Bitton 0-0 Slimbridge
Tuesday 8th April
A hard working and resilient performance from the Swans saw them pick up another useful point at top six side Bitton, where the teams played out their second 0-0 game of the season. The result moves Slimbridge above Winterbourne to 16th position in the Western Premier League.
In an entertaining encounter, both teams cancelled each other out in the early stages, and it was 17 minutes until the first decent opportunity of the game went to the visitors - Jack Twyman's ball into the box was punched clear by Bitton Keeper John rendell, and Twyman and then Paul Fahy combined to see an effort drift just wide.
Bitton were restricted to long range chances for the majority of the game, but on the half hour, a break involving Luke Bryan and Jacob Jackson had to be stopped by superb tracking back from Danny Chandler to avert the danger.
Before the break, Twyman, Chandler and Jamie Martin all combined well, but Martin's cross was too close to the Keeper, and Kyle Knott made a dangerous break that resulted in a corner, but the teams went in level at the Half.
Bitton tried to up the tempo at the start of the second period, but good work from a solid Swans back four continued to restrict them to long range efforts - Dan Spill had a couple of efforts well off target, while Aysa Corrick was also well wide with another shot from outside the box.
Just after the hour, both sides had their best chances to break the deadlock - firstly, Chandler brought a great save from Rendell with a 25 yard free kick, and Bitton retaliated with Bryan forcing Dave Evans into a good stop. As the game swung from end to end, Twyman and Fahy combined to set up Chandler, who saw Rendell make another good stop.
Bitton had a chnce to nick the points with the last kick of the match, but Leigh Edward-Samuels skied his effort way too high, and Slimbridge returned back to Gloucestershire with a precious point.
Team: Evans, Rutter, Brown, Tunnicliff, Hoyle, Ward, Knott, Twyman, Chandler (Kinnear 86), Martin (Turner 83), Fahy (Mace 75)
Supporters Man of the Match: Freddy Ward
Slimbridge 4-0 Ilfracombe Town
Saturday 5th April
The Swans recorded their third win this season against Ilfracombe Town to notch a morale boosting win ahead of their busiest week of the season. The victory moves Slimbridge twelve points clear of the bottom two, although they remain in 17th place in the Western Premier League, with a couple of games in hand on most of their rivals around them.
Ilfracombe contributed to their own downfall by gifting the home side their first two goals, but this was a much improved display from the home side, and they fully deserved the margin of victory at the final whistle. Danny Chandler's penalty put the Swans ahead with just five minutes on the clock before a howler from Ilfracome Keeper Kurtis Parkin left Sean Lawson with an open goal to double the lead on the hour. Jack Twyman's superb strike added the third with seven minutes left, and there was still time for Dean Turner to round off the win with the last kick of the match.
Slimbridge were forced into a late change when Liam Harding picked up a knee injury in the warm up, and his place in the starting line up was taken by Jack Twyman.
The first real action of the first half saw the home side take the lead = Jamie Martin's run in the Ilfracombe box was halted by a combination of Ian Cockwill and Gary Skinner, and Referee John Law had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Danny Chandler stepped up to convert the penalty with great confidence, to give the home side a lift they needed after their stuttering performance last week.
Slimbridge settled well in the early stages, and were playing the ball around with confidence - Dean Turner was unlucky when his effort following good work from Martin and Jack Twyman just missed the target on 12 minutes, and as the Swans pressed, Alex Hoyle was unlucky to be penalised for pushing as he went to convert Chandler's free kick a couple of minutes later.
The hosts continued to dominate the play, and Chandler went close again with a header that forced a save from Parkin after Jack Rutter's long cross found the striker in space at the far post.
With 25 minutes gone, Martin's audacious long range lob cleared Parkin. but sadly also the bar as the home side pressed for a second goal.
Twyman and Chandler then combined well to set up Paul Fahy, who slipped as he went to shoot, and another chance was lost.
Ilfracombe took the best part of half an hour to create their first decent chance, but Skinner's back post header went wide when he was well placed to hit the target.
Although Martin again went close after Twyman and Kyle Knott had combined well, and Knott set up Rutter for a cross which he overhit, Slimbridge failed to take advantage of their dominance to increase the lead, and went in at the Half with just a single goal advantage.
The second period started well for the visitors, and Slimbridge started to get pressed back as the visitors applied a spell of pressure of their own - Josh Heafield scuffed his shot after Luke Evans had played him through into space in the Swans' box. At the other end, Chandler's header from Callum Brown's Free Kick drifted just wide.
With an hour gone, Slimbridge doubled their advantage - Ilfracombe Keeper Parkin made a serious hash of a backpass, leaving Lawson to walk the ball into the empty net.
Ilfracombe went close again on 63 minutes, when Heafield's turn and shot saw his effort go wide, but Slimbridge remained in control of the game.
Ilfracombe's best opportunity of the afternoon came on 65 minutes, when good interplay between Steve Holland and Evans was halted by a superb Jack Rutter tackle, and the visitors were reduced to long range efforts for the remainder of the game, without really threatening Dave Evans in the Slimbridge goal.
Two goals in the last seven minutes clinched the win for the home side - firstly, Twyman's turn and volley from Turner's cross was certainly a candidate for goal of the season.
With the last kick of the match, Dean Tuner nicked the ball off Mark Clunie and beat Parkin to register the fourth goal of the afternoon and complete a very satisfactory outing for the home side.
Slimbridge travel to Bitton on Tuesday (8th, 7.30pm), before they host Longwell Green Sports (Thursday 10th, 7.45pm), before visiting Bishop Sutton next Saturday (12th, 3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Rutter, Brown, Sterling (Tunnicliff 63), Hoyle, Turner, Knott, Twyman, Chandler (Ward 60), Martin, Fahy (Lawson 55)
Goals: Chandler (Pen) 5, Lawson 60, Twyman 83, Turner 90
Supporters Man of the Match: Alex Hoyle
Slimbridge AFC 0-1 Willand Rovers
Monday 31st March
The inconsistency which has been a feature of this season struck again for Slimbridge, who, in a game low on entertainment, saw Willand Rovers head back to Devon with all three points after an early strike put the visitors ahead.
The Swans remain in 17th position in the League, and are still 11 points from the bottom two, but badly need to pull a couple more wins together to get them looking back upwards rather then below them in the table.
The first real action of the game saw the decisive strike, as the Swans back four was caught flatfooted by a lofted ball, and Luke Durham neatly lobbed Dave Evans to put Willand into the lead with five minutes on the clock.
The Swans tried to respond, but a lack of quality in delivery hampered them all afternoon, and Adam Mace's cross aimed at Alex Hoyle was easily dealt with by the Willand defence.
Durham nearly notched his second on 20 minutes, and it took a great saving from Ben Tunnicliff to nick the ball from his toe as he shaped to shoot.
With just under half an hour gone, a foul on Jack Twyman saw the Swans with a free kick in a dangerous position, but Liam Harding's delivery was too long for any of the Swans front men and another chance was lost.
Hoyle and Chandler combined well on 38 minutes to set Chandler up, but Willand Keeper Craig Veal was alert to the danger and came out of his box to clear.
Willand had two other chances before the break to increase their advantage, but Toby Gosling's shot was just the wrong side of the upright, and then Dave Evans made a good save from Durham, who had played a good 1-2 with Luke Alden to set himself up with an opportunity.
After the break, it was pretty much the same story - Mace's cross was just too far ahead of Dean Turner's efforts to reach it, while at the other end, Evans made two more good stops from Joe Buchin, one a powerful header, and the second a shot which Evans pushed for a corner.
On 54 minutes, Willand came closest to scoring their second when another Evans save saw the ball loose in the Swans' box, but it was cleared before any Willand strikers could reach it.
With three minutes remaining, the home side went down to ten men, when Alex Hoyle was booked for a handball offence, and then talked his way into an immediate second yellow from Referee Grant Taylor, but it made little difference to the outcome.
The Swans entertain bottom of the table Ilfracombe Town on Saturday (April 5th, 3.00pm) before a busy week sees them travel to Bitton (Tues 8th, 7.45pm), host Longwell Green Sports (Thursday 10th, 7.45pm), and then visit Bishop Sutton (Saturday 12th, 3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Robinson (Fenner 66), Brown, Thornton, Tunnicliff (Brown 62), Twyman, Turner, Harding, Chandler (Fahy 55), Hoyle, Mace
Supportrs Man of the Match: Dave Evans
Bank Holiday Weekend Games Kick Off Time Changes
Tuesday 25th March
Our home game against Winterbourne United on Good Friday 18th April has been moved to a 1pm Kick Off following agreement from both sides.
Our trip to Larkhall Athletic on Easter Monday will now Kick off at 2pm.
Meksham Town 3-1 Slimbridge
Monday 24th March
The Swans put in a good performance, but fell short against Melksham Town on a rare Monday Night matchup. The home side took a two goal advantage which was pegged back by Adam Mace's strike 18 minutes from time, but a late penalty saw the Melksham run out winners by three goals to one.
The Swans made a good start, and Alex Hoyle went close with a header from a Brett James Corner, before Jack Twyman's dangerous through ball set Danny Chandler free, but his cross was blocked.
Dave Evans was called into action in the tenth minute, when he made a great double save after Nick Rideout's cross had deflected off Jack Rutter towards his own goal. At the other end, Callum Brown's cross saw Hoyle put in a good header, forcing Tom Drewitt in the Melksham goal, to make a good save.
Melksham began to take control, and Ryan Bennett's header from Ben Thompson's corner was a let off for the Swans. As the home side pressed, a 20 yard Luke Smith volley was well held by Evans to keep the scores level.
Slimbridge were still creating chances though, and Liam Harding went close with a header from James' corner which just cleared the Melksham bar.
With five minutes remaining in the first half, Melksham took the lead - Leon Sterling's clearance fell to Dan Kovacs, who drilled the ball past Evans from 15 yards to put the hosts ahead.
Slimbridge nearly pulled themselves just after the break, when Brown made a great run down the left wing, and tried his luck from 30 yards. Drewitt tipped the ball onto the crossbar, and Melksham retained the advantage.
The home side responded with a piledriver of their own, when Rideout tested Evans from 25 yards, but the Slimbridge Keeper was up to the task.
Just before the hour mark, though, more porr defending from the Swans was to prove costly - Kovacs notching his and Melksham's second after a goalmouth scramble.
Adam Mace had a good chance to reduce the deficit after Hoyle had sent him through one on one with the Keeper, but he fired high and wide with 68 minutes on the clock. Four minutes later, though Mace was more successful, finishing off a great move after being played in by Liam Harding to narrow the scores.
Slimbridge pressed had for a second goal, but Jack Twyman's shot which drifted just wide after more good work by Harding was the closest they got to pulling a second goal out of the bag.
With three minutes remaining, Ben Tunnicliff was penalised for a push on Rideout, and Kovacs netted the penalty to record his Hat Trick and put the game to bed,
The Swans have two home games on the bounce now coming up - Willand Rovers visit Wisloe Road on Saturday (29th, 3.00pm), and Ilfracombe Town make the trip up from Devon the following Saturday, April 5th (3.00pm)
Team: Evans, Rutter, Brown, Sterling, Tunnicliff, Twyman, James, Harding, Chandler (Turner 61), Hoyle, Fahy (Mace 60)
Goals: Mace 72
Supporters Man Of The Match: Callum Brown
Hengrove Athletic 0-1 Slimbridge AFC
Sunday 23rd March
In the end, it took a disputed penalty to separate these two sides in a six pointer at the bottom of the table, but on the balance of play, Slimbridge left The Grove with the spoils that they deserved at the end of the day. Although they remain in 17th place in the Western Premier League, they have a six point cushion over the four clubs below them, and are now 11 points above the relegation zone.
Hengrove started the game sharply, but were handicapped by a lack of firepower up front which rendered many of their early forays ineffective, not helped by a strong wind and bumpy surface, which meant we were never likely to see a smooth flowing encounter. After 4 minutes, Steve Ratcliffe and James Dunn set up Lewis Scott for Hengrove, and it took a Freddy Ward defensive header to put the ball out for a corner, which was cleared.
A dangerous break after 8 minutes from Hengrove's Wayne Pearce saw Ben Tunnicliff make a superb saving tackle, before, at the other end, Alex Hoyle's header from Chandler's corner dropped just over the bar. Hengrove Keeper Mark Drinkwater required treatment after being clattered as he punched clear a Dave Evans Free Kick, but decent chances were in short supply for both sides.
As the game settled, the Swans began to gain the ascendancy - Chandler saw his long range effort drift too high, while his own cross a couple of minutes later was just too long for the incoming Jack Twyman, after good work from Liam Harding and Dean Turner had set the move up.
With 20 minutes gone, the best chances were now going to the visitors, and Harding was unlucky to see his effort blocked, after Twyman and Chandler had combined well to set the opportunity up.
Drinkwater was still having problems catching the ball in the swirling wind, and another Evans free kick saw a scramble in the Hengove box, with the ball eventually being cleared for a Slimbridge corner. As Chandlers dangerous cross came over, the ball was just nicked away from Tunnicliff's head, and Hengrove cleared.
This was a good period of pressure from the visitors, and Harding was next to be denied, as the ball was just taken off his toe as she shaped to strike Hoyle's cross.
With half an hour on the clock, all the action was now in the Hengrove box - Twyman's mazy run was stopped by a foul, and Harding's Free Kick was again punched clear by Drinkwater. Hoyle played the ball back into the box, but again, the wind caught the ball, and the cross was just too long for the incoming Chandler to reach.
With Paul Fahy and Dean Turner proving effective down the flanks, it seemed just a matter of time before the deadlock was broken, and Fahy created the last good chance of the half, when his cross managed to miss both Twyman and Hoyle as they converged on goal just before the break.
The game swung on an incident in the 58th minute, when a Swans attack was threatening the Hengrove goal, and a defensive clearance cannoned into Hengrove's Joe Brimble, who was only a yard or so away. Despite the fact that Brimble has no chance to get out of the way, Referee Brian Durie deemed him to have handled the ball, and Danny Chandler converted the penalty for the crucial Slimbridge strike.
The Swans nearly doubled their lead ten minutes later, when Alex Hoyle made a surging run through midfield, and it took a great save from Drinkwater to deny him - the ball fell free in the Hengrove box following the Keeper's save, and Harding was agonisingly close to getting to the rebound, but couldn't quite reach the ball before it was hacked away.
With Harry Fenner now on for Twyman, who came off after requiring treatment for a knock on his knee, Slimbridge continued to look good value for the lead - Harding and Hoyle again combined well only to see Drinkwater punch the ball clear, and Fenner should have produced a better cross after Fahy had set him up. There was even time for Callum Brown to get in on the act, with an effort which went wide after good work by Turner.
In a nervy last ten minutes, Hengrove had a couple of opportunities, but Dunn's header which was well over, and a shot from Pearce, which bobbled as he struck the ball and ended up well wide, were the sum total of their efforts, and Slimbridge held on for a priceless three points.
The Swans travel to Meksham Town on Monday (7.30pm) before returning to Wisloe Road next Saturday, when Willand Rovers make the trip up the M5 from Devon.
Team: Evans, Ward, Brown, Tunnicliff, Thornton, Twyman (Fenner 75), Fahy, Harding, Chandler, Hoyle, Turner
Goals: Chandler (Pen) 58
Supporters Man of the Match: Paul Fahy
Slimbridge 0-1 Sherborne Town
Sunday 16th March
A second home defeat in seven days dumped the Swans back into the fight at the wrong end of the Toolstation Western Premier League. Although still eight points above the bottom two, the Swans need to put a couple of results together shortly to make sure they don't get dragged back into a proper relegation battle.
A Matt Day goal decided the game in favour of the visitors, who leapfrogged the Swans in the process, but in all honestly, a single goal defeat flattered the home side, who put in a disjointed display, and could have experienced a far heavier loss.
For the visitors, Lewis Morgan and Haydon Binding caused havoc all through the game, and it was ironic that neither of them ended up on the scoresheet. The Swans were agin reduced to very few efforts, the nearest being a Jack Twyman effort on 78 minutes that would have earned the side a point, and which slid agonisingly wide of the post.
Sherborne dominated from start to finish, and within the first ten minutes, Marc Caines saw a good effort blocked, and Day managed an airshot when a cross was headed back across the box by Ben Cochrane. With 14 minutes gone, Morgan's effort was just wide following a very dangerous run and cross from Caines as the visitors pressed.
The Swans tried to respond, but were failing to make their possession pay - A Danny Chandler Free Kick was cleared when he played a dangerous ball into the box, and Paul Fahy saw his cross too long for Adam Mace as the home side tried to impose themselves on the game.
The last period of the first half was all Sherborne - Caines dispossessed Liam Harding in midfield, and played in Morgan, who shot wide, before Caines' cross was headed just over by Morgan. Still Sherborne pressed and a goal seemed inevitable - Cochrane's header from Bindings cross forced Dave Evans into a save, while went Caines went close with two efforts which just cleared the Slimbridge bar as we approached the break.
There was still time for both Sam Farthing and Caines again to go close before half time for the away side, and the Swans were fortunate to go into the break level.
The second half picked up exactly where the first had finished, and eventually, the pressure was rewarded for Sherborne - a scramble in the Swans box following another Evans save saw Matt Day drill the ball home to put the visitors in the lead.
Although Sherborne continue to run the play, they created fewer chances in the second period, and could have paid the price when, 12 minutes from time, Harding's Free Kick was cleared to Jack Twyman on the edge of the Sherborne box, but his volley was just the wrong side of the post.
As the game closed out, Steve Friend and Morgan again went close, but in the end the teams were separated by just the single goal.
The Swans have to pick themselves as they face an important game at Hengrove Athletic next Saturday (3.00pm) before another away trip, this time to Melksham Town on Monday 24th (7.30pm)
Team: Evans, Ward, Brown, Thornton, Tunnicliffe, Twyman, Harding, Fahy, Chandler (Kinnear 71), Fenner, Mace (Turner 60)
Supporters Man of the Match: Paul Fahy
GFA County Cup Finals at Wisloe Road
Friday 14th March
The Club have announced details of the GFA County Cup Finals which will be staged at Wisloe Road this season.
Sun 13th April - Intermediate- Leonard Stanley v Tewkesbury Town- 10.30am
Thurs 24th April- Intermediate- Charfield v Hardwicke Res 7.30pm
Thurs 1st May- Primary- Minchinhampton v Leckhampton Rovers- 7.30pm
Glos Sunday League Cup Finals -
Sun 27th and Sun 4th May- 2 games each day.