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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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Predict the Score Competition
Monday 8th October
Due to unforeseen circumstances this weeks predict the score competition has been cancelled.
Anyone who has already purchased a ticket can receive a full refund or a free ticket for the October 20th competition.

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Paulton Rovers 2-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 7th October
Swans downed in Somerset despite late onslaught and heroics from debutante keeper.

With regular goalkeeper Eric Edge not fit, the Swans handed a senior debut to Under 18ís keeper Lewis Adams who had an outstanding game between the sticks.

The visitors started the game brightly kicking down the slope, Dan King getting a clear run on goal but Paulton keeper Rob Brown got to the ball first and cleared the danger.  Captain Dean Turner tried his luck from 30yards but his effort sailed wide.  With 15 minutes gone Ewen Dubarís close range shot was blocked by the home defence conceding a corner to the Swans.  Christien Turner got his head to the corner kick but his effort was just wide of the far post.

A move from the back starting from Adams throw out, found Dunbar in space but his shot was straight at Brown who gathered easily.  Edji Mbunga won a free kick on the edge of the box after a mazy run across field; his kick unfortunately was too high to trouble the home side.

The home side having soaked up the Swans early pressure took the lead on 25 minutes, Ryan Gay tucking the ball away into the bottom right hand corner from 15 yards out after the visiting defence failed to clear.

On the half hour Joe Noakes fired a dangerous cross into the box towards the on rushing Dunbar but he was just not fast enough to get his head to the ball and it sailed out for a home throw in.  At the other end Adams was called into action punching clear a Paulton corner and then scrambling the ball off the goal line from Treyvond Andersons header.  A few moments later Korey Pring miss-kicked a clearance from a home free kick and to his relief only conceded a corner.

The home side at this point were camped in the Swans half not allowing them to get control of the ball.  Anderson was again unlucky not to double the lead firing wide from 5 yards out in a crowded box after a long throw-in from the right.

With 5 minutes of the half remaining Adams was on hand to save Aysa Corricks shot and a few moments later called into action again Gay on the right squared the ball to Joe Hilliard whos hesitation and weak shot allowed Adams to scramble back and make the save.

Just as the half was ending Christien Turner got his head to the ball from a corner again going wide after Mbunga had forced the corner from a fierce shot blocked by the home defence.

The second half started well with Yeshya Lomotey getting a shot on goal but Brown was on hand to stop the effort.  At the other end the Swans conceded a soft second goal on 50 minutes, after failing to clear the ball from the box Gayís shot on the left squeezed just inside the near post with Adams view blocked by Noakes as he tried to charge down the the shot.

Eight minutes later it could have been three, Pring pulled off a last gasp tackle just inside the box on lively substitute Ben Withey as he was through on goal.  A double substitution on the hour by manager Lee Driver-Dickerson aimed to spark Slimbridge back into life introducing Jamie Martin up from and Ben Hands into the middle.

Initially Paulton still remained on top with Jay Malpas firing over from 25 yards and a few moments later Gay in search of his hatrick forced Adams into a great save tipping the ball past his left hand post.  

However on 65 minutes the substitution paid dividends, Hands cross field ball from right to left found Martin on the edge of the box.  Martin jinxed past the keeper and a home defender who appeared to get in each otherís way firing into an empty net from a narrow angle.

Now the Swans pushed forward in search of the equaliser, Max Harper-Emerson cross into the box just evaded Dunbar.  With 10 minutes remaining Noakes was forced into a clearance over his own bar from Witheyís throw in.

A couple of minutes later Mbunga headed wide from another Harper-Emerson teasing cross, as the visitors pushed forward they looked vulnerable at the back Noakes making a last gasp challenge on Withey.

As the game entered into injury time, Adams launched a cross into the box from the halfway line but Brown was there to take the catch under pressure from the visiting players camped in the box.  With the Swans pushed high up the field Malpas stuck the post from distance with Adams beaten soon followed by Corrickís shot from close range forcing Adams into a save.

At the death Slimbridge still didnít give up, Pring hitting the side netting from Adams long kick and then Pring again with a chance getting on the end of a throw in from the right but his shot went wide from 10yards out just before the final whistle ended the game.  Unfortunately this time the Swans failing to gain a last gasp goal as they have done several times already this season.


Another busy week beckons with Merthyr Town the visitors to Thornhill Park on Wednesday evening at 7:45pm in a rearrange City Security Services Limited League Challenge Cup tie followed by the Buildbase FA Trophy Preliminary Round game at home to Melksham Town on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.

Slimbridge: Adams, Noakes, Harper-Emerson, Pring, C Turner, Smith (Hands 60), D Turner, Lomotey (Hawes 77), Dunbar, King (Martin 60) , Mbunga

Atendance: 145

Supporters man of the match: Lewis Adams

 
Winchester City 3-3 Slimbridge AET - Slimbridge win 6-5 on penalties
Wednesday 3rd October
In what can only be described as a pulsating night of football in Hampshire, Slimbridge edged through to the next round of the FA Trophy by beating Winchester City on penalties after coming from behind on three occasions to force extra time and a penalty shoot out.

Travelling without defensive duo Luke Payne and Korey Pring, manager Lee Driver-Dickerson brought in Nick Pulman and the returning Christien Turner to the starting line up.

The home side went in front on 5 minutes, Jamie Baron firing home from 15 yards but ten minutes later the Swans were level when Yeshaya Lomotey did well to beat two defenders and fire low past the home keeper.

Tyrell Mitford put Winchester back in front on the half hour and that's how it stayed until seven minutes from full time when Ewen Dunbar rifled home a terrific curling shot from 25 yards which went into the top corner to force extra time.

With both sides committed to full out attacking football it made for a great spectacle for both sets of supporters and when Joe Noakes was adjudged to have felled Barron in the box it looked as if the home side would go through as Mitford fired home the spot kick.

The Swans, to their credit never gave up and with just 3 minutes left on the referees watch, Liam Smith drove a delightful 20 yard cross into the box and Ewen Dunbar dived at full stretch to head in a spectacular equaliser once again to send the delirious Swans supporters wild.

The penalty shoot out was a very tense affair and after both sides had taken 6 each it went into sudden death.

Eric Edge made a great save to deny the home side's taker so it was all up to Noakes to send the Swans through and he held his nerve well to fire confidently home and earn Slimbridge the £2000 prize pot and a home tie versus Melksham Town on Sat 13th Oct, 3pm k.o.

Slimbridge now travel to Paulton Rovers for a re arranged league match on Saturday, 3pm and then they entertain Merthyr Town at Thornhill Park on Wednesday evening in the Southern League Cup.

Supporters man of the match :Ewen Dunbar.

 
Winchester City- Coach Travel
Sunday 30th September
We will be running a coach to the Winchester City game on Tuesday night for the Buildbase FA Trophy replay, it will leave Thornhill Park at 4pm at a cost of £10 per seat.  All supporters are welcome, contact Colin Gay for details.

 
Slimbridge 2-2 Winchester City
Sunday 30th September
Harper-Emersonís habit of injury time goals secures last gasp replay for the Swans against a hard working Winchester side.


A fast start from the home side allowed young Adam Bloomfield to get a strike away from 15 yards after cutting in from the right but was too high to trouble the visitors goal. Winchester soon had their first chance a long throw from Joe Hayward on the left was narrowly fired wide by Tyrell Mitford.

A good team move from the back saw the Swans striker Edji Mbunga beat two visiting defenders but his shot sailed high a wide. However a few minutes later Slimbridge opened the scoring, on 13 minutes Dan King threading a ball from the right to Yeshaya Lomotey whose first time shot from 20 yards flew into the bottom right corner of the net with the Winchester keeper Ryan Pryce left watching.

A minute later visiting keeper Pryce went down with an injury and after a spell of treatment was able to continue.  Swans captain Dean Turner tried to capitalise on Pryceís immobility a few minutes later but his chip shot went wide.

Winchester equaliser came on 27 minutes Reece Rusher cross finding the head of Tyrell Mitford who tucked the ball away unopposed.  As the momentum switched to the visitors they took the lead seven minutes later Jamie Barronís shot was tipped onto the post by Swans keeper Eric Edge and crossed the line despite an attempted clearance from the home defence.  

As the half came to a close a neat passing move involving Lomotey, Mbunga, Ben Hands and Luke Payne resulted in a poor cross shot from Payne going high and wide.

Slimbridge dominated most of the second half, Dean Turner putting the ball in the net on 57 minutes after a good spell of play from Mbunga and Hands but was adjudged to be offside.  A few moments later Turner this time sprung the offside trap and in a one on one showdown with Pryce forced the keeper into a point blank save.  Pryce the busier of the two keepers confidently stopped Max Harper-Emersonís close range shot as Slimbridge started to pile pressure on the visitors in search of an equalising goal.

That goal almost came on 70 minutes, Turnerís chip to the far post towards substitute Liam Smith was just too high for the midfielder to get his head to.  Smith then tried a shot of his own from 20yards but this was way too high.

Ewen Dunbar was introduced into the game with just over 10 minutes remaining and his link up play with Hands resulting in Harper-Emerson now playing upfront blazing over.   A last throw of the dice substitution from Swans manager Lee Driver-Dickersen sending on Christien Turner upfront for Payne with two minutes of normal time remaining was a master stroke.

With seconds left of the game Edge launched the ball up field to sub Christien Turner his header fell to Max Harper-Emerson whose deflected shot evaded the diving Pryce sailing into the net of the right hand post to earn the Swans a replay on Tuesday night.


Both sides do battle again down at Winchester on Tuesday evening in a replay with a 7:45pm kick off, a coach will be running to this game leaving Thornhill Park at 4pm, costing £10 per person contact secretary Colin Gay for details.  Also on Tuesday evening the Under 18 squad travel to Torquay United in the FA Youth Cup as they continue to preserve their 100% start to the season.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne (88 C Turner), Harper-Emerson, Pring, Noakes, Hands, D Turner, Lomotey (78í Dunbar), Bloomfield (62í Smith), King, Mbunga
Attendance: 85
Supporters Man of the match: Joe Noakes

 
Re-arranged Fixture
Saturday 29th September
Our fixture away to Cirencester Town that was originally scheduled for Saturday 6th October has been rearranged to take place on Tue 6th Novemeber with a 7:45pm kick off.

 
Fixture Change
Tuesday 25th September
Due to Cirencester making progress in the FA Cup, our game on October 6th has been cancelled.  Instead we will travel to Paulton Rovers in a re-arranged fixture.

 
Barnstaple 1-2 Slimbridge
Sunday 23rd September
Slimbridge returned home from Barnstaple with a important victory which move the Swans up to 11th in the league table.

On a very wet afternoon in Devon, manager Lee Driver-Dickerson gave a start to the U/18s scoring sensation Adam Bloomfield, there was also a debut for Gloucester City youngster Danny King and a place on the bench for another of the U/18s starlets, Finley Byrnes.


The greasy surface seemed to be causing problems for both sets of players who were finding it hard to keep their feet and in what can only be described as a poor first half, with neither keeper really being troubled.

Edji Mbunga went close for the Swans but his shot went high whilst at the other end Jack Langford should have done better when clear on goal but shot wildly high and wide.
Two poor challenges by the home side on Will Hawes that surprisingly went unpunished by a lenient referee resulted in the former Shortwood man having to leave the field after 30 mins, Hawes being replaced by Yeshaya Lomotey.

Barnstaple had the best chance of the half when on 40 mins Jordan Charran found himself one on one with Eric Edge but his weak shot went wide of the post.

The second period began with the Swans playing with much more purpose and the deadlock was broken on 58 mins when Lomotey played a delightful through ball to Mubunga who Cooly rounded keeper Robert Holmes to give the Swans the lead.

Barnstaple responded well to going behind and put the Swans defence under pressure for a short while, Billy Hopcroft went close with a good effort and a couple of corners were well dealt with by a strong defence which was being well marshalled by a good Swans back four.

However on 78 mins the home side were level when slightly against the run of play and a lapse in the visitors defence allowed Barum's Jack Rice-Lethaby to sneak in and fire a shot from 10 yards past Edge in the visitors goal.

It was Slimbridge's turn to respond now and the introduction of Ewen Dunbar with ten minutes to go proved vital.

Edji Mbunga did exceptionally well to beat two men in midfield and thread a precision ball through Barums defence to Dunbar who's pace sent him clear and the former Evesham Utd player finished well with a low shot past Holmes to send the Swans supporters delirious.


In the final minute Adam Bloomfield found himself one on one with keeper Holmes and as he attempted to round the home keeper Holmes deliberately tripped the youngster and the referee awarded a obvious penalty, the only surprise was that Holmes was only shown a yellow card.
Bloomfield' penalty kick was saved by Holmes who dived low to his right but it was to make no difference as the full time whistle was blown immediately after.


Slimbridge now have two home Cup games starting with Winchester City on Saturday in the FA Trophy followed by Merthyr Town on Wed 3rd Oct, 7.45pm.  

Our scheduled Away game at Cirencester Town on Sat Oct 6th will have to be re arranged as Cirencester will be on FA Cup duty. We are currently trying to bring a game forward for that date so watch this space.

Slimbridge: Edge, Payne, Harper-Emerson, Pring, Noakes, Hands, Turner, Hawes (Lomotey 33), Bloomfield, King(Dunbar 81), Mbunga
Subs not used :Pulman,Byrnes.

Attendance 72

Supporters player of the match: Ben Hands.