Bradford Town 1-1 Slimbridge AFC
Sunday 19th October
Although the point gained moves the Swans up to third place in the Toolstation Western Premier League, Slimbridge came away thinking that it was a game they could have put away well before Bradford Town's late equaliser. Leading from a sixth minute Jamie Martin effort, it took a deflected shot four minutes from Jamie Morris time to nick a point for the home side, with Slimbridge finishing the game with ten men after Jordan Turner's late dismissal.
The visitors made a good, high tempo start, and were rewarded with just six minutes on the clock - Adam Mace's pinpoint diagonal ball set up Sean Lawson, and Martin was on hand to sweep home Lawson's dangerous cross to put the Swans a goal to the good.
Mace went close himself on 13 minutes when he forced a save from Bradford Keeper Ed Baldy with a 25 Yard free kick, before Mace and Lawson combined again in a similar move to the goal, this time the ball being bundled behind for a corner which came to nothing four minutes later.
Bradford responded with their first decent chance of the game, but Twain Plummer's effort was well beaten away by Dave Evans. Ten minutes later, Plummer missed a chance from a couple of yards out which should have seen the home side level things up.
Evans was again called upon on 39 minutes, when Josh Bingham's Free Kick took a deflection off the defensive wall, and it required smart work from Evans to push the ball round the post for a corner.
Bradford thought they had equalised just before the break, but Craig Gingell was in an offside position and Referee Matthews ruled the goal out, leaving the visitors ahead at the break.
Slimbridge had the better chances of the early second period, but Lawson, and then Mace were unable to convert chances to increase the lead. The Swans' best chance came on 59 minutes when Jamie Martin broke the Bradford offside trap, but his attempt to chip Baldy saw the Bradford Keeper make a save to keep the ball out.
An increasingly bad tempered game was becoming very stop-start, with free kicks being awarded on a regular basis against both sides. On 67 minutes, Evans again made an excellent stop from Dan Shanley's header, while at the other end Jordan Turner shot early when well placed and saw his effort go high over the Bradford bar.
With four minutes remaining, Bradford nicked the goal back - Morris' shot took a wicked deflection and looped over Evans to level things up.
As tempers continued to flare over the pitch, Jordan Turner retaliated after an off the ball incident and saw red, leaving the visitors to play out the remainder of the game with ten men.
The Swans entertain Hallen in the GFA Trophy on Tuesday at Wisloe Road (7.30pm), before returning to League action the following Tuesday (7.30pm) when Brislington are the visitors.
Team: Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Richard Thwaite, Freeman (Brown 79), Ward, D. Turner, Parrot, Lawson, Martin (Hammond 62), Mace (J. Turner 69)
Supporters' Man of the Match: Sam Turl
Friday 17th October
Our postponed GFA match against Hallen postponed on Tuesday has now been rescheduled for next Tuesday, October 21st, Kick Off 7.30pm. This means the game originally scheduled for that evening, a League encounter against Brislington, will now be moved to Tuesday October 28th, 7.30pm Kick Off.
Slimbridge v Hallen - match postponed
Tuesday 14th October
Tonight's game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and has been rearranged for Tuesday 28th October.
Slimbridge AFC 4-4 Shepton Mallet
Sunday 12th October
The Swans played out an eight goal thriller with Shepton Mallet at Wisloe Road, with both sides leading the game on two occasions.
The Swans went in behind at the half after Paul Fahy had put them ahead, but goals from Ash Wilmott and James Billing put the visitors ahead.
Jamie Martin equalised after the break, and Fahy pikced up his second to put the home side back on top, but two goals from Nick Hudson seemed to have nicked the points for Mallet, but Dean Turner equalised in the fourth minute of stoppage time to ensure the points were shared.
Team: Evans, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Tunnicliff, Ward, Turner, Davies, Lawson, Martin, Fahy Subs: Brown, Mace, Hoyle
Supporters Man of the Match: Paul Fahy
Free Supporters Coach to Newquay
Wednesday 8th October
We can't guarantee a visit to Fifteen, but the club will be running a free supporters' coach to our FA Vase tie at Newquay on November 1st, leaving Wisloe Road at 8.45am.
To book your place, please call Colin Gay on 07702 070229
Slimbridge 2-1 Longwell Green Sports
Tuesday 7th October
A Paul Fahy first half brace was enough to secure three valuable points for the Swans at Wisloe Road this evening.
Fahy struck in the 20th and 33rd minutes to see the home side two goals to the good at the break. Sam Taylor pulled a goal back for the visitors a few minutes into the second period, but despite their efforts, Longwell Green were unable to fashion an equaliser.
On a surface which had been livened up by a substantial downpour prior to Kick off, Slimbridge started at a high tempo, and soon were in control of the game - Sean Lawson could have nicked an early lead for the Swans, but slipped on the wet surface as he shaped to shoot on three minutes, and lofted the ball high and wide after good work from Adam Mace had set him up well.
Mace and Lawson combined well again on 11 minutes, and Lawson's header from Mace's left wing cross brought an equally good stop from Green Keeper Lee Ballard as the home side pressed.
Lawson was again involved on 13 minutes when his cross was met by Paul Fahy's head, but again Ballard was able to make a stop.
On 20 minutes, the home side got the goal their play up to that point had deserved, when Fahy swept home a Mace cross following more good work from Lawson.
Thirteen minutes later, it was two - Mace played in Fahy who beat two players in the box before drilling the ball home to double the home side's advantage.
Just before the break, Fahy played in Mace, whose shot was just too high, before Lawson forced another save from Ballard, but at the Half the Swans were well worth their two goal advantage.
Longwell Green came out of the blocks early in the second period, and had much the better of the game - Sam Taylor pulled a goal back on 49 minutes with a long range effort which eluded Dave Evans.
Probably Green's best opportunity to level things up came just before the hour mark, when Taylor and Joe White played a neat 1-2 and Taylor saw his effort drift just the wrong side of the post.
As the game progressed, it became more and more disjointed as Referee Brian Durie penalised both teams for fouls on a regular basis, but the Swans held out to secure three points which moves the swans up to second in the table, four points behind leaders Bristol Manor Farm, who have played a game more.
Slimbridge entertain Shepton Mallet on Saturday at Wisloe Road, before hosting Hallen in a GFA Trophy Second Round tie next Tuesday (7.30pm)
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Rich Thwaite, Tunnicliff, Hoyle, Turner, Parrott, Lawson Davies 74), Fahy, Mace (Martin 58)
Supporters Man of the Match: Dean Turner
Surfs up in the FA Vase Draw
Monday 6th October
We have been drawn away to Newquay in the first round proper of the FA Vase, to be played on Saturday 1st November.
Slimbridge 6-0 Oxford City Nomads
Saturday 4th October
Slimbridge progressed into the first round proper of the FA Vase with relative ease, brushing aside former Hellenic League opponents Oxford City Nomads by six goals to nil
Highlight of the afternoon was the seven minute hat-trick by substitute Jamie Martin with the other goals coming from Dean Turner, Ben Tunnicliff and Paul Fahy.
In a one sided contest, the Swans took an early lead when in the twelfth minute Man of the Match Paul Fahy left two defenders in his wake and crossed for Dean Turner to slot past the helpless Alex Williams in the visitors goal.
It was Fahy who was causing the visitors problems for most of the game with his mazy runs and Adam Mace was unlucky when he just failed to latch on to a good cross by the speedy winger.
It was not until the 22nd minute when the Nomads had their first real opportunity, Sam Turl slipped whilst in possession allowing Jamie Mundy a run on goal but he decided to cross the ball which was easily cleared by a confident looking Swans defence.
On 33 minutes the home side went two up, Mace took a corner kick from the right and in came Ben Tunnicliff, who leapt like a Salmon to head past Williams.
Two further chances came to increase the lead before half time, one from Mace whose fierce 30 yard drive went just wide and then one from Sean Lawson whose shot was pushed away for a corner, but the Swans settled for a two goal cushion going into the break.
The Nomads had their best spell just after the break and it took two stunning reflex saves from Dave Evans, one from a pile driver of a shot from Mundy and then after a goalmouth melee in the 55th minute an even better save when John Rixon looked certain to score but Evans dived to his left to push the ball out for a corner.
Slimbridge made the Nomads pay for not converting their chances and went three up in the 63rd minute when Fahy found himself one on one with Williams and cooly took his time to place his shot neatly into the corner of the net.
Lawson was next to go close as Slimbridge piled the pressure on their visitors, his fierce shot bringing a good save from Williams.
Manager Leon Sterling made a couple of substitutions, Stuart Davies And Jamie Martin entering the arena, and it soon paid dividends for the Swans when on 83 minutes Davies crossed for Martin to head home.
In the 89th minute a Freddy Ward corner was played back across the goal by Fahy and Martin was left in acres of space to head in his second.
Then, amazingly, in the 90th minute Martin completed his hat trick when Williams made a poor clearance straight to Fahy who fed a through ball to Martin and the latter cooly slotted past the helpless keeper to complete a miserable afternoon for the visitors.
The Swans now await Monday Lunchtime's Draw at the FA to see who their opponents will be in the First Round Proper on Nov 1st
Team; EVANS, TURL,RYAN THWAITE, RICHARD THWAITE, TUNNICLIFF, WARD, TURNER, PARROTT ( DAVIES 70) LAWSON ( MARTIN 75) FAHY MACE.
SUBS NOT USED, FREEMAN, STERLING.
SUPPORTERS MAN OF THE MATCH, PAUL FAHY.