Slimbridge 0-1 Egham Town
Sunday 4th October
Egham gained revenge for their FA Cup exit at Wisloe Road earlier in the season with a deserved victory yesterday, despite playing with ten men for the last half hour of the game. A largely uneventful game sprung into life ten minutes into the second half when Egham Keeper Jamie Norris saw red for taking out Sean Lawson, who was through on goal, resulting in Lawson leaving the pitch on a stretcher with a nasty looking ankle injury. Despite this setback, the ten men kept battling, and deserved a winning goal with 15 minutes remaining to progress to the next round of the competition.
The first half was notable only for it being virtually blank as far as chances were concerned - Egham had the better of the play, but Danny Bassett, Bajram Pahaj, Chris Henry and Ollie Jones were unable to trouble Adam Thomas in the Slimbridge goal, while Adam Mace made Norris work with a free kick on the half hour. With the game going to Extra Time and penalties on the day if required, this seemed the most likely option at the break.
The first decent goalmouth action came on 51 minutes, when Adam Thomas made a spectacular save to tip over Bassett’s effort for Egham, before the game turned on an incident in the 56th minute.
Sam Blackie played a penetrating through ball to Sean Lawson, who was through one on one with Keeper Norris. The Egham Stopper clattered into Lawson and stopped him dead in his tracks, receiving a red card from Referee Chris Smith. It was immediately obvious Lawson was in trouble, and he was stretchered from the pitch, with Sam Turl coming on to replace him.
As the incident was outside the Egham box, so the Swans were awarded a free kick, and despite Adam Mace testing new Keeper Reece York, who fumbled the initial shot, Jack Twyman was unable to take advantage and the scores remained level.
The visitors took the lead on 76 minutes - Slimbridge allowed Jake Cass far too much room on the right flank as he pressed forward, and his cross was converted by Henry to break the deadlock.
Bassett again went close from Egham with ten minutes remaining, but Thomas pulled off another good stop, while at the other end, Sam Blackie’s shot was fumbled by Brendan Matthew, who had taken over from York in the Egham goal, but Fahy was unable to convert the follow up.
The Swans are back to League action on Wednesday, when they entertain Burnham (7.45pm), before travelling to Taunton Town on Saturday (3.00pm)
Team: Thomas, Brown, Ry Thwaite, Hoyle, Greening, Turner, Twyman, Blackie, Martin (Bamford 69), Lawson (Turl 56), Mace (Fahy 63)
Supporters Man of the Match: Adam Thomas
The Slimbridge 'Predict the Score' competition was again without a winner this week (Surprisingly, no-one saw Manchester City scoring 6 against Newcastle), so the prize has now reached £600. See John Ashplant for your tickets to this week's competition.
Swindon Supermarine 1-2 Slimbridge
Tuesday 29th September
A superb hardworking performance from Slimbridge saw them record a morale boosting victory at high flying Supermarine at Webbswood Stadium this evening. The win, the Swans’ second of the campaign, moves them up two places to 18th in the table.
Slimbridge made a very bright start and were rewarded with ten minutes on the clock when Paul Fahy looped a shot from the edge of the Marine box over Keeper Matt Bulman to put the visitors in the lead. However, it only took two minutes for the home side to level things up - Ashley Edenborough, who looked dangerous all night, played a neat 1-2 before placing the ball beyond Adam Thomas in the Slimbridge goal for the equaliser.
Supermarine were attempting to play some clever football, but their attempts were thwarted by a non stop high tempo approach from the Swans, who never allowed the hosts to settle on the ball, and reduced their normal passing game to a series of high balls lofted into the box.
Ten minutes into the second period, Slimbridge were back in front - Jamie Martin scrambling home Paul Fahy’s cross.
This was the signal for a sustained period of pressure from the home side - Edenborough and Oli Bailey playing particularly well and causing trouble for Slimbridge, but a superb defensive display from the Swans back line ensured that they held firm. Adam Thomas made three superb stops in the final quarter of an hour to deny what looked certain goals, while at the other end, Mitch Cornock had a couple of opportunities to put the game to bed.
After eight long minutes of stoppage time, the final whistle saw celebrations from the Slimbridge players and fans, who can now approach Saturday’s FA Trophy tie against Egham at Wisloe Road with confidence.
Team: Thomas, Turl, Brown, Hoyle, Greening, Ward, Turner (Ryan Thwaite 74), Twyman (Blackie 70), Martin (Cornock 85), Fahy, Mace
Supporters Man of the Match: Adam Thomas
North Leigh 4-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 27th September
The Swans bowed out of this year’s FA Cup in a game eerily similar to the League encounter at Eynsham Park in August.
The visitors took the lead just before the break with a contender for goal of the season from Adam Mace, but the hosts took advantage of some sloppy second half defending to put the game to bed with three goals in a 15 minute second half spell. A fourth North Leigh goal with practically the last kick of the match rubbed salt in the wounds for the Swans, who must regroup quickly for another away trip on Tuesday, this time in the League, when they visit third placed Swindon Supermarine.
It was a game of two halves - Slimbridge bossed the first period against a North Leigh side who looked nowhere near as effective as they did in the previous encounter, and should have gone into the interval with a far greater lead than they had. The second half, however, was a different matter, with the hosts controlling throughout, and looking good value for their victory at the final whistle.
The Swans started well, and after Mace had seen his early shot blocked, nearly got lucky when North Leigh Keeper James Foster was forced to knock Lewis White’s back header for a corner with seven minutes on the clock. Minutes later, Alex Hoyle saw his header from Mace’s free kick drift over.
North Leigh were finding it difficult to create chances at this point, and were restricted to long range and off target efforts - Morgan Williams and Callum Monish were both wide with their efforts, but the best chances were coming for the visitors. With 19 on the clock, Jack Twyman, Alex Hoyle, and Sean Lawson combined in a lovely move which saw Paul Fahy’s header go too high, and then Sam Turl and Twyman created a great opportunity for Lawson, but he was unable to reach the dangerous cross and North Leigh escaped.
The hosts were still restricted to the occasional effort, but Adam Thomas was equal to Kieran Sanders’ effort on the half hour, pushing his effort behind for a corner.
Slimbridge had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock on 34 minutes, when Turl, Fahy and Mace put together a lovely passing move, but Lawson was unable to convert Mace’s cross with the goal gaping in front of him.
Three minutes before the break, the visitors took the lead - Mace was left in space 35 yards out, and his accurate effort gave Foster no chance to give Slimbridge the advantage.
The second period started with pressure from the home side, as was to be expected, and both Monish and Sam Elkins had gone close before the equaliser arrived on 55 minutes - Ryan Thwaite was dispossessed by Aaron Woodley, and his cross was converted easily by Sanders to even things up.
The momentum of the game was then completely with the home side - six minutes later, a North Leigh corner somehow found it’s way to Elkins on the back post and he bundled the ball in to put the home side in front.
On 70 minutes, it was game over - Sanders played in Elliott Osbourne-Ricketts who beat Thomas easily.
Thomas was called upon again on 78 minutes, stopping another Sanders effort with his feet, while at the other end, Foster was forced to tip a Jamie Martin Free Kick over as Slimbridge fought to get back into the game.
With five minutes remaining, Elkins found the side netting with another effort, before Morgan Williams grabbed the fourth goal for the hosts after being left with too much space in the Slimbridge box.
The Swans play their first ever game in the FA Trophy on Saturday, when they entertain Egham Town in a Preliminary Round tie at Wisloe Road (3.00pm)
Team: Thomas, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Hoyle, Greening, Ward, Twyman, Blackie (Turner 70), Lawson, Fahy (Rich Thwaite 79), Mace (Martin 74)
Supporters Man of the Match: Ciaran Greening
Shortwood Utd 2 Slimbridge 0
Thursday 24th September
A second half double strike from Shortwood's Jake Lee earned the Nailsworth side the points against a Slimbridge side who more than held their own against their near neighbours in an entertaining game at Meadowbank on Tuesday evening.
Slimbridge started the brightest and took the game to their hosts, putting them under pressure with some slick movement but it was Shortwood who nearly scored first when Sam Hicks struck the post with a good shot on 8 minutes.
Two minutes later Sean Lawson had a good shot after good inter play between Alex Hoyle and Adam Mace, Lawsons shot going inches over.
On 25 minutes Shortwood's Matt Bennett let fly from 20 yards and despite the ball taking a wicked deflection Adam Thomas made a splendid save to keep the scores level.
Five minutes later a huge kick upfield from Thomas deceived everyone in the Shortwood defence and as the ball bounced over the last defender Lawson looked certain to score but Tom King in the home goal did well to get a hand to Lawsons header despite injuring himself when he collided with a fellow defender.
A minute from the break, Swans Adam Mace found himself harshly Cautioned by referee Alan Berrow, who otherwise had a splendid game, after a spat with a shortwood defender on the touch line.
Shortwood came out looking much stronger in the second half and after only two minutes Thomas had to be at his best to tip over a shot from Liam Meredith.
Just a minute later Hoyle was dispossessed right in front of the dug out by Lee who ran clear but shot wide when it looked easier to score.
As Shortwood upped the tempo the Swans were grateful to Thomas who made splendid saves from Meredith and Lee but Thomas could do nothing to stop the latter in the 65th minute when his shot from just inside the box opened the scoring for Shortwood.
Slimbridge were defending in numbers now and Manager Sterling introduced substitutes Jack Twyman and Jamie Martin in an attempt to get back into the game.
Martin made his presence known straight away by being the second swans player in the referees notebook for a late challenge on former Slimbridge player, Niall Halford.
Shortwood's second half dominance was rewarded with five minutes left when Lee pounced from close in after a great double save from Slimbridge Man of The Match Thomas.
It was Thomas to the rescue once again in the 90th minute when he denied Lee his hat trick by pushing away his goal bound strike.
As referee Berrow blew the final whistle, Slimbridge were left to reflect on was was a good performance but a dissapointing result and are obviously finding life tough in this,their first season in the Southern League.
Manager Leon Sterling has put in seven days notice of approach for two players this week in an attempt to strengthen his squad, in the mean time the Swans look forward now to a big week ahead, starting with a tough looking FA Cup tie at league leaders North Leigh on Saturday where the prize pot is £4,500 for the winning team, followed by a league game away to high flying Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday evening and then their first ever appearance in the FA Trophy next Saturday when they welcome back Egham Town to Wisloe Road, after they knocked them out of the FA Cup in the last round.
Any supporters wishing to travel to North Leigh on Saturday should book their seat on the coach by ringing Secretary Colin Gay on 07702070229.
The coach leaves Wisloe Road at 12 midday and the cost is just £5 per person.
Marlow 2 - 1 Slimbridge
Sunday 20th September
The Swans returned from Buckinghamshire pointless after a sluggish performance allowed their hosts to come from a goal down to snatch victory thanks to a double strike from substitute Jordan Brown after Paul Fahy had put the visitors ahead with a penalty shortly after the break.
Both sides were reduced to ten men during the second half, first to go was Marlow's Stephen Peacock for a horrible tackle on Adam Mace in the 76th minute shortly followed by Slimbridge centre back Richard Thwaite, who picked up a second yellow card for a late challenge,after he had already been cautioned for showing dissent to referee Mr Carmichael.
Slimbridge got off to a bright start, having the majority of possession for the first half hour but without creating too much but also restricting Marlow to a couple of half chances.
Sean Lawson went close on 25 minutes but Simon Grant in the home goal was quick to push his well struck shot away.
Marlow should have taken the lead on 36 minutes when Devontae Romeo found himself one on one with Adam Thomas in the Swans goal but the veteran keeper pulled of a fine diving save at Romeos feet to keep the scores level going into the break.
The second half was just 9 minutes old when Paul Fahy ran into the Marlow box and was brought down by goalkeeper Grant as Fahy attempted to round him and the referee pointed straight to the penalty spot.
Grant can consider himself a very lucky man as the referee failed to imply the letter of the law, in fact he chose not to show either colour card to Grant but justice was done when Fahy fired a good shot to the keepers left to open the scoring.
Further near misses by Freddy Ward, Substitute Jamie Martin and Dean Turner was to prove costly for the Swans as Marlow equalised on 69 minutes, a right wing cross was headed away by Richard Thwaite but it fell nicely to Jordan Brown who fired a good shot past the helpless Thomas.
Dean Turner went close to regaining the lead for the Swans on 74 minutes when his drive from Mace's corner kick was cleared off the goal line by a well positioned defender.
Two minutes later and the hosts were down to ten men after substitute Stephen Peacock, who had only been on the field for five minutes, put in a horrid looking challenge on Mace.
Just 3 minutes later Richard Thwaite followed Peacock for an early shower after picking up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Charlie Bull, Thwaite will now miss the Swans important FA Cup Trophy game at home to Egham Town on Oct 3rd.
Marlow stole all three points when in the 89th minute a corner on the right was well headed on to Brown who toe poked the ball past Thomas from close range to end a disappointing afternoon for the Swans.
The games are coming thick and fast now as we travel to near neighbours Shortwood Utd on Tuesday evening for a 7.45pm kick off and then next Saturday we are once again on our Travels in the Emirates FA Cup for a 2nd round Qualyfiying match at North Leigh.
The Coach will leave Wisloe Road at 12pm midday and any supporters wishing to join us should ring Secretary Colin Gay on 07702070229 to book their seat.
FA Cup Magical Mystery Tour next installment - North Leigh
Wednesday 16th September
We will be running a Supporters Coach to North Leigh on September 26th for our forthcoming FA Cup tie. Cost is £5, contact Colin Gay on 07702070229 to book your place.
The League game against Burnham which has been bumped for the FA Cup, has been rearranged for Wednesday 7th October, 7.45pm Kick Off.
FA Cup Draw
Monday 14th September
Slimbridge are on the road yet again this time a slightly shorter trip to our old friends North Leigh in the 2nd qualifying round to be played on Saturday 26th September.
Greenwich Borough 2 - 3 Slimbridge AFC
Sunday 13th September
The Swans moved into the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup for the first time in nine years with a hard fought, but deserved victory at Princes Park Stadium this afternoon.
Trailing to an early strike from Mohamed Eisa with only four minutes on the clock, it took an own goal on 23 minutes from Greenwich’s Connor Heffernan to rouse the visitors from a sluggish start.
Two goals before the break, a magnificent header from Jack Twyman, and a Paul Fahy penalty after Fahy himself had been felled in the box saw the Swans go into the break two goals to the good.
An early second half Greenwich goal from Gary Alexander put the pressure back on Slimbridge, and it took some fine defending, coupled with sterling work from Adam Thomas between the sticks to see out the win, and put the Swans in the hat for tomorrow’s draw.
The home side made much the better start, with Slimbridge looking as if they were suffering from the four and a half hour trip from Gloucestershire to Kent in the early stages.
With two minutes on the clock, Eisa took advantage of a cross which fell beyond Rich Thwaite only to see his effort bounce back into play off the base of the Slimbridge post.
Two minutes later though, Eisa made no mistake, finishing well to round off a good passing move involving Jake Britnell and Alexander, to put the home side ahead.
All the Momentum was with the hosts at this point, and first Britnell, then Danny Young saw efforts denied by good save from Thomas.
The visitors’ first decent effort came on 15 minutes, but Twyman’s effort was blocked on the edge of the box, but on 23 minutes, Slimbridge had a break of luck which brought them back in the game.
Adam Mace’s probing Free Kick into the Greenwich box saw two defenders leap for the same ball, and it skipped off Connor Heffernan’s head and into the net to bring the visitors level.
To their credit, the goal galvanised Slimbridge, who started to offer more in midfield than the home side, and started to create some decent openings.
After Eisa had gone close again after another powerful run, Freddy Ward’s header from Twyman’s cross was just as close at the other end.
Two minutes later, the visitors took the lead - Twyman’s powerful header from Sam Blackie’s cross giving Greenwich Keeper Craig Holloway no chance.
Greenwich still looked dangerous though, and Alexander’s header after slack marking should have been the equaliser, but we was wide of the target and the Swans had a let off.
A couple of minutes later, a Paul Fahy run into the Greenwich box was unceremoniously halted, and Referee Lee Brennan pointed to the spot without hesitation. Fahy picked himself to convert the spot kick and give the visitors a two goal cushion at the interval.
The second half started with another good Fahy run being halted, this one outside the box. Blackie’s Free Kick brought a superb stop from Holloway, before the hosts clawed themselves back into the tie.
On 53 minutes, Mace was penalised on the edge of the Slimbridge box, and Alexander drilled the ball past the Slimbridge wall to reduce the deficit.
This was the signal for a sustained period of pressure from the home side - on 64 minutes, Thomas made another great stop from Young’s effort, and Eisa somehow managed to head over from a couple of feet out, with an equaliser looking inevitable.
But the Swans reorganised, and dug in, playing out time and reducing the hosts to one more dangerous effort - Alexander in a carbon copy of his free kick goal, this time saw Thomas equal to the task and making a vital stop.
There were seven minutes of additional time played from somewhere, before the final whistle saw great scenes as players, officials and fans all celebrated together on the sidelines.
Slimbridge return to League action on Saturday, when they are off on their travels again, this time to Marlow (3.00pm).
Team: Thomas, Turl, Mace (Ry Thwaite 53), Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Twyman, Lawson (Bamford 75), Blackie (Martin 64), Fahy
Supporters Man of the Match: Alex Hoyle