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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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Slimbridge 4-2 Larkhall Athletic
Friday 13th April
Swans defeat the Larks despite the visitors late comeback

Slimbridge took a big step towards safety from relegation in the Southern League South, West last night defeating local rivals Larkhall Athletic in an entertaining game of football.  Slimbridge lead by three goals midway through the second half when Larkhall scored two goals in a minute to set up a tense final 10 minutes before super sub Jamie Martin nodded home in injury time to give the Swans a vital 3 points to leapfrog Barnstaple Town and give themselves a 10 point cushion over bottom side Bishops Cleeve.

Larkhall were first out of the blocks dominating the first 7-8 minutes of the game, Alex Lambert breaking on the right flank but his cross floated over the bar and out for a goal kick.  A few moments later Aysa Corrick floated in a dangerous cross but Korey Pring was on hand to cut the ball out with a number of Larkhall players rushing to get on the end of it.  Corrick then fired wide from Mason Winters cross from the left,  before Kailan Gould got his head to a long range free kick which was gathered safely by Adam Thomas filling in for the absent Ollie Hall.  The first half chance for Slimbridge came on 8 minutes, Henry Birkett hitting a long range shot over the bar.

However Slimbridge took the lead on 11 minutes, a well worked move from the midfield saw a pin point through ball to Marley Thomas who slotted past Shaun Semmens in the visitors goal.  Seven minutes later Edjidja Mbunga burst through the visitors defence but his shot was save by Semmens legs, Thomas then followed up with the keeper making a second save but unwittingly gave the ball back to Thomas who made no mistake a second time poking into an empty net.

Mbunga almost got through the defence a minute later requiring George King to make a last ditch tackle to stop the Swans front man.  On 25 minutes home keeper Thomas came to the rescue punching clear a long range free kick floated dangerously into the Swans box.

Corrick should have got on the score sheet just after the half hour mark, he skipped past Sam Turl on the left but failed to control the ball as he entered the box with just the keeper to beat, fortunately Thomas gathered safely.  A few minutes later Jack Twyman gave away a free kick on the right edge of the box, and it was Twyman that cleared the free kick giving the visitors a corner, which was turned behind giving the visitors a second corner which was cleared by the home defence.

Greg Peel almost pull a goal back, his turn and shot from 25 yards just creeping wide, before home keeper Thomas was called into action saving Corricks drive with his legs in the dying moments of the first half.

An even start to the second half saw Lamberts cross into the Swans box missing everyone and out for a goal kick.  At the other end Mbunga found the car park with his shot after bursting through down the right flank.  The Swans increased their lead on 52 minutes, Sean Lawson was fouled out on the right of the box, Birkett stepped up from a narrow angle to blast the ball into the roof of the net with the visiting defence looking shell shocked.

Five minutes later it should have been four, Mbunga’s pass to Birkett and subsequent pass out to Thomas on the right had the Larks defence pull out of position. Unfortunately Thomas’s delightful lob beat the visitors keeper but cannoned back off the bar and out to safety.

An injury to Birkett on 61 minutes saw him  replaced by managed Fred Ward, a straight replacement in the middle of the park.  The game contuined to flow with both sides in search of a goal, Lambert shooting just over from the right while Thomas hit the side netting from close range and Mbunga firing straight at Semmens after a great through ball from Turl.

The visitors made a breakthrough on 79 minutes, Greg Peel sending in a delicate chip over Adam Thomas to score.  A minute later Peel acted as provider to Lambert whose close range shot past the home keeper reducing the deficit to one.  A nervy final 10 minutes ensued, Larkhall camping themselves in the Slimbridge half for much of the time.  Lamberts shot was deflected wide and out for a corner.  The resulting corner causing havoc in the home penalty area with keeper Thomas dropping the ball but the home defence managed to clear much to the relief of the home support.

As the game entered injury time, Peel’s shot from 20 yards sailed over an empty net with the home keeper stranded at the front of the goal area should have sealed a remarkable late comeback.  However Slimbridge did manage to settle the nerves 3 minutes into injury time, Marley Thomas burst down the left flank from within his own half sending in a cross from the by-line.  Substitute Jamie Martin who had only just entered the game 4 minutes earlier appeared to overrun the ball however managed to stoop down and get his head onto the end of the cross to score.


Slimbridge: A Thomas, Turl, L Payne, Pring, Twyman, D Turner, M Turner, Birkett (Ward 63), Mbunga (Martin 89), Lawson, M Thomas

Attendance 91

Man of the match: Marley Thomas
 
Larkhall match - Game ON
Thursday 12th April
Tonight's home game against Larkhall Athletic is ON as the pitch has been deemed fit to play on.

 
Date changes
Wednesday 11th April
We will now travel to Cinderford Town on April 19th, and our postponed game from last night against Taunton Town will now take place on April 24th.
 
Taunton v Slimbridge
Tuesday 10th April
Tonight's match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, a new date will be announced in due course.

 
Rearranged Cinderford game
Tuesday 10th April
Our league game at Cinderford has been rearranged for Monday 23rd April at 7:45pm

 
Slimbridge 1-3 Swindon Supermarine
Sunday 8th April
The Swans had playoff chasing Supermarine on the rack for the first half hour of this game, and took an early lead through an Edji Mbunga penalty kick. However, after missing a raft of chances, three goals in the last nine minutes before the break from the visitors put them in charge of the game, and they comfortably played out the second half to take the points back to Wiltshire.

With Manager Freddy ward selecting himself in the team and the rare sight of Jack Twyman as a central defender, Slimbridge started very brightly, and had the best of the early play. On three minutes Mbunga played in Marley Thomas, whose effort was too high. Two minutes later, Joe Wilton chased down a misdirected back header, and won a corner. When the ball came out to Ward on the edge of the box, his effort was again off target.

With seven minutes gone, the home side took a deserved lead - Mbunga broke well down the right, and brought two superb stops in sequence from Marine Keeper Josh Hill. As the ball returned to Mbunga for the third time, he was felled by Ryan Morgan and Referee Darren Wilding pointed to the spot. With regular penalty taker Adam Mace on the bench, Mbunga stepped up and drilled the kick home to put the Swans ahead. 

On 11 minutes, Mbunga had another effort blocked, and in the scramble to follow up the chance, Joe Wilton picked up a knock and had to be replaced - Jamie Martin took his place.

Still Slimbridge pressed, and Thomas was denied by an offside flag after a pinpoint pass from Henry Birkett as the clock hit 15 minutes. 

Mbunga had a couple more chances in this sustained spell of pressure, but the second goal stubbornly refused to arrive, as Marine had their first effort on 22 minutes, when Connor Thompson and Callum Parsons combined for an effort which was deflected for a corner. 

Suddenly, Marine looked as if they had woken up, and following a short corner, Joe Selman’s header brought a good stop from Ollie Hall as the visitors started to exert some pressure of their own. 

Thomas and Mbnuga continued to combine well for the Swans though, and Mbunga was again just off target just before the half hour, while, at the other end, it took a superb tackle from Twyman to stop Brad Gray when he looked to be through on goal. 

On 36 minutes, Marine pulled things level - a Selman cross was superbly swept home by Gray to record the equaliser. 

As the visitors again upped a gear, it took a magnificent stop from Hall to deny Brad Hooper, but the momentum had definitely swung to the visitors.

With two minutes to go to half time, the Swans conceded twice - firstly, Thompson headed home Callum Parsons’ cross, and then Selman was nicked in the box by Sam Turl, with Hooper converting the resulting spot kick. 

The second period was a much scrappier affair - Gray and Hooper continued to pressurise Hall and his back line, and chances for the home side were few and far between - Jamie Martin hit the Marine post in the 77th minute, and there was a brief flurry of Slimbridge pressure in stoppage time, but Marine comfortably played out the second period to take the points. 

The Swans have three more games to come this week - they visit Champions Taunton Town on Tuesday (7.45pm), before Larkhall Athletic visit Thornhill Park on Thursday (7.45pm). On Saturday, the Swans make the short trip to Lodge Road to visit Yate Town (3.00pm)

Team: Hall, Turl, Payne, Pring, Twyman, Turner, Birkett (Manning 75), Ward, Mbunga (Mace 85), Wilton (Martin 14), Thomas

Supporters Man of the Match: Luke Payne
 
Slimbridge 2-2 Barnstaple Town
Thursday 29th March
Both sides had to settle for a point after an eventful evening at Thornhill Park, although both teams could make the case for why they should have nicked the three points. The result leaves both clubs where they started in the bottom three, but a point further from Bishops Cleeve at the foot of the table.

It was a frantic start to the game, and the best of the early chances went to the visitors – the lively Billy Hopcroft was at the heart of most of Barum’s early attempts, and it took a good block from Korey Pring to stop a goalbound effort with six minutes gone. Hopcroft felt he should have been awarded a penalty a couple of minutes when he effort was stopped by a Swans’ arm in the box, but Referee Michael Halford waved away the Barnstaple protests.

With 14 minutes gone, Slimbridge had their best chance of the game so far, when Adam Mace’s effort brought a great save from Barum Keeper Aaron Screech, after good work from Edji Mbumnga and Dean Turner. As Slimbridge pressed, there was a second call for a penalty to be awarded when Screech clattered Mbunga as he was through on goal, but again, the Referee allowed play to continue.

As the game flowed from end to end, George Nancekvell was just off target for Barum, while Marley Thomas missed a great opportunity on 25 minutes after some neat play from Henry Birkett. At the other end, Hopcroft then brought a superb save from Ollie Hall in the Swans’ goal, and Robin Knight headed the rebound over the bar.

The home side took the lead on the half hour – a Luke Payne effort was saved by Screech, and the rebound was headed in by Mbunga to put the Swans ahead.

Barnstaple reacted well to going behind, and had a sustained spell of pressure up until the break, but with Steve Jackson and Korey Pring combining well, the Swans held out to take a lead into the half.

The second period started very much as the first had ended, with the visitors in the ascendence. After a series of corners early on, Mace made a superb goalline header to deny the visitors and equaliser, as Barum pressed to level things up. Hopcroft had a glorious opportunity on 58 minutes when through on goal, but his effort beat Ollie Hall, and drifted just the wrong side of the post.

On the hour, there was another big talking point. Mbumga was played through and felled by Screech as he went to take the ball round him. There was a lengthy delay while Screech received a red card from the referee, with Centre Half Tony Radford taking over the Keeper’s jersey. As Adam Mace waited to take the kick, there was then a further delay as the Referee was called to the halfway line by one of his assistants, and the pair then proceeded to have a loud and very public disagreement about the red card decision, in front of the bemused fans in the main stand. When Mace eventually did get to take the kick, Radford guessed the right way, and palmed the ball to safety.

With 11 minutes remaining, Barum were back on terms, when Hopcroft was allowed too much space in the Slimbridge box, and levelled things up.

Five minutes later, the Swans were back in front – the ball was cleared to Korey Pring on the edge of the Barum area, and his effort took a slight deflection to end up in the top corner.

After Mbunga was just off target as the clock hit 90 minutes, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, with Radford playing upfield as an outfield player again, Nathan Cooper turned and drilled the ball home from six yards out to snatch a point for the visitors.
 

The Swans host Larkhall Athletic on Saturday (3.00pm) before making the short trip to Cinderford Town on Easter Monday (3.00pm)

Team: Hall, Payne, Mace, pring, Jackson, D Turner, Twyman, Birkett (M Turner 75), Mbunga, Wilton (Mann 66), Thomas (Martin 85)

Supporters Man of the Match: Edji Mbunga


 
Slimbridge 3-6 Didcot Town
Monday 26th March
Swans steamrollered by promotion chasing Railwaymen in goal fest at Thornhill Park. 

Slimbridge and Didcot Town played out a 9 goal thriller in which the visitors steamed ahead to lead 4-0 at halftime before a spirited home side fought back to score three in the second.

It was Slimbridge who came out of the blocks early on pinning Didcot in their own half for much of the first five minutes, Joe Wilton forcing visiting keeper Leigh Bedwell into an early save.  However Didcot broke down the left on 6 minutes with a pinpoint cross into the box which just evaded the head of the diving George Reid. The ball ricocheted back to Reid who flicked the ball into the net while lying on the ground from 6 yards.

Didcot dominated most of the half from this moment on, Morgan Williams hitting the bar from a Reid cross, with Jack Twyman on hand to clear the ball out for a visitors corner.  From the resulting corner home keeper Ollie Hall then did well to save a close range header with his legs conceding a second corner in the process.  Adam Learoyd got his head to the second corner striking the bar with his effort the ball going safe for a goal kick to the relief of the home side.

The dangerous Felipe Barcelos should have done better shooting wide on 21 minutes with just the home keeper to beat.  At the other end Jamie Martin made a rare foray into the visitors half chasing a ball down the right a poking it past the outrushing Bedwell only for the ball to be cleared by a returning defender as the ball trickled towards an empty net.

The Swans managed a couple of further half chances Learoyd heading ove his own bar from Wilton’s cross on the right, from the corner Henry Birkett headed wide.  A minute later Birkett and Marley Thomas linked up leaving Bedwell stranded however the pass to Martin was cut out as the Slimbridge striker attempted a shot into an unguarded net.

Didcot’s second goal came on the half hour mark, Williams broke on the right turned past makeshift centre half Sam Turl and first past Hall into the bottom left corner.  Seven minutes later Learoyd beat Hall in the air to an in-swinging cross from the right to make it three.

On the stroke of half time Didcot got their fourth through Reid’s 25 yard shot from the right of the box sailing into the top left corner with Hall well beaten.

Slimbridge introduced Edjidja Mbunga upfront in-place of Jamie Martin at the start of the second half, and he almost made an immediate impact shooting just over after being played in by Thomas.  

On 57 minutes the Swans fought back with two goals in two minutes.  Adam Mace cross from the left was controlled on the edge of the box by Wilton with Birkett hitting a looping shot over the visiting keeper and into the net.  It was then Wilton’s turn to get on the score sheet his deflected shot from 18yards wrong footing Bedwell.

With the Swans looking dangerous going forward they also looked vunerable at the back, and were punished for some poor defending on 67 minutes Barcelos cutting in on the right and firing into the net for Didcot’s fifth.  Ten minutes later Didcot made in six goals Callum McNish firing home through a crowded box from a visitor’s corner.

There was still enough time left for Thomas to go on a solo run on the right cutting in and tucking the ball under Bedwell for the home sides third.  Slimbridge almost managed got a fourth late on but Mbunga’s shot was deflected wide.  Deep into injury time Swans substitute Kieran Squires was called into action throwing himself across the goal line at Marlon Agyakawa’s shot managing to get a leg to the ball and clearing an almost certain seventh for Didcot.


Slimbridge are next up against Barnstaple Town on Wednesday evening at Thornhill Park, 7.45 kick off in what could be a season defining game for both clubs with the Swans 2 points ahead of Barnstaple and with bottom side Bishops Cleeve currently hitting form 5 points behind them.  The Swans then entertain Larkhall Athletic at home on Saturday before making the short trip into the Forrest of Dean to visit Cinderford on Easter Monday afternoon.

Slimbridge: Hall, L Payne, Mace (Squires 72), Pring, Turl (Mannings 74), Turner, Twyman, Birkett, Martin (Mbunga 45), Wilton, Thomas

Goals: Birkett 57, Wilton 58, Thomas 80

Attendance: 95

Supporters Man of the match: Henry Birkett