Slimbridge 0-3 Buckland Athletic
Sunday 1st March
A disappointing week for the Swans ended with a third defeat at Wisloe Road, to a Buckland side who leapfrogged Slimbridge in the League table to drop the home side to sixth in the Toolstation Western Premier League.
In a game largely devoid of incident, more late goals were conceded in the last ten minutes, topping off a miserable few days for the Swans. Simon Revell notched a brace for the visitors, and Gavin Hammon added the other goal to seal a comfortable victory for a Buckland side who have won all their away games during February.
The first goal goal came just before the break, when Revell drifted a free kick past the Swans wall and through the arms of Dave Evans with 40 minutes on the clock.
The second goal came with eight minutes remaining - Hammon went on a mazy run beating three Slimbridge defenders before planting the ball past Evans. With almost the last kick of the game, Revell's corner somehow found it's way into the Slimbridge net despite Evans' despairing dive, to round off a bad day at the office for the home side, who must now pick themselves up for a trip to Bridport on Saturday (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Odiero, Rich Thwaite, Ward, Ryan Thwaite (Davies 80), Parrott (Irvine 73), Martin, Hammond (Mace 65), Fahy
Supporters Man of the Match: Sam Turl
Slimbridge 2-2 Shirehampton (Shirehampton win 3-2 on penalties)
Thursday 26th February
For the second time this week, late goals proved very costly at Wisloe Road as the Swans squandered a two goal lead to be dumped out of the GFA Challenge Trophy at the semi final stage by Shirehampton, who go on to meet Bristol Manor Farm in the final.
Leading through a goal in each half from Jamie Martin on 20 minutes, and Paul Fahy on 69 minutes, it all started to go pear shaped for the home side when Danny Morne, and then Danny Copeland pulled the visitors back into the game on 82 and 87 minutes respectively.
With the tie going straight to penalties at 90 minutes, the Swans saw only Ryan Thwaite and Dave Evans score their penalties, with Fahy, Freddy Ward and Leroy Odiero all missing out while Scott Bamford, Dan Spicer and Charlie Harris converted for Shirehampton, whose celebrations went on well into the evening.
The Swans play their third game at Wisloe in a week when Buckland Athletic are the visitors on Saturday for a League encounter (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Turl (Odiero 72), Brown, Freeman, Rich Thwaite, Ryan Thwaite, Fahy, Ward, Lawson, Martin (Hammond 63), Mace (Davies 69)
Supporters Man of the Match: Ryan Thwaite
Slimbridge v Shirehampton - pitch update
Tuesday 24th February
Following a dry day today, the pitch is in good condition ahead of our GFA Semi Final tomorrow night. An inspection will only be required if we get a substantial amount of rain between now and tomorrow night, however the forecast is looking good, so no inspection is planned at this point. Should that situation change, we will of course provides updates through all the usual channels.
Step 6 grading - Clarification from the FA
Tuesday 24th February
Although the contents of this message do not directly affect us, there has been much local discussion of this issue and the FA have issued clarification as follows -
I am writing to you further to the recent meeting of the FA Leagues Committee when the issue of clubs failing to meet the Step 6 grading requirements was discussed at length. This followed a series of meetings with some leagues and their member clubs. After giving the matter careful consideration and taking into account the adverse effect demoting clubs would have on the Step 6 level of the game it was agreed to recommend that the following would apply with immediate effect:
· Clubs that fail to meet the required grading requirements as at 31 March 2015 will retain their position at Step 6 going forward.
· Leagues with failed clubs must pass a resolution at their next and subsequent AGMs confirming the agreement of their member clubs to accept clubs without the appropriate grading into the constitution.
· Clubs without floodlights must achieve the other Step 6 requirements by 31 March 2016.
· When a league achieves full membership (number to be agreed) clubs that fail to meet the required grading criteria will then become subject to relegation.
· The criteria for promotion from Step 7 to Step 6 remains as at present.
· That clubs without the appropriate Step 6 grading will not be permitted to enter FA competitions.
· That clubs without the appropriate Step 6 grading will not be permitted to gain promotion to Step 5.
· That clubs without the appropriate Step 6 grading will not be permitted to seek a lateral Step 6 movement to another competition.
Members also agreed that this situation will be monitored and be subject to review in 3 years- time (March 2018).
Leagues will soon receive a written undertaking that you will be requested to sign to confirm the agreement of your league to the new Step 6 requirements.
Finally, on no account will a competition be allowed to accept any additional clubs that do not meet the appropriate criteria for Step 6.
Monday 23rd February
There will be a Committee meeting next Tuesday (March 3rd) at 7pm in the Clubhouse. However, should Wednesday's game fall foul of the weather, the meeting will be held this Wednesday evening (February 25th) at 7pm.
Slimbridge 1 -2 Sherborne Town
Sunday 22nd February
The Swans missed a great opportunity to put further pressure on the sides at the top of the Toolstation Western Premier League when a late penalty saw the visitors nick the points and take them back to Dorset. Marc Caines had put Sherborne ahead in the first half before Adam Mace levelled things up before the break. Despite Sherborne going down to ten men for the last half hour, Caines converted an 85th minute penalty to settle the game, in what turned out to be a disappointing afternoon for the home side.
Sherborne made a bright start to the game, but it was Slimbridge who created the two best early chances - Jamie Martin and Ryan Thwaite combined to set up Stuart Davies, whose shot went wide, while it took a good tackle from Sherborne's Nick Jacobs to deny Paul Fahy after a dangerous run.
On 16 minutes, the visitors went ahead with a peach of a goal. Caines, picked up the ball on the corner of the Slimbridge box, and his turn and volley saw Dave Evans given no chance.
Chances were being created at both ends of the pitch, with the best of them falling to Martin for the home side, while Evans had to be alert to make a good stop from Steve Burton's close range header at the other end.
The equaliser came on the half hour, when a lovely Martin flick on reached Mace in space, and he took advantage to drill the ball home to level things up.
Mace again went close before the break with another effort that went just wide, while Jason Bond brought another good save from Evans to keep things even at the half.
On the hour mark, Sherborne were reduced to ten men when Sam Farthing picked up a second yellow card from Referee Phil Staynings after sliding in through the back of Sam Turl, but Slimbridge were unable to make their numerical advantage play.
Despite having most of the possession, efforts from Fahy, Rich Thwaite and Sean Lawson all drew blanks.
With five minutes remaining, Leroy Odiero was penalised for a foul on Joe Smeeton, and Caines stepped up to send Evans the wrong way from the spot.
Caines had a glorious opportunity to collect a hat trick a minute later when he was through on goal, but misjudged his chip over Evans and lobbed the ball tamely into the Swans' Keeper's arms.
The Swans are back at Wisloe road on Wednesday when they entertain Shirehampton in a GFA Challenge Cup Semi Final tie (7.45pm), before they entertain Buckland Athletic next Saturday (3.00pm) in a League encounter.
Team: Evans, Turl, Brown, Odiero, Rich Thwaite, Ryan Thwaite, Davies (Ward 62), Parrott, Martin (Lawson 56), Fahy, Mace (Hammond 74)
Supporters Man of the Match: Adam Mace
New Date for Willand Trip
Sunday 15th February
Our postponed game from yesterday will now take place on Monday 4th May, 3.00pm Kick Off.
Willand Rovers v Slimbridge - POSTPONED
Saturday 14th February
Today's game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. We will announce a new date when confirmed.