Change of date for Bridgy visit to Thornhill Park
Wednesday 23rd November
Our Boxing Day game at home to Bridgwater Town has been moved back 24 hours after agreement between both clubs. It will now take place on Tuesday 27th December. Kick Off remains 3.00pm.
Swindon Supermarine v Slimbridge - Match is OFF
Tuesday 22nd November
Tonights game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date will be announced in due course.
Predict the score prize pot now £600..
Monday 21st November
With no winner again last week, the Predict the Score prize pot now stands at £600. Contact John Ashplant for your tickets. Lovely just before Christmas!
Slimbridge 3 – 1 Yate Town
Saturday 19th November
Slimbridge extend their unbeaten run against the battling 9 men of Yate Town.
Yate Town started the game brightly with striker Josh Morgan-Williams causing the Slimbridge back line all sorts of problems in the first 20 minutes with Nick Grimes and Richard Twaite called upon several times making a number of important headers and interceptions. Eugene Keary goal bound shot was blocked by Grimes 2 yards in front of goal, and Morgan-Williams twice placed shots wide when in goal scoring opportunities.
Slimbridge came back into the game with Sean Lawson having a half chance blocked and a Richard Twaite header sailing over from a Lee Smith cross. On 30 minutes Jack Twyman, and Lawson linked up on the left resulting in a Slimbridge corner. The home side took the lead on 35 minutes Mace’s cross from the left was chested down by Twyman who played the ball into the path of Smith who drilled the ball into the corner of the Yate net leaving the keeper no chance.
Soon after the restart Yate Town were reduced to 9 men, Morgan-Williams and Swans full back Sam Turl clashed on the touch line with Morgan-Williams kicking out at Turl resulting in a straight red for the visitors. Yate Captain Kye Mountfield also received his marching orders for dissent while protesting against his team mates sending off.
A minute before half time Yate Town equalised from a free kick deep into the home sides half was headed in unopposed at the back post by Jack Ball.
The second half was one-way traffic Slimbridge taking advantage of the two extra men passing the ball around neatly from the back. Mace and Smith were getting down both flanks delivering delightful crossed unfortunately not managing to find a home player in the box. On the hour Grimes headed wide from a Slimbridge corner when well placed at the back post.
Slimbridge regained the lean on 69 minutes when visiting defender Matson Evans handled at the back post trying to sheppard the ball out for a corner. Mace stepped up to send Jonathan Brown the wrong way, his third successful penalty in three games. Two minutes later the Swans extended the lead when Lee Smith’s pin point cross was met by substitute Archie Haskayne who’s bullet header left Brown with no chance.
With 5 minutes remaining Joe Stokes was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when his delightful lob hit the bar with the visitors keeper stranded.
Slimbridge: Kowalski, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Twyman, Stokes, Smith, Lawson, Mace Subs: Martin, Harding, Haskayne
Goals: Smith 35, Mace 69, Haskayne 71
MOM: Nick Grimes
Winchester game postponed
Monday 14th November
Our trip to Winchester City, scheduled for Saturday 26th November has been postponed as our hosts are going to be on FA Trophy duty. The new date for the game is now Wednesday, December 21st, 7.45pm Kick Off. We are endeavouring to rearrange a forthcoming game to fill the gap, and will make another announcement should we be successful.
No Predict the Score winner again...
Sunday 13th November
...pushing this week's prize pot up to £550. Ideal just as we come up to Christmas!
Tickets will be available at the bar before Saturday's game at Thornhill Park when Yate Town come to town, or contact @john_ashplant on Twitter to get your entries in...at a quid a shot, can you afford not to be in?
Paulton Rovers 1-3 Slimbridge
Saturday 12th November
A gritty and determined display saw the Swans return from their first ever visit to Winterfield Road with three precious points that lift them to 14th in the League. The victory was even more notable as Slimbridge had to cope with losing both Skipper Lee Smith and influential midfielder Joe Stokes to back injuries, together with being forced to play the last 30 minutes with ten men, after Marley Thomas saw red on the hour mark. Ultimately, two early goals, from Smith and Adam Mace, together with a third from Sean Lawson, back in the side after recovering from injury saw the spoils go back to Gloucestershire.
On a pitch that resembled a ploughed field, Paulton made a good start, and there were just three minutes on the clock when Kane Simpson saw his effort come back off the Swans’ crossbar. Simpson then had arguably an easier chance two minutes later, but missed his opportunity after a good cross from Jordan Ricketts reached him with space in the Slimbridge box.
The hosts were made to pay dearly for the missed opportunities, as Slimbridge scored two goals before 15 minutes were on the clock to put them well in control of the game. Firstly, Lee Smith was given way too much room on the edge of the Paulton box, and his neat turn and shot gave Keeper Andrew Hannah no chance.
Six minutes later it was two - Smith was felled in the Paulton box after another quick turn, and Mace stepped up to send Hannah the wrong way and double the visitor’s advantage.
Paulton were playing some neat passing football, but there was a lack of end product, with Simpson again off target as the home side tried to get back into the match.
Slimbridge thought they had on the half hour, but Jack Twyman’s header was ruled out for offside by Referee Lewis Sandoe.
With Smith picking up a back injury in the move that led to the disallowed goal, he was replaced by Sean Lawson as the Swans were forced to reorganise.
With the visitors momentum halted temporarily, Paulton started to press, with Ricketts again causing problems for the Swans’ back line. on 38 minutes, Will Hailston created the space for himself to drill the ball past Adrian Kowalski and halve the deficit.
Stokes had a great effort blocked for the Swans before the break, while at the other end Ricketts headed over following Solomon Wheatley’s good cross.
The second period did not start well for the Swans - Keeper Kowalski seemed to be in trouble as he took a goal kick, seeming to pull a back muscle as he cleared, and with no substitute Keeper on the bench, it was a worrying few minutes for Slimbridge as he played on with limited mobility.
Paulton sensed another opportunity to turn the screw, but Ian Parkes’ header and then another effort from Ricketts did not cause Kowalski too much trouble to deal with.
On the hour mark, Marley Thomas, who had had a superb afternoon tormenting his markers, went close to the third with a show after a mazy run, before being dismissed almost instantly afterwards after a challenge that the Referee deemed two footed.
Things looked like going from bad to worse for the Swans when Stokes then hobbled off, the victim of yet another back injury, but the visitors had the perfect response three minutes later.
The ball found it’s way to Sean Lawson on the edge of the Paulton box, and he turned into space, and gave Hannah no chance with a superb effort to announce his arrival back from injury.
The third goal deflated the hosts visibly, and they struggled to create too many chances against the ten men, with outstanding effort from everyone on the Slimbridge side chasing and denying them space. Joe Chandler on 69 minutes went closest, but his effort was well off target as Paulton struggled to assert themselves.
Slimbridge had two great opportunities to increase the score in the last ten minutes, both created by the running of Sam Mason down the right flank. Firstly, his cross somehow eluded Lawson in the six yard box, and then another foray saw Jamie Martin’s effort go wide from another dangerous ball in.
The disallowed goals tally was evened up in the second minute of stoppage time, when Simpson converted only for the Linesman to rule out his strike, and the Swans played out time to record a precious victory.
The Swans return to Thornhill Park next Saturday when Yate Town are the visitors (3.00pm) before travelling to Swindon Supermarine the following Tuesday (22nd, 7.45pm).
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Grimes, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Twyman, Stokes (Mason 61), Smith (Lawson 31), Mace (Martin 80), Thomas
Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman
Predict the score - another rollover..
Sunday 6th November
There were no winners of this week's Predict the Score competition (I'm guessing no-one saw Middlesbrough getting a point at Manchester City), so this week's prize pot moves up to £500. Just in time for Christmas. You need to be in it to win it. get your tikcets from John Ashplant now!