Bideford 1-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 15th January
The Swans returned from one of their longer trips of the season pointless, and their bad run of form continues, but it could have been different had they had the rub of the green on a couple of occasions - Adam Mace’s rare penalty miss could have put the visitors back in the frame after Billy Tucker’s goal that ultimately proved decisive, and the Swans still could have nicked a point in stoppage time, when Rich Thwaite’s effort went agonisingly wide, but it was not to be.
Nick Grimes went close in the first minute as the visitors pressed straight from the kick off, after good work by Marley Thomas, but his effort was wide, before Mace and Jack Twyman both had efforts off target.
What turned out to be the decisive goal came on 14 minutes, when Billy Tucker got on the end of Sean Downing’s through ball to convert, and Kevin Squire should have doubled the advantage a couple of minutes later, but his shot was too high.
Eight minutes after the goal, the Swans were awarded a penalty when Jack Twyman’s shot was blocked by a Bideford hand, but Mace’s effort was saved by Keeper Joe Moore to maintain the home side’s advantage.
The Swans continued to press after the break. and Marley Thomas was unlucky, slipping just as he was about to shoot, but Slimbridge struggled to create too many opportunities.
In the third minute of stoppage time, Dean Turner’s cross saw Rich Thwaite somehow miss from close range, as the hosts hung on to record the victory.
The Swans are back at Thornhill Park on Saturday, when third placed Tiverton Town come to Gloucestershire, continuing a very tough run of games for new Manager Freddy Ward and his men.
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Smith, Twyman, Mace (Stokes 66), Martin, Thomas (Cant 72)
Supporters Man of the match; Nick Grimes
Hereford Tickets Update
Friday 13th January
Tickets for our home game against Hereford continue to be brisk, and they will be available online until Midnight on January 31st using the link in the Match Tickets tab of this website.
Tickets will also be available for sale to personal callers at Thornhill Park on Saturday 21st January between 12.00-5.00pm at the Tiverton Town home game, and then between 2.00-4.00pm the following day, January 22nd.
No tickets will be available on the day of the game.
Swindon Supermarine 2-0 Slimbridge
Wednesday 11th January
Just before kick off the players were informed that Freddy Ward had been put in charge for the rest of the season which was greeted by a round of applause in the dressing room.
Marley Thomas nearly gave the new manager a perfect start when after just 5 minutes he just failed to get on the end of a perfect cross from Lee Smith.
Chances were few and far between in the first period and it took a splendid strike from Conor Waldron on 38 minutes to separate the sides.
Adam Mace should have done better just before the break after good work by Thomas but he fluffed his chance with just the keeper to beat.
Controversy arose just before the break when Sam Turl and Joe Shepherd tangled in front of the dug outs and referee Mackenzie immediately showed Shepherd a red card for an apparent kick towards Turl.
The second half did little to warm the crowd,a flurry of cautions from referee Mackenzie, who was having a bad evening,was the main talking points.
On 80 minutes the home side secured the points when again Waldron beat Adam Thomas in the visitors goal with a strike from 18 yards.
This was a good effort from the Swans who never gave up but once again missed opportunities when they arose proved costly.
Slimbridge now turn their intentions to Saturday when they travel to Devon to take on Bideford, kick off 3pm.
Team: Thomas, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Smith ( Stokes 40) Twyman, Mace (Matondo 71) Brad Martin, Thomas ( Sklenar 75)
Supporters man of the match Nick Grimes.
Tuesday 10th January
Slimbridge AFC are pleased to announce that Freddy Ward is formally assuming the position of First Team Manager until the end of the season following the departure of Leon Sterling in December. Freddy has been in Caretaker charge of side for the last three games since Leon’s departure.
Freddy said ‘Leon is a very hard act to follow – I wanted to carry on playing until the end of the season anyway, and I’m going to give it my all, and hopefully we can pick up a few results with a very tough run of games coming up. Johnny Cant and Lee Smith will be backing me up behind the scenes, so it will be a good challenge for all of us, and I know we can count on a good response from the lads.’
Chairman Barry Gay said ‘I am absolutely delighted that Freddy has accepted our offer. After seeing the response from Players, Staff and Committee, and the manner in which Freddy has gone about his duties, I had absolutely no hesitation in asking Freddy to continue in his role. He has the full support of everyone here at Thornhill Park, and our main aim for the rest of this season is to steady the ship and ensure we finish in a respectable position in what it is a very tough league.’
Freddy made his first appearance for the Swans on August 9th 2003 against Chipping Norton Town, and has gone on to make 412 first team appearances for the club. As Assistant Manager to Leon Sterling, he has represented the club in 330 games.
Slimbridge 0-3 Mangotsfield United
Sunday 8th January
Mangotsfield demonstrated why there are currently sitting within the Play Off positions with a comfortable win at Thornhill Park.
Slimbridge went in a goal down at the break after Lewis Hogg had netted for the Mangos, and two late goals from Liam Monelle and Tom Fry sealed the visitors’ victory, which lifted David Mehew’s side to fourth spot.
In a game short of goalmouth action, Mangotsfield had the first decent effort on goal after 6 minutes, when Lewis Powell played in Mitch Tippins, but his effort was well save by Swans Keeper Adrian Kowalski.
Kowalski was back in action on 17 minutes, making another stop from Ryan Batten’s header following a corner for the visitors.
With 25 minutes gone, Mangotsfield took the lead when Ryan Bath played in Lewis Hogg, whose clinical finish gave Kowalski no chance.
The Swans were still very much in the game at this point, and Adam Mace, and then Johnny Cant both went close as the home side pressed for an equaliser.
There were two late chances for either side to get on te scoresheet, but Bath’s effort was too high after good work by Kerry Morgan, and Jack Twyman was off target for the Swans following some neat play by Marley Thomas, leaving the visitors head at the half.
Apart from Bath’s early effort which drifted wide, the game developed into a stalemate for much of the second half - Mangotsfield had the majority of possession, and Slimbridge struggled to create any decent chances to trouble Mangos Keeper Steve Phillips.
With seven minutes remaining, Mangotsfield got their second goal - Liam Monelle chased down a back pass, blocked Kowalski attempted clearance and walked the ball into the Slimbridge net to double the advantage.
Three minutes later, Tom Fry finished off a move down the right flank to record Mangotsfield third goal.
There was still time for Hogg’s effort which flew just wide before the final whistle blew on Caretaker Manager Freddy Ward’s second game in charge of the side, following the draw at Shortwood United earlier in the week.
Slimbridge travel to Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday (7.45pm) before making the journey to Devon to face Bideford on Saturday (3.00pm)
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Mace (matundo 69), Twyman, Smith, Cant (Stokes 62), Thomas
Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman
Chairman’s New Years Message
Wednesday 4th January
First of all,I would like to wish everybody connected to Slimbridge AFC a very happy and prosperous new year.
The events of the past couple of weeks have now been well documented - the slump in results and general form have been very disappointing to say the least. After a great deal of deliberation and soul searching it was decided that it was time for a change of Manager. After a chat with Leon we reluctantly decided that Leon would part company with us by mutual consent.
I wish to state on record that Leon has worked nothing short of miracles in getting this club to where it is today, and on a very tight budget.
My early days at this club was spent as part of his backroom staff and I, as all players that have put the club shirt on over those years, have nothing but the greatest of admiration and respect for him.
Now to the future - now more than ever, everyone connected to the club – Players, Committee Members and Supporters need to pull in the same direction to keep our Southern League status.
Thank you all
Shortwood United 4-4 Slimbridge
Monday 2nd January
After a difficult week for the Swans that saw the departure of Manager Leon Sterling, the reaction of the side to the week’s events was always going to be a massive factor in this encounter, and, with Assistant Manager Freddy Ward stepping up to the plate, Slimbridge and local rivals Shortwood played out an absolute cracker of a game to share the points in a game that ebbed and flowed between the two sides. The Swans took an early lead through Marley Thomas, and doubled their advantage just before the half hour through Adam Mace. But Shortwood fought back before the break, and goals from Jake Lee and Ross Langworthy saw the sides go in level. Will Morford’s penalty early in the second half saw the hosts in front for the first time in the game, before Brad Martin and then Joe Stokes put the Swans back in front. Lee’s second, with just ten minutes remaining rescued a point for Shortwood, and a draw was certainly a fair result at the final whistle.
Slimbridge made the perfect start - with three minutes on the clock, Jack Twyman played in Marley Thomas with a superb diagonal ball, and he dinked the ball past Shortwood Keeper Rhys Lovett to put the visitors ahead. Momentum was certainly with the Swans early on, and Brad Martin’s header and Johnny Cant’s shot saw the visitors pressing hard.
Eventually, Sortwood settled into the game, and started to create their own chances - Matt Bennett and Adam Price both having good efforts saved by Swans' Keeper Adam Thomas, as the game became a lot more even.
Slimbridge had a great chance to notch a second on 24 minutes, when Thomas was played in again by another great Twyman pass, but was foiled by Lovett when one on one with the Shortwood Keeper.
But a minute later, it was two - Cant’s powerful run down the left flank saw him play Mace into space, and he drilled the ball across Lovett into the far corner of the net to double the visitors' advantage.
But Shortwood came back, and two goals in the next ten minutes saw them draw level - Lee converted after a header from Bennett following a Shortwood corner on the half hour mark, and then Langworthy and Lee played a neat one-two four minutes later that saw Langworthy slam the ball past Thomas to level things up.
Shortwood could have actually gone into the break ahead had Andy Lewis’ effort not come back into play off the Slimbridge crossbar with three minutes of the half remaining.
The second period continued with as much incident as the first - Brad Martin saw his effort blocked from point blank range after good work by Mace, and Dean Turner’s effort was saved after John Cant’s neat play to set him up, before, on 54 minutes, the hosts took the lead for the first time - Turner was penalised for a foul on Price by Referee Andy Sheppard, and Will Morford stepped up to convert the spot kick.
But, seven minutes later, the sides were level again, when Martin converted a sweeping move down the right involving Twyman and Smith to put the Swans back on terms.
With thirteen minutes left, Slimbridge were back in front - Joe Stokes’ strike from the edge of the Shortwood box giving Lovett no chance.
Again, Shortwood came back, and three minutes later it was all square again, when Lee scored his second after a free kick from Price.
The final word looked to be going to the visitors, but Thomas’ effort was cleared off the line, and Stokes’ effort with two minutes left was agonisingly just too high, and the sides had to settle for a point apiece.
The Swans entertain David Mehew’s Mangotsfield United on Saturday at Thornhill Park (3.00pm), before travelling to Swindon Supermarine next Tuesday (10th, 7,45pm) for another League encounter.
Team: Thomas, Turl, Mace, Ry Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Smith, Twyman (Stokes 72), Brad Martin, Thomas (Jamie Martin 87), Cant (Grimes 84)
Supporters Man of the Match: Marley Thomas
Predict the Score and Hereford Tickets
Sunday 1st January
There was no winner for Predict the Score last week, so the prize pot rolls over to £900 for this week's competition.
As previously announced, our game at Thornhill Park against Hereford FC on February 4th will be an all ticket game with no admission without a ticket on the day. Tickets can be purchased now via the 'Match Tickets' tab on our homepage - there will also be a limited amount of tickets available for sale at Thornhill Park at our January home games.
Tickets are £8, £5 concessions (over 60's and Under 16's). Anyone entering the ground will have their tickets pre-checked by professional stewards before entering the turnstile area, and anyone found to be in possession of the wrong priced ticket will be asked to pay the difference, or they will be refused entry to the ground.
Any supporters wishing to purchase tickets through the post should mail a cheque payable to Belgravia Web Studios to 93A New Road, London, E1 1HH - ticket prices utilising this method including Postage, VAT and Admin fee are £9.44 for adults, £6.44 concessions.
If buying via this method, please ensure you include Name, Contact telephone number, email address (if possible), Address and Postcode.
A total of 1200 tickets will be made available for this game.