Saturday Morning Pitch Inspection
Thursday 28th January
There will be a 9am pitch inspection on Saturday morning ahead of our scheduled clash with Cinderford Town. With large amounts of standing water on the pitch already, the game must be in severe doubt at this stage, especially with further rain forecast for Friday. We will post the outcome of the inspection here and on our Twitter feed as soon as we have further news.
New dates for postponed games
Wednesday 27th January
Two new dates have been agreed this evening - Winchester City's visit to Wisloe Road will now take place on Wednesday, 2nd March (7.45pm), while our tonight's postponed trip to Bridgwater Town has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 9th February (7.45pm)
Winchester City game postponed
Tuesday 26th January
Due to our opponents progress in the Red Insure Cup, their visit to Wisloe Road, scheduled for February 17th, has been postponed. A new date will be announced once it has been agreed.
Bridgwater Town v Slimbridge -OFF
Tuesday 26th January
Tonight's game at Bridgwater Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Slimbridge AFC 2-0 Marlow FC
Saturday 23rd January
The Swans gained revenge for their defeat at Marlow last September with a crucial victory at Wisloe Road this afternoon. Although the win only lifts Slimbridge a single place to 16th, it was another three points gained away from the battle at the wrong end of the table, and allows Slimbridge to start looking up the table rather than down it.
After a dire first half, Paul Fahy broke the deadlock just before the hour mark, and Sean Lawson’s 90th minute header was a well earned reward for another tireless afternoon of work from the Swans' front man.
On a very heavy pitch, the game was never likely to win any awards in a beauty contest, and the first half was instantly forgettable - after Allen Bossman had driven the ball yards wide on 18 minutes, and Lawson had missed after playing a neat 1-2 with Fahy 8 minutes later, chances were at a premium.
A Marlow breakaway on the half hour saw Jordace Holder-Spooner try to beat George Burton in the Swans goal from distance, only to see his effort land well wide, and after a Lawson effort was blocked, two more off target efforts from the visitors - Holder-Spooner again and then Richie Whittingham were the sum total of opportunities as both sides battled with the conditions.
The game livened up after the break - the home side started with a much brighter tempo, and in the first five minutes of the half, Fahy was twice through on goal and twice denied by two superb stops from Marlow Keeper Simon Grant, who was battling an injury himself picked up in the first half, which was restricting his movement.
Just before the hour mark, the breakthrough came - Fahy was played in again one on one by Lawson, and this time it was third time lucky as he drilled the ball past Grant to open the scoring.
Marlow continued to create chances, but Devon Tae Romeo’s good work was tidied up by a good block from Alex Hoyle as he shaped to shoot, and the Swans’ back four, marshalled superbly by Ciaran Greening and Captain Hoyle held firm, with George Burton in goal having another solid afternoon when Marlow created opportunities.
Fahy and Lawson, now joined by Sam Babatunde, who made an impressive cameo after coming on as a substitute for Jamie Martin, were continuing to cause problems for the Marlow defence as the game entered it’s final stages. Babatunde’s 1-2 with Fahy on 74 minutes saw Babatunde’s effort edge the wrong side of the post, while, three minutes later, Lawson dragged his shot wide, after good work from Fahy had set him up.
Marlow had their best chance to equalise with six minutes remaining, but from about ten yards out, Chris Ovenden blazed the ball over after a good cross had reached him in space in the Slimbridge box.
With two minutes remaining, Babatunde set up Lawson who was denied by yet another great stop from Grant, but Lawson was finally rewarded on the stroke of 90 minutes, rising high to head home a pinpoint Babatunde cross, much to the delight of his teammates and the Swans’ faithful to seal the win.
Weather permitting, Slimbridge travel to Bridgwater Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) before returning to Wisloe Road next Saturday when leaders Cinderford Town will provide a tough test (3.00pm).
Team: Burton, Turl, Brown, Hoyle, Greening, Turner, Lawson, Twyman, Fahy (Rich Thwaite 77), Martin (Babatunde 57), Mace (Ry Thwaite 65)
Supporters Man of the Match: Ciaran Greening
8.30am Pitch Inspection tomorrow
Friday 22nd January
We will be holding a pitch inspection tomorrow morning at 8.30am ahead of the scheduled visit to Wisloe Road of Marlow. The result will be posted via our Twitter feed and on here as soon as we have further news.
Slimbridge AFC and Youth team combine for the ‘Slimbridge Festival Of Football’
Thursday 21st January
On May 8th, a joint venture between Southern League South & West Division club Slimbridge AFC and the Slimbridge Youth Team Organisation will see the first staging of the ‘Slimbridge Festival Of Football’ tournament at Thornhill Park, aimed at 6 age groups, (U10, U11, U13, U14, U15 & U16)
Ten teams from each age group will be divided into two leagues with the first and second place team in each league making the semi-final and then the final. Each team will have at least 4 games with the finalist having 6.
The tournament will be officiated by qualified FA coaches and referees following FA guidelines. Parking is available next to the ground. Each age group will be competitive with the winners receiving a trophy. As a Southern League venue, Thornhill Park, formerly known as Wisloe Road, boasts excellent facilities including hot and cold food, refreshments, and bar. A bouncy castle and other side stalls will be open for families to enjoy.
SAFC Spokesman Tim Blake said ‘We are delighted to join with the Youth Setup for what should be a fantastic day of football, which all the family will be able to enjoy. Although we are still in the early stages of planning, we are already delighted with the response to this initiative, and hope that we can provide a top tournament for everyone.’
Speaking for the Youth teams, Dave Morgan added ‘ This is a great opportunity for both organisations to come together and create a Slimbridge Community event. We want to offer our kids a development opportunity and to feel part of the ‘Slimbridge family’. Our ultimate aim is to make the Youth team the club of choice for all the right reasons in the local community, and for the boys to feel that they want to play for the Adult side as they develop and grow through the age groups. ‘
Team are now registering for the tournament on a first come first served basis, with a £30 Entry per team. Clubs wishing to participate are asked to contact Youth Team Secretary Emma Bond (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Chairperson Linda Morgan (07771 547812)
The full invitation to the tournament which is currently being distributed is included below for further details.
Dear Youth Football Club
After a two-year absence Slimbridge Youth Football Club in association with Slimbridge AFC invite you to participate in our celebratory 10th SIX-A-SIDE tournament being held on the pitch at the home of semi-professional Slimbridge AFC at Wisloe Road, Cambridge, Gloucestershire GL2 7AF on Sunday 8th May.
The format for this year will be 6 age groups (U10, U11, U13, U14, U15 & U16), there are only 10 places available for each age group. Ten teams in each age group will be divided into two leagues with the first and second place team in each league making the semi-final and then the final. Each team will have at least 4 games with the finalist having 6.
The main pitch will be divided into 4 six-a-side pitches where two age groups will contest in each session. The cost is £30 per team.
There will be 3 sessions of up to 4 hours duration.
The tournament will be officiated by qualified FA coaches and referees following FA guidelines. Parking is available next to the stadium. Each age group will be competitive with the winners receiving a trophy.
Slimbridge AFC has excellent facilities including hot and cold food, refreshments, and bar. A bouncy castle and other side stalls will be open for families to enjoy.
We sincerely hope you will consider joining us for what will be a fun filled festival of football. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis so if you are interested please complete the attached application form and send to Emma Bond email@example.com Club Secretary, Slimbridge Youth Football Club. We look forward to seeing on Sunday 8th May 2016.
Slimbridge v Bashley - Match OFF
Wednesday 20th January
Tonight's match has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.