Fleet for a fiver! Coach details announced...
Monday 22nd August
Slimbridge FC will be running a coach to Fleet Town for their FA Cup 1st round qualifiying tie on Saturday Sept 3rd.
The Coach will be departing Thornhill Park at 11am, any supporters wishing to travel should contact Colin Gay on 07702070229, there will be a charge of £5 for Adults and £2 for U/16's and seats will be on a first come first served basis.
Slimbridge 3-0 Bedfont Sports
Saturday 20th August
The Swans progressed to the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with a comfortable victory against their Combined Counties League opponents at Thornhill Park this afternoon to set up a trip to Southern League Division One Central side Fleet Town on September 3rd.
Two first half goals from Jack Twyman put Slimbridge in control of the tie, and after Sean Lawson had extended the lead seven minutes into the second period, the game petered out to a fairly tame ending, but the Swans will have no complaints as they moved into the next round.
The first goal on ten minutes was the first of some very impressive play as Slimbridge moved the ball around very neatly - Johnny Cant’s cross was flicked on at the near post by Sean Lawson, and Jack Twyman was on hand to sweep the ball home to start the scoring.
The Swans should have doubled their lead seven minutes later, but Lawson and Ryan Thwaite’s good work could not be converted by Ed Major about a yard out.
On the half hour though, Slimbridge notched their second - Adam Mace and Lawson combined well to create another opportunity, and Tywman finished off the move well to record his second of the afternoon.
Bedfont then had by far their best period up to the break, with Simo Mbouiwi seeing his header come back into play off the Slimbridge post, before Connor Moddy saw his header drift just the wrong side of the post as the visitors pressed to try and get back into the game.
Slimbridge were still creating chances though, and Ed Major’s lob was unluckily held up by the wind, and then Archie Haskayne saw his effort blocked, before Paul Johnson brought a good stop from Swans’ Keeper Luke Merchant just before the half.
Seven minutes into the second half, the game was effectively over - Another superb Cant cross was headed back across the goal by Sean Lawson to record the Swans’ third.
Lawson was just off target ten minutes later, after more good interplay between Jack Oldham and Sam Turl had set him up, but his effort was wide.
Although Johnson, and then the lively substitute Gibbon Pasma went close for Bedfont, Slimbridge played the game out successfully to book a trip to Hampshire next month in the next round.
Prior to their next FA Cup tie, the Swans have two League encounters - Slimbridge are back at Thornhill Park next Saturday when Wantage Town are the visitors (3.00pm), before travelling to Bridgwater Town on Bank Holiday Monday (3.00pm).
Team: Merchant, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Ryan Thwaite, Twyman, Haskayne (Ward 74), Oldham, Lawson (Orchard 69), Cant, Major (Martin 59)
Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman
Slimbridge 1-1 Swindon Supermarine
Wednesday 17th August
The Swans remain unbeaten after the first four games of the season, and at the same time put an end to Marine’s 100% record so far with a battling display at Thornhill Park against a Supermarine side who surely will be contesting the play off spots at the end of the campaign.
After a goalless first period, notable for an early penalty save from Slimbridge's Man of the Match Adrian Kowalski, Rich Thwaite put the home side ahead just after the break. Marine top scorer Connor Waldon chipped in a few minutes later to level things up, and both sides had chances to nick the three points, but a draw was a fair result on the night.
The game got off to a sensational start - Adam Mace mistimed a tackle on Supermarine’s Josh Parsons with just three minutes on the clock.
Parson’s stepped up, and placed the ball to Kowalksi’s right - the Swans Keeper tipped the ball onto the post and back out into play, and then reacted well to deflect Parson’s follow up clear, before gathering the ball as it came in again for the third attempt on goal.
Parsons was proving a right handful early doors, and Kowalski made another super stop five minutes later, tipping Parsons’ shot over the bar.
As Marine pressed Joe Shepherd saw a shot deflected wide, and Parsons felt he may have had another spot kick when his whipped in cross was blocked, claiming a handball which was waved away by Referee Richard Gardner.
On 25 minutes, Slimbridge had their best chance of the game, when Sean Lawson was played in by Ed Major, and forced Marine Keeper Connor Johns into a good stop - Jack Twyman’s follow up was cleared off the line as Marine held firm.
A minute later, Johnny Cant was wide with an effort for the home side, and Major saw his effort saved after good work by Lawson.
As the game went towards the half, both sides again went close - Swans Skipper Alex Hoyle had a good effort blocked, and Jack Twyman’s long range effort brought a good save from Johns, while at the other end, Kowalski was equal to an effort from Callum Parsons, leaving the sides level at the break.
The second half began with just as much excitement as the first, with Slimbridge taking the lead two minutes in. Johhny Cant’s run down the left saw him curl in a peach of a cross, and the ball fell to Rich Thwaite, who slammed the ball home from 15 yards out to put the home side ahead.
Cant nearly doubled the advantage a minute later, when Mace and Laswon created a chance half cleared by Johns to Cant 35-odd yards out. Cant attempted to lob the Keeper, only to see his effort drift just the wrong side of the post.
Marine hit back, and on 53 minutes were level - Callum Parsons hit a neat cross to the back post and Waldon was on hand to beat Kowalski at his near post with a header to even things up.
Waldon was close again a minute later, but just couldn’t reach his header from a superb cross from Parsons which went out for a goal kick.
Both sides continued to exchange chances - Lawson and Martin both had opportunities for the hosts, while Connor Thompson and Joe Selman went close for the visitors, but, after 5 minutes minutes of stoppage time, both sides had to settle for a point, a result which probably suited the Swans better than Marine, but was a fair result after an entertaining evening’s football.
Slimbridge move onto FA Cup football at the weekend, when Bedfont Sports come to Thornhill Park for a Preliminary Round tie. The winners of that tie will travel to either Fleet Town in Hampshire, or Yate Town in the next Round on September 3rd.
Team: Kowalksi, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, ward, Twyman, Oldham (Haskayne 63), Lawson, Cant, (Martin 63) Major (Orchard 60)
Supporters Man of the Match: Adrian Kowalski
Yate Town 1-2 Slimbridge
Saturday 13th August
Slimbridge continued their unbeaten start to the season with a victory over Yate Town at Lodge Road this afternoon. After conceding, the Swans hit back straight from the kick off, just as they had done last weekend against Winchester, and a debut Southern League goal 15 minutes from time by Liam Orchard proved the ultimate difference between the two sides.
Slimbridge had a sluggish first 20 minutes and Yate had some good opportunities to get on the scoresheet early on - Two dangerously positioned free kicks were blasted firstly high and then into the Swans wall by Eugene Keary in the first 15 minutes, and Laurent Davis-Wilson shot wide after a neat exchange with the impressive looking Josh Morgan-Willams as the home side pressed.
It was not until the 23rd minute that the Swans created their first decent opportunity - Ed Major just failed to get on the end of a dangerous cross after some neat interplay between Adam Mace and Jack Twyman.
At the other end a minute later, Davis-Wilson’s effort was cleared off the line by a backtracking Jack Oldham, after Davis Wilson had taken the ball round Swans’ Keeper Adrian Kowalski, who was making his debut appearance for the club after signing from Newent.
Yate keeper Kane Mannings made an impressive stop from Nathan Price on 26 minutes, and Sean Lawson was unlucky not to connect with the rebound as the ball came back into play.
Three minutes later, Major was wide with a header after a great probing cross from Mace.
Yate’s best chance of the half came on 34 minutes when a scramble in the Swans’ box was halted by a superb Rich Thwaite block, and just on the stroke of half time, Davis-Wilson was miles too high after good work from Morgan-Williams and Camen Harvey had set him up, leaving the teams going in level at the break.
The hosts took the lead six minutes after the break, when Yate took advantage of a mix up between Kowalski and his back four, leaving Kye Mountford free to net after a scramble in the Slimbridge and put Yate ahead.
The Swans went straight back up the other end from the kick off, and Jamie Martin’s cross was headed home immediately by Ed Major to level things up.
Fifteen minutes from the end, the deadlock was broken with what turned out to be the winner - Jamie Martin and Jack Oldham combined well down the Swans’ left flank, and Oldham’s resulting cross found Liam Orchard free in the Yate box. He drilled the ball under to Mannings to record the Swans’ second of the afternoon.
Yate had one last chance to level things up in the second minute of stoppage time, but Harvey’s shot was easily saved by Kowalski, and the Swans returned back to Thornhill Park with another three precious points.
Slimbridge currently sit in third place in the League after the first week of games, with second placed Swindon Supermarine visiting Thornhill Park on Wednesday (17th, 7.45pm). The Swans then entertain Bedfont Sports in an FA Cup Preliminary Round tie on Saturday (20th, 3.00pm)
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Twyman, Haskayne (Ward 62), Oldham, Lawson, Major (Orchard 67), Payne (Martin 51)
Supporters Man of the Match: Adam Mace
Date confirmed for Memorial Stadium Visit
Thursday 11th August
Slimbridge will visit the Memorial Stadium to play Bristol Rovers in the First Round of the GFA Challenge Trophy on Tuesday September 20th. The Game will kick off at 7.30pm, with Admission set by Rovers at £5 adults, £1 Under 16's.
Last Season's competition saw Rovers broadcasting their home games live on the Internet. Should this be the case again this season, it will be the first time that a Slimbridge game has been made available in this way.
Another first during a truly historic era for the football club. We will, of course, supply further details as they become available.
Bishops Cleeve 0-0 Slimbridge
Wednesday 10th August
Two games into the new Southern League season, and Swans Assistant Manager Freddy Ward was pleased with the first 180 minutes from his side. ‘Four points from our first two games is a good start’ he said after the final whistle. ‘’It was a typical local derby - competitive and fiery, and I think a draw was a fair result. The lads played well, and I thought Sean Lawson had an outstanding game’. The result sees Slimbridge undefeated and sitting in sixth place in the table. Slimbridge will be looking to build upon the impressive start at Lodge Road on Saturday when they visit Yate Town (3.00pm) , before a big test when Swindon Supermarine visit Thornhill Park a week tonight (17th, 7.45pm).
With the Swans amazingly playing three of their last four competitive games at Kayte Lane (Their last two games of last season were also against Bishops Cleeve), it was the home side who made the better start, forcing three early corners in quick succession, but being unable to take advantage of their opportunities. Cleeve then had a great opportunity to open the scoring when Mark Magee pounced on Alex Hoyle’s weak back header to Swans’ Keeper Pete Davies, but a magnificent saving tackle by Rich Thwaite averted the danger.
The sides traded off target efforts, as Hoyle for Slimbridge, and then Jack Horrell and Jacob Davidge were all too high with their efforts as the game settled down to a more even contest.
On 15 minutes, Sean Lawson, who caused havoc all night for the Cleeve defence brought a save from Steven Benson after good work from Ed Major had playing in the Swans’ man.
Five minutes from the break, Lawson went the closest of the half, when he picked up a lovely pass from Sam Turl, only to see his lob brilliantly tipped over the bar by Benson, to keep the sides even at the half.
The second half started with a period of Slimbridge, with Nathan Payne, Jack Oldham, Major and Lawson all having powerful efforts blocked by a great rearguard Cleeve defensive display.
With 71 minutes on the clock, the visitors were an inch away from taking the lead - Lawson’s penetrating run and cross saw firstly Ed Major, and then Jamie Martin agonisingly fail to make contact as the ball whipped across the Cleeve goal.
The home side were not finished though, and with nine minutes remaining, a superb strike from Ben Hayes came back into play off the Slimbridge post and was cleared.
Slimbridge very nearly nicked it at the death, when a scramble on the goalline saw Benson gather the ball following a Jamie Martin header, but in the end both sides settled for a point on an entertaining evening.
This season will see another milestone in the history of Slimbridge AFC, when they visit Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium for a GFA Challenge Trophy game after the two sides were drawn together in the First Round of this season’s competition. The winners of the tie will travel to Cinderford Town in the Quarter Final. The date of the trip to Bristol will be announced as soon as it is agreed between the two clubs.
There is a Committee meeting tomorrow night (Thursday 11th, 7pm in the Clubhouse. All Committee Members are asked to attend.
Team: Davies, Turl, Ryan Thwaite (Mace 45), Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Haskayne, Oldham (Twyman 63), Lawson, Major, Payne (Martin 54)
Supporters Man of the Match: Sean Lawson
Slimbridge 5-3 Winchester City
Saturday 6th August
The Swans and Winchester served up an entertaining goalfest at Thorhill Park, with the home side recording their highest ever single game goal total in the Southern League.
The game looked dead and buried at the break, with 2 Sean Lawson goals, and a pearl from Archie Haskayne putting the home side in control of the game, but Winchester rallied - second half goals from Joseph Briggs, Robert Flooks and Craig Feeney were countered by two further strikes for the home side, with Nathan Payne and Jamie Martin netting, for a result that sees the Swans sitting proudly in fifth place, ahead of both Hereford and Salisbury.
Considering their very recent change of Manager, Winchester made the better start to the game, although their clever football didn’t really create that many scoring opportunities early on. The best of the chances in the first twenty minutes went to the home side, with Sean Lawson looking dangerous. Winchester’s best early effort was a shot from Adam Tomasso which Swans Keeper Luke Merchant gathered easily.
Slimbridge took the lead on 20 minutes, when Lawson’s effort took a slight deflection to leave Winchester Keeper Lewis Noice no chance.
The visitors continued to look dangerous though, and the battle down the left flank between Lerone Plummer and Sam Turl was particularly impressive. Plummer looked as if he was going to have a major influence on the match, firstly playing in Briggs, and then forcing a save himself after a tricky run, but Merchant in the Swans’ goal looked composed and confident.
Merchant made a super stop, tipping Michael Hubbard’s effort over on 26 minutes, before the Swans doubled their lead just after the half hour mark - Archie Haskayne made space for himself after great work from Jack Twyman, who was proving very influential in midfield, outside the Winchester box, and drilled a peach of a shot past Noice to record the Swans’ second.
A minute before the break, it was three - Lawson again was left free in the Winchester box, and netted his second of the afternoon.
Winchester’s frustration boiled over, and, after a late tackle on Dean Turner, a melee ensued, resulting in Turner and Winchester Skipper Jamie Barron both seeing red before the half time whistle.
There was still time for Briggs to hit the Slimbridge crossbar before the break, bringing to a close a breathless first half.
Slimbridge made a far better start to the second half, and Haskayne was unlucky with a header after great work from Lawson, before a lovely passing move between Adam Mace, Haskayne and Lawson saw Ryan Thwaite miscue his cross.
Merchant was again called into action ten minutes into the second period, making a great save from a dangerous free kick, and then seeing Briggs’ effort come back into play off the post. A minute later though, Briggs made no mistake to record the visitor’s first of the afternoon.
The Swans reacted superbly to conceding, going straight up the other end from the kick off, with Nathan Payne’s neat finish restoring their three goal advantage.
On 72 minutes, Winchester got their second of the afternoon, Robert Flooks’ header beating Merchant to make the score 4-2.
With eight minutes remaining, Winchester felt they had pulled another goal back, but Feeney’s effort was ruled out for offside, much to the frustration of the visitors.
On 87 minutes, the Swans recorded their fifth goal of the afternoon - Ed Major’s powerful run down the right flank saw Jamie Martin rise and nod home his cross.
In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Winchester grabbed their third of the game, when Feeney converted after a goalmouth scramble, but the final whistle saw celebrations from the home side and supporters, as they picked up the three opening day points.
Team: Merchant, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Haskayne, Twyman (Oldham 62), Lawson, Mace (Martin 76), Payne (Major 72)
Goals: Lawson (20,44), Haskayne (32), Payne (61), Martin (87)
Supporters Man of the Match: Sean Lawson
Slimbridge 1-2 Westfields
Monday 1st August
The Swans ended their home pre-season campaign with a defeat to Midland League Premier Division Westfields at Thornhill Park on Saturday.
The visitors took the lead with a first half penalty converted by Craig Jones, which was levelled up after the break by Adam Mace’s spot kick for the hosts. Westfield nicked the winner in the 64th monute when sloppy defending saw Jamed Fedry left in too much space to convert from a corner which should really have been cleared.
With the Swans missing Dean Turner and Alex Hoyle, Westfields made the better start to the game, and their best early chance fell to Richard Greaves, who headed over when well place with ten minutes on the clock.
In the 20th minute, Westfields did take the lead - Cidric Grant’s neat turn saw him fool Adam Mace, and Mace clipped his leg as the striker went past. Referee Darre McMillan had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and Jones drilled the ball past Luke Merchant to open the scoring.
The visitors continued to have the best of the play before the half, but were unable to add to their tally - Aiden Thomas’ effort that brought a good save from Merchant being their best opportunity in the remainder of the half.
With Sean Lawson introduced at half time in the usual raft of rolling subs, the Swans started a lot brighter, and were back on level terms six minutes into the second period. Nathan Payne was brought down in the Westfields box executing a similar move to Grant’s in the first half, with the same result. Mace placed the ball to Kieron Blackburn’s right to level things up.
On 64 minutes, Westfields again went ahead, when a corner was allowed to reach James Fedrey in the Swans six yard box, and he made no mistake to record the visitor’s second.
There was time for Swans Keeper Pete Davies, playing the second half instead of Merchant, to make a good block from James Molineux, as he broke following Lawson going close down the other end, but in the end, the home side can have no complaints with the result.
The Swans start their League campaign on Saturday (6th August, 3.00pm) when Winchester City make the trip to Thornhill Park. They then travel to Bishops Cleeve (Tuesday 9th, 7.45pm) and Yate Town (Saturday 13th, 3.00pm).
Squad: (All Played): Merchant, Ward, Mace, ry Thwaite, Turl, Haskayne, Twyman, Oldham, Martin, Orchard, Major, Lawson, Davies, Brock, Payne, Prothero