REPORT – Slimbridge 0-2 Cinderford Town

The visitors demonstrated why they seem certain to win the League title this year with a clinical display at Wisloe Road, but the Swans can take heart from their performance as they look towards a trip to bottom placed Bashley on Saturday.

It was all Cinderford from the off, as they put on a masterful display of high tempo, attractive football, ultimately rewarded on 17 minutes, when Nick Rhodes converted a cross in the Swans box past Adam Thomas, deputising for the unavailable George Burton.

Slimbridge’s best opportunity of the first period came on the half hour, when Cinderford Keeper Alex Harris made a superb stop from Adam Mace, but at half time, the visitors deserved their lead.

Ten minutes into the second period, Mace had another great effort blocked, as the Swans tried to get back into the game, and to their credit, the workrate of the home side never dropped.

On 65 minutes, George Lloyd converted a ball across the Slimbridge box for Cinderford’s second, and it was game over.

There was still time for Harris to make another great stop from Rich Thwaite’s header from a corner, but Cinderford played out time to add another three points to what will surely be a title winning season.

The Swans now face three away games on the bounce, travelling to Bashley (Saturday 3.00pm), Larkhall Athletic (Wednesday 23rd, 7.45pm) and Winchester City (Friday 25th, 3.00pm)

The Club have announced that Admission Prices for the Gloucestershire FA Senior Challenge Cup Quarter Final between the Swans and Cheltenham Town (Wisloe Road, March 30th, 7.30pm) will be £5 for adults and £3 concessions.

Team: Thomas, Turl, Brown, Hoyle, Ry Thwaite, Ward, Turner, Twyman (Rich Thwaite 45), Fahy, Lawson (Babatunde 68), Mace (Martin 62)

Supporters Man of the Match: Alex Hoyle