Slimbridge 1-3 Swindon Supermarine
Saturday 8th October
The Swans went out of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle, with Supermarine benefitting from two pieces of luck to take control of the game with goals either side of half time. Sean Lawson reduced the deficit with 15 minutes remaining, but a third Marine goal sealed the tie for the visitors. Slimbridge still had chances to pull the game back, but Lawson’s second was disallowed for offside, and Referee Scott Robertson turned down what looked like a clear penalty for the home side in the last ten minutes.
With new signings Lee Smith (who also assumed the Captain’s armband) and Mike Oliver both making their debuts for the Swans, the first half hour of the game was evenly matched - Johnny Cant had the best opportunity for the hosts, when his mazy run saw him beat four defenders before Marine Keeper Connor Johns made a good save from his effort.
At the other end, Josh Parson had an effort ruled out for offside, before Marine took the lead in controversial circumstances. Marine were breaking down the left flank, when Sam Turl was hauled to the ground as he went in to try and challenge. The Referee saw nothing wrong, and as play developed, then penalised Rich Thwaite for his tackle on Callum Parsons to award a penalty to the visitors. Brad Hooper stepped up to convert the spot kick, to put Marine ahead at the break.
Ten minutes into the second half, Marine doubled their advantage when Josh Parsons’ effort took a massive deflection to loop high over Adrian Kowalski for the second of the afternoon.
Slimbridge reduced the deficit on 76 minutes, when Sean Lawson neatly finished off a good through ball from Lee Smith, before Marine recorded their third with ten minutes remaining, when George Reid was allowed too much space in the box to head home a free kick.
Lawson thought he had scored his second two minutes from time, only to see his effort ruled out for offside, and then what looked a cast iron penalty for handball in the Marine box on 90 minutes also left the officials unmoved, and Marine played out time to record the victory, with Callum Parsons effort bringing a good stop from Kowalksi as time ran down.
Slimbridge return to League action on Tuesday when they make the short trip to David Mehew’s Mangotsfield United side (7.45pm), before hosting Salisbury at Thornhill Park next Saturday (3.00pm)
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Mace, Oliver, Rich Thwaite, Turner (Lawson 55), Twyman, Haskayne, Smith, Martin (Thomas 66), Cant (Ward 74)
Supporters Man of the Match: Archie Haskayne
Leon adds three in triple swoop..
Friday 7th October
The Swans have today announced the signing of three new players by Manager Leon Sterling - Striker Lee Smith has signed from Southern League Premier Side Cirencester Town - Lee made more than 300 appearances for Gloucester City.
Mike Oliver, previously playing for both Cheltenham Saracens and Bishops Cleeve, also joins the Swans family, as does Sam Mason who has joined from Cheltenham Civil Service.
Slimbridge AFC would like to welcome all our new recruits, and wish them all the best for their time at the football club.
Bishops Cleeve 1 – 0 Slimbridge
Wednesday 5th October
Slimbridge exited the Southern League Challenge cup to a single James Baldwin goal midway through the second half.
Both sides started the game brightly with some neat passing, but it was Bishops Cleeve with the first chance of the game Jack Horrell forcing Adrian Kowalski into an early save from a free kick. Slimbridge responded well, in the 10th minute Adam Mace ran the ball down the left threading the ball to Marley Thomas whose dangerous cross was cleared off the line at the back post. Soon after the Swans defence did well to block a number of Cleeve chances with Olly Butler firing wide, back at the other end Thomas sent in another cross but was held well by home keeper Matt Wieczorek.
The first real chance came on 16 minutes, a Ieuan Crowe close range shot was spilled by the Swans keeper and fired back in only a goal line clearance by Sam Turl kept the game goalless. Two minutes later Jack Twyman won a corner for the visitors which was headed wide by Ryan Thwaite as the Swans started tried to press forward with some neat passing in the midfield. The game continued to flow back and forth with Jack Watts shooting wide from 5 yards on 25 minutes and Mace cross falling straight to Wieczorek.
On 30 minutes Watts broke through the Swans defence however Kowalski quickly smothered the ball before the Cleeve striker had chance to shoot. Slimbridge finished the half brightly with a Mace cross headed out for a corner, from which Ryan Thwaite headed wide. A Turl shot was deflected wide for another corner this time Rich Thwaite heading wide.
Playing with the wind in the second half, an early Thomas corner from the Swans was punched clear by the home keeper and a Mace shot was stopped easily by Wieczorek. On 53 minutes Watts latched onto a Butler through ball again Kowalski made the save although fouled by Watts in the process. Shortly after James Baldwin shot over as Cleeve started to dominate proceedings although a number of firm tackles from both sides saw the referee pull out the Yellow card. Kowalski caused panic to the home keeper kicking up field, with the wind taking the ball only just wide and out for a goal kick at the opposite end.
Both Mace and Thomas continued to link up on the wing, but with the Swans strike force failing to get on the end of a number of probing crosses. At the other end Rich Thwaite did well on 67 minutes to block a Cleeve chance in the box from which a great ball to Thomas who’s cross went out for a home goal kick. A minute later substitute Dean Turner gave the ball away in midfield which was picked up by Watts whose through ball to Baldwin was neatly slotted past Kowalski to give the home side the lead.
The last twenty minutes were dominated by the Swans however they failed to register a shot on target, on 71 minutes Ed Major blasted over from 10 yards having latched onto a Twyman through ball. Twyman had the last chance of the game shooting wide from close in.
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Mace, Ry Thwaite, Rich Twaite, Twyman, Green (Turner 53), Haskaine (Ward 60), Martin (Major 55), Cant, Thomas.
Supporters MOM: Rich Twaite
Predict The Score - 2 Winners this week
Monday 3rd October
We have two winners of this weeks predict the score competition who will share the £400 prize fund. Winners names will be announced once John Ashplant has deciphered the winning tickets.
Next weeks prize fund will be £250.
Larkhall 2 - 0 Slimbridge
Sunday 2nd October
For the fourth game in a row the Swans failed to find the back of the net which resulted in another defeat at the hands of Larkhall Athletic who's manager Wayne Thorne decided to call it a day directly after the game.
Slimbridge started off brightly enough when a good through ball from Dean Turner sent Marley Thomas clear but his shot went wide.
Referee Neal Templey annoyed the visiting followers by allowing a few poor challenges to go unpunished, Sam Turl and Keeper Adrian Kowalski being the main receipients.
The Larks Kyle Tooze had a good header well saved by Kowalski which was shortly followed by a volley from Dean Griffiths which Ryan Thwaite did well to block.
The Swans continued to attack the home side as John Cants astute pass found Thomas who again shot over.
The visitors should have been ahead on 21 minutes when a superb left wing cross by Can't left Jack Twyman with the easy task of heading home from 6 yards out but he somehow managed to steer his header wide of the open goal.
Referee Templey came in for more criticism from the Swans faithful when a soft trip by Ryan Thwaite was punished with a caution which could have easily been avoided given the leniency shown to much worse challenges earlier.
Worse was to come as from the resulting free kick from 18 yards out the Larks star player Jamie Lyons delivered a sweet free kick into the top corner which left Kowalski with no chance.
Lyons went close again just before the interval with a good effort from 18 yards which went inches over.
The half finished with Adam Mace being cautioned for speaking out of turn to an assistant, something which Slimbridge do not condone but the referee could not have enjoyed his half time cuppa after the reception he received whilst leaving the field.
The Larks looked sharper after the break as Ollie Price fired over the bar after a corner by Joe Tumelty, whilst at the other end a good free kick by Mace was well met by the head of Rich Thwaite but Ben John in the home goal gathered it well.
On 55 minutes Larkhall increased their lead when a good through ball left Lyons and Kowalski facing each other, a sweet chip by the impressive Lyons made it 2-0.
A nice piece of football by the home side nearly resulted in a third goal on 65 minutes when Lyons fed Tooze and his pass left Rob Hobbs clear but his shot was too high.
Marley Thomas had a stunning volley well punched away by the home keeper as the Swans tried to get back into the game.
The last ten minutes summed up the afternoon for Slimbridge when first a good cross by Mace caused problems for the home defence and Jamie Martin looked destined to score but he failed to make contact with the ball as it went out for a goal kick.
With five minutes left Ed Major played a delightful ball into the box which Martin somehow managed to fire over the bar from 3 yards out with the goal at his mercy.
Manager Leon Sterling has some work to do ahead of a double header of Cup games this week, first up being a visit to Bishops Cleeve in the Southern League Cup on Tuesday, 7.45pm, followed by a home game with Swindon Supermarine in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy on Saturday, 3pm.
Kowalski, Turl, Mace, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Turner (Martin 63) Haskayne, Twyman, Major, Can't, Thomas. Unused subs Ward, Sterling.
Supporters Man of the Match...Ryan Thwaite.
Hereford 3-0 Slimbridge
Wednesday 28th September
These are days of occasional unchartered territories for Slimbridge at the moment, and they will not be the first or last side this season to be daunted by a crowd of nearly 2,500 and a very high high tempo start from Division One South & West leaders Hereford when they stepped out at the impressive Edgar Street Stadium last night.
After twenty minutes or so, the Swans’ settled into their surroundings, and gave a good account of themselves in front of the biggest crowd in the club’s history. Unfortunately, by then, they were two goals behind, and were always facing an uphill battle to regain any initiative as Hereford gave an impressive display of quality football.
John Mills’ brace put the Bulls in control of the match, and a third by Hereford livewire Tristan Plummer, admirably demonstrating why he has successfully played at Conference level, 15 minutes from time completed the scoring.
The Swans’, reorganising late in the day following Skipper Alex Hoyle’s decision on the day of the game to join Taunton Town, battled hard, and can feel very proud of how they represented their football club on a memorable evening for everyone involved at Thornhill Park.
Hereford immediately set about their task, and, with the packed Meadow End in front of them, hit the ground running - Mike Symons played a great ball into Plummer with five minutes gone, and it took a great tackle by Rich Thwaite to prevent an early opener for the hosts.
Slimbridge were still finding their feet, but Marley Thomas, and then Sam Turl had efforts blocked as they made a good break at the other end.
Hereford were still bossing it though, and Plummer’s cross, which saw Symons’ effort drift across the goal for a corner was another close call for the Swans’ back line. From the resulting corner, Chris Parry saw his effort blocked as the pressure built up.
On 13 minutes, the deadlock was broken when Rob Purdie’s cross was met perfectly by the head of Mills to give Adrian Kowalski no chance.
Three minutes later, it was two - when Kowlaski made a sharp stop to his left, but saw the ball rebound straight to Mills, who made no mistake notch his second, and put the Bulls in control of the game.
The rest of the first half was all Hereford - Mills was denied his hat trick by a magnificent Ed Major tackle, Rich Thwaite cleared an effort from Plummer off the line, and Mills again shot wide as the break approached.
The second half was a far different affair, as Slimbridge matched their hosts for long period of the second half - Jamie Martin shot wide early on, Adam Mace had a free kick saved by Bulls’ Keeper Alex Harris, and Thomas and again Martin all tested Harris in the first ten minutes of the second half. With Captain Jack Twyman leading by example, it was an impressive display by the Swans’ midfield in very difficult circumstances.
Slimbridge came closest to scoring on 55 minutes, when Martin’s lob brought an acrobatic save from Harris, when his effort looked to be drifting in, but Jack Twyman was unable to connect with the follow up.
Hereford continued to play some lovely football, and Mills, Jamie Edge and Plummer all went close before Plummer’s twisting run saw him beat Kowalski at his far post on 74 minutes, and finally put the game to bed for the home side.
The Bulls could have increased their lead before the final whistle, with Plummer’s effort bringing a good save from Kowalski, Ryan Thwaite was responsible for another goal-line clearance as the game hit 90 minutes, and then Rob Staley blazed over in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
The Swans’ now travel to Plan Ham to take on Larkhall Athletic on Saturday (3.00) in a League encounter, before travelling to Bishops Cleeve yet again for another Cup game next Tuesday (4th October, 7.45pm) for a League Cup game.
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Mace, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Ward (Haskayne 65), Turner, Twyman, Martin, Major (Cant 80), Thomas (Green 67)
Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman
Predict the Score rolls over again
Sunday 25th September
There were no winners of this week's Predict the Score again this weekend, so the Prize pot is beginning to build up nicely - it now stands at £400 for this week's competition. John Ashplant is your man for tickets if you haven't yet got them, has to be worth a quid of anyone's cash!
Slimbridge 0-2 North Leigh
Saturday 24th September
it would be easy to say that clinical finishing was the difference between the two sides at Thornhill Park this afternoon, but, after missing a penalty, and then taking the lead with a defected shot, it was not until the 82nd minute that North Leigh, surely one of the play off contenders in the South and West Division this time round, secured the points after an encounter that will not live long in the memory.
The game was ultimately decided by North Leigh’s George Seacole, whose two goal haul, as well as winning a penalty which was not converted, saw the points go back to Oxfordshire.
With both teams cancelling each other out, the first half was largely forgettable - Seacole brought a good save from Slimbridge keeper Adrian Kowalski on 12 minutes, Jamie Martin had an effort picked off by Leigh keeper Connor Thompson, and Archie Haskayne’s shot was easily gathered after good work between Haskayne and Jack Twyman, before the main incident of the half half occurred on 41 minutes.
Alex Hoyle’s misplaced back pass was seized upon by Seacole, and Hoyle brought the North Leigh striker down as he shaped to shoot in the box. The Swans’ defender earned a yellow card, and a penalty was awarded. Slimbridge keeper Adrian Kowalski guessed correctly, dived to his right and gathered Lance Williams’ penalty shot to keep the scores level.
The second half started with a much brighter tempo from the home side, but they were stunned five minutes in, when Seacole’s effort took a defection to leave Kowalski stranded, and put the visitors ahead.
North Leigh should have increased their advantage when Kowalski made a superb stop from Callum McNish on 57 minutes , but as the game entered the last ten minutes, Slimbridge were still in with a chance of nicking something.
Eight minutes remained when Seacole shoved Ed Major to create some space for himself in the Swans’ box, before drilling the ball past Kowalski to seal the game. The Slimbridge appeals were in vain, as Referee Greg Rollason allowed the goal to stand to stand, and effectively killed off the game.
Slimbridge had two good opportunities to get on the scoresheet before the final whistle - Dean Turner shot too high after a scramble in the North Leigh box, and the Swans felt they had a decent shout of a penalty of their own when Sam Turl was felled in the North leigh box on 90 minutes, but again, the decision was not given in their favour, and North Leigh saw out the game comfortably to record the win.
Slimbridge now turn their attention to Tuesday night, when they travel to Hereford FC, where they are guaranteed to play in front of the largest crowd in the club’s history.
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Haskayne (Ward 62), Martin (Major 56), Mace, Thomas
Supporters Man of the Match: Rich Thwaite