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Tue 22nd January
GFA Senior Trophy
Cheltenham Town
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Slimbridge
7:45 PM
 
 
 
Sat 26th January
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Slimbridge
V
Barnstaple Town
3:00 PM
 
 
 
Mon 28th January
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Malvern Town U18
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Slimbridge (U18)
7:45 PM
 
 
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Mangotsfield United 2-3 Slimbridge
Saturday 22nd December
Swans returning to winning ways after classy first half performance.

After enduring a number of close run defeats in recent weeks Slimbridge returned from Mangotsfield with three well earnt points and more importantly taking them a place further up the league away from relegation.


Slimbridge started the game on the front foot, Mark Magee latching onto a ball over the top his shot just clearing the host’s crossbar.  With six minutes played Slimbridge were awarded a free kick just inside the Mangostfield half, the ball was floated into the box taking a deflection giving the visitors their first corner.  A pin point corner ball found the unmarked Joe Noakes whose bullet header hit the back of the net giving the Swans an early lead.  Unfortunately for Noakes he suffered a cut to the head and had to leave the field, being replaced by new signing Ioan Richards.

Four minutes later Slimbridge extended their lead, a well worked passing movement from the defence found Ewen Dunbar in space down the right his first time cross caused confusing in the home box with keeper Kieran Hodges spilling the ball into the path of Magee who made no mistake from 3 yards out.

Slimbridge continued to boss the midfield through Myron and Dean Turner, keeping the hosts at bay for the first twenty minutes.  Mangostfield registered their first corner of the game on 23 minutes, Daniel Demkiv shot being diverted wide by Kory Pring.  

With 28 minutes of the half gone, Mangostsfield pulled a goal back through former Swan Sonnie Low from just inside the visitor’s box.  However the Swans responded immediately Dan King’s cross finding Will Hawes inside the box and his acrobatic overhead kick found the back of the net restoring Slimbridge’s two goal cushion. 

Slimbridge had a couple of further chances to increase their lead Dunbar’s cross shot sailing over the bar and Steve Jackson strike from 25 yards just wide.

The second half was a different story, Mangotsfield making two substitutions at half time were the team on the offensive Clayton Fortune forcing a double save from Adams before Demkiv headed wide and Kyle Tooze firing a shot over from inside the box.  The Swans had another let off on 55 minutes a cross in from the left found the head of Demkiv but to the relief of the visitors it flew wide past the far post.

On 65 minutes Fortune latched onto a through ball which initially Adams clamed but then spilled at Fortunes feet before reclaiming as Fortune attempted a strike towards an empty net.

With 15 minutes remaining Slimbridge were nearly gifted a goal, Low surprised his keeper with a back header towards goal as Hodges was moving to his right to claim the ball, fortunately for the home side Hodges was able to calmly race back to his goal and stop the ball on the line.

Slimbridge continuing to soak up the pressure being applied by the home side until five minutes before time Mathew Tanner running through the middle of the Slimbridge defence and firing a thunderbolt past Adams to reduce the arears leaving the Swans supporters a nervous final few minutes before the relief of the referees whistle to celebrate a well-deserved victory.


Over the Christmas period Slimbridge face Bristol Manor Farm at Thornhill Park on Boxing day with a revised 1pm kick off, before hosting league leaders Blackfield and Langley on Saturday 29th December.  On New Year’s Day, the Swans make the short trip to local rivals Cinderford with a 3pm kick off.

Slimbridge: Adams, Dunbar, King, Pring, C Turner, J Noakes (9 Richards), D Turner, M Turner, Magee, Hawes (77 Mendes), Jackson (90 Smith)

Attendance: 112

Supporter’s man of the match: Mark Magee

 
Slimbridge 1-4 Yate Town
Sunday 16th December
The score line probably didn’t do justice to the efforts of the Slimbridge team who struggled against the driving rain and high winds in the first half and were unlucky not to pull level early in the second half.


Playing with the wind from the kick off, Yate took full advantage camping in the Slimbridge half for much of the first half.  With only three minutes on the clock, Joe Noakes tripped former Swan Ross Langworthy inside the box leaving the referee Mr Jack Shepherd no option but to award a penalty which Langworthy duly dispatched past Lewis Adams into the top right corner.

The disastrous start continued for the home side 6 minutes later Yate made it two Nick Peare receiving the ball on the right of the box running in and squeezing the ball past Adams and a home defender at the near post. Yate continued to take advantage of the wind, Langworthy forcing Adams into a acrobatic save tipping the ball just over the cross bar. Peare found himself space in the box only to see his header saved by Adams.

Slimbridge’s first venture in the opposition half came on 19 minutes, Dan King crossing from the left into the path of Yeshaya Lomotey forcing Lewis Thomas in the visiting goal into a point blank save with his feet from 10 yards.  Minutes later new signing Mark Magee almost latched onto Lomotey’s cross from the left as Slimbridge looked to reduce the deficit.

On 26 minutes Jaden Maddock ventured forward playing a teasing cross from the right into the Yate box which was cleared as far as Myron Turner who shot first time only to see it deflect into the arms of Thomas.  Thomas long clearance downfield found Langworthy whose shot was bravely blocked by Noakes to give the visitors a corner.  The corner was deflected out for a second corner, which was caught by the wind forcing Adams to tip the ball over the crossbar to safety.  

Yet again as Yate used the wind to their advantage Noakes was called upon to block another Langworthy shot forcing another visitor’s corner.  Yate hand three attempts on goal from the corner each time the Swans defence held strong.
With half time approaching Lomotey played a delightful ball to Magee forcing a save out of Thomas at his near left hand post.

The Swans with the wind at their backs in the second half started brightly, King getting down the left flank only to see his cross sail into Thomas’s hands.  On 51 minutes the Swans pulled a goal back, King’s initial shot was block but the ball fell kindly to Magee to open his Slimbridge account slamming the ball home from inside the box.

Two minutes later the home side were unlucky not to be level when captain Dean Turner struck the post from outside the box with Thomas beaten.  A few minutes later a Slimbridge corner was cleared down field to Langworthy who ran 30 yards passing a Swans defender only to see his shot fly over the bar with only Adams to beat.

However on 69 minutes Yate increased their lead, Langworthy latching onto a through ball duped Adams before slotting the ball into an empty net.  Moments later Adams pushed substitute Dave Simms-Burgess strike round the post.  Man of the match Noakes then made a number of blocks and a last man tackle to keep the Bluebells at bay.

The final action of the game saw Yate extend their lead substitute Olly Mehew’s mazy run into the box before laying off the ball to Simms-Burgess in space to seal the visitor’s victory.


The Swans return to action next Saturday when they visit fellow strugglers Mangtosfield United before the Christmas run of games starting with a 1pm kick off at Thornhill Park on Boxing day where Briston Manor Farm are the visitors.

Slimbridge: Adams, Maddock (Dunbar 66), King, Pring, C Turner, Noakes, D Turner, M Turner, Magee, Lomotey (Hawes 75), Mendes (Jackson 59)

Attendance: 112

Supporter’s man of the match: Joe Noakes

 
Boxing Day v Bristol Manor Farm
Tuesday 11th December
Our fixture at home to Bristol Manor Farm on Boxing day has been brought forward to a 1pm Kick off.

 
AFC Totton 2-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 9th December
Slimbridge Boss Lee Driver-Dickerson will be disappointed to see his side go down to yet another stoppage time goal, this time recorded as 90+4 as the Swans went down by 2 goals to 1 at the Testwood Stadium to a decent AFC Totton side.

On a heavy pitch which only just passed a 9am inspection it was Slimbridge who started the brightest in a dour first half which lacked very little goalmouth action.

The home side had a penalty appeal ignored by referee Niall Clinton when Jaden Maddock caught Jack Smith in the face with his boot as he stooped down to head the ball, resulting in Smith leaving the field with a broken nose.

On 32 minutes the Swans took the lead when Josh Beadle  found Yeshaya Lomotey who unleashed a terrific shot from 25yards which went into the top corner of the net leaving the home keeper with no chance.

Slimbridge were pressing for a second goal now and when Edji Mbunga laid a lovely ball into the path of Dan King the Gloucester City youngster let fly from 18 yards only to see his shot palmed away for a corner.

Maddock then went on a good run up the right and his cross found Mbunga whose powerful drive was blocked by a defender. A bad back pass by the home side left their keeper in big trouble and as the Swans tried to take a quick corner with no defenders back the keeper deliberately hoofed the ball away resulting in him being cautioned.

Totton had obviously had a half time talking to as they came out looking a different side in the second period. The turning point in the game came on 53 minutes when Mbunga was sent off for retaliating to a foul, pushing his opponent with two hands leaving the referee with no option but to dismiss the Swans forward.

Slimbridge paid for this lack of discipline and the home side were level ten minutes later when a good cross from the right was headed home by Justin Bennett.
The Swans were under the cosh now and defended brilliantly against a rampant home side who were pushing for the winner.

Superb blocks by Christien Turner, Joe Noakes and Korey Pring denied the home side a sniff at goal and a couple of superb saves by Lewis Adams kept the score level.

With the referee notifying a minimum of 5 minutes of stoppage time the Swans continued to hold on but on 94 minutes disaster struck when a low cross from the right was tapped home at the far post by substitute Eddie Perrett to send the home side delirious and leave the Swans a very dejected outfit.


Manager Lee Driver-Dickerson must now try and lift his squad for some important games coming up starting with a home game against high flying Yate Town on Saturday, followed by a visit to fellow strugglers Mangotsfield Utd on Sat 22nd and then another home game versus League Leaders Blackfield and Langley on Sat 29th.

Slimbridge: Adams, Maddock, King, Pring, C Turner, Noakes, Mendes, M Turner, Mbunga, Lomotey (Dunbar 81), Beadle (Smith 63)

Supporters Man of the Match: Joe Noakes

Attendance: 219.

 
AFC Totton v Slimbridge Game is ON
Saturday 8th December
The pitch has passed an inspection so today’s game will go ahead as scheduled.
 
Cinderford Town 4–2 Slimbridge
Wednesday 5th December
Slimbridge exit league cup despite late comeback.

For the first time in the clubs history, Slimbridge played in the third round of the City Security Services League Challenge Cup however they were denied a place in the fourth round by a fast organised Cinderford side that led 3-0 at one point with the Swans pulling two goals back midway through the second half before conceding a late fourth.

With the game played in heavy rain throughout the Swans had an early chance when Jamie Martin fired wide while in and offside position after Liam Smith drilled the ball back in from a corner.  Moments later Eric Edge in the visitor’s goal made a point blank save from less than 5 yards to keep Cinderford out.  

The home side took the lead on 7 minutes Will Peck heading home a cross from the right past the helpless Edge.  From the kick-off Edji Mbunga put Yashaya Lomotey through on goal but he was judged to be offside by the referee’s assistant.  The visitors found themselves two goals down a minute later Richard Greaves playing in Craig Norman who made no mistake in finding the net.

With less than quarter of the game gone Slimbridge were lucky not to find themselves four goals down Greaves firing wide when in a good position and Edge making a save from a close range shot.  An injury to Swans defender Steven Jackson on 16 minutes saw a reshuffle with Myron Turner joining the game from the bench taking up a midfield role and the team reverting to a flat back four.

Edge was on form blocking a shot through a crowded Slimbridge box before getting his legs in the way of Norman’s shot denying him an almost certain second goal.  On 23 minutes Lee Driver Dickerson made a tactical change taking off Smith and bringing on Dean Turner to add some bite to the midfield.  Turner made an instant impact winning the ball in the middle before playing in Myron Turner whose shot was just over the home crossbar.

This stabilised the Swans although Edge was on hand again to make a couple of saves from long range around the half hour mark.  At the other end the Swans had a couple of chances through the returning Sam Mendes and Dean Turner.

The second half was much more even until on 57 minutes Cinderford scored their third, former Slimbridge defender Sam Turl crossing from the right to the unmarked Greaves who headed home at the far post.

With nothing to lose Slimbridge pressed forward, Myron Turner winning a corner which came to nothing before a free kick on the left fired in to Josh Beadle who headed over.  On 62 minutes the Swans pulled a goal back Lomotey latching onto a long through ball tucking it past Jordan Dibble to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.  

Cirderford had other idea’s peppering the Slimbridge goal with shots from around the box and one cross flashing across the goal line fortunately nobody was there to put it away.  A moment of controversy on 76 minutes Myron Turner raced into the box chasing a through ball which at first appeared to be caught by Dibble but the ball popped out as Turner challenged to leave the Slimbridge man to tuck the ball into an empty net to give the visiting support something to cheer about.  An unhappy Dibble received a yellow card for his protest towards the referee for allowing the goal to stand and not awarding a free kick for the challenge.

With 10 minutes to go Ewen Dunbar shot wide from a narrow angle when through with just the keeper to beat. 3 minutes later the visiting supporters thought there team had equalised, a free kick on the left was floated into the box and a miss-clearance from the home defence gave Slimbridge a corner.  The corner caused panic in the home goal and in a crowded box Dibble somehow swept the ball off the line and away to safety.

With less than 5 minutes to go Cinderford piled on the pressure Edge racing out of his box saving the ball with his legs as Robbie Atkinson attempted to round the keeper. Edge then made a double save by the left post to keep the home side out, however the hosts did manage a fourth on full time Matt McDonald picking up a loose ball on the left from a free kick on the right to fire past Edge and put the tie out of reach of the visitors.


The Swans return to league action travelling to AFC Totton on Saturday.

Slimbridge: Edge, Martin, King, Pring, Jackson (M Turner 16), C Turner, Mendes, Smith (D Turner 23), Mbunga, Lomotey, Beadle (Dunbar 66)

Supporters man of the match: Dan King

 
Melksham Town 1-0 Slimbridge
Sunday 2nd December
Injury time winner deflates plucky Swans

Sometimes football is a cruel game, for Slimbridge today was that day after a great team performance against a well organised Melksham side where they deserved at least a point for their efforts.

Early on in the game both sides knocked the ball around well, Slimbridges midfield did well to pick up the loose balls but just couldn’t find the killer pass to strikers up front and the defence held strong.  Neikell Plumber who was lively upfront for the home side got his head to a cross but Lewis Adams was on hand to make the save.  Adams released the ball through the defence and Swans Christien Turner tried his luck from long range but his shot sailed high over the opposition bar.

With 15 minutes gone Turner played a long through ball to Edji Mbunga on the left however Alex Shaftoe in the home goal was quickly out to thwart the chasing frontman.  At the other end Melksham gained a corner but the visitors did well to clear without incident.

The Swans had a great chance on 24 minutes, Josh Beadle and Dan King linking up on the right with King’s cross fired across the box unfortunately Mbunga arrived just inches away from contact and certain goal.

A Melksham free kick on the right of the Slimbridge box was expertly dealt with by Korey Pring who cleared the ball away to safety upfield.  With 10 minutes of the first half remaining Beadles shot was deflected wide for a corner, captain Dean Turner picked up the short corner and fired in but the offside flag was raised.

As the half came to an end Plumber got his head to another cross from the right but it sailed wide of the post.


Slimbridge came out in the second half in determined mood, with two early corners from the second Steven Jackson headed against the bar in a crowded box before Beadle fired over from 20 yards.  On 52 minutes Myron Turners tackle on the edge of the box resulted in a loose ball falling to Simon Gilbert however Adams was quick to bravely claim the ball at Gilberts feet.

Three minutes later Jackson’s tackle on Plumber resulted in a corner to the hosts, which after being cleared by the Swans defence was headed over by fullback Mark Cooper.  On the hour mark the visitors were lucky to remain level when Tom Warrens header from a corner cannoned back off the bar.  The game at this point was flowing end to end with both teams chasing an elusive first goal.

On 65 minutes, substitute Ewen Dunbar’s header grazed the top of the Melksham crossbar while immediately at the other end Mark Wall fired over the Swans goal. 5 minutes later Mbunga’s powerful shot from just over 20 yards was deflected over and from the resulting corner Mbunga fired a tame shot that was easily gathered by Shaftoe.  

The Swans almost took the lead on 73 minutes, Dean Turner hitting a low screamer from 30 yards out striking the left post with the home keeper Shaftoe rooted to the spot.  With only ten minutes remaining and both sides playing attacking end to end football it was Melksham’s chance to go close.  Brad Norris heading a long goal kick to Jon Davies whose shot was blocked for a corner by Pring, before the corner was beaten away by Adams at the near post from a close range shot.

With a minute to go Pring headed away a dangerous cross from the left before Norris headed a chance over the bar as the game entered injury time.  Four minutes into injury time, Reece Rusher was released down the right cutting into the near post and fired past Adams to win the game for the home side with the last kick of the game.  


The deflated Swans return to action on Tuesday evening traveling the short distance to Cinderford Town in the City Security Services League challenge cup 3rd round for a place in the last 16.  Before that the Under 18’s host Gloucester City’s Under 18 side in the Youth County Cup on Monday evening at Thornhill Park with a 7:45pm kick off.

Slimbridge: Adams, Maddock (Martin 78), King, Pring, Jackson, C Turner, D Turner, M Turner, Mbunga, Hawes (Dunbar 58), Beadle

Supporters Man of the match: Josh Beadle

Attendance: 294

 
Slimbridge 1-3 Winchester City
Sunday 25th November
Swans fall to defeat to the clinical finishing of a well organised Winchester City side

In a game of very few chances, where two failures at the back from the Swans cost the home side a point. Slimbridge started the game with new recruit Steven Jackson playing in the heart of the home defence replacing the suspended Joe Noakes.

Winchester’s Joe Cook fired over early on, before the lively Oli Bailey sprung through the home defence only to see Christien Turner make a last minute tackle and clear the impending danger.

On 10 minutes Lewis Adams in the home goal made a double save from Bailey before the follow up was cleared off the line by Jackson.  As Winchester pressured the home side they made the breakthrough on 15 minutes Ollie Griggs picking up the ball on the right corner of the box before drilling the ball across goal and into the net off the far post.

Slimbridge thought they had equalised after 28 minutes, a free kick on the half way line was floated into the box, Christian Turners back header falling to Dean Turner who hooked the ball into the net only to be ruled offside.

The equaliser for Slimbridge came on 36 minutes after a spell of persistent play by the Swans, Liam Smith down the right touch line passed a visiting defender before laying off the ball to Dean Tuner to riffle the ball into the net.

The second half was very uninspiring with neither side tacking control of the game, Smith had a half chance on 50 minutes hitting his shot straight at Ryan Pryce in the visitors goal.  A double substitution on 64 minutes appeared to liven up the home side, Edji Mbunga and Smith being replaced by Jayden Maddock and Josh Beadle.  Dan King had a couple of weak shots from the left before Will Hawes found Pryce with his shot.

With just over 15 minutes remaining Maddock charged down the right flank and his first time shot was miss-hit wide from 18 yards out.  Hawes felt aggrieved receiving a yellow card for his 50/50 challenge on Pryce as both went for a loose ball down the middle. Adams in the home goal was forced into a near post save from Bailey who had cut in from the left wing after passing Pring.

As the game entered the last minute of normal time, Jackson and Pring gave the ball away to Bailey who rounded Adams and slotted home into an empty net to wrap up the score and a miserable afternoon for the home side.


Next up for the Swans is a short trip into Wiltshire to face Melksham Town next Saturday at 3pm.


Slimbridge: Adams, King (Martin 83), Mbunga (Maddock 64), Pring, Jackson, C Turner, D Turner, M Turner, Dunbar, Hawes, Smith (Beadle 64)

Attendance: 75

Supporters Man of the match: Christien Turner