Slimbridge 1-0 Fleet Town
Wednesday 7th September
The Swans advanced to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with a hard fought Extra Time victory over Fleet Town this evening. After a goalless 90 minutes, the deciding goal came 9 minutes into the first period of Extra Time from Rich Thwaite, and the Swans held on to book a tie a tie at Taunton Town a week on Saturday.
The game was a very tight, cagey affair, with few decent chances for either side - early on, Rich Thwaite’s header proved too high for the home side, while Jordan Chandler’s effort brought a good save from Slimbridge Keeper Adrain Kowalski in the first few minutes. Dalilo Cadete looked dangerous for the visitors, having a couple of decent effort with 20 minutes gone, and the Swans’ best chance of the first half came when Johnny Cant brought a superb stop from Fleet Keeper Ryan Pryce just before the half.
The second half was more of the same - probably the best chance of the second period came with four minutes remaining, when Ben White should have done better with a header which could have nicked it for Fleet, but the game went into Extra Time.
Slimbridge started the first period well, and Sean Lawson brought a great save from Pryce four minutes in, before the deadlock was finally broken. Marley Thomas’s corner found the head of Rich Thwaite, who powered his header in to put the hosts ahead.
Slimbridge had a great chance to put the game to bed with 9 minutes remaining, but Thomas managed to slide the ball wide when through on goal.
However, in the end, the hosts held firm to book their place in the next round.
Team; Kowalski, Turl, Ry Thwaite, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Twyman, Orchard (Haskayne 81), Lawson, Cant (Thomas 65), Major (Mace 92)
Supporters Man of the Match: Alex Hoyle
Bridgwater Town date - third time round....
Tuesday 6th September
Our third attempt this season to make it down the M5 will now take place on Tuesday September 20th. Kick Off time is 7.45pm.
Fleet Town 1-1 Slimbridge
Saturday 3rd September
The first ever encounter between these two sides ended in dramatic fashion, when Liam Orchard drilled in a 93rd minute equaliser for the Swans, who will now entertain Fleet on Wednesday at Thornhill Park (7.45pm) in the replay. The result means that Slimbridge’s visit to Bridgwater Town, scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed and will be rearranged for a new date later in the month. Fleet had taken the lead in the first half against the run of play, but subsequently it was a stuttering Swans performance that looked to be heading for their first defeat of the season until Orchard’s intervention.
The visitors started the game well, and very nearly took the lead in the second minute, when Ed Major’s cross was converted by Jack Oldham, only to see his effort bounce back into play from the Fleet crossbar and be subsequently cleared.
Five minutes later, Dean Turner tested Fleet keeper Ryan Pryce after blocking an attempted clearance, but Pryce made a good stop to Turner’s effort.
At the other end, Dan Rousell was over with a header from Craig Davis’ Free Kick, but the visitors were certainly looking the more comfortable at this point.
Three more good efforts were to come from the Swans in the first 20 minutes - a header from Sean Lawson, and shots from Ryan Thwaite and Jack Twyman, but all were off target.
Fleet took the lead with their first on target effort of the game - Slimbridge failed to defend a corner, and Simba Mlambo was allowed too much space to head the ball home, despite the efforts of Adam Mace on the goalline, and put the hosts ahead.
The momentum of the game changed, and Fleet began to look a lot more dangerous as their confidence grew - they could have doubled the lead five minutes before the break, when Danilo Cadete brought a great save from Swans’ Keeper Adrian Kowalski, while the Swans best effort before the half was when Major shot just wide after a probing Mace free kick.
The second continued in the same vein as the end of the first - with the rain now pelting down, Slimbridge struggled to find any cohesion, and their hard working opponents ensured that they were denied space to try and fashion any clear opportunities.
Three substitutions in a three minute spell on the hour mark for the Swans ultimately proved decisive, with Orchard, Marley Thomas and Archie Haskayne replacing Lawson, John Cant and Oldham.
Rousell had another good effort deflected for a corner after a powerful run through the Slimbridge midfield as they reorganised, but the Swans held firm.
With six minutes remaining, Slimbridge had what looked like their best chance to level things up, when Pryce spilled a shot from Turner, but Orchard was unable to convert the rebound as the ball fell free in the Fleet box.
On 86 minutes, Fleet again went close when Craig Davis hit the side netting, but, again, Slimbridge survived.
The match was in the third minute of stoppage time when Thomas crossed the ball from the Swans right flank, and it fell to Orchard, who thrashed the ball home, sparking wild celebrations both on and off the pitch from the players and travelling Swans faithful, and earning the club a spot in the draw for Monday’s Second Qualifying Round.
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Ryan Thwaite, Twyman, Turner, Oldham (Haskayne 63), Lawson (Orchard 62), Cant (Thomas 60), Major
Subs Not Used: Ward, Rich Thwaite
Supporters Man of the Match: Jack Twyman
Bridgwater Game - we try again next week
Thursday 1st September
Our aborted trip from the weekend to Bridgwater Town has been rearranged for next Tuesday (September 6th) with a 7.45pm KIck Off.
Bristol Rovers game rearranged
Tuesday 30th August
Due to the rescheduling of Saturday's abandoned league One game between Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers, our GFA Challenge Trophy tie at the Memorial Stadium will now take place on Tuesday November 1st, with a 7.30pm Kick Off.
Additionally, the draw for the First Round of the SFL Challenge Cup has been completed, and we will travel to Bishops Cleeve for a tie which will take place on Tuesday, 4th October (7.45pm KO).
Bridgwater Town v Slimbridge - Match Postponed
Monday 29th August
Today's game at Bridgwater Town unfortunately had to be postponed.
A crash on the M5 near Weston Super Mare meant the M5 was closed, and with the Swans leaving Thornhill Park at midday, but still only just having reached Weston at 3pm with gridlocked traffic for miles, and the Motorway still closed, the Referee had no alternative but to postone.
We sincerely apologise to Bridgwater Town and offer our gratitude for their understanding, and we would also like to apologise to everyone travelling to the game, including our own fans who we know were caught in the same situations as ourselves, for our non-appearance at a game I know that both sides were looking forward to.
Sometimes, there is nothing else you can do than sit in a Car Park on the road going nowhere. There must be a song in there..
We will announce the date for re-arranged game as soon as it is agreed between the two clubs.
Slimbridge 2-2 Wantage Town
Saturday 27th August
A crazy first thirty minutes to this game saw Slimbridge go two goals down in 15 minutes, and then pull back level in the next fifteen. The Swans had much the better of the rest of the match, but were unable to land the killer blow, and Wantage headed back to Oxfordshire with a hard earned point. The result sees the Swans slip to 7th in the League Table, although they still remain unbeaten ahead of Monday’s trip to bottom side Bridgwater Town.
The first twenty minutes of games this season have seen the Swans start sluggishly, and this game was no exception - with only seven minutes on the clock, Adam Mace missed a tackle as Harvey Scholes attacked down the Wantage right, and Scholes’ cross was easily converted by Todd Hathaway to give the visitors the lead. Ten minutes later, it went from bad to worse for Slimbridge, when Scholes’ shot from the edge of the box took a slight deflection to leave Adrian Kowalksi in the Swans’ goal goal no chance for the second time in the game, and double Wantage’s advantage.
The fightback, when it finally kicked in, saw a couple of great moves level things up. Firstly, Adam Mace’s pinpoint diagonal saw Liam Orchard find space on the Swans’ right, and he drilled the back across the goal, giving Wantage Keeper Eddie Cavanagh no chance, to halve the deficit.
Ten minutes later, with just 30 minutes on the clock, the sides were level, when Orchard and then Sean Lawson created an opportunity for Johnny Cant, who converted from close range to even things up.
The home side gained the momentum with the turnaround, and Cant, and then Orchard were both off target as the sides went into the break level, with Wantage forced onto the back foot.
The second half continues to mirror the end of the first, with it seeming just a matter of time before the home side took the lead, but Wantage displayed an admirable work ethic to frustrate Slimbridge.
Ed Major, who had been introduced at half time for Cant, was central to many of the Swans’ best moves of the half, and had an early shot well saved by Cavanagh after good work from Sean Lawson to set him up.
Alex Hoyle was next to try his luck, a turn and shot bringing a close range save and then a goalmouth scramble, which again was cleared.
Ten minutes into the second half, Wantage had probably their best chance of the period, when Jared Jones and Scholes combined well to bring a good save from Kowalski.
Slimbridge thought they had finally broken through on the hour, when Jack Twyman's header from Mace’s corner beat Cavanagh, but ended up in the side netting just the wrong side of the Wantage post.
With 15 minutes remaining, Freddy Ward’s cross was nearly headed into his own net by James Glover, but again, the Wantage goal was leading a charmed life, and the home side were left frustrated.
Cavanagh was under severe pressure at times in the Wantage goal, but was responsible for some admirable stopping, notably from Major, then Lawson, only to see the same two beat him but miss the target by inches as Slimbridge pressed.
In the last ten minutes, it was backs to the wall for Wantage, but Ryan Thwaite’s header which drifted wide, Major’s header which was just too high, and Lawson’s effort which was superbly blocked saw the sides end up level at the end of an entertaining, but ultimately frustrating afternoon for the home side.
Team: Kowalski, Turl, Mace, Hoyle, Ryan Thwaite, Ward, Haskayne (Oldham 63), Twyman, Lawson, Cant (Major 45), Orchard (Payne 66)
Supporters Man of the Match: Sean Lawson
The Revolvers come back to Thornhill Park
Wednesday 24th August
The best Ska band in the West return to Thornhill Park Sept 10th. The Revolvers have previously sold out easily at SAFC, and we're sure we will have another sell out on our hands. Tickets are going fast!
Call Colin Gay 07702 070229 to book your tickets, but be quick! £5 a shot!