Melsham Town 2-2 Slimbridge AFC AET
Saturday 22nd November
"Warriors at War" was the only way to describe the Swan's heroic performance in this pulsating FA Vase tie with Melksham Town which ended all square, meaning a replay back at Wisloe Road on Tuesday evening, 7.30pm.
Slimbridge were forced to play with ten men for 110 minutes after Jamie Martin was shown a straight Red Card with just 10 minutes played but by the end of extra time it was Melksham the more relieved side to still have a second bite of the cherry after the visitors ran them ragged for most of the game.
On a heavy pitch that passed a morning inspection and in front of a healthy crowd of 154 the Swans got off to the worst possible start when Martin and Dean Flockton tangled in an off the ball incident and after consulting his assistant, Martin was sent back to the changing rooms much to the disappointment of both his team mates and the large following of Swans supporters.
Shortly after Dave Evans was forced to tip over a Dan Kovacs drive but that was about as good as it got for the home side as the Swans upped the tempo.
Lawson went on a mazy run on 18 minutes and fed a good ball to Fahy who waltzed past two defenders but his cross just failed to reach the advancing Lawson at the far post.
On 23 mins Ryan Thwaite played a superb long ball to Fahy who in turn found Lawson but his shot was well saved by Brown in the home goal.
Slimbridge were causing the home defence plenty of problems with their slick movement and as the half drew to a close the visiting supporters were feeling confident but knew it would be a tough ask with only ten men and on a energy sapping surface.
The second half was only 7 minutes old when Fred Wards corner was superbly headed in by Richard Thwaite , giving the Swans exactly the lift that they needed.
Now the Swans were in complete control, Lawson and Fahy tormented the home sides back four and after his fourth foul on Fahy, Dean Flockton was quite rightly Cautioned by referee Martin Underhay.
Against the run of play and on a rare Melksham break the game was all square, Kovacs crossed the ball to Ben Thompson who fired a low shot past Evans on 75 minutes.
The game was getting niggly now as Alex Parrott and Sean Lawson found themselves in the referees notebook.
A late spell of pressure from the home side came to nothing as the game went into extra time.
The ground erupted in the 100th minute when Ben Tunnicliff was penalised for an apparent foul on Kovacs inside the penalty area as both players jumped for the ball and after long protests from the Swans players and bench, Gary Higdon stepped up to fire the spot kick past Evans.
The Crowd were still buzzing when up at the other end and just four minutes later Underhay awarded another penalty, this one being much more clear cut as Fahy once again evaded the home defenders and found himself one on one with Brown in the home goal but was upended by a clumsy challenge from Luke Smith, the referee immediately pointed to the spot but failed to apply the letter of the Law to Smith who only received a Yellow card.
The last chance of the game fell to Dean Turner who found himself in space on the edge of the Melksham penalty area and unleashed a fierce shot which Brown did well to push out for a corner.
The full time whistle was greeted with applause from both sets of supporters who certainly had value for money in what was an absorbing encounter.
They will meet for the replay this Tuesday at Wisloe Road, 7.30pm.
Team. Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite (Brown 67) Odiero (Tunnicliff 93) Rich Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Parrott, Lawson (Hammond 95) Martin, Fahy.
Man of the match- Alex Parrott.
Sunday 16th November
The Club have announced the following fixture changes -
Our game against Bristol Manor Farm, originally scheduled for Saturday January 17th has been moved to Friday night, so will now take place on Friday January 16th, 7.30pm Kick Off.
Our Les Phillips Cup visit to Gillingham Town, postponed yesterday will now take place on Saturday 6th December, 3.00pm Kick Off.
This has the result that our original League visit to Gillingham, scheduled for that date has now been moved to Saturday 18th April, 3pm Kick Off. That game now replaces our League visit to Street, which has been moved to Saturday 11th April, 3pm Kick Off
Todays game OFF
Saturday 15th November
Todays game at Gillingham Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
10am Pitch Inspection tomorrow
Friday 14th November
Gillingham Town have informed us that they are holding a 10am inspection ahead of tomorrow's game. The result will be posted here and on our Twitter feed when we have it.
Sherborne 3-0 Slimbridge AFC
Tuesday 11th November
A disappointing day in Dorset for Slimbridge who returned back home pointless, being comprehensivley beaten by a Sherborne Town side who thoroughly deserved their win.
The home side started well and a fierce volley from 30 yards by Luke Windser in the 9th minute which was well held by Dave Evans was just an early warning of things to come for the Swans.
Sherborne were certainly showing the high flying Swans no respect as they attacked in numbers.
A cross from the left by Matt Day fell nicely to Windser but with just Evans to beat he shot wide of the post.
On 18 minutes Freddy Ward upended Day some 20 yards from goal and Steve Burton's stinging free kick had to be punched away by Evans.
The home side should of gone ahead in the 20th minute when Harry Montacute found himself in acres of space after a cross from the left but he somehow managed to miscue his header wide of the post.
Slimbridge finally mounted an attack on 25 minutes when an astute pass from Alex Parrott set Paul Fahy away down the left wing, leaving two defenders in his wake, Fahy's cross just evaded Jamie Hammond.
Just two minutes later and the home side were ahead, a right wing cross by Haydn Hodges was easily headed home by Sam Jarman who was unchallenged in the Slimbridge box, leaving Evans with no chance.
Sean Lawson had a half chance on 30 minutes but his header from a Callum Brown cross went wide.
Sherborne finished the half strongly and the swans were fortunate to go into the interval just one goal behind.
Slimbridge started a bit brighter in the second period and Alex Parrott's free kick was headed just wide by Ben Tunnicliff.
On 52 minutes Swans keeper Evans launched a huge free kick into the Sherborne box and the ball evaded everyone including keeper Jamie Beale who managed only to get the tips of his fingers to the ball which went straight to Lawson who then squared the ball to Paul Fahy but the Swans top scorer failed to connect.
Slimbridge were made to pay for not making the most of a good spell when in the 61st minute a Montacute cross was headed home by Luke Windser who was once again allowed far too much time and space.
Freddy Ward nearly pulled a goal back for Slimbridge on 72 minutes but his powerful shot from 18 yards was cleared off of the goal line.
That was about as good as it got for the Swans as the home side completed the scoring in the 82nd minute, Phil Ormrod won a tussle with Sam Turl on the half way line and ran on unchallenged to place a good shot low past Evans.
Sherborne were denied a fourth goal near the end when a superb cross by Joe Smeeton was met with a powerful header from Sam Farthing but Freddy Ward was well placed to clear off the line.
A dissapointing performance from the Swans who must return to Dorset again on Saturday when they take on Gillingham Town in the Les Phillips Cup.
Team- EVANS ,BROWN ,RYAN THWAITE, TUNNICLFF (FREEMAN 63), RICH THWAITE, WARD, TURNER, PARROTT ( TURL 55), LAWSON, HAMMOND ( MARTIN 62) FAHY.
STAR MAN, PAUL FAHY.
Football Remembers Week
Wednesday 5th November
Slimbridge AFC are to commemorate the centenary of one of the most iconic moments of the First World War - the 1914 Christmas Truce – as part of a week of remembrance activity in December 2014.
'Football Remembers Week' will take place from 5-14 December. A joint collaboration between The FA, the Premier League, the Football League and the British Council, the aim is to engage football fans and players at every level about what took place on Christmas Day one hundred years ago on the battlefields in Belgium.
On 25 December 1914, soldiers from both sides put down their weapons and crossed into ‘no man’s land’ to share in an impromptu ceasefire. First-hand accounts from the time include references to football being played and photographs taken.
All photos uploaded to social media using #footballremembers will be automatically uploaded to a special website – www.footballremembers.com. The site shall act as a moment of record of football in 2014, a century on from the First World War, and will be preserved for future generations.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of The FA, said: “It promises to be a powerful way to engage and educate young people about such an important moment in our history. We all grew up with the story of soldiers from both sides putting down their arms on Christmas Day, and it remains wholly relevant today as a message of hope over adversity, even in the bleakest of times.”
For ALL matches taking place from 5-14 December, all players involved will pose together in a mixed group photograph as a mark of respect to those on both sides that took part in the 1914 Christmas Truce. Each home team should nominate someone to take the photo.
Fans, teams and schools will be asked to upload their pre-match pictures via social media over the course of Football Remembers Week. Any match of any size can be uploaded, from school to Sunday league fixtures, five-a-side matches to kickabouts in the back garden.
Those posting photos to social media should use #footballremembers to ensure it is uploaded to the special footballremembers.com website. Any other information is welcome.
The website shall act as a moment of record of football in 2014, a century on from the First World War, and will be preserved for future generations.
Football Remembers kicked off in May 2014 when the four partners launched a Football Remembers education pack that was sent to more than 30,000 schools across the UK. It includes resources to help children learn about the Truce – including eye-witness accounts, photos, drawings and letters from soldiers some of which have never been published before.
A key element of the Football Remembers education pack was a competition for schools and football academies to design a permanent Christmas Truce memorial for the National Memorial Arboretum. The competition was judged by HRH The Duke of Cambridge – President of The FA – and Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott.
The winning design was drawn by 10 year-old Spencer Turner from Farne Primary in Newcastle, and he will attend a special service later in the year to mark the unveiling at the Arboretum, near St. George’s Park.
FA Vase Draw
Tuesday 4th November
The Swans visit Melksham Town in the next round of the FA Vase, in a tie that will take place on November 22nd, 3.00pm Kick Off.
Buckland game rescheduled
Sunday 2nd November
As a result of yesterday's FA Vase win, our trip to Buckland Athletic scheduled for November 22nd will now take place on Saturday 2nd May, 3.00pm Kick Off. Our next FA Vase opponents will be known tomorrow.