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Sat 22nd September
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Barnstaple Town
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Tue 25th September
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Malvern Town U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 29th September
Buildbase FA Trophy Extra-Prelim
Slimbridge
V
Winchester City
3:00 PM
 
 
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Slimbridge 3-1 Kidlington
Thursday 22nd March
A rejuvenated Swans team returned to winning ways defeating old Hellenic league rivals Kidlington despite going a goal down midway through the first half. 

With two new faces in the starting line-up and the return of Henry Birkett, the Payne brothers Luke and Nathan to the squad along with the return of Joe Wilton, Jack Twyman and Adam Mace from injury the home side had an air of confidence among them after some recent heavy defeats on the road.

Slimbridge started off the game with an early spell of pressure Marley Thomas sending over a cross from the right unfortunately debutant Myron Turner in the middle failed to control the ball when well placed on the edge of the box.  As Kidlington got back into the match Mark Janes cross was cut out in the box by Korey Pring who cleared the ball up field to avert any danger.  A minute later Anaclet Odhiambo had a close range shot blocked with the ball falling to Janes who skied it high and wide.

On 17 minutes Dean Turner played Joe Wilton’s in on the left but his shot in the box was blocked by keeper Sam Warren and out for a Swans corner.  New centre half Steven Jackson almost made a dream start getting his head on the end of the in swinging corner but his effort stuck the post before the visitors cleared.

The deadlock was broken in the 23rd minute, Mark Bell played in Odhiambo as he ran into the box Ollie Hall in the home goal attempted to take the ball diving at the strikers feet only to bring the player down.  The referee had little choice but to award the penalty, which was dispatched by Duran Martin sending Hall the wrong way giving the visitors the lead.

The lead however lasted only 10 minutes when Myron Turners shot had been blocked by the visiting defence Luke Payne following up with a power strike into the bottom corner to equalise for Slimbridge.  As the half drew to a close a poor clearance from the visiting defence fell to Jack Twyman who hit a speculative shot from 20 yards with everyone standing still watched it hit the corner of the net giving the Swans a 2-1 lead going into the break.

The second half was a more subdued affair with Kidlington having much of the play putting pressure on the home defence in search of an equaliser.  Tom Castle looked dangerous chipping one over the bar from just over 20 yards and then finding Janes with a long cross fortunately Janes header was easily caught by Hall.  Jackson was then forced into a goal line clearance before Duran Martin shot wide when bearing in on goal.

Slimbridge would have increased their lead on 65 minutes had it not been for a triple save from Warren, first denying Luke Payne from 20 yards out and then Myron Turner twice folling up before Warren managed to smother the ball.

Six minutes later Pring blocked a cross at the near post for a corner from which Hall expertly punched cleared as Kidlington started to pile more bodies forward.  A tackle on the edge of the Swans box by Adam Mace allowed him to win the ball which he duly crossed to Thomas on the opposite wing to break away down the right touchline before squaring to substitute Birkett running through from the middle who forced a save from Warren.

As the game played into injury time Thomas again broke free down the right and in an identical move from 15 minutes previous Birkett’s shot was saved by Warren who this time failed to hold on to the ball which ricocheted back to Birkett who made no mistake in volleying the ball into the roof of the net to send the home crowd wild and sealed an important victory in the Swans bid to avoid relegation.


Slimbridge continue on their run of consecutive home games with Didcot Town the visitors on Saturday to Thornhill Park followed by a relegation battle against Barnstaple Town on Wednesday who the Swans leapfrog after tonight’s victory.

Slimbridge: Hall, L Payne, Mace, Pring, Jackson, D Turner, Twyman (Birkett 70), M Turner, J Martin (Squires 87), Wilton(N Payne 61), Thomas.

Attendance: 97

Supporters Man of the Match: Luke Payne
 
New U18 Team for 2018/19 Season
Wednesday 21st March
Slimbridge AFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Adam Coyle as Head coach of their new U18 team.

For further information please go to the U18 pages under the team menu above.
 
Winchester City 3-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 18th March
The Swans returned pointless from Hampshire despite an improved display, going down to a 3-0 defeat against play-off hopefuls Winchester City.

With just four minutes on the clock the home side were in front when player manager Craig Davis struck a free kick from 18 yards past the helpless Ollie Hall in the visitors goal.

On a bitterly cold afternoon the Swans were struggling to contain a rampant Winchester side and two superb saves by Hall along with two strikes against Hall's woodwork kept the Swans in the game. However disaster was to strike in the 27th minute when Henry Birkett was unlucky to deflect a shot past his own keeper to put Winchester two goals in front going into the break.

The second half was a different story as Slimbridge looked a different side. Joe Wilton had a good strike well pushed over by home keeper Ryan Pryce and a long range effort from Birkett went just over as the Swans tried to get back into the game.

On 57 minutes a great run up the right by Marley Thomas ended with a one, two with Jamie Martin but Thomas's final shot was cleared by the home keeper. Kieran Squires then headed a Thomas free kick just wide and a similar free kick by Thomas was just out of Freddy Wards reach at the far post.

Slimbridge should have reduced the deficit on 75 minutes when referee Robert Ablitt judged Thomas to have been tripped in the penalty area but Thomas struck his weak penalty kick straight at Pryce. The home side took full advantage by going straight up the other end and sealing the three points when Pat Cox headed home a cross from the right.

So another defeat for the Swans who now find themselves looking over their shoulders as Bishops Cleeve picked up a handsome 3 points away at Larkhall Athletic.

With the next four games that the Swans have left in March all coming at home manager Freddy Ward will be looking to pick up some points in their bid to stave off the threat of relegation. First up is Kidlington on Wednesday evening followed by Didcot Town next Saturday, after that the Swans face a crunch match with Barnstaple Town on Wed 28th and then Larkhall Athletic on Sat 31st.

Team: Hall,Turl,Ward,Pring,Twyman,Turner,Birkett,Searle(Squires 33)Martin,Wilton,Thomas.

Attendance 84

Supporters Man of the match: Ollie Hall.
 
Barnstaple Town - Postponed
Friday 9th March
Todays game has been called off due to a flooded pitch, a date for the rearranged fixture will be released in due course.

Last weekends fixture against Taunton Town away, has been scheduled for Tuesday 10th April with a 7:45 kick off.
 
Swindon Supermarine 8-0 Slimbridge
Wednesday 7th March
High flying Supermarine in dominant form against the Swans who were taken apart in the second half as they continue to struggle with injuries and poor form having lost Adam Mace before the game and a fourth player in Tom Hoskins stretchered from the pitch in consecutive games.

Swindon dominated the game for the full 90 minutes and only for some brave defending from Korey Pring and keeper Ollie Hall the score line could have been much worse.   Slimbridge were missing a number of key players with Lee Smith and Liam Gale drafted into the attack Kieran Squires replacing the injured Adam Mace, Manager Fred Ward taking over in midfield from Alex Hoyle who broke his foot in the Mangotsfield game and Jamie Martin returning to the club taking a place on the bench.

The home sides Zac Westlake had the first chance of the game heading onto the bar from an early corner.  A strike from the middle of a crowded goal mouth Bradley Gray struck a post on 15 minutes, Pring then blocked the follow up on the line before the Swans managed to clear the danger.  However a minute later the Swans conceded their first goal, Michael Hopkins run down the left resulted in a pinpoint cross to Joe Selman who neatly controlled the ball before slamming home past the helpless Hall.

Despite the continued pressure from the home side Slimbridge managed to hold on, Hall managing somehow to keep out Connor Thompsons shot juggling it out for a corner.  Tom Hoskins picked up a knock to the same side of the face that he injured in pre-season late in the half but was able to carry on after treatment.

On 42 minutes a Supermarine free kick found Gray in space  to turn a shot past Hall to double the home sides lead.  A minute later Slimbridge first foray into the home side’s box resulted in Marley Thomas’s cross from the right finding keeper Josh Hill who up to that point had barely touched the ball.  The home side went 3-0 up on 44 minutes, Gray’s deflected shot from 10 yards hitting the back of the net.

On the stoke of half time Hoskins ran the ball into the opposing half before being robbed by Jon Else, and then collapsed suffering the after effects of his previous knock.  After a lengthy stoppage he was stretchered from the field to be replaced by Sean Lawson.

The second half continued much the same as the first, Gray completing his hatrick on 47 minutes Hall saving his initial shot but reached to head in the reabound.  Thompson made it five on 52 minutes direct from a free kick 25 yards out after a foul by Ward.

A minute later Gray grabbed his fourth and Marines sixth from close range, before finally after 67 minutes Joe Stokes got a shot away after some industrious work from Jamie Martin however it flew just over from 20 yards.   The seventh goal came along on 82 minutes from Westlake his close range shot beating Hall.  The eighth and final goal arrived on the stroke of full time Joe Selman getting on the end of Hopkins cross to score at the back post to leave a tired and jaded Slimbridge team to regroup for the visit of Barnstaple on Saturday.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Quires, Pring, Hoskins (Lawson 45), Ward, Turner, Stokes, Smith (Martin 66), Gale (84), Thomas

 
Taunton v Slimbridge
Friday 2nd March
Tomorrow’s league game at Taunton has been postponed due to snow on the pitch and advice from local authorities not to travel due to the current weather conditions.

 
Slimbridge 0-2 Mangotsfield United
Sunday 25th February
Swans suffer home defeat as injury list continues to grow.

The first chance of the game fell to Mangotsfield, Kye Simpson chasing a defence splitting through ball by somehow manage to shoot wide of the goal.  Almost immediately at the other end Max Harper-Emerson cross field ball was cut out by the visiting defence but Sam Turl managed to rob the ball back playing in Marley Thomas shooting straight at keeper George Dorrington.

Turl playing through the pain barrier after missing the mid-week game due to injury linked up again with Thomas but his shot was too high.  Another half chance was missed after Harper-Emerson pass to Thomas in the middle but failed to trouble the visiting keeper.

On 16 minutes the visiting defence were called into action, Dean Turner winning the ball in the middle and providing a pin point cross to Thomas on the right who’s dangerous cross was cleared off the line with the keeper beaten.  A minute later Alex Hoyle went down in a 50-50 tackle and after a five minute delay for treatment he was unable to continue leaving the field on a stretcher with suspected ankle ligament damage.  Worse to come for the Swans with Harper-Emerson pulling up with a thigh strain a few moments later and he too had to be replaced.

Ollie Hall in the home goal saved the Swans from conceding an almost certain goal punching a corner off the head of Ed Weeks at the far post.  Mangotsfield then had the ball in the net on 28 minutes, Simpsons shot coming back off the cross bar and former Swan Mike Bryant reacting first to nod home but was adjudged to be in an offside position.

Soon after with the visitors taking control of the game, Bryant’s close range header from Connor Jones cross skimmed just over the bar.  On 35 minutes a defence splitting ball found Simson one on one with Hall, drawing the keeper off his line he squared the ball for Kyle Tooze to tap into an empty net giving the visitors the lead.  

On the stroke of half time, Bryant again haunted his home club this time skimming the bar from a corner, before Hall was called into further action tipping Jordan Williams shot over after a clearance from a corner deep into added on time.

Thomas had the chance to equalise two minutes into the second half, bearing down on goal hit a weak shot which was easily gathered by Dorrington.  Joe Stokes soon after tried a long shot but took a deflection wide and out for a goal kick.

With Slimbridge pressing for a goal Mangotsfield hit the home side on the break on 60 minutes Simpson going it alone slotting the ball under Hall to increase the visitors lead.  Slimbridge failed to give up hope of securing a point with Sean Lawson, Thomas and Stokes linking up in the middle before Stoke shot was easily saved by Dorrington.

On 70 minutes an Adam Mace free kick on the right was fired in to the far post the visiting defence conceding a corner.  From the corner both Mace and Turl had shots blocked as the Mangotsfield defence held firm.  Thomas almost pulled one back but failed to hit the target from 10 yards while substitute Kai Mahon failed to get on the end of Turners cross a few moments later.

With only five minutes of play remaining Korey Pring was called into a last gasp challenge on Sam Hill as he bore down on goal.  In the last minute it was Mace’s turn to save the Swans from conceding a third again Hill burst through the defence however Mace’s tackle removing the danger. 

With four players out injured, a couple carrying knocks and new striker Edjidja Mbunga serving a suspension the Swans have a week to regroup before making the trip to Somerset to face runaway league leaders Taunton Town on Saturday followed by the rearranged visit to Swindon Supermarine the following Tuesday weather permitting.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, Mace, Pring, Hoskins, Hoyle (Ward 21), Turner, Stokes, Lawson (Squires 90), Harper-Emerson (Mahon 24), Thomas

Attendance: 102

Supporters star man: Adam Mace.
 
Evesham United 3-0 Slimbridge
Thursday 22nd February

Two set pieces and a freak goal leave Slimbridge deflated.

Slimbridge included new signing Edjidja Mbunga in the team after his transfer from Southern League Premier Division Redditch United was confirmed prior to kick off.  The Swans started the game in dominant fashion pressuring their hosts for the first five minutes with the former Gloucester City striker Mbunga looking very lively up front.

It was Jordan Bryant for the home side who had the first sight of goal his tame shot reaching Ollie Hall in the visiting goal, at the other end Sean Lawson hit a speculative effort over the bar from 20 yards.  Max Harper-Emerson filing in for the injured Sam Turl at right back drilled a long cross field ball towards the far post leaving Andy Lewis with little option to head clear for a corner to the Swans, the poor delivery was easily cleared by the Evesham defence.  

Home captain Linden Dovey tried his luck after collecting a throwin on the right but his weak shot fell straight to Hall.  Hall pulled off a stunning save tipping Adam Mann’s well placed header over the bar from close range.  A minute later the home side took the lead, former Swan Carl Brown ran the ball down the right side of goal, and from near the corner flag put in a cross that flashed across the goal hitting the inside of far post and into the net from an almost impossible angle.  

Mbunga and Slimbridge winger Marley Thomas linked up well on the edge of the home side’s box feeding Joe Stokes but his effort was wide.  The visitors were grateful of Harper-Emerson’s clearance 6 yards from goal off Matt Bennetts foot as he was about to pounce.  Two minutes later Adam Mace pulled off a goal line clearance, from which Thomas picked up the ball in the middle playing in Mbunga who ran the ball into the home box but his shot was just over the bar from 10 yards out.

On the stroke of half time Hall yet again saved the visitors tipping over Bennett’s delicate far post lobb.

The second half started badly for the Swans, when on 47 minutes Adam Mann’s free kick on the right edge of the box was fired into the top corner of the net leaving the visiting defence watching to double Evesham’s lead.  

Ten minutes later Slimbridge made a rare foray into the opposing half, Lawsons cross cleared only as far as Mace who got a shot away but was deflected away for a corner.  

The final blow for Slimbridge came on 70 minutes when Korey Pring and Jordan Bryan tussled for the ball inside the Swans area, Bryan going down leading to the referee to award the penalty.  This was duley dispatched by Matt Liddiard to give the home side an unassailable lead.  

Kai Mahon should have pulled a goal back late on when he fired over the bar with only Kevin Sawyer to beat in the home goal.


Slimbridge have a crucial game this Saturday when they face Bristol based Mangotsfield United who are two points ahead of the Swans in a relegation 6-pointer.

Slimbridge: Hall, Harper-Emerson, Mace, Pring (Squires 79), Hoskins, Layton (Ward 62), Turner, Stokes (Mahon 75), Mbunga, Lawson, Thomas

Supporter’s star man Max Harper-Emerson

Attendance 180