Shepton Mallet 0-0 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 31st January
The sides in third and fifth place in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division shared the spoils in a highly entertaining game between two sides who tried to play good football on a very heavy surface. This was the Swans' first 0-0 of the season, completing a January when they didn't concede a goal, in a game that also ended Shepton Mallet's record of scoring in 75 League games in a row.
The home side had the best chance to win the game with three minutes remaining, but Dave Evans' penalty save from Ben Cleverly saw the sides having to settle for a point apiece.
In a first that largely saw both sides cancelling each other out, it was the visitors who made the first decent opportunity when Sean Lawson latched onto a through ball only to see his shot blocked with under a minute on the clock.
Mallet responded well, and Tyson Pollard's mazy run on four minutes was broken up by Man of the Match Rich Thwaite. Thwaite was again in action on 11 minutes clearing Ash Willmott's dangerous cross behind for a corner as the home side built up a little bit of pressure.
On the quarter hour, the best chance of the game so far went to the Swans - Mace and Turner combined well and Turner's effort was turned behind for a corner by Mallet stopper Steve Phillips.
Again, momentum swung between the sides, and a good spell of pressure from the hosts saw them gain three corners in quick succession, but the Swans' back line held firm, with Sam Turl in particular making some important blocks.
With half an hour gone, Slimbridge had a shout for a penalty turned down when Jamie Martin went down in the Mallet box, but Referee Chris Wade was having none of it.
Lawson had a good opportunity just before the break, when he went on another run, but then delayed his shot for a little too long, and the chance was lost. The final effort of the first period also went to the visitors, but Martin's Free Kick was saved by Phillips to leave the scores even at the half.
Slimbridge started the second half as the better of the sides, and Martin's header which drifted wide from Lawson's cross perhaps should have finally opened the scoring, and Martin had another good opportunity after Turl's pass set him up, but overran the ball, and it went out harmlessly for a goal kick.
The momentum of the game changed on the hour mark, as the home side upped a gear, and chances began to be created for Mallet. Tyson Pollard drilled high and wide when left in space on the edge of the Slimbridge box, before Liam Watson's header looped past Evans, hit the bar and went over.
With 15 minutes left, all the pressure was coming from the home side, and Leroy Odiero was called into action for some crucial clearances as the Swans were pinned back. Pollard's header from Dave Thorne's cross went into the side netting, and it was all hands to the pump for the visitors as the game drifted into the final few minutes.
On 87 minutes, Jordan Townsley's neat turn deceived Odiero, and the Mallet striker was felled in the box. Cleverly struck the penalty to Dave Evans' left, and the Swans Keeper pulled off a great save, with the ball being cleared as it came back into play.
Still the home side pressed, and it was a nervous few minutes as the Swans played out time to gain a valuable point.
Slimbridge travel to Street next Saturday (3.00pm) for another League encounter.
Jack Twyman has confirmed, following an MRI scan, that he will miss the rest of the season with ligament damage following his injury in September during the game at Almondsbury. All at Slimbridge AFC wish Twy a good recovery, and look forward to his return to the side in due course.
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Odiero, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Parrott, Lawson (Fahy 66), Martin, Mace (Hammond 75)
Supporters Man of the Match: Rich Thwaite
Slimbridge 3-0 Bishop Sutton
Saturday 24th January
The Swans maintained third place in the Toolstation Western Premier League with this win against a Bishop Sutton side who finished the game with nine after two of their players saw red. Sean Lawson put the Swans in control early on, and second half strikes from Dean Turner and Jamie Martin secured the three points for the home side.
Slimbridge made a bright start, and nearly scored with the first move of the game - Sean Lawson setting up Adam Mace, whose shot was pushed wide for a corner by Sutton Stopper Josh Barrington. However, in the fourth minute, Lawson was more successful, netting after a goalmouth scramble to put the hosts ahead.
Slimbridge pressed, and nearly had a second when Sam Turl shot wide after a break down the right on 11 minutes, before a neat 1-2 move between Turner and Lawson was only stopped by an offside flag.
Fahy's mazy run on saw his effort blocked on 29 minutes, before Mace's free kick drifted just wide, but the home side couldn't make their territorial advantage pay off.
Lawson had another effort saved five minutes before the break, and there was still time for Fahy to overhit his cross after another run down the Swans' right flank, but as they went into the break, Slimbridge only had that single goal to show for their endeavours.
Sutton had their two closest effort of the game in the opening five minutes of the second half, with Elliott Blar shooting wide, and Louis Perry forcing Swans Keeper Dave Evans into his first real action with a shot from outside the box. In between these two efforts, Mace's shot got half a block before being saved by Barrington.
On the hour, Slimbridge doubled their lead with a superb piece of play. Dean Turner picked the ball up outside the Sutton box, played a neat 1-2 with Jamie Martin and drilled the ball home.
Four minutes later, Martin should have added another, but as he took the ball round Barrington, he slipped on the heavy pitch and the chance was lost.
A suicidal eight minutes from Bishop Sutton killed off any chance they had of making a comeback, with two players seeing straight red cards from Referee Adam Matthews for dreadful challenges as the visitors' frustration boiled over - firstly, Blair went for an over-the-top two footed challenge on Callum Brown on 67 minutes, and, in the 75th minute, Chukwu Nwokeh floored Alex Parrott with a challenge from behind that also left the Referee no alternative.
In the last few minutes, Slimbridge notched their third, when Parrott's superb ball was cleverly headed home by Martin, and secure the points for the Swans.
Slimbridge travel to Shepton Mallet next Saturday, (3.00pm) to take on Louis Carey and his teammates.
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Odiero, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Fahy (Martin 57), Turner, Lawson, Hammond (Parrott 19), Mace (Ryan Thwaite 63)
Goals: Lawson 4, Turner 61, Martin 86
Supporters Man of the Match: Dean Turner
New Date for Manor Farm clash...
Sunday 18th January
Our postponed game from Friday will now take place on Tuesday February 10th, 7.30pm Kick Off.
Slimbridge v Bristol Manor Farm - OFF
Friday 16th January
Tonight's game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Wisloe Road. A New date will be announced once agreed.
2pm Inspection tomorrow
Thursday 15th January
There will be a pitch inspection tomorrow afternoon at 2pm ahead of our Friday night matchup with Bristol Manor Farm. The result will be posted here and on our Twitter feed (@slimbridgeafc) as soon as it is available.
GFA Challenge Trophy Semi Final Date agreed
Monday 12th January
We will entertain Shirehampton FC at Wisloe Road on Wednesday February 25th, 7.45pm Kick Off.
Longwell Green Sports 0-1 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 10th January
An Adam Mace first half strike proved enough to secure the points for the Swans on a very heavy pitch at Shellards Lane this afternoon. The win lifts the Swans to third place in the Toolstation Western Premier League ahead of next week's clash with Leaders Bristol Manor Farm at Wisloe Road. The home side ended the game with ten men after the late dismissal of Andy Summers, a decision which provoked some unsavoury scenes as Referee Kevin Collins left the pitch at the end of the game.
The game made a slow start, with neither team able to master a boggy surface early on, and the first period of the game was a very scrappy affair. However, the first decent move of the game of the game proved to be the decisive one in the end - Sam Turl fed Sean Lawson down the Swans' right flank, Lawson beat two men and his cross found Adam Mace in space in the Longwell Green box. Mace steadied himself and drilled the ball past Sports' Keeper Dan Jackson to put the visitors ahead on 20 minutes.
Lawson had the next opportunity to increase the lead, but shot too high after another probing run down the left wing, before Sports had their only two real opportunities of the first period - Sam Taylor scuffed a shot which Dave Evans easily saved on 38 minutes, before, just before the break, Jason Wood's free kick forced Evans into action again, but again it was a relatively simple save for the Swans' stopper.
Slimbridge made a good start to the second period - Lawson's header from Dean Turner's ball just after the break went just the worng side of the post, and Lawson again went close on 52 minutes, this time his header from Mace's cross ending up just off target.
Mace had a great opportunity to notch a second on 63 minutes, but Jackson's save saw a frantic goalmouth scramble, and the ball was hacked clear.
With 20 minutes remaining, Lawson had a great opportunity to finish the game when a mishit defensive pass found him in space, but the ball bobbled just as he struck it, and Jackson was able to make a save.
Jordan Fletcher again went close for the Swans with tem minutes remaining, but his effort again drifted just wide.
The game ended on controversy, when Rich Thwaite was penalised for a foul on the edge of the Swans' box. The home side felt the offence had occurred inside the box, and as their frustration boiled over, Andy Summers, who had already been warned by the Referee for backchat drew a straight red as the home side protested. When the game eventually restarted, Sam Taylor's shot was punched to safety by Dave Evans and the points were secured for the visitors.
The arguments about the decision continued from the home side up until the final whistle, but an equaliser would have been undeserved on the balance of play, and it was a valuable three points making their way back up to Gloucestershire for the visitors.
Slimbridge entertain Bristol Manor Farm at Wisloe Road on Friday (January 16th, 7.30pm).
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Odiero, Rich Thwaite, Ward (Parrott 75), Fahy (Mills 69), Turner, Lawson, Hammond (Fletcher 60), Mace
Supporters Man of the Match: Leroy Odiero
Roman Glass St George 0-5 Slimbridge AFC
Thursday 8th January
Slimbridge eased into the Semi-Final of the GFA Challenge Trophy after comfortably seeing off their a Western League Division One opponents Roman Glass St George, scoring five goals without reply.
In Atrocious conditions, with rain pelting down for the entire 90 minutes, a brace a piece for Sam Turl and Jamie Hammond combined with a strike from Adam Mace was enough to see the Swans Into the Semi's where they will face the winners of Shirehampton and Bitton at Wisloe Road on a date to be agreed.
Slimbridge took the lead on 25 minutes when Sean Lawson fed Turl with a good through ball and Turl ran on to fire past Dempsey in the home goal.
That was how it stayed until 15 minutes into the second half when the same combination of Lawson and Turl resulted in the latter once again firing a low shot past Dempsey.
Lawson should have got on the scoresheet himself after 65 minutes when a superb long pass from Adam Mace found Lawson free at the far post but the former Shortwood Utd striker side footed his shot wide of the open goal.
Just 5 minutes later though the Tie was as good as over when Jamie Hammond crossed for Mace to shoot home from 18 Yards out.
Mace returned the compliment to Hammond in the 83rd minute by sending the Striker away with a defence splitting pass which allowed Hammond the simple task of shooting past Dempsey to make it 4-0.
The Swans completed the scoring with two minutes remaining when Jamie Martin crossed for Hammond who smashed the ball home to complete a good evenings work for Leon Sterling's men.
Team: Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite (Brown 60), Odiero, Rich Thwaite, Hoyle, Turner, Parrott (Mace 57), Lawson (Martin 65) Hammond, Fahy.
Supporters Man of the Match- Sam Turl.