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Sat 22nd September
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Barnstaple Town
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Tue 25th September
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Malvern Town U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 29th September
Buildbase FA Trophy Extra-Prelim
Slimbridge
V
Winchester City
3:00 PM
 
 
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Management Team reconfirmed for 2018-19 season
Monday 28th May
As Slimbridge prepare for their fourth season in the Southern League, the club are pleased to confirm that the Managerial team of Freddy Ward and Lee Driver-Dickerson will again lead them into the new campaign.

Chairman Barry Gay said’ I am delighted to announce that Freddy and Lee will continue to lead the team next season. Last term was a really tough one, but we are confident that they will work hard to bring in new recruits to strengthen the squad for the new season. The introduction of our Under 18’s development squad can only help the club to progress.’

The Club are also delighted to confirm that their main Sponsor, Ellis Transport, have again signed up to sponsor the Club. for the forthcoming season.  Gay said ‘The support of local businesses is vital to a club like ours, as with so many others, and I offer my deepest gratitude to Mike Ellis for his continued support of the club.’


 
2017-2018 Season Awards Winners
Saturday 19th May
Its a bit late!! but here are the 2017-2018 end of season award winners.

Managers Player of the Season: Ollie Hall

Players Player of the Season: Korey Pring

Supporters Player of the Season: Ollie Hall

Clubman of the Season: Paul Chappell

Chairman's Award: Lena Wrixon


 
Swans at Wembley!
Thursday 17th May


Ahead of this weekend's Emirates FA Cup Final, the FA decided to champion all 737 clubs who have entered this year's tournament by lighting up the Arch and outer screen in the name and colours of each of the clubs to play in the competition this season. I wonder what Evi Thornhill would say if he coud see this photo?

 
2018/2019 Step 3 & 4 League Allocation
Thursday 10th May
The FA have today confirmed the allocation of clubs at Step 3 & 4 of the non-league pyramid.  Slimbridge are to remain in the Southern League West Division next season.


Step 4 - Southern League West
AFC Totton
Andover Town
Barnstaple Town
Bideford
Blackfield & Langley
Bristol Manor Farm
Cirencester Town
Didcot Town
Highworth Town
Larkhall Athelitc
Mangotsfield United
Melksham Town
Moneyfields
Paulton Rovers
Slimbridge
Street
Thatcham Town
Wimborne Town
Winchester City
Yate Town
 
Slimbridge 4-3 Bideford
Saturday 21st April
Swans are safe after taking the points off hardworking Bideford themselves chasing a playoff place at the top of the table.

An early chance for the Swans on 8 minutes, the ball fell to Jamie Martin on the right playing in Edjidjia Mbunga who got a shot away from a narrow angle that the visiting keeper Steve Oliver turned round the post.  The corner was swung in by Birkett and cleared to Marley Thomas but his shot was saved by Oliver.

Bideford were awarded a penalty on 15 minutes, Jamie Martin tripping Ben Seymour as he ran into the box.  Seymour expertly dispatched the penalty despite Adam Thomas diving the right way.  Thomas did well to punch away a Bideford corner on 24 minutes, swung in under the cross bar at the near post.  In the process Thomas suffered a suspected broken thumb, after treatment he bravely continued.

Slimbridge failed to let the goal unsettle them as they continued to try and hit the visitors on the break, on 32 minutes Jamie Martin won a corner after his cross was turned behind.  Birkett’s pin point corner found the unmarked Sam Turl at the far post heading home the Swans equaliser.

Marley Thomas put in a great cross into the box which was controlled by Martin but his shot sailed over the bar.  Ian Sampson tried a speculative shot from 30 yards five minutes from the end of the half but could only find the car park behind the goal.  As the game entered injury time Martin and Mbunga linked up on the right with Mbunga’s shot turned around the post by keeper Oliver.

The Swans came out for the second half with serious intent, with only 48 minutes on the clock Dean Turners fierce shot was parried by Oliver in the visitors goal for Marley Thomas to steam in an bury the ball into the net to give the home side the lead.

Korey Pring was called into action lunging to block a shot destined for a goal at the near post clearing the danger for a visitor’s corner.  On 60 minutes the visitors gained another corner, this time Kevin Squire rose unchallenged at the back to bring the score level again.  Ten minutes later while under a serious spell of pressure from Bideford who were piling players forward Adam Thomas was forced into a save on the goal line.

The Swans retook the lead on 72 minutes, Birkett’s free kick on the left was played over the top to Martin on the right who in-turn fired across the goal for Turner to nod in at the far post.  Five minutes later substitute Adam Mace cross from the left to Marley Thomas whose shot from the right almost crept in at the near post.  The hard working Mbunga almost got on the score sheet his shot well saved by Oliver and cleared away as he ran in to follow up.

With ten minutes of the game remaining The Swans increased their lead with a well worked team move Marley Thomas on the right sending a cross field ball to Mace on the edge of the box who as he drew the keeper squared right to the on rushing Birkett to drive the ball home.

Bideford who never stopped working hard all game pulled a goal back a minute later, Adam Thomas failing to connect cleanly with a corner the ball ending up in the back of the net.


With both Bishops Cleeve and Barnstaple Town failing to win, Slimbridge are now mathematically safe from relegation and live to fight another season in the Southern League with two games remaining.

Slimbridge: A Thomas, Turl, L Payne, Pring, Twyman, Turner, Ward, Birkett, Mbunga, Martin (Mace 75), Thomas

Attendance: 98

Supporter’s man of the match: Dean Turner
 
Cinderford Town 9-0 Slimbridge
Friday 20th April
Slimbridge failed to handle the pace and organisation of a very well drilled Cinderford side that could easily have finished on double figures.

Early on Slimbridge had a half chance Jamie Martin getting on the end of a Marley Thomas cross but his tame shot was held easily by the home keeper Cameron Clarke.  Clarke launched the ball downfield to Robbie Atkinson’s whose 20 yard effort hit the back of the net to give the home side the lead with 4 minutes on the clock.

2 minutes later Atkinson made it two nil slicing through the middle of the Slimbridge defence and keeper Ollie Hall for an easy tap in to an empty net.  The Swans almost pulled a goal back Clarke forced into a point blank save from a Sam Turl header.

The third goal came on 16 minutes Richard Greave heading home unchallenged at the back post from a corner.  Cinderford now dominating the game added a fourth five minutes from the end of the first half, Craig Norman the scorer having sliced through the Swans defence.

Jamie Martin put a long range shot just wide early in the second half as the Swans tried to restore some pride in the scoreline.  A fifth goal for the home side came on 56 minutes substitute Lewis Bamford getting on the end of a neat passing move to slot past Hall.

Two minutes later Bamford scored his second after Hall initially save his shot but Bamford reached the ball first to tap in at the far post.  On 62 minutes Cinderford were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Swans goal area, Lorcan Sheehan duley stepped up to fire in the top left corner to make it 7. With only 5 minutes left Nick Rhodes slotted home from inside the box from a corner to recvord the home sides eighth goal.  Bamford completed the scoring and his hatrick in the final minute with a shot from the right of the Slimbridge box.


Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, L Payne, Ponting (Squires 58), Twyman, Turner, Mannings (Ward 60), Birkett, J Martin, Mace (Driver-Dikerson 85), Thomas

 
The relegation run in
Sunday 15th April

With only 2 weeks to go, the games left for those battling relegation are:



Paulton RoversShortwood UnitedSlimbridgeNorth LeighBarnstaple TownBishops Cleeve
Tue 17 AprNorth Leigh AWimborne Town HPaulton Rovers HCinderford A
Thu 19 AprBishops Cleeve AEvesham HCinderford ABideford APaulton Rovers H
Sat 21 AprYate HBarnstaple Town ABideford HWinchester City AShortwood HSwindon Supermarine H
Tue 24 AprWimborne Town ABishops Cleeve HTaunton Town ABarnstaple ANorth Leigh HShortwood United A
Thu 26 AprKidlington ADidcot Town H
Sat 28 AprDidcot Town ACirencester Town HWimborne Town ALarkhall Athletic HSwindon Supermarine AYate Town A
Mon 30 AprKidlington HCinderford Town H
Wed 2 MayCinderford Town A
 
Yate Town 1-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 15th April
Slimbridge claim point away from home despite dominating much of the game and missing a host of chances. 

Slimbridge started the game with confidence on the back of Thursday night’s win at home, Ollie Hall returned in goal despite not being fully fit after missing Thursdays game with tonsillitis. Jenson Mannings started in midfield with the dependable Jamie Martin taking the place of the absent Sean Lawson up front.

It was Mannings who had the first sight of goal, clipping his shot wide after some good play by the industrious Edjidja Mbunga.  Mannings made a great tackle on the edge of his own box, feeding the ball to Marley Thomas on the wing before laying it off the Mbunga who raced through with the only Yate keeper Harvey Rivers to beat but his shot just cleared the bar.

On 15 minutes the Slimbridge defence was under pressure with a mix up between Sam Turl and Ollie Hall almost allowing the home side an open scoring opportunity however Hall managed to clear the ball up field.  From the resulting clearance Jamie Martin picked up the ball beating a Yate defender on the right cutting in and placing the ball past the advancing Rivers to give the Swans the lead.

Ten minutes later Martin’s pass to Henry Birkett in the middle resulted in Birkett’s shot sailing over from 25 yards.  On the half hour, Dean Tuner was on hand to head away a dangerous cross into the Slimbridge box as Yate tried to find an equaliser.

At the other end a pin point cross from Thomas on the left was knocked out by the home defence at the far post, the resulting corner was cleared.  On 35 minutes Martin picked up a yellow card for a late challenge, from which Yate had a great chance to pull one back, Steve Davies getting his head to the free kick but floated narrowly over Halls bar.

On the stroke of half time Trey Andersons cross from the right evaded everyone in the box and out for a goal kick.

Yate started the second half brightly, former Swan Ross Langworthy breaking down the right his cross was punched clear by Hall under pressure from Anderson who had moved into a strikers role with Yate losing Ben Brokes to injury just before half time.

A free kick from Birkett was easily gathered by Rivers followed a few minutes later by Martins long range shot which Rivers held.  With 55 minutes gone there was a moment of controversy from Referee Mr Cockle, Thomas fed a delightful ball into the box to Mbunga, who appeared to be tripped as he attempted to take a clear shot on goal but no foul was given despite protests from the visiting bench.

Yate still in search of a goal had a strong spell of possession Adam Price shooting over from 25 yards and Anderson hitting his shot wide.  Davies managed to get on the end of a long range free kick but his header fell directly to Hall.  Anderson then just failed to reach Langworthy’s cross from the left again Hall on hand to claim.

On 70 minutes Slimbridge had two glorious chances to kill the game off.  Mbunga beat the keeper and two home defenders in the box, rather than shooting from a narrow angle on the byline he dragged the ball back into the box and his fierce shot cannoned off the underside of the bar and was cleared to safety.  Thomas followed up a minute later with a driving shot that the tipped onto the post by Rivers.  As the game swung end to end, Hall kicked clear as Davies overran the ball as he bore down on goal.  Martins pass down the right to Mbunga whose shot was blocked the ball then fell to Turner who’s follow up shot just skimmed wide of the far post.

Yate did however punish the Swans for failure to convert their chances on 77 minutes, Price picking up the ball 20 yards out and his well-placed chip over Hall dipping under the bar and into the net to equalise.  

The home side now in the ascendancy for the last 10 minutes pressed for a winner as the Slimbridge players started to tire playing their second game in 3 days.  Korey Pring having a solid performance in the back four managed to advert a dangerous cross in the box out for a corner from which two more corners followed and shot wide from Nick Peare.


With only four games left of the season, today’s performance should be enough to see Slimbridge almost safe from relegation.  Next up is the rearranged derby game at Cinderford Town on Thursday at the Causeway before the last home match of the current campaign next Saturday when playoff chasing Bideford visit Thornhill Park.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, L Payne, Pring, Twyman, Turner, Mannings (Ward 80), Birkett, Mbunga, Martin, Thomas

Supporter’s man of the match: Jenson Mannings