Thwaite slipped in the mud as he tried to convert a superb chance after Sean Lawson’s effort had rebounded off the Wantage crossbar.
Lawson then brought another good save from Cavanagh, turning the striker’s effort past the post for the corner as the home side pressed.
Wantage were very much under the cosh at this point, with Carl Even’s effort on 20 minutes providing an easy save for Thomas as the hosts tried to get back on level terms.
Slimbridge had opportunities to get back on terms, but first Alex Hoyle, then Paul Fahy, and then Sam Babatunde were all off target. For Wantage, their best chance of the half by far came when Nick Thorne played in Whitehead, who beat Thomas with his effort, but saw it drift just wide of the post as the game headed towards the break.
Slimbridge made changes at half time - Thomas was replaced by Adam Mace and Jack Twyman went in goal as it became obvious that Thomas could not continue, and Twyman was caught out five minutes into the half, when a corner from Whitehead caught the wind and sailed over his head inside the far post to double the advantage for the visitors.
As the rain turned torrential, Mace began to exert his influence on the game - firstly, Babatunde was unlucky to see his header go just the wrong side of the post from Mace’s cross, and then Mace’s corner saw a Hoyle header stopped on the line. As Slimbridge continued to apply pressure, Mace’s cross found Sam Turl in space, but he lost his footing as he shaped to shoot in what was now a quagmire of a pitch and the chance was lost.
With a minute remaining, Babatunde was brought down in the Wantage box, and Paul Fahy stepped up to convert the resulting penalty, but Wantage hung on to pick up three points, which saw the Swans drop one place to 14th in the League.
The Swans face two away trips on the bounce this week - they travel to Evesham United on Tuesday night (7.45pm) before making the trip to Banbury United on Saturday (3.00pm)
Team: Thomas (Mace 45), Turl, Ry Thwaite, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Blackie (Cornock 58), Lawson, Fahy, Babatunde
Slimbridge YFC Man of the Match: Sean Lawson
Slimbridge YFC Match Reports
Monday 23rd November
Saturday 21st November
Slimbridge Scorpions Under 10's v Malmesbury Warriors Under 10's
A great performance from Slimbridge Scorpions against a very good Malmesbury Warriors side.
The first 20 minutes saw Slimbridge on top with possession and constant pressure in Malmesbury's half.
Then a change of ends saw Malmesbury come back in to the game finishing the stronger of the two sides.
Stand out players for this match were B. Wadsworth, C.Adams, N. Bond and L. Gowler (man of the match).
Well done all players.
Report by Max Roberts, Manager
Sunday 22nd November
Stroud Youth League Cup 14's
Slimbridge Under 14's v Kings Stanley
Good team performance by Slimbridge U14's against a very strong Kings Stanley team.
Slimbridge took the lead early on but eventually Kings Stanley pressure started turning in to goals.
Slimbridge never gave up though and scored twice in the second half.
The match was played in a good spirit by both teams, there was very little for the referee to do.
Slimbridge 3 - Kings Stanley 6
Report by Andy Spears.
Cinderford Town 1-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 22nd November
The Swans can consider themselves very unfortunate to leave the Causeway empty handed after they pushed table toppers Cinderford Town all the way in this Gloucestershire Derby.
On a bitterly cold afternoon the first half was void of any real clear cut chances as both midfields cancelled each other out, the best chance falling to the Home side on 39 minutes when a shot from Lee Smith shaved the post.
Slimbridge were certainly causing Cinderford problems with their pacy frontmen, Sean Lawson and Paul Fahy, the latter going on a tremendous run just before the break when he picked up the ball on the edge of his own area after a Cinderford corner and ran the full length of the pitch only to see his cross just failing to reach the advancing Lawson.
As the teams left the pitch for their half time cuppa it was the Swans boss Leon Sterling the happier of the two managers as John Brough made his feelings clear as to what he thought of his sides first half performance.
As expected Cinderford upped the tempo in the second period but the Swans defence were in no mood to make it easy for the league leaders, with The Thwaite brothers, Richard and Ryan in fine form along with strong performances from Sam Turl and Callum Brown it looked like the Swans might be heading for their second draw of the week after holding second placed North Leigh to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.
However, Cinderford had different ideas and the match winning goal came on 69 minutes when Adam Thomas in the Swans goal made tremendous save, diving to his left to keep out a goal bound shot but as the ball came back via a cross from the left it was Substitute Lorcan Sheehan who reacted the quickest by planting his header past the helpless Thomas.
The home side were champing at the bit now and started to show why they are sitting at the top of the league table by playing some neat football and doing a good job of keeping the ball.
As the clock wound down Ryan Thwaite made a superb clearance off the goal line, diving low to get his knee to what looked like a certain goal, and then deep in stoppage time the Swans broke quickly and a shot by Lawson appeared to be handled on the goal line by a defender but referee Mark Pearson, who had a splendid game, blew his whistle for full time.
So the Swans now move on to Saturday's Home game against Wantage Town which is being sponsored by Slimbridge Youth Foootball Club,and will include a half-time penalty shoot-out competition by members of the Youth Team before they make the short trip up the M5 on Tuesday evening to face an in form Evesham United.
TEAM: THOMAS TURL BROWN RYAN THWAITE RICH THWAITE WARD (BLACKIE 60) TURNER TWYMAN LAWSON BRAD MARTIN (JAMIE MARTIN 71) PAUL FAHY (BABATUNDE 76)
Man of the match: RYAN THWAITE.
Slimbridge 1-1 North Leigh
Wednesday 18th November
The Swans moved up to tenth in the Southern League South and West with a hard earned and well deserved draw against Second placed North Leigh at Wisloe Road tonight.
Goals either side of half time, firstly for the home side from Jamie Martin and then for the visitors from Lewis White saw the spoils shared on a very blustery Gloucestershire evening.
The game started evenly, with both sides trying to work out the wind which swirled around Wisloe Road, and it took until 13 minutes for the first good effort to arrive, going to North Leigh - Kieran Sanders saw his effort bring a good stop from Swans Keeper Adam Thomas, with the follow up shot being bravely blocked by Ryan Thwaite, who took a ball in the face for his troubles, but the Slimbridge line held firm.
Two minutes later, Jamie Martin’s corner came out to Jack Twyman, but again, another good block from two North Leigh defenders stopped his effort.
Slimbridge had a great chance to take the lead on 23 minutes, when Jamie Martin chased a through ball and lofted his effort over North Leigh Keeper James Foster, only to see the wind lift his effort too high over the bar.
Callum McNish was next to try his luck for the visitors, but his effort was taken well off target by the conditions.
Six minutes before the break, Paul Fahy attempted another lob over Foster, this time to see the wind hold the ball up and allow the Keeper to retrieve his effort.
A minute later, Slimbridge took the lead - Jamie Martin’s cross caught the crossbreeze and drifted over everyone and into the far corner of the North Leigh net, to send the hosts in ahead at the break.
As in the previous two encounters between the sides this season, North Leigh made a good start to the second period and got on the scoresheet early - Two minutes into the half, a scramble from a corner saw Lewis White put the visitors level.
In previous games, this had been a sign for North Leigh to up a gear, but Slimbridge continued to work hard, playing against the wind, and restricted the visitors chances.
Sam Blackie saw another good effort blocked on 67 minutes after good work from Sean Lawson, before Brad Martin forced a terrific save from Foster, after a run and shot down the Swans’ left flank.
As the game neared the end, Elliott Osbourne-Ricketts had a decent chance for the visitors, but blasted his effort too high from the edge of the Swans penalty box, on an evening when a draw was probably a fair result all round.
Slimbridge now travel to League Leaders Cinderford Town on Saturday (3.00pm) before returing to Wisloe Road the following weekend to entertain Wantage Town (28th, 3.00pm)
Team: Thomas, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Greening (Brown 19), Rich Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Blackie, Lawson, J. Martin (Ward 60), Fahy (B.Martin 63)
Alex Hoyle’s Man of the Match: Sam Turl
Slimbridge 0-2 Bishops Cleeve
Saturday 14th November
It was a bad day at the office for a Swans side that sorely missed Captain Alex Hoyle and Adam Mace, both suspended, however Cleeve adapted to the conditions better and it was difficult to argue with the outcome on a day that Slimbridge failed to register a shot on target in 90 minutes.
The afternoon began with a moving minutes applause for Cameron Hutchinson, with members of Cam’s family and closest friends in attendance prior to Kick Off.
In the first meeting of clubs since 2006, the visitors made the perfect start when they went ahead in the first minute of the game - a shot from Jordan Bryan, who was to torment the Swans left flank all game, fell to Elliott Kennedy a couple of yards out, and he converted to put Cleeve a goal to the good.
Bryan nearly doubled the advantage two minutes later, bringing a good stop from Adam Thomas as Cleeve pressed home their fast start.
Thomas again had to be alert to deal with a long range effort from Aaron Drake with ten minutes on the clock.
As the game settled, the best opportunities for the home side were coming from the running of Sam Babatunde, who was beginning to look dangerous down the Swans right, but chances were slim on the ground for the home side, as they battled wind and rain against them.
With 3 minutes remaining before the break, Cleeve scored their second, when Shane Bumphrey picked off a Rich Thwaite back header before it could reach Thomas.
The Swans’ day took another turn for the worse five minutes into the second period, when Referee Kevin Howick penalised Freddy Ward for a challenge and brandished a second yellow, reducing the home side to ten men.
As Slimbridge reorganised, it took another good stop from Thomas to clear a shot cum cross from under the bar after more good work from Bryan.
The Swans best effort came on 68 minutes, when Twyman and Turner combined well to force a corner, which was cleared to the edge of the Cleeve box. Sam Blackie’s volley, although dipping, was a couple of inches too high.
Although Slimbridge had a couple of late chances, good defending by Cleeve saw out the game for them fairly comfortably.
Slimbridge now face an unenviable 1-2 of the first and second teams in the League - second placed North Leigh come to Wisloe Road on Wednesday, before the Swans travel to leaders Cinderford Town next Saturday.
Team: Thomas, Turl, Brown, Tunnicliff, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Turner (Hill 80), Twyman, Martin, Fahy, Babatunde (Blackie 59)
Adam Mace’s Man of The Match: Jack Twyman
Slimbridge YFC Match Reports
Thursday 12th November
Slimbridge Under 10's v Cotswold Rangers Under 10's
A wet and windy start for Slimbridge and full credit to Cotswold Rangers for keeping the game on.
This turned out to be a good performance with good movement and passing from all players, making this a very even game between the two sides.
Stand out players on the day were L. Gowler in defence with great ball winning tackles and intercepts, M. Roberts in mid with great accuracy with every corner he took and a very muddy N. Bond as keeper with solid saves and great line speed. T. Adams and B. Wadsworth showing great composure on the ball.
A polished performance from all players on the day. Well done team!
Report by Max Roberts, Manager
Cotswold Youth League Match
Slimbridge Under 11's v Cam Everside Under 11's
After a one minute silence both teams started very well.
This was a very well balanced hard fought game with every player giving their all. Mitchell White playing only his second match in goal for the club was again excellent, along with Aidan Hill in midfield who didn't stop running.
There was only one goal between the two teams in the end. Well done to both teams for a great game.
Report by Rich Smith, manager
Wantage game on 28th November sponsored by the Slimbridge Youth team
Wednesday 11th November
We are very proud to announce that the Slimbridge Youth Standard Chartered Team will be sponsoring our first team game at Wisloe Road on November 28th, when Wantage Town are the visitors.
In addition to providing ball boys, and mascots to walk out with the team, there will also be a penalty shoot out at Half time between representatives of the Under 11s, the Under 13s and the Under 14s. Youth team representatives will also nominate the Man of the Match and present the award to their choice following the game.
The two organisations will jointly host a Youth tournament at what will then be known as Thornhill Park on Sunday 8th May at the end of the season.
Slimbridge YFC are a local youth standard chartered football club who concentrate on developing young players so that they can enjoy playing football as well as improving their skills and potential.
The club is run on a completely voluntary basis where individuals give up their time to enable youngsters and teenagers to play football.
The club currently has 5 squads; U8’s Skill development centre, U10’s team, U11’s team, U13’s team and U14’s team.
All of our managers are a minimum of FA level 1 qualified. We also have a level 2 coach who is also a FA level 1 goalkeeper coach.
Our teams with the exception of the U8’s development centre are entered into local leagues. This season U10’s and U11’s are in the Cotswold league and the U13’s and U14’s are in the Stroud league.
U8’s Skills Development - This season we have started up an U8’s skills development centre, this is to encourage young players to play football and learn the required skills to improve their ability. The players also train every Thursday and are coached by two FA level 1 qualified coaches. As the numbers increase in this age group which is from 5 to 8 years we will create teams and the plan is to then enter teams into leagues in subsequent seasons. As a club we promote grass roots football and our aim is to get as many young players (both boys and girls) playing football. This is a great thing for them to enjoy and keep fit, it also teaches children to work within a team and improves their discipline and social skills.
We also want to increase the number of teams we have across all age groups, which range from U7’s to U16’s, so we would encourage anyone who wants to be involved with football to get in touch. All necessary training is provided by the club.
We run training sessions on a weekly basis and use excellent Rednock all weather facility throughout the winter months, this allows training to continue no matter what the weather brings. We have only had to cancel winter training once due to too much snow! Our season starts in September and finishes end of March beginning of April, however our managers continue to train throughout most of the summer months and also enter their teams into competitions over the summer.
We are strongly inked with Slimbridge AFC who are based at Wisloe Road, Cambridge Glos. SAFC provide training sessions to our players on a regular basis. SYFC players are also entitled to free entry to any SAFC home games. Our long term goal is to produce players that can go onto to play for SAFC and for us to be the feeder club for them.
We play our home matches at the Slimbridge Playing Fields, where we have excellent pitches and facilities. We have a pavilion with changing rooms and showers as well as kitchen facilities.
In order to ensure that we can provide the best facilities and equipment for the players we actively fund raise.
At most home games we provide tea, coffee and cakes for sale to supporters both home and away. This helps towards our fund raising.
We have recently been successful in obtaining a grant so that we can purchase new goals and nets as well as a new storage facility for all of our equipment.
This season we have managed to provide new kit for 3 of our teams, with no sponsorship just through fund raising. This is not always possible and therefore we appreciate any sponsorship we receive. Last season our U12/13 kit was sponsored by a business that one of our managers works for, which we are very grateful for. Most kits last two seasons, so we will need at least one kit next season.
This year we will be holding an end of season tournament at Slimbridge AFC using their pitch. The day will be a great opportunity for local teams to compete against each other in a special environment. Playing on a semi-professional teams pitch and being able to use their facilities is a great way to spend a day. The tournament is planned for Sunday 8th May 2016. Further details about the tournament will be advertised in the coming months.
If you would like to know more about us or get involved please contact one of the following:
Linda Morgan, Club Chairperson – 07771 547812
Emma Bond – 07591 608428
Mark Collins, U14’s Manager – 07981 805206
David Morgan, U13’s Manager – 07899 896906
Rich Smith, U11’s Manager – 07803 557686
Max Roberts, U10’s Manager – 07729 413943
Mark Bassington U8/7’s skills development centre - 07899 947880 or Neil Bass – 07799 463426
Tuesday 10th November
We have been given the sad news that Cameron passed on this morning. Thoughts and prayers to friends and family from all of us here at SAFC.
We will be holding a minute's applause for Cam ahead of next Saturday's home match with Bishops Cleeve.
Tomorrow's Reserve Team County Cup game at Gloucester Elmleaze has been postponed out of respect for Cam and will now take place on Saturday 14th November.
Update - Cameron's funeral will take place on Friday 27th November, 11am at St James Church, Dursley.