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Thu 15th November
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Slimbridge (U18)
V
Pegasus Juniors U18
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 17th November
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Moneyfields
V
Slimbridge
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Sun 18th November
Gloucestershire County Youth Cup
Tuffley Rovers U18
V
Slimbridge (U18)
3:00 PM
 
 
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Slimbridge 3-6 Didcot Town
Monday 26th March
Swans steamrollered by promotion chasing Railwaymen in goal fest at Thornhill Park. 

Slimbridge and Didcot Town played out a 9 goal thriller in which the visitors steamed ahead to lead 4-0 at halftime before a spirited home side fought back to score three in the second.

It was Slimbridge who came out of the blocks early on pinning Didcot in their own half for much of the first five minutes, Joe Wilton forcing visiting keeper Leigh Bedwell into an early save.  However Didcot broke down the left on 6 minutes with a pinpoint cross into the box which just evaded the head of the diving George Reid. The ball ricocheted back to Reid who flicked the ball into the net while lying on the ground from 6 yards.

Didcot dominated most of the half from this moment on, Morgan Williams hitting the bar from a Reid cross, with Jack Twyman on hand to clear the ball out for a visitors corner.  From the resulting corner home keeper Ollie Hall then did well to save a close range header with his legs conceding a second corner in the process.  Adam Learoyd got his head to the second corner striking the bar with his effort the ball going safe for a goal kick to the relief of the home side.

The dangerous Felipe Barcelos should have done better shooting wide on 21 minutes with just the home keeper to beat.  At the other end Jamie Martin made a rare foray into the visitors half chasing a ball down the right a poking it past the outrushing Bedwell only for the ball to be cleared by a returning defender as the ball trickled towards an empty net.

The Swans managed a couple of further half chances Learoyd heading ove his own bar from Wilton’s cross on the right, from the corner Henry Birkett headed wide.  A minute later Birkett and Marley Thomas linked up leaving Bedwell stranded however the pass to Martin was cut out as the Slimbridge striker attempted a shot into an unguarded net.

Didcot’s second goal came on the half hour mark, Williams broke on the right turned past makeshift centre half Sam Turl and first past Hall into the bottom left corner.  Seven minutes later Learoyd beat Hall in the air to an in-swinging cross from the right to make it three.

On the stroke of half time Didcot got their fourth through Reid’s 25 yard shot from the right of the box sailing into the top left corner with Hall well beaten.

Slimbridge introduced Edjidja Mbunga upfront in-place of Jamie Martin at the start of the second half, and he almost made an immediate impact shooting just over after being played in by Thomas.  

On 57 minutes the Swans fought back with two goals in two minutes.  Adam Mace cross from the left was controlled on the edge of the box by Wilton with Birkett hitting a looping shot over the visiting keeper and into the net.  It was then Wilton’s turn to get on the score sheet his deflected shot from 18yards wrong footing Bedwell.

With the Swans looking dangerous going forward they also looked vunerable at the back, and were punished for some poor defending on 67 minutes Barcelos cutting in on the right and firing into the net for Didcot’s fifth.  Ten minutes later Didcot made in six goals Callum McNish firing home through a crowded box from a visitor’s corner.

There was still enough time left for Thomas to go on a solo run on the right cutting in and tucking the ball under Bedwell for the home sides third.  Slimbridge almost managed got a fourth late on but Mbunga’s shot was deflected wide.  Deep into injury time Swans substitute Kieran Squires was called into action throwing himself across the goal line at Marlon Agyakawa’s shot managing to get a leg to the ball and clearing an almost certain seventh for Didcot.


Slimbridge are next up against Barnstaple Town on Wednesday evening at Thornhill Park, 7.45 kick off in what could be a season defining game for both clubs with the Swans 2 points ahead of Barnstaple and with bottom side Bishops Cleeve currently hitting form 5 points behind them.  The Swans then entertain Larkhall Athletic at home on Saturday before making the short trip into the Forrest of Dean to visit Cinderford on Easter Monday afternoon.

Slimbridge: Hall, L Payne, Mace (Squires 72), Pring, Turl (Mannings 74), Turner, Twyman, Birkett, Martin (Mbunga 45), Wilton, Thomas

Goals: Birkett 57, Wilton 58, Thomas 80

Attendance: 95

Supporters Man of the match: Henry Birkett

 
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.