Predict the Score this week....
Thursday 24th March
As the Yeovil v Stevenage game has now been postponed due to international call ups, that game is now null and void and we will be paying out on the correct scores of the other two games only.
Larkhall Athletic 2-0 Slimbridge
Thursday 24th March
If football matches were won by chances created then the Swans would have coasted to victory at Plain Ham on Wednesday evening,but as in their previous game at Bashley on Saturday they failed to take advantage of the opportunities that were placed in front of them, thus allowing Larkhall to snatch the points with two well taken goals.
As early as the fifth minute Slimbridge should have been in front when Sam Babatunde's low cross was missed by the onrushing Paul Fahy.
Sam Turl was penalised for a foul right on the edge of the penalty area in the tenth minute but Jamie Lyons, who impressed throughout the evening, saw his effort just skim the crossbar and go over.
Just two minutes later though the Larks were ahead.
A disputed throw in was awarded to Larkhall and as the Swans were still contesting the decision with the Assistant referee, Lyons received the ball, dribbled past two defenders and let fly with a unstoppable shot from 15 yards which George Burton in the visitors goal could do nothing about.
Slimbridge responded quickly and a good shot from debutant Liam Smith went inches over.
Smith, who was having an excellent debut, then hit the crossbar with a crisp drive from 20 yards out after good work from Fahy.
Larkhall started to stamp some authority on the game as the half drew to a close and Lyons again went close with a shot well held by Burton.
Manager Leon Sterling replaced Adam Mamhood shortly after half time with Sean Lawson and he started to cause the home defence problems with his mazy runs and good interlink play with Fahy.
On 60 minutes a good header from Lawson found Fahy clear on goal but the latter shot straight at Lewis Noice in the home goal.
At the other end Josh Egan skimmed Burton's crossbar with a cross come shot as play switched from end to end.
On 75 minutes two further chances for the swans to equalise went begging as first Liam Orchard shot over when well placed and then Lawson did similar when he received a good ball from Jack Twyman.
Larkhall punished the Swans for their failure to convert their chances on 83 minutes when Richard Thwaite was penalised for a foul 25 yards from goal and the resultant free kick was powerfully headed home by the Larks substitute Dan Restorick.
That sealed the win for the home side and the Swans must now regroup for the visit to Winchester on Good Friday and then an intriguing Glos Senior Challenge Cup Quarter Final at home to Cheltenham Town on Wednesday Evening, 7.30pm.
Team: Burton,Brown,Mace,Turl,Richard Thwaite,Turner( Ward 63) Smith, Twyman, Fahy, Mahmood (Lawson 50) Babatunde (Orchard 70)
Supporters man of the match: Liam Smith.
And still it goes on..
Monday 21st March
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Bashley 0-0 Slimbridge
Saturday 19th March
A defiant performance from a Bashley side whose inevitable relegation was confirmed today coupled with a below par performance from the Swans saw the visitors return from their longest trip of the season with merely a single point rather than the three they would have been expected to pick up. On another day, Slimbridge could have ended the game in double figures, with far more opportunities than they had when they put six past Bashley at Wisloe Road last month, but in the end it was the hosts who were celebrating at the final whistle, as they collected only their second point of the season.
On a hard and very uneven surface, playing football of any quality was always going to be a challenge, and it took a while for the game to settle down - the Swans made the best of the earlier chances - Adam Mace forced a smart save from Bashley Keeper Joe Promodo with eight minutes on the clock after being playing in by Sean Lawson in the first real goalmouth action. On 18 minutes, Mace returned the favour and set up Lawson, who saw his effort blocked. From the resulting corner, Promodo made a simple stop from Jamie Martin’s header.
Three minutes later, Lawson was through on goal after neat work from Sam Babatunde and Martin, but again his effort was blocked as the visitors pressed hard for an opener. Still the chances came and went - Rich Thwaite’s header from a Mace corner just off target, Martin going close with a shot after turning his man in the Bashley penalty box, and then Martin again collecting the ball after a collision with Promodo while chasing a through ball, only to see the Keeper get back and stop his goalbound effort.
Promodo picked up a knock in the challenge, and continued after lengthy treatment, but was alert to make a superb stop from Babatunde’s header on 37 minutes, before leaving the field with suspected concussion as a result of the original clash with Martin. Bashley Reserve Keeper Joe Coombes took over between the sticks for the home side.
Bashley went close to scoring themselves just before the break - but a magnificent save from George Burton deniedHarry Smith, who drilled a very dangerous shot in as the ball fell to him in the Slimbridge box.
Just before the half, Adam Mace was off target with a free kick on the edge of the area, leaving the sides level at the break.
In the first five second half minutes, Slimbridge could have scored three times as they pressed hard to break the deadlock - Babatunde’s effort was just off target, Mace beat two men only to skew his effort the wrong side of the post, and then Lawson saw another effort blocked by Coombes after Martin had played him through on goal.
On the hour, Paul Fahy was pulled back on the edge of the Bashley box by Callum Lee, who picked up a yellow card for his trouble, but Mace’s free kick lacked power and Coombes was able to make another stop.
Mace was again denied on 66 minutes, when his goalbound piledriver his the back of a Bashley defender to be deflected for a corner, as it looked more and more like it was going to be one of those days for the visitors.
With 20 minutes remaining, Bashley had their second decent effort of the game, Will Heather going close with a long range effort which was just too high.
As the game petered out, Mace had one last opportunity to break deadlock, but his Free kick as time wound down was again too high, and the home celebrations kicked into high gear as Referee Anthony Foster brought the game to a close.
The Swans remain on their travels this week, visiting Larkhall Athletic on Wednesday (7.45pm), and then making another long trip down the A34 to Winchester City on Good Friday (3.00pm). They then return to Wisloe Road a week Saturday, (April 2nd, 3.00pm) when Tiverton Town are the visitors.
Team: Burton, Turl, Brown, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Babatunde (Twyman 60), Turner, Lawson (Mahmood 65), Martin (Fahy 55), Mace
Supporters Man of the Match: Dean Turner
Slimbridge 0-2 Cinderford Town
Thursday 17th March
The visitors demonstrated why they seem certain to win the League title this year with a clinical display at Wisloe Road, but the Swans can take heart from their performance as they look towards a trip to bottom placed Bashley on Saturday.
It was all Cinderford from the off, as they put on a masterful display of high tempo, attractive football, ultimately rewarded on 17 minutes, when Nick Rhodes converted a cross in the Swans box past Adam Thomas, deputising for the unavailable George Burton.
Slimbridge’s best opportunity of the first period came on the half hour, when Cinderford Keeper Alex Harris made a superb stop from Adam Mace, but at half time, the visitors deserved their lead.
Ten minutes into the second period, Mace had another great effort blocked, as the Swans tried to get back into the game, and to their credit, the workrate of the home side never dropped.
On 65 minutes, George Lloyd converted a ball across the Slimbridge box for Cinderford’s second, and it was game over.
There was still time for Harris to make another great stop from Rich Thwaite’s header from a corner, but Cinderford played out time to add another three points to what will surely be a title winning season.
The Swans now face three away games on the bounce, travelling to Bashley (Saturday 3.00pm), Larkhall Athletic (Wednesday 23rd, 7.45pm) and Winchester City (Friday 25th, 3.00pm)
The Club have announced that Admission Prices for the Gloucestershire FA Senior Challenge Cup Quarter Final between the Swans and Cheltenham Town (Wisloe Road, March 30th, 7.30pm) will be £5 for adults and £3 concessions.
Team: Thomas, Turl, Brown, Hoyle, Ry Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Twyman (Rich Thwaite 45), Fahy, Lawson (Babatunde 68), Mace (Martin 62)
Supporters Man of the Match: Alex Hoyle
Slimbridge 1 – 3 Banbury United
Saturday 12th March
The Swans battled out an entertaining game at Wisloe Road today against leaders Banbury United. With few chances for either side it was the visitors clinical finishing that told in the end to keep them top of the table.
Slimbridge started the game brightly taking the game to the visitors with Paul Fahey shooting wide on 5 minutes having been played in by Sean Lawson. Banbury got back into the game with both sides playing some neat attacking football but failing to make any headway. A Banbury free kick from Mark Bell on the left was sent high and wide on 17 minutes, followed soon after by a Slimbridge free kick wide on the right culminating in a weak shot from Dean Turner straight at the visiting keeper.
On 32 minutes the first corner of the game from Banbury resulted in Darius Browne’s shot from the right just clearing the Slimbridge bar. At the other end Adam Mace’s shot was blocked by the visitors defence on the edge of the area.
The first goal came on 37 minutes, Micheal Hopkins pinpoint cross from the left was headed home unopposed by Ricky Johnson. Five minutes later Banbury got a second when Slimbridge Keeper George Burton was unable to hold Browne’s 15 yard shot from the left leaving Leam Howards an easy tap in at the far post.
Slimbridge started the second half brightly and reduced the arrears on 56 minutes with an 18 yard strike from Mace after some neat play from Fahey.
As the visitors piled the pressure on the home defence Sam Turl made a last gasp saving tackle on visiting substitute Felipe Barcelos just as he was about to shoot. On 76 minutes Burton kept Slimbridge in the game with a double save at close range from Felipe Barcelos and Johnston. Five minutes later Miles Welch-Hayes shot from the right cannoned off the angle and had to be cleared by the home defence to safety.
Banbury sealed the game on 83 minutes when Barcelos latched onto Mark Bells through ball to slot home for victory.
The Swans host local rivals Cinderford Town on Wednesday evening (7:45pm) followed by a trip to Hampshire to face bottom club Bashley on Saturday (3pm).
Team: Burton, Turl, Brown(Martin 70), Hoyle, Rich Thwaite (Ward 59), Ry Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Fahy, Lawson(Adam Mahmood), Mace
Supporters MOM : Jack Twyman
Thornhill Park gets the Go-ahead
Friday 11th March
Following successful consultations with the Southern League, the GFA and the FA, we can formally confirm that from next season, we will be playing at 'Thornhill Park, Wisloe Road', as we rename our ground in honour of Evi Thornhill, the man who who donated the land to the football club that we occupy to this day.
We will be announcing the date of the renaming ceremony in due course, but it will take place prior to one of our pre-season games, and we are delighted and deeply honoured that Tony Thornhill, son of Evi, has agreed to come along to join us for the ceremony.
More details will be announced as they are finalised.
Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Trophy Quarter Final
Thursday 10th March
The Swans will face Cheltenham Town, who beat Gloucester City last night, at Wisloe Road on Wednesday, 30th March (7.30pm Kick Off).
Admission on the night will be £5 (£3 concessions)
The winner will travel to Bishops Cleeve or Yate Town in the Semi Final.