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.
Slimbridge v Melksham Town - OFF
Saturday 3rd January
Today's game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date will be announced in due course.
Slimbridge 2-0 Winterbourne United
Saturday 27th December
The Swans ended 2014 with a comfortable victory against their near-neighbours, a result which sees them end the year in fifth place in the Toolstation Western Premier League, having come close already to matching last season's points total, a measure of the progress that Leon Sterling and Freddy Ward have achieved with the team. First half goals from Paul Fahy and Dean Turner did the damage, and the outcome should have been a lot greater had shooting boots not been left under the Christmas table.
Slimbridge made a bright start, and were causing problems for Winterbourne from the off - Sean Lawson's tricky running was to prove problematic for the visitors all afternoon, and he nearly set Jamie Hammond up with only two minutes on the clock, but a last minute tackle meant the chance was lost.
With eight minutes gone, Winterbourne Keeper Tom Sheppard superbly tipped away a goalbound effort from Sam Turl, and it seemed only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken. Craig Mills and Lawson combined well, with the resulting cross just too far in front of Fahy, and Lawson saw a cross punched from under the bar by Sheppard as the home side piled on the pressure.
On 16 minutes, the breakthrough came - Lawson run down the left flank saw him deliver an inch perfect ball into the Winterbourne box, and Fahy was on hand to sweep the ball home and put the home side ahead.
Just under the half hour, Winterbourne had one of their rare chances, when Sam Vile's cross cum shot hit the top of Dave Evans' crossbar, but the visitors were being totally outgunned all over the pitch at this point.
After Fahy, Mills and Rich Thwaite has all gone close, the second goal when it came was a peach - on 36 minutes, the ball fell to Dean Turner on the edge of the Winterbourne box, and his precision shot gave Sheppard no chance to double the advantage.
Fahy had a chance to record a third before the break, but Sheppard made a good stop at his feet as Fahy went through one-on-one with the Keeper.
Winterbourne started the second period with more purpose than they had shown in the first half, but the balance of the play remained mainly one way. Lawson's cross on 46 minutes saw Hammond's shot cleared off the line before Turl blazed over, before a mix up in the Winterbourne back line saw Hammond take the ball off Sheppard and only a saving tackle saw the ball go behind for a corner.
Still the home side pressed - Lawson's miskick, and then Hammond effort saved by Sheppard continued the pressure, before Sheppard again pulled off a wonderful save to deny Hammond just before the hour mark.
On 66 minutes, Swans Keeper Dave Evans was called into a rare piece of action, making a good double save as the ball pingponged around the Slimbridge box, the second of which the visitors were convinced had seen the ball go over the line. The linesman, however, was adamant, and Referee Simon Wales, who managed the game well in difficult conditions, did not award the goal.
Fahy and then Jamie Martin failed to take advantage of good opportunities to close the game out, but the home side played out time to record a deserved victory.
Slimbridge are back at Wisloe Road next Saturday (January 3rd, 3.00pm) when Melksham Town visit for a top six clash.
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Rich Thwaite, Tunnicliff, Mills, Turner, Parrott, Lawson (Martin 67), Hammond (Mace 67), Fahy
Supporters Man of the Match: Dean Turner
Brislington 2-0 Slimbridge AFC
Monday 22nd December
The Swans travelled to Bristol searching for a win which would cement their position in the top four of the Western League Premier Division going into the Christmas break.
Although having their fair share of the play,they came across a stubborn Brislington defence and goals from Ricky Charlton and Mitchell Ashmead allowed their high flying opponents to take all three points.
To add to their miserable afternoon, the Swans also had Ben Tunnicliff sent off by referee Simon Shaw in the final minute for an alleged stamping incident.
Slimbridge were the quickest out of the blocks and attacked their opponents from the off.
In he very first minute a excellent cross from the right by Paul Fahy was headed on by Sean Lawson to Adam Mace who rifled in a powerful shot which was deflected for a corner.
Just a minute later the Swans had to make a early substitution when Leroy Odiero twisted his ankle on the heavy surface and had to be replaced by Tunnicliff.
Swans continued to batter the Brislington rear guard and Freddy Ward found Lawson with a good ball but the latters shot was once again cleared for a corner.
It was all Slimbridge for the first quarter but they failed to take advantage of their dominance as Brislington slowly started to enter the affray.
On 20 minutes a corner kick was headed inches wide by the Home sides captain Jason Hughes.
Lawson went close again for the visitors in the 28th minute when his run at the home defence ended with his shot being cleared for yet another corner.
Slimbridge went behind in the 32nd minute when a rare break up the right ended with Ricky Charlton heading home Luke Meacham's cross.
As the first half came to an end Ward fired in a shot which keeper Humphries easily held.
The second half turned into a midfield battle and their was very little goalmouth action with both defences being in fine form.
The best move of the match came in the 60th minute and should have brought the Swans an equaliser.
Fahy found Ryan Thwaite with a inch perfect through ball and Thwaites cross into the box caused mayhem with shots by both Lawson and Fahy being blocked close to the goal line, this proved to be the last real chance of the game for Slimbridge and in the 82nd minute the home side sealed the win with a quick break, Lewis Dunn found space on the right and crossed for Mitchell Ashmead to knock an unstoppable low shot past Dave Evans.
A last minute rush of blood to the head saw Tunnicliff dismissed to make it a miserable afternoon for the Swans who must now pick themselves up ready for the visit of Winterbourne Utd to Wisloe Road on Saturday 27th Dec.
Slimbridge Football Club would like to wish all their players, committee, staff and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Team; EVANS, BROWN (TURL 68 ),RYAN THWAITE,ODIERO ( TUNNICLIFF 2) RICH THWAITE, WARD,TURNER,PARROTT,LAWSON,FAHY,MACE(HAMMOND 55)
Supporters Man of the Match- RICHARD THWAITE.
ATTENDANCE - 53.