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Presentation Evening and AGM now in the diary....
Tuesday 25th April
Two more dates of the last knockings of the season have now been confirmed - Our End of Season presentation evening will be held at Thornhill Park on Fri 5th May, 7.30pm start.

Our AGM has now been scheduled for Thurs 11th May, 7pm also at Thornhill Park.

In addition, our Annual Youth Tournament, run in conjuction with the Slimbridge Youth Team, will take place at Thornhill Park on Sunday 7th May. Precise timings will be confirmed next week.


 
Wimborne Town 3-1 Slimbridge
Monday 24th April
The Swans ended their campaign with a disappointing display at Wimborne, going down by 3 goals to 1 which leaves them ending their season in 20th place in the final league placings.

On a glorious afternoon and on a well prepared pitch it was the home side who always looked the most comfortable and it was no surprise when after 21 minutes they took the lead with a well taken goal from Louis Kellaway who converted a cross from the left which really should have been cleared by a hesitant Slimbridge defence.

All too often the Swans gave the ball away far too cheaply and the home side took full advantage.

As half time approached,and with the visitors failing to have a single shot at the home goal,Wimborne deservedly increased their lead.
Nick Grimes was penalised for a foul and the resultant free kick was powerfully headed home by the unchallenged James Stokoe.

Just two minutes into the second half the home side should have wrapped proceedings up when Grimes upended Jack Lovell in the box but Marcus Beauchamp in the Swans goal guessed correctly and saved Lovells spot kick.

It was still all Wimborne as Toby Holmes twisted and turned in the visitors box but saw his vicious volley go just over.
On 77 minutes the home side sealed the three points when Sam Turl was cautioned for a foul on Matt Neale and the resultant free kick was fired home by the Advancing Sam Davidson.

Slimbridge got a consolation goal on 80 minutes when a Liam Orchard free kick was fired home from 10 yards out by David Merrick.

Team: Beauchamp, Turner, Turl, Grimes, Ryan Thwaite, Ward, Twyman, Merrick, Jamie Martin ( Lewis 65) Smith ( Orchard 76) Thomas.

Supporters Man of the Match: Freddy Ward.

 
Want to be a Physio for SAFC?
Wednesday 19th April
Slimbridge AFC are looking to appoint a Physio/Sports Therapist for the
2017/18 season.

If you hold an FA Intermediate qualification and also
hold a First Aid Certificate, and are interested in applying, please
contact Club Secretary Colin Gay at colin.hamish@icloud.com or call him
on 07702 070229.

 
New Merchandise available soon
Tuesday 18th April
We will shortly be taking delivery of Swans themed Baseball and Beanie hat, as well as SAFC scarves, which will be available next season at Thornhill Park. Details of prices and how you can order will be announced shortly.


 
Slimbridge 1-2 Shortwood United
Monday 17th April
Shortwood left Thornhill Park with local bragging rights after a come-from-behind victory saw former Swan Marksman Will Morford notch a brace to seal the points for the visitors. The Swans slipped to 20th in the table as a result of the loss, with their final game of the season on Saturday, when they make the link trip to Wimborne Town (3.00pm).

Slimbridge started by far the better of the two sides, with Marley Thomas causing all sorts of problems for the visitors - his effort with just three minutes gone brought an equally impressive save from Wood Keeper Josh Langley, and Lee Smith’s header from the resulting corner was agonisingly off target as Slimbridge pressed.

Fpur minutes later, Smith was too high with another effort as Slimbridge kept the pressure up, and didn’t allow Shortwood to settle into any rhythm.

Adam Mace went close on 14 minutes, with an angled shot which saw Langley forced into action again, and it was no surprise when, two minutes later, Slimbridge took the lead.

Good interplay between Dave Merrick, making his debut for the side, Dean Turner and Mace saw Thomas through on goal, and he gave Langley no chance to put the home side ahead.

Going behind spurred Shortwood into life, and Rich Thwaite made a good block to stop deflect a goalbound effort from Steve Davies two minutes after the goal.

After Mace had another long range effort saved, Shortwood were allowed back into the game when Ryan Thwaite’s clumsy challenge on Chris Withington saw the visitors awarded a penalty. Marcus Beauchamp dived to his right to push out Morford’s spot kick, but Morford reacted quickest to the loose ball and drilled home the equaliser on 26 minutes.

Momentum began to swing back towards the visitors as a result of Morford’s strike, and although Smith was unlucky failing to find Thomas on a break down the Slimbridge left flank with Thomas well placed, Shortwood started to create their own opportunities - Andy Lewis brought a good stop from Beauchamp as Shortwood began to press, but the sides went in level at the break.



The Swans didn’t manage to exert the same degree of influence over the second period as they did the first, and were given a warning after four minutes of the second half, when Nick Peare’s header from a corner drifted just wide, but a minute later, Morford was given too much space after some good work down the Shortwood right flank, as the cross came over, and he converted to put the visitors into the lead.

The rest of the game settled into a game of attrition far removed from the end to end play of the first half, with chances at a premium - Dean Turner’s effort after good play by Sam Turl saw his effort blocked, but Slimbridge’s long ball approach was comfortably dealt with by the Shorwood defence.

Five minutes from time, Liam Meredith’s effort was deflect wide as the visitors tried to finish the game off, and Marley Thomas felt he may have had a shout for a penalty when he went to take the ball past Langley and was caught in the box, but Referee Neil Pratt, who had a good afternoon, ruled his decision a goal kick, and Shortwood played out time to record the win.

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Ryan Thwaite (Lewis 87), Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner (Payne 72), Twyman, Merrick, Smith (Orchard 87), Mace, Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Nick Grimes
 
Wantage Town 2-0 Slimbridge
Saturday 15th April
The Swans are still looking for the victory that will secure their 40 point target, and could have secured the points at Alfredian Park, but wasteful finishing and a couple of goals either side of the break saw Wantage collect the points on a disappointing afternoon for the visitors.

As the game kicked off, it was obvious that the bone hard pitch was going to have an influence on proceedings, and it was the home side, employing a much more direct style of play, who had the better of the early exchanges.



As Slimbridge started to get into the game Lee Smith saw his effort headed off the Wantage line on 15 minutes, and then, after a good passage of play revolving around Sam Turl’s run down the right flank, Adam Mace saw a goalbound effort blocked.

It took 35 minutes for Wantage to have their first effort on goal, but Jack Powell’s effort was well wide.

Against the run of play in the 41st minute, the home side took the lead - Powell chased a long through ball with the Swans back line appealing in vain for an offside decision which never came, and drilled the ball past Marcus Beauchamp to give Wantage the advantage.

Three minutes after the break, Wantage doubled their advantage with their second shot on target - Mark Francis was given far too much space in the Slimbridge box, and finished well to notch the second.

Slimbridge continued to create chances, but were unable to convert a slew of opportunities to reduce the deficit - Dean Turner was too high after he got on the end of Marley Thomas’ cross, and two dangerous Adam Mace free kicks saw Rich Thwaite, and then Smith, again off target with their headers.

Five minutes from time, Charlie Wise was wide with a header on another rare Wantage attack, and there was still time for Jack Twyman, still on the pitch despite turning his ankle as he chased a ball on the rock hard surface, and Mace again to see their efforts drift the wrong side of the Wantage goal.

Slimbridge are back at Thornhill Park on Monday for a local derby with Shortwood United (3.00pm), before finishing their campaign next Saturday with a long trip to Wimborne Town (3.00pm)

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Lewis (Ryan Thwaite 49), Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Mace, Twyman, Smith (Orchard 69), Payne (Sklenar 59), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Dean Turner
 
Slimbridge 2-0 Bideford
Saturday 8th April
The Swans collected three points after an entertaining afternoon at Thornhill Park, with a goal in each half securing the spoils for the home side. In a game that had very much a preseason feel with nothing resting on the results, Slimbridge's two clinical finishes from Lee Smith and Marley Thomas proved the difference between the sides.


Bideford had the best of the early play, with Kevin Squire and Billy Tucker off target, while the Swans best effort saw Bideford Keeper Joe Moore make a sharp stop from Adam Mace. 

On ten minutes, Bideford were pressing, and a quick Slimbridge break saw Lee Smith notch the first of the afternoon, with a good finish past Moore to put the home side ahead.

Bideford continued to create chances, and Swans Keeper Marcus Beauchamp made a great stop from Ian Sampson's volley on the half hour, and then denied Sean Downing, who had a superb afternoon for the visitors, when the Robins' man was through one on one.

The Swans went close to doubling their advantage just before the break, when good work from Marley Thomas saw a dangerous looking Smith effort block, leaving the hosts to go in a goal to the good at the half.

Bideford came out with a purpose after the break, and for about 15 minutes, it seemed like the game was reduced to a duel between Downing and Slimbridge, with three great efforts bringing good stops from Beauchamp to maintain the home side's lead.

On the hour though, it was two - Ben Prictor played a superb diagonal ball across the Bideford back line, and Thomas picked up the pass, rounded Moore and walked the ball into the net for the Swans' second of the afternoon.

Downing continued to pose a threat, with an overhead kick just after the goal again going close, but the game settled into a stalemate as it approached the final stages.

Squire saw a late effort cleared off the line as Bideford continued to press, and Downing brought another good stop from Beauchamp in stoppage time, but the Swans held on to record the victory.

Slimbridge travel to already relegated Wantage Town next Saturday, before returning to Thornhill Park on Easter Monday for a local derby with Shortwood United (3.00pm).

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Prictor, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Smith, Brad Martin (Jamie Martin 60), Mace (Lewis 77), Thomas (Orchard 80)

Supporters Man of the Match: Sam Turl
 
Barnstaple Town 3-1 Slimbridge
Monday 3rd April
Despite the defeat, Swans Boss Freddy Ward was upbeat about the battling display his threadbare team put on during an entertaining match at Mill Road. 

'I was very proud of the boys', Ward said afterwards, 'they gave their all under very difficult circumstances, and I felt that in the second half especially, we could have gotten something out of the game.'

On a sunny Devon afternoon, Barnstaple settled quickest, and took the lead on 14 minutes. Jack Jenkins lobbed a cross into the Swans' box, it was headed back across goal by Aaron Harper-Penman, and Shaun Copp gave Marcus Beauchamp no chance from close range.

The home side continued their bright opening, and Jenkins and Lee Francis were both off target before Dean Turner shot wide for the visitors. 

Seven minutes before the break, Barum doubled their lead - Kyle Paine was given too much room on the Swans left flank, and he took full advantage to put Barnstaple two goals to the good.

After the break, Slimbridge came out with far more purpose, and Liam Orchard had a couple of early opportunities to pull a goal back, but failed to hit the target when well placed. With Mason Lewis putting in a magnificent shift despite carrying a troubling toe injury, the Swans began to threaten. 

Barum remained dangerous though, and it took a great goaline clearance from Brad Martin to stop the hosts extending their lead on 63 minutes.

With 15 minutes remaining, Adam Mace produced another thunderbolt from 25 yards to reduce the deficit, but as the Swans pressed for an equaliser, in the first minute of stoppage time, James Blake got on the end of a through ball as Barnstaple broke quickly, and lobbed Beauchamp to finish the game off. 

Slimbridge are back at Thornhill Park on Saturday when Bideford are the visitors. With both Bridgwater Town and Wantage Town both relegated last week, the Swans have four games left to complete their season.

Team: Beauchamp, Turl, Mace, Prictor, Martin, Turner, Twyman, Ward, Lewis, Orchard, Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match : Mason Lewis
 
 
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