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Sat 22nd September
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Barnstaple Town
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Tue 25th September
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Malvern Town U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 29th September
Buildbase FA Trophy Extra-Prelim
Slimbridge
V
Winchester City
3:00 PM
 
 
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Slimbridge1-1 Larkhall Athletic
Sunday 16th September
Swans rescue late point after poor first half performance.

In a game of two halves Slimbridge gained a point with an 89th minute header from Korey Pring after Lewis Powell had opened the scoring for the Larks.

Larkhall who were dominant in the first half almost took the lead after 10 minutes, Lewis Powell knocking the ball past Eric Edge as he rushed out to meet the striker but the shot was weak and this allowed Christien Turner time to collect the ball and clear upfield.

At the other end Tornado Bello, Dean Turner and Yeshaya Lomotey linked up to force a corner for the Swans, Christien Turner heading over at the far post.  Harry Hope fired just wide form 20 yards for the Larks.  On 21 minutes Wayne Nderemani picked up the ball on the left firing in a dangerous cross to Hope whose header came back off the bar with Powell well positioned to head past Edge and open the scoring.

5 minutes later Alex Lambert got a shot away on the right but Edge was there to make the save.  Swans were forced into a substitution on 33 minutes when Liam Smith pulled up with an injury and Sam Mendes entered the game in midfield.  Three minutes later Edji Mbunga sprung the offside trap and forced the Larks keeper Shaun Semmens into a save his first real touch of the half.  With half time approaching Bello’s shot was blocked by Semmens.

Five minutes into the second half, some good play by Slimbridge in midfield inspired by Dean Turner and Mendes resulted in Lomotey firing just wide.  At the other end Lamberts cross was met by the diving head of Powell but he failed to connect properly resulting in an easy save from Edge.  On the hour mark Mendes shot from 15 yards was saved well by the Larks keeper Semmens as Slimbridge started to boss the game as Larkhall sat back on their one goal advantage.

Five minutes later it was Mbunga turn to fire over from the edge of the box after a spell of neat passing from the Slimbridge side.  On 75 minutes Edge was on hand to save from Hope after a short spell of pressure by Larkhall.

With the game reaching the end of normal time Mbunga’s cross from the right was headed clear for a corner at the far post by visitors substitute Gary Colborne.  Mendes corner on the left was fired over towards the far corner of the box where Pring managed to rise above the players around him sending a looping header across goal and into the net off the left hand post to equalise. In the four minutes of injury time Slimbridge conceded a couple of corners leaving a nervy finish for the home side who deserved a point from the game on their second half performance.


Next up for the Swans first team is a long trip to Devon to face bottom of the table Barnstaple Town on Saturday 22nd.   On Thursday the unbeaten Under 18’s Swans side face a trip to Tuffley Rovers in the FA Youth cup.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Harper-Emerson (Hawes 79, Pring, Christien Turner, Hands, Dean Turner, Smith (Mendes 33), Bello (Dunbar 70), Lomotey, Mbunga

Attendance: 85

Supporters Man of the match: Dean Turner

 
Slimbridge 0-1 Evesham United
Thursday 13th September
Swans fall to late goal after heroic display from keeper Eric Edge.

Slimbridge suffered a home defeat against local rivals Evesham United going down to a Linden Dovey single goal scored on 80 minutes.  However the Swans can take heart in a solid defensive performance that held a strong attacking Evesham side at bay for most of the game.

Evesham as expected started on the front foot, Christien Turner blocking Joe Tumelty’ shot early on, Turner was unlucky soon after at the other end of the field getting his head to a free kick deep into the Evesham half only to see the ball go wide.

On eight minutes Will Hawes played in Edji Mbunga on the right his mazy run into the box was blocked earning the Swans a corner.  The corner was headed down and Hawes who was lying on the floor just couldn’t quite get hold of the ball hitting it straight at the visitor’s keeper Harvey Rivers.

Former Slimbridge player Marley Thomas manged a shot on goal for the visitors from just inside the box but home stopper Eric Edge was able to make the save.  On 16 minutes a succession of corners to Evesham resulted in Tyrone Tucker-Dixon getting his head to the ball only to see Sam Mendes clear off his own goal line to safety.

A minute later Edge was well positioned to make a point blank save from Tumelty, and soon after Tucker-Dixons shot deflected off the near right hand post and out for a corner from which Nick Humphreys fired high and wide.

Slimbridge started to get back into the game with a neat passing movement involving Ewen Dunbar and Dean Turner to feed Mbunga into the box and winning a corner for the home side.  The short corner was played in to Korey Pring at the far post but his header drifted wide.  Dunbar fired in a low cross which was cleared for a throw in, quickly taken to Hawes who forced Rivers into a save from close range with Dean Turner following up and firing wide.

With less than 15 minutes of the half to go, an Evesham corner was blocked well by Christien Turner before Pring was called into action twice to head away the return ball into the box.  The half ended with both sides searching for the opening goal.


Early in the second half a free kick to the visitors was floated dangerously into the Swans box and headed out for a corner.  The corner was cleared by Luke Payne to Dean Turner in the middle and then played out wide on the right to Dunbar but failed to get a shot in as the entered the box running the ball out for a goal kick.

On 55 minutes Thomas beat the Swans full back on the left and into the box teeing up Tumelty who forced an point blank save from Edge tipping the ball out for a corner.  Dovey heading the corner over from just inside the box.  Thomas then fired over the bar after Christien Turner failed to clear the ball 10 yards out from the goal.

Ben Hands tried his luck from distance after a good passage of play from the Swans midfield, Hands effort going wide.  Slimbridge were now starting to get some time on the ball with Payne and Dean Turner linking up to play in Mbunga who forced a corner on the left.  The ball was cleared downfield from the corner to Harper-Emerson, as he ran the ball back into the Evesham half he was tripped and awarded a free kick.  The free kick found Christien Turner but his header was blocked and the follow up by Dean Turner was too high and out for a goal kick.

On 68 minutes Slimbridge had a great chance to take the lead, Hawes getting through the defence and shooting at the advancing Rivers with the ball coming back out the Hawes a last gasp tackle from Will Tunnicliff stopping him from taking a second shot on goal.

A couple of minutes later Edge got his hands to a low cross from the right, the clearance falling to Thomas who forced Edge into the save.  Nick Hancock then provided a cross in from the right forcing Pring to head behind for a corner to the visitors.  A header from the corner was amazingly clawed off the line by Edge from point blank range generating a well-deserved applause from both sets of supporters.

The deadlock was finaly broken with 10 minutes left, a free kick to Evesham deep into the Slimbridge half was layed off short to Dovey on the left of the box and after controlling the ball let fly into the top left corner leaving Edge stranded in the middle of his goal.  The game ended with Evesham holding onto the ball and running the clock down much to the frustration of the home side.


Another home game from the Swans this Saturday as we welcome our friends from Larkhall Athletic to Thornhill Park for a 3:00pm kick off.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Harper-Emerson, Pring, C Turner, Hands (Smith 86), D Turner, Mendes (Bellow 86), Mbunga, Hawes, Dunbar

Attendance: 210

Supporter’s man of the match: Eric Edge

 
Wantage Town 1-0 Slimbridge
Friday 7th September
The Swans hopes of FA Cup glory were extinguished on Tuesday evening when they lost by a single goal to a stubborn Wantage Town side who now go on to meet Bishops Cleeve in Saturdays first round qualifier.

Slimbridge started off brightly enough and were certainly well on top for the first twenty minutes but that was about as good as it got for the visitors as Steve Robertson's 60th minute header secured the home side's passage into the next round.

The Swans can have no excuses in what can only be described as a 'Laboured' performance which was disappointing to say the least especially as the previous win against Bideford promised such a lot more.

In a game with very few chances for either side credit must go to Wantage for their workmanlike performance that the Swans could not match and it will now be up to the management team of Lee Driver-Dickerson and Dave Strain to try and pick the team up for the next game which will now be at home to Evesham Utd next Wednesday, 12th September with a 7.45pm kick off.

Team; Edge, Payne, Harper-Emerson, Pring, C Turner, Dempsey (Mendes 67) D Turner, Smith (Lomotey 80) Dunbar, Hawes (Mbunga67) Bello

ATT: 133.

 
Slimbridge 3-2 Bideford
Sunday 2nd September
Slimbridge 3 – 2 Bideford

Swans come from behind to score late winner with dominant second half performance

Slimbridge gained their first league win despite falling behind to two first half goals to take victory in injury time with a fantastic strike from Max Harper-Emerson whose solo run from his own half sending the home supports wild.


The game started brightly for Slimbridge Ewen Dunbar picking the ball up on the left and his run into the box resulting in a tame shot at the visitors keeper Steve Oliver.  Jack Demsey tried his luck from a free kick just outside the Bideford box but could only find the hands of Oliver.  The visitors started to get into the game with Swans defender Korey Pring cutting out a Kevin Squire cross to conceded a corner.

Bideford took the lead on 10 minutes Squire latching on to a poor back pass and rolled the ball into the Swans net past Eric Edge from an acute angle.  Five minutes later visitors Ben Wood who tormented  the home defence for much of the first half fired in a shot but Edge safely caught.

On 20 minutes Will Hawes and Tornado Bello linked up well on the right with Bellos shot being saved by Oliver at the base of the near post.  A few minutes later Bideford’s Ryan Turner attempted a shot from the half way line having spotted Edge of his line however Edge was quick enough to react and claimed the ball just inside the 6 yard box.

Slimbridge found themselves two goals down on 31 minutes when Ryan Turners low cross from the left fell to the feet of the unmarked Squire who tapped in at the far post.  The Swans failed to let their heads drop, Max Harper-Emerson gaining a corner from his run down the left cutting in past the visitors defence and cut out by Oliver.  A goal mouth scramble ensued from the corner, Hawes finding the back of the net on the third attempt to pull a goal back before half time.


The second half started well for Bideford gaining an early free kick in the Swans half, Matt Bye’s effort however sailed wide of the goal.  The industrious Dean Turner linked up with Bello on the right before Liam Gregory managed to cut out Bello’s cross for a throw in.  

Harper-Emerson was now enjoying some time on the ball on the left, setting up Dunbar whose shot on the hour mark was expertly tipped around the post by Oliver as the Swans started to dominate the game.  Twice in a matter of a few minutes Dean Turners cross from the left was met my Bello only to see his header go wide of the post on both occasions.

On 63 minutes Dunbar was tripped just outside the box, Hawes initial strike was poor but cleared back to him and at the second attempt fired back into the box striking the base of the post.  Oliver was forced into another spectacular save tipping the ball over his crossbar after a cross into the box was deflected by one of his own defenders.

A fully deserved equaliser finally came along on 76 minutes, Harper-Emerson cross from the left was diverted into his onwn net by the visitors Craig Allan under pressure from Swans captain Dean Turner.  As time was running out Dunbar had a couple of long range shots that were directed straight at visiting keeper Oliver.

As the game entered injury time with a draw the likely outcome, Edge in the home goal found Harper-Emerson just outside the 18 yard box on the left.  The youngster then went on a mazy run down the left beating three defenders and let fly across the keeper and into the far side of the goal sending the home fans wild in celebration.


Next up for the Swans is a tough trip to Wantage Town on Tuesday night (4th September) in a FA Cup preliminary round replay.  The winners of this game will travel to Bishops Cleeve on Saturday (8th September) for a first qualifying round tie.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Harper-Emerson, Pring, C Turner, Dempsey, D Turner, Smith, Dunbar, Hawes, Bello

Attendance: 98

Supporters star man: Dean Turner


 
FA Cup - 1st Qualifying Round Draw
Tuesday 28th August
The winners of the replay between ourselves and Wantage Town on Tuesday 4th September shall travel to Hellenic League neighbors Bishops Cleeve on Saturday 8th September with a 3pm kickoff.

 
Bristol Manor Farm 3-0 Slimbridge
Tuesday 28th August
Swans return home pointless against a strong Manor Farm side who took an early lead that they never looked like relinquishing.

Manor Farm took the lead on 5 minutes a through ball splitting the visiting defence wide open for Owen Howe to run onto and expertly tucked into the bottom right corner past Eric Edge. Slimbridge tried to respond gaining a corner two minutes later, this was cleared to Ben Hands but his shot was fired wide of the post.

The home sides lead was doubled on 11 minutes, a delightful ball over the top of the Swans defence found Dean Stamp on the left whose first time shot squeezed inside the near post. Again Slimbridge tried to respond Ewen Dunbar on the left wing put over a pin point cross onto the head of Dean Turner forcing an acrobatic save from Ben John however the assistant referee’s flag was up with Turner being adjudged to being offside.

As the first half progressed the home side dominated the middle, Troy Simpson putting a shot wide from Jamie Adams cross.  Dean Stamp who terrorised the Swans all afternoon headed over from another cross from a wide position.  On the half hour mark, Liam Smith played a neat pass to Dunbar on the left and after cutting inside the full back forced a save from Johns in the home goal conceding a corner.  The Manor Farm defence blocked Hands corner original corner, from the second Max Harper-Emerson fired his cross / shot high and wide.

Slimbridge started to gain a little momentum late in the half, Smiths free kick was punched clear by Johns under pressure from Swans centre half Christien Turner.  Smith then tried his luck from 25 yards unfortunately it was too high over the bar.

The second half started like the first, with the home side putting pressure on the visiting defence, Edge saving Howe’s close range shot before gathering Adams follow-up. A minute later Howe fired a shot wide.  At the other end Will Hawes finally got a half chance from 20yards which John spilled but managed to recover at the second attempt.  

As the second half played out, Manor Farm continued to pressure the visiting defence which held up well despite being two goals down met with the challenge. Jordan Metters shooting wide on 55 minutes, from the resulting goal kick Edge found Tornado Bellow who played some neat touches to beat a couple of home players before gaining a corner.

Ten minutes later Ashley Kington fired wide from the home side before Matters forced Edge into a diving save conceding a corner in the process from which Howe fired wide.  With 15 minutes left Hawes and Bello played a delightful 1-2 with Hawes shot blocked by Lloyd Mills.  Dean Turner got his head to the corner kick but directed the ball over.

A scuffled ensued on 82 minutes Simpson chasing a ball through the middle despite the referee blowing for an offside caught Edge very late as he tried to claim the ball.  After calming the players down Mr Clench gave Simpson a stern talking too when a booking may have been more appropriate.
Four minutes into injury time, Manor Farm was awarded a penalty which was duly dispatched by Howe sending Edge the wrong way.


The Swans must now regroup for next Saturdays home league fixture against Bideford before tackling Wantage Town on Tuesday 4th September in the FA Cup replay.  The winners of this replay will travel to Bishops Cleeve in the first qualifying round.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Harper-Emerson, Pring, C Turner, D Turner (83 Bloomfield), Hands (72 Noakes), Smith, Dunbar (67 Lomotey), Hawes, Bello

Attendance: 184

Supporters Start Man: Max Harper-Emerson

 
Slimbridge 1-1 Wantage Town
Sunday 26th August
Swans hold on against a very industrious Wantage Town side to remain in the FA Cup, despite leading for more than 40 minutes of the game.

The Swans were forced into a late change with striker Edji Mbunga unable to take his place in the side due to injury; he was replaced by Joe Wilton in the starting line-up.  On the back of four league wins and sitting on the top of the Hellenic league table, it was no surprise that Wantage started the game on the front foot.

A third minute corner to the visitors found Jack Dunmall in space but his header was cleared only for Bradley Cox to fire back in but this was blocked and cleared up field by the Slimbridge defence.  Wantage were lucky not to take the lead a few minutes later, a free kick on the edge of the box from Connor Mattimore stuck the top corner of the post and bar cannoning away for a goal kick with Swans keeper Eric Edge well beaten.

A hamstring injury forced late replacement Wilton to be substituted on 12 minutes being replaced by Liam Smith.  Christien Turner was forced into conceding a corner at the near post after Mattimore had broken down the right flank and fired in a dangerous cross.  Dan Comer headed the resulting corner over the bar to the relief of the home side.

Will Hawes forced a save from the Wantage keeper Curtis Meare from 20yards giving the Swans their first corner on 16 minutes.  It was taken short unfortunately Ben Hands cross was too hard and sailed wide near the far corner flag. At the other end Cal Wright’s shot flew inches wide of Edge’s left post.

Joe Noakes cross from the left flank almost found Smith at the far post but he was just beaten to the ball by Meare in the visitor’s goal.  Midway through the half a mistake by Noakes allowed Kaylem Patterson to get a shot on goal but Edge was well positioned to make the save.  

On the half hour Edge was called into action twice in a minute making two point blank saves the second pushing the ball off the line and out for a corner.  The corner was cleared up field and a through ball to Tornado Bello was just intercepted by the visitor’s keeper at the last minute to keep the score line level.

Five minutes later the Swans took the lead, Ewan Dunbar made a run down the left skipping past the visiting defence and pulling the ball back for Hawes whose mishit shot crept into the far corner mush to the delight of the home support.

Another neat pass through the middle of the Wantage defence was latched onto by Tornado Bello, his shot was too close to Curtis who managed to stick out a leg and divert the ball wide when it look certain the Swans would double their lead.


Wantage started the second half as they did the first on the attack, Cox hitting the bar from a free header from an early corner.  Noakes then gave away another corner to the visitors heading over his own bar from a dagerouse cross fired in from the left.

On the hour, Swans Christien Turner turned the ball away for a corner having worked hard to chase down Mattimore’s run down the right.  The corner again picked out Cox who this time got his header on target only to find the hands of Edge.

Edge then found Bello out wide on the left, after running down the flank his cross was too hard for the on rushing Dunbar to reach however with the pace of Dunbar sprinting across to the right he managed to keep the ball in passing to Smith who fired tamely straight at Curtis.

Bello was unlucky again not to get on the score sheet, his pace through the middle put him through one on one with the keeper again but he nicked the ball just wide of the post having beaten the visiting keeper.

The Swans were left to rue the missed chances a minute later with just ten minutes remaining Mattimore managed to skip down the right and pull the ball back for Jon Davoile to fire past the stranded Edge as the home defence stood watching to equalise.

Slimbridge almost won it on the stroke of full time, after a passage of good play the Swans forced a corner sending up the big guns from defence.  Christien Turner got his head to the ball from the corner and somehow the Wantage defence managed to scramble the ball off the line and away to safety.


Both teams now go back to Wantage Town on Tuesday 4th September at 7:45pm for the replay to determine who earns a place in the first qualifying round, the draw for which takes place on Tuesday lunchtime at FA headquarters.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Noakes (Tryner 63), D Turner ©, Pring, C Turner, Wilton (Smith 12), Hands, Bello, Hawes (Lomotey 79), Dunbar

Attendance: 65

Supporters Star Man: Christien Turner

 
Slimbridge 0-0 Highworth Town
Thursday 23rd August
Slimbridge 0 – 0 Highworth Town

Slimbridge play out entertaining draw against Highworth Town to kick off their home league campaign.
Despite the score line both sides played with flair and passion in an entertaining encounter where nether side deserved to lose. 

Slimbridge started well with Ewen Dunbar attacking down the left flank and Edji Mbunga down the right causing the visiting defence some concerns.  Ryan Morgam was pressed into cutting out a through ball from Mbunga under pressure from Will Hawes.

Highworth had a chance to open the scoring on 10 minutes, Ashley Edenborough latching on to a defence splitting through ball however Korey Pring’s tackle in the box was enough to allow Eric Edge in the home goal to collect.

At the other end Mbunga tried his luck from 18 yards but fired straight at visiting keeper Connor Johns.  A minute later Dunbar sprung through from the left but overran the ball as he bore down on the goal.  

On 18 minutes a Highworth free kick on the left sailed wide of the goal with no one  near enough to get a head on it.  Edge was then called into action to palm away Matty Grabe’s point blank shot from a narrow angle on the left.

With 24 minutes on the clock Swans Liam Smith fed Hawes on the right however his delightful chip in the box fell to both Dunbar and Mbunga who got in each other’s way allowing the visitors to clear but only as far as Dean Turner who follows up shot was easily saved by Johns.

Christien Turner having a solid game at the heart of defence produced a great tackle to deny Edenborough and shot on goal from the edge of the penalty area.  Late in the half both Dunbar and Harper-Emerson attempted long range shots which missed the target.  Edge in the home goal produced another save this time from Callum Parsons speculative strike.

The second half started strongly for Highworth, Aaron Nesbeth attacking down the right, first skipping past Harper-Emerson before drawing a point blank save from Edge. Slimbridge could have taken the lead on 54 minutes Mbunga’s run down the right crossing to the on rushing Dunbar at the far post but was just inches too far in front of him to get a shot away.  

Referee Mr Andrew Genders who was having an excellent game in the middle pulled in Mbunga and Jordan Roberts after the pair had a set too down on the right touch line.  After a stern warning play continued with Edenborough raving through tracked closely by Luke Payne, but was allowed to get his shot in however Edge was on hand to make the save.

Edge was again called into action with 15 minutes to go, heading the ball clear on the edge of the box straight to the visitors Roberts who strike cannoned back off the foot of the post and away to safety.

As tempers started to rise Sean Wood’s name went into the reference book on 80 minutes for a strong challenge in midfield as both teams were chasing for a winner.  The last chance of the game fell to visiting substitute Harrison Bennett after collecting Nesbeth’s through ball but his shot was wide of the goal.


The Swan start their journey down the FA Cup trail this Saturday against high flying Hellenic leader Wantage Town with a 3pm kickoff.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Harper-Emerson, Pring, C Turner, Dempdey, D Turner, Smith(85 Hands), Dunbar(89 Yeshaya Lomotey), Hawes(69 Bello), Mbunga

Attendance: 108

Supporters Star Man: Eric Edge.


 
 
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