Committee Meeting on Tuesday
Sunday 29th March
There will be a Committee Meeting on Tuesday at 7pm in the Clubhouse. Please can all members attend if possible.
Slimbridge 1-1 Bradford Town
Saturday 28th March
After the drama of last weekend's encounter with Bitton, it was back to proper business as usual for the Swans, who fought out a well deserved draw with third placed Bradford Town. Leading through Leroy Odiero's first half opener, Bradford's top scorer Sam Jordan, named on the bench as he arrived late at the ground after being caught in traffic levelled things up with a second half strike to see the sides share the spoils. The result leaves the Swans in eighth place in the Toolstation Western League, although in a very tight end to the season, just six points separate the eight clubs chasing runaway leaders Melksham Town.
The game nearly got off to a sensational start, when, with three minutes on the clock, a back pass to Bradford Keeper Jamie Bartlett bobbled over his foot as he was about to clear, and it took a goalline clearance to prevent Sean Lawson, who had been chasing down the pass, from making an early breakthrough.
Two minutes later, the visitors had their first opportunity when Rich Thwaite was penalised 25 yards out from the Swans goal, but Simon Gilbert's free kick lacked power and Dave Evans was able to make a simple save.
Slimbridge nearly took the lead with ten minutes on the clock, when Lawson headed on a Rich Thwaite header, but his effort was off target.
The home side were definitely having the better of the first period, and Lawson's superb volley on 22 minutes deserved a reward, but Barlett was equal to the task and made a great stop to push the ball behind for a corner.
Just after the half hour, the home side's pressure was rewarded - Adam Mace's Free Kick was headed goalward by Thwaite, and Bartlett again made a good instinctive stop, but Leroy Odiero was on hand to net the rebound as the ball came out into the Bradford box.
As Slimbridge pressed, Paul Fahy skied a good chance, and Sam Turl again tested Bartlett with a long range effort.
Just before the break, Bradford had their best opportunity of the half, when Evans made a good stop at the feet of Martin Johnson, and then saw Neikell Plummer's header from the resulting corner go over the bar.
On the hour mark, with Bradford stating the second period well, Evans made a good stop from Johnson, pushing his effort onto the crossbar and out for a corner as the visitors pressed for an equaliser.
On 65 minutes, Jordan entered the fray for the visitors, and took only five minutes to make an impact, drilling the ball home from the edge of the Swans box to level things up.
With the sides now level, both sides were cancelling each other out, and there was only one decent chance to break the deadlock after the equaliser - Dean Turner making a great break from midfield, and being stopped by an equally good tackle from Mike Reaney as he closed in on goal.
The Swans travel to Winterbourne United on Good Friday (1pm) before entertaining Hallen at Wisloe Road on Easter Monday (1pm).
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Odiero, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Parrott (Preece 75), Lawson, Fahy (Martin 71), Mace
Supporters Man of the Match: Sam Turl
Slimbridge 3-0 Bitton
Saturday 21st March
An eventful afternoon at Wisloe Road saw the Swans overcome a Bitton side who had to play with 9 men for over an hour of the contest, after two reckless dismissals in the first half. Adam Mace's early penalty gave the home side the advantage, and second half goals from Sean Lawson and Dean Turner sealed the win for the hosts, who currently occupy seventh place in the Toolstation Western Premier League.
The game got off to a controversial start - with seven minutes on the clock, a tussle in the Bitton penalty box saw Tyrone Fudgell see red from referee Mark Russell for a punch on Adam Mace, and Mace picked himself up to convert the subsequent penalty to put the home side ahead.
The game was already threatening to boil over, and another bust up five minutes later saw Sean Lawson and Bitton's Rob Smith in the book as tempers flared.
On 19 minutes, Bitton's Mike Baker was next into the book as the heat rose on the pitch.
A minute later, Bitton Keeper John Rendell was amazingly not punished further for collecting a through ball a yard outside his box with his hands as Lawson closed in, but the Swans were unable to take advantage, Freddy Ward's subsequent Free Kick being blocked by the Bitton wall.
Three minutes later, Mace chased down and blocked a clearance from Rendell, but was unable to direct his cross, and the Keeper recovered to collect the ball.
Paul Fahy had a good opportunity to increase the lead on 26 minutes when Lawson played him in, but Rendell made a good stop with his feet.
Battles continued to rage across the park, and Mace worked his way into the book after protesting Mitch Harrison's elbow into Sam Turl's face as they were waiting for a corner to be delivered.
Just before the half hour, the visitor's frustration boiled over again, and an appalling high two footed challenge by Luke Bryan on Turl saw the Bitton man dismissed, and his side reduced to nine men.
Slimbridge were pressing to try and make their advantage pay, and Rich Thwaite had a golden opportunity before the break to add the second, but his header from Mace's cross was wide of the post, and the hosts went in just a single goal to the good at the break.
Bitton had a great opportunity to get back into the game in the first minute of the second half, when Freddy's Ward was deemed to have fouled Conor Britton in the Swans penalty box, but Dave Evans, diving to his right, pushed Eugene Keary's spot kick out for a corner.
At the other end, Lawson made a great opportunity for Fahy with a powerful run down the Slimbridge left flank, but Fahy couldn't control the ball as it came over and the chance was lost.
Just before the hour mark, Mace went close again with an effort after a good cross from Turl, and two minutes later, Mace's cross was just too high for the onrushing Ward, and he just failed to connect with his head to a good cross into the Bitton box.
On 67 minutes, the Swans notched their second - Callum Brown's lovely cross was met by Ward at the back post, and he headed it back across the goal for Lawson to nod home from a yard out.
Slimbridge thought they had recorded their third on 75 minutes, but Dean Turner's effort after more good work from Mace was flagged offside.
Two minutes from time, the home side notched their third, when Turner and Mace combined well and Turner finished with style to put the game away.
Slimbridge are back at Wisloe Road next Saturday when Bradford Town are the visitors (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Turl (Tunnicliff 70), Brown, Odiero, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Mills, Lawson, Fahy (Parrott 61), Mace
Supporter's Man of the Match; Dean Turner
Cadbury Heath 2-1 Slimbridge AFC
Thursday 12th March
The Swans again conceded late on to end up with nothing from a game they should have put away long before George Boon's winner with six minutes remaining took the points for the home side.
Despite creating the better chances over 90 minutes, Slimbridge were unable to capitalise on their opportunities, and slumped to their fourth defeat in the last five games. The loss of 12 precious League points in this period will come back to haunt them at the end of the campaign.
The game, on a very bobbly and heavy surface, started slowly, and it was a quarter of an hour before any proper chances were created. Freddy Ward saw his 25 yard effort cannon back off the Heath crossbar, before Matt Huxley headed just wide at the other end from a good cross from Matt Britton.
Adam Mace was the next to try his luck for the visitors, forcing Heath Keeper Mitch Norman to push his goalbound effort for a corner after good approach play from Sean Lawson and Paul Fahy on 19 minutes.
As Half time approached, Fahy was denied by a good stop with his feet from Norman after Lawson had played him through on goal, but on 38 minutes, Slimbridge were made to pay for their misses, when Sacha Tong was left unmarked to head home a corner and put Heath into the lead.
Two minutes later, the sides were level - Norman failed to collect a Ward cross, and the ball fell to Lawson 6 yards out, and he drilled the equaliser home.
Tong went close again in first half stoppage time, hitting the bar with a header from another Heath corner, but the sides went in even at the break.
The second half saw Heath step up the pressure - Dave Evans had to punch clear a long range effort from Joe Chandler, and then make a smart stop with his feet to deny Christian Lee in the early stages of the second period.
Sam Turl created a good opportunity for himself as Slimbridge got back into the game on 65 minutes, beating three men before forcing another good stop from Norman to deny the Swans Full Back.
The chances continued to come for Slimbridge - Lawson saw Norman make an impressive double save as he broke free on 67 mintes, before Mace was off target following good work from Fahy to set him up.
With 12 minutes remaining, Mace forced another save from Norman with a free kick after Turl was fouled just outside the Heath box, and then Lawson's volley from Fahy's cross saw more good work from the Heath Stopper to keep the ball out.
With 6 minutes remaining, a break from the home side saw George Boon left in space down the Heath left flank, and he beat Evans to put Heath back into the lead.
Despite playing the last two minutes of the game with Goalkeeper Evans playing as an outfield player as Slimbridge pressed and gained a free kick and then a corner, Heath held on to record the victory.
Slimbridge have no game now this Saturday, but are back at Wiloe Road next Saturday (21st, 3.00pm) when Bitton are the visitors for a League encounter.
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Rich Thwaite, Freeman (Odiero 71), Ward, Irvine (Hammond 80), Turner, Lawson, Fahy, Mace
Supporters Man of the Match: Rich Thwaite
Bridport 0-1 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 7th March
It wasn't pretty, and was achieved against a side that Bees Manager Trevor Senior had remarked 'couldn't buy a win at the moment' before kick off, but this win was a morale booster for the Swans after a dreadful spell which had seen them drop six league points and crash out of the GFA Challenge Trophy at Wisloe Road in a week. Although the game will not live long in the memory, Jamie Martin's 51st minute penalty saw the Swans head back to Gloucestershire with three precious points that maintain their position in sixth place, seven points behind leaders Melksham Town.
Although the Swans had the best of the first period, chances were scarce for both sides - Bridport Keeper Ashley Weeks needed to be alert to punch out Freddy Ward's Free Kick on seven minutes, while, a minute later, Rich Thwaite put in a good block to deny Warren Byerley.
The best of the early chances came on 13 minutes, when Jamie Martin's header from a dangerous Alex Parrott corner was just the wrong side of the post, but the visitors were unable to make their possession count, with the game being reduced to long balls from both sides, although the windy conditions didn't encourage a pure football approach from either team.
Sean Lawson went close on 27 minutes, heading wide after Parrott had set up Callum Brown for a cross.
The visitors hit the woodwork twice in two minutes in the last ten minutes of the half - Lawson made space for himself on the edge of the box and saw Weeks divert his effort onto the post, and then Weeks managed to push a cross under his bar onto the crossbar and out for a corner two minutes later, but the teams went in level at the break.
The only goal of the game came six minutes into the second period. Lawson went on a superb run down the left flank, that saw his cross fall to Dean Turner in the Bees box. Turner's shot was blocked by a defender's arm, and Referee Rutter, after consulting with his linesman, awarded a spot kick. Weeks got his hands to Jamie Martin's shot, but was unable to keep it out.
Lawson and Turner nearly repeated their move eight minutes later, but Turner's shot was blocked, this time legally as the visitors pressed for a second goal.
Turner was proving instrumental in many of the Swans' best moves, but shot too high when well placed on the hour mark, while the visitors were reduced to long range efforts - Dan Wise not bothering Dave Evans from distance on 68 minutes.
With the home side pressing for an equaliser, and piling on the pressure, Lawson had a wonderful opportunity to kill the game off with four minutes remaining, but his mazy run and shot was pushed away by an equally good stop from Weeks, and the Swans held on through seven minutes of stoppage time to collect the win.
Slimbridge make the trip to Cadbury Heath on Wednesday (11th, 7.30pm) before returning to Wisloe Road on Saturday 21st, when Bitton make the trip up from Bristol for another League encounter (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Odiero, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Parrott, Lawson, Martin (Davies 78), Hammond (Mills 70)
Supporters Man of the Match; Sean Lawson
Committee Meeting this week
Monday 2nd March
A reminder that there will be a Committee meeting on Tuesday at 7pm in the Clubhouse. Please can all committee members ensure that they attend if possible.
Slimbridge 0-3 Buckland Athletic
Sunday 1st March
A disappointing week for the Swans ended with a third defeat at Wisloe Road, to a Buckland side who leapfrogged Slimbridge in the League table to drop the home side to sixth in the Toolstation Western Premier League.
In a game largely devoid of incident, more late goals were conceded in the last ten minutes, topping off a miserable few days for the Swans. Simon Revell notched a brace for the visitors, and Gavin Hammon added the other goal to seal a comfortable victory for a Buckland side who have won all their away games during February.
The first goal goal came just before the break, when Revell drifted a free kick past the Swans wall and through the arms of Dave Evans with 40 minutes on the clock.
The second goal came with eight minutes remaining - Hammon went on a mazy run beating three Slimbridge defenders before planting the ball past Evans. With almost the last kick of the game, Revell's corner somehow found it's way into the Slimbridge net despite Evans' despairing dive, to round off a bad day at the office for the home side, who must now pick themselves up for a trip to Bridport on Saturday (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Odiero, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Ryan Thwaite (Davies 80), Parrott (Irvine 73), Martin, Hammond (Mace 65), Fahy
Supporters Man of the Match: Sam Turl
Slimbridge 2-2 Shirehampton (Shirehampton win 3-2 on penalties)
Thursday 26th February
For the second time this week, late goals proved very costly at Wisloe Road as the Swans squandered a two goal lead to be dumped out of the GFA Challenge Trophy at the semi final stage by Shirehampton, who go on to meet Bristol Manor Farm in the final.
Leading through a goal in each half from Jamie Martin on 20 minutes, and Paul Fahy on 69 minutes, it all started to go pear shaped for the home side when Danny Morne, and then Danny Copeland pulled the visitors back into the game on 82 and 87 minutes respectively.
With the tie going straight to penalties at 90 minutes, the Swans saw only Ryan Thwaite and Dave Evans score their penalties, with Fahy, Freddy Ward and Leroy Odiero all missing out while Scott Bamford, Dan Spicer and Charlie Harris converted for Shirehampton, whose celebrations went on well into the evening.
The Swans play their third game at Wisloe in a week when Buckland Athletic are the visitors on Saturday for a League encounter (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Turl (Odiero 72), Brown, Freeman, Rich Thwaite, Ryan Thwaite, Fahy, Ward, Lawson, Martin (Hammond 63), Mace (Davies 69)
Supporters Man of the Match: Ryan Thwaite