Slimbridge 1-0 Odd Down (Bath)
Saturday 13th December
The Swans completed a League double over Odd Down this afternoon with an impressive display that saw them pick up a comfortable victory which could have been a lot greater had three efforts which struck the woodwork resulted in goals. Paul Fahy's finish from a perfect Freddy Ward through ball, in the end, proved the only goal of the game, and Odd Down were reduced to playing the last third of the match with ten men after the dismissal of Ibrahmia Sarr. The result moves the Swans up three places in the Toolstation Western Premier League, from seventh to fourth, with games in hand on all the clubs above them.
The game started at a lively pace, with the home side the first to fashion a chance - Paul Fahy's cross in the first minute just eluding the onrushing Sean Lawson, while at the other end, Cory Simpson and Troy Simpson combined well to create a chance that was snuffed out by a good blocking tackle from Rich Thwaite.
The chances continued to be created for both sides - Sarr drove an effort wide with three minutes on the clock for the visitors, before Fahy had another effort blocked and Lawson saw Odd Down Keeper Alex Nash make a good stop at his feet in the seventh minute.
The home side continued to look the more dangerous though, and Dean Turner went close with an effort that was just too high after a Ward corner had been cleared to him on the edge of the box.
On 17 minutes, Sean Lawson was presented with an opportunity after Nash completely miscued a clearance, but Lawson was unable to get the ball back across the goal and Nash recovered to collect the ball as it came over.
Slimbridge were beginning to gain control of the midfield battle now, and were beginning to dominate for long periods of the game - Rich Thwaite went close with a header from Adam Mace's Free Kick on 22 minutes, before Alex Hoyle saw his piledriver effort from outside the Odd Down box cannon back into play off the crossbar with Nash beaten all ends up.
The home side got the lead their play deserved on 34 minutes - Ward played a pinpoint through ball into the path of Fahy, and he lobbed the onrushing Nash to finish off a lovely piece of play for the Swans.
Five minutes into the second half, another sweeping move involving Callum Brown, Turner, and Fahy down the right flank created an opportunity for Lawson, but again, his effort came back into play off the woodwork, and Odd Down cleared again.
Fahy was continuing to cause problems for Odd Down, and went close again on 52 minutes, when his shot eluded Nash, but ended up just the wrong side of the post.
With 58 minutes gone, Odd Down were reduced to ten men when Sarr saw Red after what was deemed a stamping offence by Referee David Sallis.
Slimbridge continued to dominate possession, especially now they had a man advantage, and Lawson again went close after Fahy and Hoyle had worked an opportunity for him, but Lawson's shot was again just wide.
In a rare attack with 62 minutes on the clock, Troy Simpson lofted an effort well over Dave Evans' goal, much to the frustration of the visitors.
Adam Mace was proving influential down the Slimbridge left flank, and he went close after Fahy and Hoyle had again combined well to create an opportunity. Two minutes later, on 67 minutes Hoyle again went close, but his shot was just off target as the home side pressed for a second goal.
The chances continued to come for Slimbridge as the game entered the final twenty minutes - Lawson saw a second effort hit the woodwork when he shot after more good work from Ward, and Mace's free kick following a foul on Lawson was just too high.
With fifteen minutes remaining, Nash made a good save to deny Mace, and in the third minute of stoppage time, Lawson's through ball saw Sam Turl in a similar position to Fahy for the goal, but this time his lofted effort cleared both Nash and the Odd Down crossbar.
The Swans are in Bristol next weekend, when they make the trip to Brislington, a match which pitches fourth against fifth (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Brown, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Odiero, Ward (Turl 79), Turner (Parrott 71), Hoyle, Lawson, Fahy (Hammond 80), Mace
Supporters Man of the Match: Alex Hoyle
Gillingham Town 3-2 Slimbridge AFC
Monday 8th December
Another dissapointing display from a lethargic looking Slimbridge side saw them exit the Les Phillips Cup going down by 3 goals to 2 to Gillingham Town.
With a flu epidemic hitting the Wisloe Road club manager Leon Sterling lost the services of Goalkeeper Dave Evans, Striker Paul Fahy and midfielder Dean Turner.
Andy Radford replaced Evans between the sticks and gave a competent display but could do nothing to prevent the home side scoring three good goals and earning them a visit to Corsham Town in the next round.
The Swans got off to the best possible start when Fred Ward's first minute free-kick was chested down by Rich Thwaite to Sean Lawson whose shot from 18 Yards took a slight deflection before entering the net past a helpless Jordan Tewesbury in the home goal.
Gillingham drew level in the 25th minute when a William Agbo corner was side footed home by an unmarked Nicholas Hewlett.
Lawson and Adam Mace combined well in the 37th min and the latters excellent run and cross just failed to find a fellow strikers boot.
Mace went close to putting the Swans back in front on 40 mins but his rasping shot was pushed away by Tewesbury.
Gillingham went in front three minutes before the break, Ashley Clarke unleashing a shot from 30 yards which left Radford with no chance.
A Ward corner kick in the 50th minute was headed just wide by Leroy Odiero and just two minutes later the Swans should really have been level when Mace's pass sent Lawson up the left and his cross found Jamie Hammond on his own at the far post but the striker hit a tame shot wide when it seemed easier to score.
Slimbridge were struggling to get any sort of Rhythm going and this allowed Gillingham to grow in confidence and it was no surprise when they increased their lead in the 70th minute, Thompson's cross being headed home by Agbo.
The Swans pushed forward in the last few minutes but their only reward was another goal from Lawson who headed in a Ryan Thwaite cross which left the Wisloe Road outfit having to make a long journey back home from a very cold Dorset looking like a very dejected side indeed.
Supporters m.om. Ryan Thwaite.
Slimbridge 0-1 Bridport
Saturday 29th November
A disappointing week for the Swans saw them slip to their second home defeat in 5 days in match that at one point looked as if it was going to have to be called off as thick fog enveloped Wisloe Road.
The game was decided by a third minute strike from Bridport's Tom Richardson, and Bridport, who dealt with the conditions better than their hosts, deserved the points at the final whistle.
Bridport signalled their intent with a fast start, and Dave Evans had already been forced into a good save from Adam Symes when the visitors took the lead. Dan Wise's free kick seemed to evade everyone as it found it's way into the back of the net, but Richardson claimed the goal to put the home side on the back foot.
Just before the half hour, Bridport should have doubled their lead when Richardson's run saw him through on goal, but his effort was just wide.
Slimbridge were not functioning well as a unit and were restricted to the odd chance - both Adam Mace and then Sean Lawson went close, but the visitors were good value for their lead at the Half.
Paul Fahy's cross on 52 minutes set up Lawson, but good defending from the visitors saw his shot blocked.
The fog which had started coating the pitch at half time increased as the second half progressed, but Referee Chris Smith felt that he and his officials had sufficient sight of events to continue, and, with the pitch clearing for the last ten minutes or so, was proved right in managing to get the game completed.
Lawson fashioned a couple of good opportunities for himself in the second half without managing to get any end result, and Jamie Hammond's effort which went just wide with 12 minutes remaining was the last decent chance of the game for the Swans, who slipped to seventh in the Western Premier League as a result of this result.
Slimbridge entertain County League side Bristol Telephones in the GFA Challenge Trophy at Wisloe Road on Tuesday (7.30pm) before making the trip to Gillingham Town for a Les Phillips Cup tie next Saturday (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Brown, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Tunnicliff, Ward, Fahy (Odiero 65), Turner, Lawson, Hammond, Mace (Turl 54)
Supporters Man of the Match: Richard Thwaite
Slimbridge 1-4 Melksham Town
Tuesday 25th November
The Swans' FA Vase campaign ended with a comprehensive defeat to fellow Western Premier League leaders Melksham Town, who mastered the atrocious conditions far better than the home side, and fully deserved their slot in the next round of the competition, where they will entertain Shepton Mallet.
With the home side in front following a Sean Lawson strike, an 11 minute hat trick from Melksham's Dan Griffiths gave the visitors a half time time lead they never looked like relinquishing, and Gary Higdon's late strike ended off a miserable night for the Swans.
With rain sheeting down, both sides made a busy start to the game, and it was the home side that struck first on 19 minutes, when Sean Lawson's mazy run saw him beat four defenders before drilling the ball past Melksham Keeper Rob Brown. A minute later, it should have been two, when Ben Tunnicliff somehow managed to sky the ball about a foot out when he got on the end of a dangerous Alex Parrott cross.
Soft Slimbridge defending was to prove to be their undoing, and three clinical strikes from Griffiths in the 31st, 41st and 42nd minutes effectively killed the game off before the interval.
The second half saw saw Melksham remain in control, with both Will Stead, and Griffiths again going close, before Gary Higdon's back post header with 5 minutes remaining settling the tie once and for all.
Slimbridge are back to League action on Saturday, when Bridport make the trip to Wisloe Road (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Turl (Brown 71), Ryan Thwaite, Odiero, Tunnicliff, Ward, Turner, Parrott (Irvine 61), Lawson, Hammond (Mace 65), Fahy
Supporters Man of the Match: Sam Turl
FA Vase 3rd Round draw and free admission for all Serving HM Forces
Monday 24th November
The draw for the third round of the FA Vase has paired the winners of tomorrow's replay between the Swans and Melksham Town in a home game with Shepton Mallet. The game will be played on Saturday 6th December, 3.00pm Kick Off.
Slimbridge AFC are proud to support free admission for all serving HM forces personnel to League games which is being promoted by the Toolstation Western League.
The current men and women of Her Majesty's Armed Forces are doing such an exceptional job both at home and abroad during these difficult times. The Toolstation Western League is proud to offer all current serving members of HM Armed Forces free admission to all League matches. Proof of ID will be all that is required at the turnstile.
The League plays at steps 5 & 6 of the FA's National League System. We have two divisions of 41 member clubs which cover the areas of Bristol, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
For a list of our member clubs please visit the website at www.toolstationleague.com or contact the General Secretary Mark Edmonds on 01980 842153m or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Les Phillips Cup 2nd Round draw
Sunday 23rd November
The winner of the 1st Round Les Phillips Cup game between Gillingham and Slimbridge will travel to Corsham Town in the second round. The tie will take place on Saturday, 7th February, 3.00pm Kick Off.
Melsham Town 2-2 Slimbridge AFC AET
Saturday 22nd November
"Warriors at War" was the only way to describe the Swan's heroic performance in this pulsating FA Vase tie with Melksham Town which ended all square, meaning a replay back at Wisloe Road on Tuesday evening, 7.30pm.
Slimbridge were forced to play with ten men for 110 minutes after Jamie Martin was shown a straight Red Card with just 10 minutes played but by the end of extra time it was Melksham the more relieved side to still have a second bite of the cherry after the visitors ran them ragged for most of the game.
On a heavy pitch that passed a morning inspection and in front of a healthy crowd of 154 the Swans got off to the worst possible start when Martin and Dean Flockton tangled in an off the ball incident and after consulting his assistant, Martin was sent back to the changing rooms much to the disappointment of both his team mates and the large following of Swans supporters.
Shortly after Dave Evans was forced to tip over a Dan Kovacs drive but that was about as good as it got for the home side as the Swans upped the tempo.
Lawson went on a mazy run on 18 minutes and fed a good ball to Fahy who waltzed past two defenders but his cross just failed to reach the advancing Lawson at the far post.
On 23 mins Ryan Thwaite played a superb long ball to Fahy who in turn found Lawson but his shot was well saved by Brown in the home goal.
Slimbridge were causing the home defence plenty of problems with their slick movement and as the half drew to a close the visiting supporters were feeling confident but knew it would be a tough ask with only ten men and on a energy sapping surface.
The second half was only 7 minutes old when Fred Wards corner was superbly headed in by Richard Thwaite , giving the Swans exactly the lift that they needed.
Now the Swans were in complete control, Lawson and Fahy tormented the home sides back four and after his fourth foul on Fahy, Dean Flockton was quite rightly Cautioned by referee Martin Underhay.
Against the run of play and on a rare Melksham break the game was all square, Kovacs crossed the ball to Ben Thompson who fired a low shot past Evans on 75 minutes.
The game was getting niggly now as Alex Parrott and Sean Lawson found themselves in the referees notebook.
A late spell of pressure from the home side came to nothing as the game went into extra time.
The ground erupted in the 100th minute when Ben Tunnicliff was penalised for an apparent foul on Kovacs inside the penalty area as both players jumped for the ball and after long protests from the Swans players and bench, Gary Higdon stepped up to fire the spot kick past Evans.
The Crowd were still buzzing when up at the other end and just four minutes later Underhay awarded another penalty, this one being much more clear cut as Fahy once again evaded the home defenders and found himself one on one with Brown in the home goal but was upended by a clumsy challenge from Luke Smith, the referee immediately pointed to the spot but failed to apply the letter of the Law to Smith who only received a Yellow card.
The last chance of the game fell to Dean Turner who found himself in space on the edge of the Melksham penalty area and unleashed a fierce shot which Brown did well to push out for a corner.
The full time whistle was greeted with applause from both sets of supporters who certainly had value for money in what was an absorbing encounter.
They will meet for the replay this Tuesday at Wisloe Road, 7.30pm.
Team. Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite (Brown 67) Odiero (Tunnicliff 93) Rich Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Parrott, Lawson (Hammond 95) Martin, Fahy.
Man of the match- Alex Parrott.
Sunday 16th November
The Club have announced the following fixture changes -
Our game against Bristol Manor Farm, originally scheduled for Saturday January 17th has been moved to Friday night, so will now take place on Friday January 16th, 7.30pm Kick Off.
Our Les Phillips Cup visit to Gillingham Town, postponed yesterday will now take place on Saturday 6th December, 3.00pm Kick Off.
This has the result that our original League visit to Gillingham, scheduled for that date has now been moved to Saturday 18th April, 3pm Kick Off. That game now replaces our League visit to Street, which has been moved to Saturday 11th April, 3pm Kick Off