Newquay AFC 1-3 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 1st November
The round trip may have been just under four hundred miles, but it was a profitable visit to Cornwall for the Swans, who booked their place in the Second Round of the FA Vase with a victory against their South West Peninsula League opponents. Leading at the break through Sean Lawson, two Paul Fahy strikes which bookended an Alex Coles strike for the hosts, saw Slimbridge pick up what was eventually a comfortable victory at the Mount Wise Stadium.
With the best part of a gale blowing across the ground, the game had a scrappy start, With Fahy's shot from Lawson's lay off the first real chance of the game on six minutes. Four minutes later, Matthew Drummond tried his luck at the other end, as the home side played with the wind behind them, only to see his shot sail wide.
Newquay had a good opportunity on 18 minutes, when Coles was fouled on the edge of the Swans' box, but Sam Fearon's shot was easily saved by Dave Evans to keep the game scoreless.
Slimbridge began to take control of the game and to create some decent chances - Jamie Martin forced a save from Newquay Keeper Joe Crane after good work from Lawson and Fahy, before Lawson's effort was too high after Ryan Thwaite and Martin had set him up in a good position.
With half an hour gone, Lawson had the best chance of the game so far, when he found himself through one on one with Crane, but the Newquay stopper made a superb save to keep out Lawson's effort.
Martin was the next to try his luck, shooting wide after Lawson's powerful break down the left flank, and Fahy miscued a good chance after Crane had fumbled Lawson's shot to him in the penalty box as we approached the half.
Five minutes before the break, the visitors' pressure was rewarded, when Ryan Thwaite's effort was saved by Crane, but the ball rebounded to Lawson who gleefully converted to put the visitors ahead.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first, and six minutes in, the Swans doubled their lead - Coles took a tumble in the Slimbridge box, and while his teammates were protesting to Referee Andrew Bennett that they should have had what would have been a very controversial penalty, a quick break saw Fahy through on goal at the other end. Fahy calmly rounded Crane to record the second of the afternoon.
The second goal saw Slimbridge begin to lose a little concentration, and they were punished four minutes later when Coles was left in space to convert a cross and put the home side back in the game.
Newquay started to gain a little momentum, but their recovery was snuffed out ten minutes later, when Martin's good work set up Fahy, who drilled the ball home for the Swans' third of the afternoon.
As the home side's frustration began the show, the game became very scrappy, but still the better chances were for the visitors - Lawson hit the post on 69 minutes with a good effort.
Newquay rallied once more, and Hayden Turner had two efforts in quick succession, the first one going wide, and the second resulting in a simple save for Dave Evans.
Jamie Hammond went close on 83 minutes, with an effort that went just wide, before Adam Mace was unlucky to see his effort go just the wrong side of the post into the side netting a minute later.
With two minutes remaining, the miserable afternoon for the hosts was compounded, when Shaun Middleton clashed with Dean Turner and was dismissed.
The draw for the next Round of the FA Vase will be made on Monday.
Team: Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Freeman (Tunnicliff 75), Richard Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Parrott (Mace 67) Lawson, Martin (Hammond 69), Fahy
Supporters Man of the Match; Paul Fahy
Sherborne 3-0 Slimbridge AFC
Saturday 1st November
A disappointing day in Dorset for Slimbridge who returned back home pointless, being comprehensivley beaten by a Sherborne Town side who thoroughly deserved their win.
The home side started well and a fierce volley from 30 yards by Luke Windser in the 9th minute which was well held by Dave Evans was just an early warning of things to come for the Swans.
Sherborne were certainly showing the high flying Swans no respect as they attacked in numbers.
A cross from the left by Matt Day fell nicely to Windser but with just Evans to beat he shot wide of the post.
On 18 minutes Freddy Ward upended Day some 20 yards from goal and Steve Burton's stinging free kick had to be punched away by Evans.
The home side should of gone ahead in the 20th minute when Harry Montacute found himself in acres of space after a cross from the left but he somehow managed to miscue his header wide of the post.
Slimbridge finally mounted an attack on 25 minutes when an astute pass from Alex Parrott set Paul Fahy away down the left wing, leaving two defenders in his wake, Fahy's cross just evaded Jamie Hammond.
Just two minutes later and the home side were ahead, a right wing cross by Haydn Hodges was easily headed home by Sam Jarman who was unchallenged in the Slimbridge box, leaving Evans with no chance.
Sean Lawson had a half chance on 30 minutes but his header from a Callum Brown cross went wide.
Sherborne finished the half strongly and the swans were fortunate to go into the interval just one goal behind.
Slimbridge started a bit brighter in the second period and Alex Parrott's free kick was headed just wide by Ben Tunnicliff.
On 52 minutes Swans keeper Evans launched a huge free kick into the Sherborne box and the ball evaded everyone including keeper Jamie Beale who managed only to get the tips of his fingers to the ball which went straight to Lawson who then squared the ball to Paul Fahy but the Swans top scorer failed to connect.
Slimbridge were made to pay for not making the most of a good spell when in the 61st minute a Montacute cross was headed home by Luke Windser who was once again allowed far too much time and space.
Freddy Ward nearly pulled a goal back for Slimbridge on 72 minutes but his powerful shot from 18 yards was cleared off of the goal line.
That was about as good as it got for the Swans as the home side completed the scoring in the 82nd minute, Phil Ormrod won a tussle with Sam Turl on the half way line and ran on unchallenged to place a good shot low past Evans.
Sherborne were denied a fourth goal near the end when a superb cross by Joe Smeeton was met with a powerful header from Sam Farthing but Freddy Ward was well placed to clear off the line.
A dissapointing performance from the Swans who must return to Dorset again on Saturday when they take on Gillingham Town in the Les Phillips Cup.
Team- EVANS ,BROWN ,RYAN THWAITE, TUNNICLFF (FREEMAN 63), RICH THWAITE, WARD, TURNER, PARROTT ( TURL 55), LAWSON, HAMMOND ( MARTIN 62) FAHY.
STAR MAN, PAUL FAHY.
GFA Trophy 3rd Round Draw
Friday 31st October
Slimbridge have been drawn at home to Bristol Telephones. The game will be played at Wisloe Road on Tuesday 2nd December, with a 7.30pm Kick Off.
Slimbridge 1-0 Brislington
Wednesday 29th October
SLIMBRIDGE warmed up for their FA Vase trip to Newquay on Saturday with a hard-fought victory against a Brislington side who came to Wisloe Road unbeaten this season.
Rich Thwaite's 71st minute header secured the points for the home side in a game where both sides cancelled each other out for large portions of the action. The win moves the Swans up to fourth in the table with games in hand on all their rivals above them.
The visitors had the best of the early chances, with Ben Crewe's header when left in space on ten minutes the pick of the opportunities for Brislington, while at the other end Sean Lawson went close on two occasions, and Dean Turner saw a shot turned over the bar, but the first half ended without a score.
The Swans made a better start to the second period with Lawson and Paul Fahy combining well up front, while Alex Parrott put in a sterling performance in midfield.
Thwaite's near post header from a corner proved to be the deciding goal and, despite Brislington's efforts, the Swans back line held firm to collect three valuable points.
Slimbridge: Evans, Turl, Brown, Freeman, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Parrott, Lawson (Hammond 78), Martin, Fahy (Mace 77).
Star man: Alex Parrott.
Les Phillips Cup Draw
Saturday 25th October
The Swans have been drawn away to Gillingham Town in the First Round of the Les Phillips Cup. The game will take place on Saturday November 15th, 3.00pm Kick Off.
Slimbridge 2-1 Hallen
Tuesday 21st October
Slimbridge dumped holders Hallen out of the GFA Challenge Trophy in a second round tie at Wisloe Road this evening. The Swans now face a home third round matchup with Bristol Telephones, on a game scheduled for November 29th.
The home side took the lead just before the half hour, when Dean Turner slotted home from the edge of the box, but a Tom Collett penalty just before the break saw the sides go into the break on level terms.
Substitutes Paul Fahy and Adam Mace combined on 67 minutes for Mace to put Slimbridge back in front, a lead they held comfortably until the final whistle.
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Freeman, Hoyle, Ward, Turner, Parrot (Irvine 59), Lawson, Martin (Mace 60), Hammond (Fahy 55)
Supporters Man of the Match: Freddy Ward
Bradford Town 1-1 Slimbridge AFC
Sunday 19th October
Although the point gained moves the Swans up to third place in the Toolstation Western Premier League, Slimbridge came away thinking that it was a game they could have put away well before Bradford Town's late equaliser. Leading from a sixth minute Jamie Martin effort, it took a deflected shot four minutes from Jamie Morris time to nick a point for the home side, with Slimbridge finishing the game with ten men after Jordan Turner's late dismissal.
The visitors made a good, high tempo start, and were rewarded with just six minutes on the clock - Adam Mace's pinpoint diagonal ball set up Sean Lawson, and Martin was on hand to sweep home Lawson's dangerous cross to put the Swans a goal to the good.
Mace went close himself on 13 minutes when he forced a save from Bradford Keeper Ed Baldy with a 25 Yard free kick, before Mace and Lawson combined again in a similar move to the goal, this time the ball being bundled behind for a corner which came to nothing four minutes later.
Bradford responded with their first decent chance of the game, but Twain Plummer's effort was well beaten away by Dave Evans. Ten minutes later, Plummer missed a chance from a couple of yards out which should have seen the home side level things up.
Evans was again called upon on 39 minutes, when Josh Bingham's Free Kick took a deflection off the defensive wall, and it required smart work from Evans to push the ball round the post for a corner.
Bradford thought they had equalised just before the break, but Craig Gingell was in an offside position and Referee Matthews ruled the goal out, leaving the visitors ahead at the break.
Slimbridge had the better chances of the early second period, but Lawson, and then Mace were unable to convert chances to increase the lead. The Swans' best chance came on 59 minutes when Jamie Martin broke the Bradford offside trap, but his attempt to chip Baldy saw the Bradford Keeper make a save to keep the ball out.
An increasingly bad tempered game was becoming very stop-start, with free kicks being awarded on a regular basis against both sides. On 67 minutes, Evans again made an excellent stop from Dan Shanley's header, while at the other end Jordan Turner shot early when well placed and saw his effort go high over the Bradford bar.
With four minutes remaining, Bradford nicked the goal back - Morris' shot took a wicked deflection and looped over Evans to level things up.
As tempers continued to flare over the pitch, Jordan Turner retaliated after an off the ball incident and saw red, leaving the visitors to play out the remainder of the game with ten men.
The Swans entertain Hallen in the GFA Trophy on Tuesday at Wisloe Road (7.30pm), before returning to League action the following Tuesday (7.30pm) when Brislington are the visitors.
Team: Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Richard Thwaite, Freeman (Brown 79), Ward, D. Turner, Parrot, Lawson, Martin (Hammond 62), Mace (J. Turner 69)
Supporters' Man of the Match: Sam Turl
Friday 17th October
Our postponed GFA match against Hallen postponed on Tuesday has now been rescheduled for next Tuesday, October 21st, Kick Off 7.30pm. This means the game originally scheduled for that evening, a League encounter against Brislington, will now be moved to Tuesday October 28th, 7.30pm Kick Off.