Slimbridge AFC v Brislington - Match Postponed
Friday 17th January
With parts of the Wisloe Road pitch underwater, tomorrow's match has been postponed. A new date will be announced when available.
Cadbury Heath 5-0 Slimbridge
Tuesday 14th January
The Swans crashed out of the GFA Challenge trophy at the Quarter Final stage, with a comprehensive thumping at the hand of Cadbury Heath.
In atrocious conditions, the Swans were hampered from the kick off by the delayed arrival of Keeper Dave Evans, who got held up on the way to ground. As a consequence, Jamie Martin started in goal, and by the time Evans was on the pitch ten minutes in, the Swans were already a goal down - Matt Huxley, whose superb individual display earned him four goals and a Man of the Match award converted a through ball to put the home side ahead.
On 36 minutes, Huxley added his second, heading home a cross following a Heath Free Kick to double the advantage. Huxley then completed a first half hat trick just before the break, heading home a cross from George Boon.
The second half didn't get any better for the Swans as the conditions worsened - Boon was again instrumental in the build up play, this time crossing for Sasha Tong to convert on 74 minutes.
To complete a miserable evening for Slimbridge, Huxley popped up again on 78 minutes to notch his fourth of the game, and seasl the win. Heath go on to host Winterbourne United in the Semi-Final.
Street 1-3 Slimbridge
Saturday 11th January
The Swans got back to winning ways after their defeat at Winterbourne with a comprehensive and fully deserved victory over fourth placed Street at the Tannery Ground this afternoon. Slimbridge notched three first half goals to put them in control of the game - a superb brace from Danny Chandler, and an opportunistic effort from Jamie Martin. Although Street had the better of the second period, they could only manage a single goal in reply from Craig Herrod, and the late dismissal of Bradley Middleton topped off a miserable afternoon for the home side.
The game was played in very heavy conditions, and with the added complication of a very low sun, it was no surprise that the opening exchanges between the sides were very scrappy.
Street had the first decent effort of the match on six minutes, when Mark Salter's header from a corner was only prevented from going in by the presence of Rich Stevenson on the Swans goalline, and the chance was cleared as the home side pressed.
Two minutes later though, the visitors took the lead in a clinical counter attack - Man of the Match Jack Twyman, who worked tirelessly in midfield all afternoon, broke from midfield and fed Dean Turner on the Slimbridge right flank. Turner played the ball down the line for Jamie Martin, whose cross was swept home by Danny Chandler to put the visitors ahead.
There followed a period of pressure from the side in response to going behind, but the Swans back line held firm - After 16 minutes, Salter had probably more space than he realised as Craig Mawford's cross found him in the Slimbridge box, but allowed himself to be disposessed and the chance lost, while the increasingly dangerous looking Tom Hurley saw two powerful efforts blocked.
As we approached halfway through the first period, Slimbridge had regrouped and began to create their own opportunities again. After Twyman and Chandler had combined well, the final ball aimed at Martin just went astray, and a minute later, Turner's cross saw Liam Harding's header go wide as the visitors began to ask questions again of the Street back line.
Just before the half hour, Chandler found himself in space on the edge of the Street box, with no support, and tried his luck, only to see his shot go high and wide.
At the other end, Street nearly nicked an equaliser on 33 minutes when Dale Hunt turned Jack Rutter, only to see his shot elude Dave Evans, but drift just the wrong side of the far post.
With 36 minutes gone, Slimbridge struck again - in a move almost identical to the first goal, Twyman and Martin combined to see Chandler convert Martin's cross and double the Swans' advantage.
Three minutes later, the visitors got their third - Lee Begg made a hash of his backpass to Street Keeper Nathan Whatley, and Martin nipped in to dink the ball past the Keeper, much to the delight of the Slimbridge travelling fans.
As the game approached the half, Middleton shot over for the home side, and Craig Herrod brought a good save from Evans, but the visitors were well in control of the game at the interval.
Slimbridge could have notched a fourth goal within 17 seconds of the restart, when Turner charged down a clearance, and the ball fell to Martin. His cross found Chandler, who opted to head the ball rather than bring it down, and this allowed Whatley to make a save and keep the home side in the game. It was to prove one of the few chances that the Swans' created in the second half, as Street pressed the visitors back for large portions of the half.
Matt Hurley and Salter combined well on 50 minutes to create a good chance, but Salter's shot was too high, and the Slimbridge defence held.
As Slimbridge tried to get the ball out of their own half, it took a magnificent block from Dan Robinson to get in the way of a goal bound effort from Hunt on the edge of the Swans' penalty area.
Ten minutes into the second half, Street must have started to think it wasn't going to be their day, as Dave Evans punched clear a corner, and then somehow managed to keep out the follow up effort from Salter when it looked as if the home side had managed to get themselves on the scoresheet.
With an hour gone, Robinson again got in a crucial block to deny Salter, although a minute later, Street finally managed to pull a goal back - a neat passing move threaded the ball through to Herrod, and he placed the ball calmly past Evans.
Street again had a spell of pressure following the goal, and Lee Smyth would have wanted to do better on 72 minutes when he was well placed, but he skied his effort.
With five minutes remaining, after Scott Holland and Smyth had combined well only to see Smyth out his effort too high again, Street were reduced to ten men.
Dylan Ford broke forward as Street were pressing, and was felled by a combination of three backpedalling Street defenders. After consulting with his linesman, Referee Steve Morris showed a red card to Bradley Middleton, who made plain his displeasure at what he felt was an unfair decision.
Paul Fahy, who had been introduced for Martin just over the hour was a crucial part of Slimbridge relieving the pressure on their back line the last few minutes, and caused Street all sorts of problems with his speed as time approached. As the game went into what was to be five additional minutes, he forced a good save from Whatley, as the visitors played out time to gain a valuable three points.
The Swans travel to Cadbury Heath on Wednesday for a GFA Trophy Quarter Final tie (7.30pm) before retuning to League action at Wisloe Road on Saturday, when Brislington are the visitors (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Rutter, Stevenson (Ward 62), Sterling, Robinson, Twyman, Turner, Harding, Chandler (Carter 57), Martin (Fahy 62), Ford
Goals: Chandler 8, 36, Martin 39
Supporters' Man of the Match: Jack Twyman
Winterbourne United 4-1 Slimbridge
Thursday 26th December
A disappointing performance from the Swans saw them leave Oaklands park pointless after they were well beaten by fellow strugglers Winterbourne United.
The Home side used the artificial 3G surface to their advantage and always looked the more suited to the conditions.
The Swans regular keeper Dave Evans was a rare absentee, spending time with his new born baby girl who was born on Christmas Day.
Andy Radford donned the gloves and had to be at his best to tip over a Karin Rendell shot on 7 minutes, however a long range shot by Ashley Knight in the 14th minute eluded the custodian and gave Winterbourne an early lead.
Five minutes later the hosts should have increased their lead when Mason Poole hit a ferocious shot from some 30 yards out which rattled the Swans crossbar, the rebound falling kindly to Rendell who should have scored but he fired his shot high and wide.
The swans were struggling to put any moves together as Winterbourne upped the pace and disaster struck in the 28th minute when Rendells shot from 18 yards was superbly tipped round for a corner by Radford but in doing so he suffered a nasty looking leg injury and after lengthy treatment he had to be replaced in goal by Jamie Martin.
The first real effort on goal by Slimbridge was in the 35th minute when a shot by Adam Mace was pushed round for a corner and then five minutes later Daniel Holloway had a good effort once again pushed away for a corner.
The second half saw the hosts assert more pressure on the visitors defence and after 60 minutes Swans defender Will Wellon tangled with Rendell in the box and referee Adam Matthews pointed straight to the spot, Ben Dowdell made no mistake firing low past Martin.
Seven minutes later the game was virtually over as Rendell fired a shot in on goal and a wicked deflection left Martin with no chance.
After 75 minutes a fourth goal was scored by the rampant hosts when Knight fired home from close range.
A consolation goal from substitute Rob Hine with just five minutes left was the best the visitors could muster in a game that the Swans will quickly want to forget.
Team- Radford (Nash 28) Ward,Robinson,Sterling,Wellon,Turner,Carter (Hine 72) Twyman, Martin, Holloway, Mace.
Supporters man of the match-Dean Turner.
Merry Xmas from all at Wisloe Road
Sunday 22nd December
Everyone at Slimbridge AFC would like to wish you a happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year. Thanks for all your support during 2013.
Bristol Manor Farm 2-2 Slimbridge
Friday 20th December
For the second time in a week, Leon Sterling's men took points from a side in the top three of the Toolstation Western Premier League, twice coming from behind to share the points with Bristol Manor Farm at The Creek.
A spirited and hardworking performance saw the Swans more than match their high flying opponents, and a draw was no more than they deserved from a game played in high winds and swirling rain. Three goals in seven first half minutes saw Manor Farm go ahead through Liam Farmer, only for Liam Harding to home strike a 35 Yard free kick to level things up. Almost straight from the kick off, George Brimson restored the home side's advantage at the break. In the second half, the Swans never stopped pressing, and were rewarded in the 77th minute, when Aaron Nash converted a penalty after Nash himself had been brought down, going back home with a well deserved point.
The Swans made a good start to the game, and started playing with a ferocious wind behind them. After Paul Carter was clattered early on, Carter''s free kick was met by Liam Harding, who couldn't direct his header on target. As the visitors continued to press, Carter's through ball nearly put Jamie Martin through, but Martin was the subject of the first of what was to become a series of contentious offside decisions.
At the other end, Brimson tried his luck from range, but his long range effort was well wide.
Slimbridge were playing some nice tempo passing football, and Jack Twyman and Carter combined well down the right flank in the third minute, but Martin's cross caught the breeze and ended up overhit, with the chance again being lost.
With six minutes gone, Martin went close with another effort, while a couple of minutes later, it took a superb tackle from Callum Brown to deny Will Hailston after Brimson and Farmer had combined well for Manor Farm.
The home side were beginning to put some nice passing moves together, but not really producing any end product when it counted, and the Swans' back four, superbly marshalled all night by the tireless Leon Sterling and Will Wellon, dealt comfortably with everything that was thrown at them.
After Luke Andrews was booked for a crude challenge on Martin, Carter's Free kick created problems at the other end, but with the ball proving unpredictable in the conditions, another chance went begging for the Swans.
With 17 minutes on the clock, Hailston and Farmer combined neatly, with Farmer whipping in a cross which Dave Evans fumbled for a corner. There then followed a period of sustained pressure and corners for the home side, but Freddy Ward came up with a series of magnificent defensive headers and the Swans' back line held firm.
On 38 minutes, the deadlock was broken with a clinical Manor Farm move - Hailston, who was at the heart of many of the home side's most dangerous moves all evening, played in Farmer on the edge of the Slimbridge box, and he drilled the ball past Evans to put the hosts ahead.
The goal lifted the home side, and they continued to press. After Harding was penalised for a foul, Kye Holly's free kick saw a Slimbridge breakaway, with Martin being played through but being flagged for offside, despite looking at least a yard on when the ball was put through to him.
Brimson had a chance to increase Manor Farm's lead on 43 minutes, but headed wide from Holly's cross, but Slimbridge took advantage of the miss. A Free Kick fully 35 yards out saw Liam Harding try his luck, with the help of the wind - his powerful shot left Ashley Clarke in the Manor Farm goal no chance, and rocketed into the net to tie things up.
Having done the hard work of getting themselves back into the game, Slimbridge went to sleep and were punished - straight from the kick off, Jordan Metters set up Brimson, who drove the ball past Evans to put the home side back in front. It proved to be virtually the last kick of an entertaining first half.
Although Manor Farm were now playing with the wind, the second period had far fewer chances than the first - it took nearly 15 minutes for the home side to create their first opportunity, but Brimson's lofted shot was a simple catch for Evans as the home side struggled to break down a resolute Swans back line, to their obvious frustration.
The introduction of Rob Hine and Aaron Nash for Martin and Dan Holloway had given the Swans some different options up front, and Tywman and Hine combined well on 66 minutes to set up a chance, but their neat passing move was broken up as they reached the edge of the Manor Farm box.
As the game entered the final 20 minutes, despite having the weather advantage, Manor Farm were reduced to long range effforts, with Holly's long range effort being caught by the wind and blown well wide of the target.
On 77 minutes, and just as if it looked as if it might be one of those days for the visitors, Nash set off towards the Manor Farm chasing a clearance. He beat the last defender to the ball and was brought down in the box by Clarke rushing from his goal. Nash picked himself up and placed the penalty neatly to Clarke's left to level things up.
Both sides could have nicked it at the death - Harding saw a good effort scrambled clear, while, at the other end, Evans had to be at his best to keep out a shot from Darren Hawkins in stoppage time, but the final whistle saw the points shared, and it was a thoroughly deserved reward for the Swans' diisplay, much to the delight of their travelling faithful fans.
The Swans travel to Winterbourne United on Boxing Day (3.00), before entertaining Leaders Larkhall Athletic at Wisloe Road on Saturday 28th December (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Stevenson, Short, Sterling, Wellon, Ward, Twyman, Harding, Martin (Hine 56), Holloway (Nash 62), Carter (Turner 75)
Goals: Harding 44, Nash (Pen) 77
Supporters' Man of the Match: Liam Harding
Slimbridge 3 -0 Gillingham Town
Monday 16th December
Slimbridge's best performance of the season saw them topple high flyers Gillingham Town and bag three valuable points in their quest to pull away from the relegation zone of the Western League Premier Division.
Before the kick off League Chairman John Poole presented the Gills boss with the November 'manager of the month' award which made the Swans victory even sweeter.
Right from the start Slimbridge hassled their visitors with some good attacking moves, Jamie Martin, Danny Chandler and Dan Holloway were asking some serious questions of the Gills defence with their pace and it did not take long for them to take the lead.
In the 13th minute manager Leon Sterling tripped Ben Thompson in the penalty area but Steve Smith's spot kick was superbly saved by Dave Evans.
Within a minute the Swans were ahead, a good run and cross from Martin found Chandler unmarked and his bullett like header from 8 yards out left Gills keeper Jamie Beale no chance.
In the 19th minute a good move involving Martin, Paul Carter and Liam Harding saw the latters shot go just wide.
The Swans went further ahead in the 21st minute when Holloway picked up a loose ball in midfield and ran at the Gills defence leaving two defenders in his wake to fire a low shot past Beale.
Gillingham tried to respond and it took two good tip over's by Evans to preserve their two goal lead.
Harry Baker hit the woodwork for the visitors on 33 minutes and the Swans survived another scare just before the interval when First of all Thompson shot wide when it looked easier to score and then The same player hit the woodwork with a close range shot.
Evans tipped over a Aiden Chainey effort as referee Steve Oakey blew for half time.
Gillingham tried get back into the game with some good attacks early in the second half but they found the Swans defence in no mood to surrender their advantage .
On 57 minutes a good run and cross by Holloway was fired just wide by Harding.
Referee Oakey who was officiating his first game of the season due to injury had two quick cautions in the 57th and 58th minutes which seemed to keep the lid on it as the players tried to assert their authority on the game.
Manager Leon Sterling made two substitutions in the 68th minute bring on Freddy Ward and 'stalwart' Marvyn Roberts who was making a guest appearance, for Chandler And Carter respectivley.
Roberts nearly got on the scoresheet on 75 minutes when keeper Beale lost the ball outside of his area but the Big Man's shot trickled just wide of the post.
Jack Twyman went close on 76 minutes when his lob went just over but on 77 minutes the game was over when 'man of the match' Martin took advantage of a goalmouth scramble, his close range shot going in off keeper Beale.
There was just time for Chainey to get on the scoresheet but he saw his effort well pushed over by Evans in the final minute.
So an excellent win for the Swans who now look towards the Christmas fixtures starting with a trip to Bristol Manor Farm on Friday evening, 7.30 pm followed by a Boxing Day visit to Winterbourne Utd who play at Gfa Headquarters, Almondsbury and this game will kick off at 3pm and will be played on their recently laid artificial 3G pitch and then two days later on Sat Dec 28th the Swans will entertain Current league leaders Larkhall Athletic at Wisloe Road, 3pm.
The Swans will travel to Cadbury Heath in their GFA Challenge Trophy Quarter Final. The tie has been set for Wednesday 15th January, with a 7.30pm Kick Off. The winner will meet either Winterbourne United to Tuffley Rovers in the Semi-Final
In the Second Round of the Les Phillips Cup, Slimbridge will travel to Bradfprd Town. This game has been set for Saturday 22nd February, Kick Off 3.00pm.
Our trip to Odd Down, originally scheduled for February 18th, has now been rescheduled to March 4th, with a 7.45pm Kick Off.
Radstock Town 2-1 Slimbridge
Monday 9th December
The Swans' League revival was halted by a potentially costly defeat at Radstock Town. After taking en early lead through Danny Chandler, two second half goals won the game for the home side. Slimbridge now go in to a difficult series of games against teams at the top end of the table and will be looking to improve on this showing as they continue to move away from the bottom of the table.
Radstock were coming into the game off a period of instability, which included cancelling their last first team fixture, and Danny Chandler's opener on 13 minutes gave the visitors the advantage.
The home side had the opportunity to bring the game level ten minutes into the second period, when Jordan Townsend was brought down in the box, but Dave Evans made a good save from Adrian Harvey's spot kick to maintain the visitors advantage.
Ten minutes later though, the scores were level - Jordan Townsley's header from Callum Elms cross levelling things up.
On 75 minutes, Radstock took the lead with a 40 yard effort from Jack Seymour that deceived Evans in the air, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Although Chandler and Liam Harding both went close, Radstock held on to notch a crucial three points. The Swans remain in 16th place in the Toolstation Western Premier League
Slimbridge entertain high flying Gillingham Town, who are currently second, at Wisloe Road on Saturday (3.00pm). Their trip the following weekend to Bristol Manor Farm, originally scheduled for Saturday December 21st, has been moved to Friday night, December 20th, with a 7.30pm Kick Off.