The Swans recorded their biggest win if the season at Wisloe Road tonight, a result which sees them rise two places to 14th position in the League, and puts a massive eighteen point gap between Slimbridge and the bottom two.
Despite the scoreline, Bashley put up a very spirited defence for the first hour of the game after Paul Fahy had put the home side again early on, but Adam Mace’s superb solo effort on 66 minutes knocked the stuffing out of the visitors. Further goals from Jack Twyman, a brace for substitute Jamie Martin and a further score from Fahy meant a very satisfactory outing for the Swans.
Slimbridge started the game well, and Bashley Keeper Joe Promodo was busy in the first couple of minutes, making stops from Sean Lawson and Rich Thwaite.
On ten minutes, the home side took the lead – Paul Fahy went on a mazy run beating two Bashley defenders, and rounded Promodo to open the scoring.
The first half was all one way traffic – Lawson again went close on 15 minutes, Ryan Thwaite was just off target a minute later, and Mace was unlucky a few minutes later with an effort that was just off target.
On the half hour, Mace was close again, hitting the side netting. Bashley’s best opportunity fell to Callum Neate on 41 minutes, but his header drifted just the wrong side of the post, to leave the Swans a goal to the good at the break.
Slimbridge continued to dominate the second period, with Lawson, Dean Turner, Fahy and Sam Turl all going close, but the second goal, when it finally arrived was a piece of class from Adam Mace.
Picking the ball up in the Bashley half, he rode two tackles before drilling the ball across Promodo into the far corner to double the advantage.
Bashley were beginning to tire badly now, and it was no surprise when Slimbridge recorded their third – Jack Twyman bundling in Mace’s free kick at the far post on 77 minutes.
Six minutes later, it was four – Fahy broke down the Bashley left and played the ball across goal for Martin to slide into the empty net.
The Swans added two more goals in the last two minutes – firstly Martin’s break saw him repay the favour and leave Fahy to run the ball into an open goal, and then Martin got his second with a good shot from outside the Bashley penalty area, to finish off a good night for the home side.
Slimbridge travel to AFC Totton on Saturday (3.00pm) before returning to Wisloe Road on March 5th when Taunton Town are the visitors (3.00pm)
Team: Burton, Brown, Mace, Hoyle, Rich Thwaite, Turner, Ry Thwaite, Twyman, Fahy, Lawson (Turl 63), Antonio-Orchard (Martin 57)
Supporters Man of the Match: Adam Mace