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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 (emmabond11@yahoo.co.uk ) 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 emmabond11@yahoo.co.uk 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.

 
Didcot Town 3-1 Slimbridge AFC
Sunday 17th January
The Swans, playing their first game for a month, returned from the Loop Meadow Stadium empty handed despite putting in a spirited performance against a good Didcot Town side.

The visitors conceded a fourth minute goal but despite a first half equaliser from top scorer Paul Fahy they could not prevent Didcot from scoring two second half goals to take the points.

It was a bad opening for Slimbridge when Didcot's centre half Luke Carnell rose unchallenged to head home the first corner of the match.

As the Swans tried to halt the onslaught from a slick looking home forward line a clash of heads saw them lose their own centre half Ciaran Greening with concussion.

Richard Thwaite replaced Greening and he soon settled well into the game, making several good challenges to prevent the home side increasing their lead. The visitors started to threaten the Didcot defence with some neat football themselves and after a short spell of pressure they were rewarded with a deserved equaliser when Jamie Martin's corner kick was met by the head of Thwaite who rose well to knock the ball down to Fahy who made no mistake from 8 yards out.

This was the Swans best spell of the match, Jack Twyman and Dean Turner were working tirelessly in midfield, and with Sean Lawson and Fahy looking sharp up front the Swans went into the interval full of confidence at 1-1.

Didcot started the second period as they did the first and were testing the Swans defence on many occasions but it took a fluke for them to go ahead in the 64th minute, a shot from the edge of the box by Adam Learoyd looked to be going wide but it took a wicked deflection off of Skipper Alex Hoyle and crept into the corner of the net leaving George Burton in the Swans goal no chance. This seemed to take the stuffing out of the visitors and five minutes later they were 3-1 down, this time though they can have no complaints when substitute Jack Powell let fly with a cracking shot from 18 yards which curled nicely into the top corner of the net.

Swans keeper Burton made a couple of excellent stops as Didcot tried to put the game to bed but a quick break by the Swans nearly saw them get back into the game when Adam Mace fed Fahy a good through ball but Fahy was just beaten to the ball by the onrushing home keeper.

The game ended on a sour note for the Railwaymen when a late challenge by Powell on Sam Turl was deemed dangerous by referee Joshua Ainscow and he was shown a straight red card.

Team: Burton,Turl,Brown,Hoyle,Greening (Rich Thwaite 18) Turner,Lawson, Twyman, Martin (Ward 45) Mace (Antonio Orchard 80)

Supporters man of the match: Dean Turner.

 
Slimbridge v Winchester City - OFF
Saturday 9th January
Today's match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date will be announce once agreed.

 
Friendly at Rednock
Saturday 9th January
With both teams now facing a blank Saturday, Slimbridge will face Brimscombe & Thrupp in a friendly on the artificial pitch at at Rednock School today. 1pm Kick Off.

 
9am Pitch Inspection on Saturday
Thursday 7th January
We will be holding a 9am pitch inspection on Saturday ahead of the planned visit to Wisloe Road of Winchester City. At present, we would estimate the chances of the game going ahead as 50/50, but obviously that depends on any further rainfall in the next 36 hours. We will post the decision here and on our Twitter feed as soon as we have it.