Stubborn Brislington Defence Hold Out Swans

The Swans travelled to Bristol searching for a win which would cement their position in the top four of the Western League Premier Division going into the Christmas break.

Although having their fair share of the play,they came across a stubborn Brislington defence and goals from Ricky Charlton and Mitchell Ashmead allowed their high flying opponents to take all three points.

To add to their miserable afternoon, the Swans also had Ben Tunnicliff sent off by referee Simon Shaw in the final minute for an alleged stamping incident.

Slimbridge were the quickest out of the blocks and attacked their opponents from the off.

In he very first minute a excellent cross from the right by Paul Fahy was headed on by Sean Lawson to Adam Mace who rifled in a powerful shot which was deflected for a corner.

Just a minute later the Swans had to make a early substitution when Leroy Odiero twisted his ankle on the heavy surface and had to be replaced by Tunnicliff.

Swans continued to batter the Brislington rear guard and Freddy Ward found Lawson with a good ball but the latters shot was once again cleared for a corner.

It was all Slimbridge for the first quarter but they failed to take advantage of their dominance as Brislington slowly started to enter the affray.

On 20 minutes a corner kick was headed inches wide by the Home sides captain Jason Hughes.

Lawson went close again for the visitors in the 28th minute when his run at the home defence ended with his shot being cleared for yet another corner.

Slimbridge went behind in the 32nd minute when a rare break up the right ended with Ricky Charlton heading home Luke Meacham’s cross.

As the first half came to an end Ward fired in a shot which keeper Humphries easily held.

The second half turned into a midfield battle and their was very little goalmouth action with both defences being in fine form.

The best move of the match came in the 60th minute and should have brought the Swans an equaliser.

Fahy found Ryan Thwaite with a inch perfect through ball and Thwaites cross into the box caused mayhem with shots by both Lawson and Fahy being blocked close to the goal line, this proved to be the last real chance of the game for Slimbridge and in the 82nd minute the home side sealed the win with a quick break, Lewis Dunn found space on the right and crossed for Mitchell Ashmead to knock an unstoppable low shot past Dave Evans.

A last minute rush of blood to the head saw Tunnicliff dismissed to make it a miserable afternoon for the Swans who must now pick themselves up ready for the visit of Winterbourne Utd to Wisloe Road on Saturday 27th Dec.

Slimbridge Football Club would like to wish all their players, committee, staff and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Team; EVANS, BROWN (TURL 68 ),RYAN THWAITE,ODIERO ( TUNNICLIFF 2) RICH THWAITE, WARD,TURNER,PARROTT,LAWSON,FAHY,MACE(HAMMOND 55)

Supporters Man of the Match- RICHARD THWAITE.

ATTENDANCE – 53.