Ska Night at Wisloe Road - The return of The Revolvers
Monday 9th November
The Revolvers Ska Band will be making a welcome return visit to Wisloe Road on Saturday November 21st, 8.00pm 'til late.
To book your tickets, priced at only £5.00, see any member of the committee on Saturday, or ring Colin on 07702 070229.
Due to exceptional demand, admission will be by ticket only, there will be no facilities to pay on the night.
Wimborne Town 0-3 Slimbridge
Saturday 7th November
The Swans dedicated this win against Wimborne Town in Dorset to Cameron Hutchinson, the 24 year old who lost his brave battle with terminal cancer on Friday, a minutes silence was impeccably observed before kick off.
It took just three minutes for the visitors to take the lead, good work by Jack Twyman on the right allowed top scorer Paul Fahy to add to his tally, lobbing the ball over keeper Jason Harvell from 18 yards out.
On a very heavy pitch, both sides were finding the going tough but it was the Swans who were adapting better to the conditions.
Sean Lawson looked to have been bundled over in the box after 12 minutes but referee James Robinson waved play on.
Wimborne's best chance of the half came when Luke Holmes found himself with space in the box but he fluffed his chance when he failed to shoot first time, allowing the swans defence to clear.
On 22 minutes, Adam Mace had an excellent shot which rebounded back into play off the woodwork after good work from Lawson down the left.
However, the dynamic midfielder did not have to wait long to get himself on the scoresheet when in the 29th minute a good cross from Twyman was well controlled by Mace, drilling the ball home from 15 yards out.
The first caution of the game came on 38 minutes when Wimborne's Jamie Davidson went in late on Swans keeper Adam Thomas.
Right on half time Carl Preston had a good chance to pull a goal back for the hosts but he shot high and wide.
The Swans started the second half strongly and sealed the game in the 50th minute when excellent play on the left by Lawson who cut in past two defenders and crossed for Mace to side foot home at the far post for his second goal of the match.
Adam Thomas did well to get to a good shot from Preston, tipping the ball over for a corner as Wimborne tried to get back into the game.
Paul Fahy was unlucky in the 66th minute when he saw his shot from the edge of the penalty area hit the woodwork.
The Swans were controlling proceedings now and a good corner from Alex Parrott found Ciaran Greening's head but the central defender's effort went just wide.
On 83 minutes a Dean Turner pass found Sam Babatunde run at the home defence but his shot failed to reach the target.
Slimbridge comfortably saw the rest of the game out to bring the three points back to Gloucestershire, they now move up to 11th in the League Table and look forward to a Local Derby against Bishops Cleeve at Wisloe Road on Saturday, 3pm.
Team: Thomas, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Hoyle, Greening, Ward(Parrott 52), Turner, Twyman, Lawson(Martin 52), Fahy, Mace(Babatunde 52)
Supporters Man of the match- Ryan Thwaite.
Name Change for Wisloe Road ground..
Tuesday 3rd November
Slimbridge AFC are pleased and very proud to announce that, from the 2016-17 Season, our ground at Wisloe Road will be rechristened to Thornhill Park.
The name comes from former Slimbridge President Evi Thornhill, who bequeathed the club the ground that the Swans currently call home, then known as The Playing Field at The Cross Road, in his will when he died in February 1960. The deeds to the land were handed over at what was, at that time, the club’s headquarters, The White Lion Inn in Cambridge shortly after Mr Thornhill’s death.
Club Spokesman Tim Blake said ‘With our club operating at the highest level it ever has, coinciding with the 55th anniversary of Evi Thornhill literally giving us the foundations of what is now the modern day club, we felt it was entirely appropriate - There was overwhelming support for the proposal to acknowledge Mr Thornhill's enduring legacy, and honour the man whose donation in 1960 gave the club an asset that we could build on over the ensuing years.'
‘The new name will give the club a direct connection back to one of our major benefactors. We will start work on planning a naming ceremony in due course, and hope to be able to invite members of the Thornhill family along to help us celebrate.More details will be announced nearer the time.’
Committee meeting this evening
Monday 2nd November
There is a Committee meeting tonight in the Clubhouse, 7pm start. All are welcome to attend.
Slimbridge 3-0 Bridgwater Town
Saturday 31st October
It’s too early in the season for serious talk of six point games, but there is no doubt that this was a very important game for both sides. The Swans’ ultimately comfortable victory sees them rise to 13th in the League table, while Bridgwater drop into the bottom two after Totton and Wimborne both picked up points.
The home side made the better start, but it was the visitors who had the first good opportunity - Chas White set up Ollie Chamberlain, whose effort brought a good stop from Adam Thomas just before the quarter hour mark.
After Dean Turner had gone close a couple of minutes later, Slimbridge took the lead on 18 minutes when Paul Fahy’s cross found it’s way to Dean Turner, who set up Adam Mace to drill the ball back across goal and leave Bridgwater Keeper Paul Viney no chance.
Mace had another opportunity to add to his tally 2 minutes later, but he was too high after being neatly played in by Jack Twyman.
Bridgwater’s best chance of the half came on 27 minutes - a free kick from Connor O’Sullivan scorched across the Slimbridge 6 yard line, but none of the oncoming attackers could get their foot on the ball to convert.
The Visitors had their best period of the game before the break, but solid defending by the Swans’ back line, marshalled superbly by Alex Hoyle and Ciaran Greening, kept the clean sheet for the hosts at half time.
Five minutes after the restart, the lead was doubled - Mace put a dangerous cross into the Bridgwater box, and Greening rose highest to nod home the second.
Slimbridge had further chances to increase their lead, but Twyman was again just too high, and Freddy Ward’s free kick bounced back into play off the post as Slimbridge continued to create opportunities.
On the hour mark, both sides were reduced to ten men, when a scrap occurred between Mace and Bridgwater’s Josh White. Referee Richard Gardner issued a straight red to both players after a scuffle.
The introduction of Shaun Anthony had brought fresh momentum to the visitors, but his volley on 65 minutes was too high when well placed.
At the other end, Turner and Sean Lawson worked well to set up Paul Fahy, but Viney was alert to the danger and cleared his lines.
Bridgwater’s best chance of the match came on 70 minutes, when Anthony set up George Sinnott, who managed to blaze the ball over the bar when one on one with Adam Thomas.
Sean Lawson had been creating chances since he was introduced as a sub for Jamie Martin, and went close on 77 minutes, bringing a good save form Viney and a corner, which was cleared.
With six minutes left, Sam Babatunde went close for the home side after good work by Sam Turl, but his shot was just too high.
Lawson wrapped the game up two minutes from time, turning his man and driving the ball past Viney to break his goalscoring duck for the season, and sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch.
The Swans are in Dorset next Saturday, travelling to Wimborne Town (3.00pm), before returning to Wisloe Road on November 14th for a local derby with Bishops Cleeve.
Team: Thomas, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Hoyle, Greening, Ward (Parrott 68), Turner, Twyman, Martin (Lawson 62), Fahy (Babatunde 75), Mace
Supporters Man of the Match: Ciaran Greening
Tiverton Town 1-0 Slimbridge
Wednesday 28th October
The Swans may have gone down to another top six team, this time one on an eleven game unbeaten run, but emerged with pride intact after a hardworking and committed display at Ladysmead.
After more than matching their hosts for the first period, Slimbridge were undone, yet again, in the first 15 minutes of the second half, which saw them concede the all important goal two minutes into the half, and then lose Captain Alex Hoyle to a straight red card on the hour mark.
With Keeper Adam Thomas making some impossible looking saves, the home side will argue that the margin should have been greater, but Slimbridge proved yet again that they can compete with teams at this level as they get used to the tempo of the League.
The visitors could have used the excuse for a late arrival after an accident on the M5 for a slow start, but he game itself was played throughout at a barnstorming pace, which was maintained for the whole 90 minutes, and the Swans more than matched their opponents for workrate. In fact, Slimbridge made the better start, and in their first attack Jack Twyman’s good work set up Paul Fahy for an effort that was blocked for a corner, and Sean Lawson’s subsequent effort was blocked and cleared.
The first chance for the visitors came with seven minutes on the clock, but James Mudge’s effort from outside the box didn’t particularly bother Adam Thomas, who completed a routine save.
Three minutes later, Fahy made another good opportunity, but no-one managed to get on the end of his dangerous cross.
Although the hosts were playing the better football, they were continually on the back foot with the pace of Fahy and Lawson causing them problems, but the highlight of the first period went to Tivvy, when James Richard and Mudge set up Owen Howe for a header from about three yards out. From nowhere, Thomas made an astonishing point blank save to keep the visitors in the game.
This fired up the home side, and Ben Mammola had a shot deflected wide before Mudge was close with another effort from just inside the Slimbridge box.
As the game entered the last 15 minutes of the half, the Swans started to create their own chances again having ridden out the storm - Lawson’s cross somehow eluded the onrushing Jamie Martin, before Dean Turner was just inches away with a great effort just before the break, that dipped at the last minute and went over by just a whisker.
The goal that decided the game came just two minutes after the break, when Mike Williams and Dan Smith combined well to waltz through the Swans’ back line - Smith played the ball back across the box where Owen Howe converted a simple chance to put the home side ahead.
The loss of Alex Hoyle on 60 minutes, penalised for an elbow as he went up for a free kick in the Tivvy box could have seen the visitors crumble, but to their credit, they regrouped, and although they obviously did not create as many chances, the workrate from the remaining ten men didn’t drop, and they made things very difficult for the home side.
Thomas was again called into action as Tivvy pressed to close the game out, making further good stops from Smith and Rob Norrish, while James Richards also went close with an effort that was just too high.
The Swans now turn their attention to Saturday, when they entertain Bridgwater Town at Wisloe Road (3.00pm)
Team: Thomas, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Hoyle, Greening, Ward, Turner, Twyman (Blackie 74), Lawson (Mace 75), Martin (Brown 61), Fahy
Supporters Man of the Match: Adam Thomas
Slimbridge 1-1 Mangotsfield United
Saturday 24th October
An entertaining afternoon at Wisloe saw the first competitive meeting between these two sides end up even, a result which probably suited the home side more than the visitors, but was a fair reflection on the balance of play.
The first half saw the ‘Field have the majority of possession, but they were unable to make their advantage pay, and fell behind to a superb Paul Fahy effort. After the visitors levelled things up on the hour mark through Connor Waldon, neither side was able to fashion a winner.
Fahy looked dangerous from the off for the home side, and brought a good early save from 'Field Keeper Kieran Preston on 11 minutes, with a good effort that was met with an equally good save.
The 'Field controlled the game for much of the first period, but managed few real chances - Lewis Powell saw a free kick cannon into the Slimbridge wall on 16 minutes, while Waldon and Steve Davies were both well off target with efforts in the first half hour.
After Adam Thomas in the Slimbridge goal had made a good stop at the feet of Matt Groves, the home side took the lead on 31 minutes with an absolute pearl of a goal from Paul Fahy. Picking up the ball on the halfway line, Fahy went on a mazy run that saw him beat three 'Field defenders, before sliding the ball past Preston for a magnificent individual effort.
The goal spurred Mangotsfield into action, but Groves and then Lewis Hogg had both left their shooting boots at home to leave the home side ahead at the break.
The equaliser came on the hour - after Thomas had made a good point blank save, the ball fell to Waldon in the Slimbridge box - his effort did a Geoff Hurst, hit the crossbar and came down onto the line - the Linesman being well placed to signal the goal, and level things up.
Slimbridge nearly went straight back into the lead - Jack Twyman’s effort finding the side netting, but as the game drifted towards the close, a draw always seemed the most likely outcome.
The home side had probably the better opportunities to nick the points - Sean Lawson was unlucky with a good run and shot on 75 minutes, while Ryan Thwaite had two good chances blocked in the last ten minutes, but, in the end, a draw was a fair outcome. The result sees Slimbridge remain in 14th place, ahead of a week that sees them travel to sixth placed Tiverton Town on Tuesday (7.30pm), and then returning to Wisloe Road on Saturday when they entertain Bridgwater Town (3.00pm)
Team: Thomas, Turl, Brown, Hoyle, Greening, Turner, Twyman (Ward 66), Blackie (Parrott 78), Lawson, Martin (Ryan Thwaite 70), Fahy
Supporters Man of the Match: Sam Turl
Slimbridge 3-0 AFC Totton
Saturday 17th October
With the clubs separated by only one place in the table and one point, this was an important clash for both sides - In the end, the Swans recorded a comfortable victory that puts further distance between themselves and the sides at the bottom of the table, even though they remain in 14th place.
The first good chance early on went to the visitors on eight minutes, when Nick Watts saw his effort pushed for a corner by Adam Thomas. Two minutes later, Paul Fahy found himself through one on one with Totton Keeper Steve Mowthorpe, but only managed to find the side netting with his effort.
On 12 minutes. Mowthorpe was penalised for picking up a back pass, but no-one from the hosts was in place to take advantage of Sean Lawson’s dangerous cross.
Mowthorpe was again in action on 23 minutes, making a good double save from efforts by Fahy and then Adam Mace, but the deadlock was broken a couple of minutes later.
Adam Thomas’s long kick out was headed on by Lawson, putting Fahy through on goal, and this time he made no mistake, drilling the ball home to put the home side a goal to the good.
Ten minutes later, Mowthorpe pulled off a superb stop to deny Fahy again, pushing his effort over the bar for a corner.
Just before the break, Slimbridge doubled their advantage - Dean Turner set up Lawson, and he made space for himself before putting a probing ball into the Totton box. Adam Mace controlled the ball well before placing his shot past Mowthorpe to record Slimbridge’s second.
Jack Twyman was next to try his luck after the interval, bringing another good save from Mowthorpe, before Slimbridge extended their lead on 51 minutes.
Fahy’s run into the Totton penalty area was halted by a clumsy challenge from Marc Diaper, and Referee David Nicholson had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Fahy picked himself up to convert the penalty and effectively put the game to bed.
Mace went close again on the hour mark, following good work from Sam Turl, while Totton found it difficult to create any decent chances - Matthew Brewer’s long range effort with 15 minutes remaining being the sum total of their efforts in the second period.
In the last few minutes, there were chances at both ends - Michael Gosney brought a good save from Thomas for the visitors, while Sean Lawson was agonisingly close with an effort that saw Mowthorpe again produce a good stop, to an effort that looked like it was going to drift just under the crossbar.
The Swans are back at Wisloe Road on Saturday, when they host Mangotsfield United (3.00pm)
Team: Thomas, Turl, Brown (Ry Thwaite 59), Hoyle, Greening, Turner (Ward 70), Twyman, Blackie, Lawson, Fahy, Mace (Martin 67)
Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman