Slimbridge’s 17 year old stopper grateful for opportunities after impressive start to season

Slimbridge U18s goalkeeper Lewis Adams has said he is thankful for his opportunities given to him by the club after a start to the season he could have only dreamed of in the summer.

The 17 year old keeper started the season playing for FC Barometrics in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League as well as Slimbridge U18s but was promoted to the Swans’ first team after an injury to regular number 1 Eric Edge.

Adams made his first team debut away to Paulton Rovers at the start of the month and hasn’t looked back, with plaudits coming his way after a string of fine displays for both sides.

We saw Adams between the sticks for FC Barometrics earlier on the season as we saw them win their Reg Davis Cup semi final away at Barnwood United, with Adams keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win.

FC Barometrics would go on to win the cup, by beating English Bicknor on penalties at Slimbridge’s Thornhill Park. Again Adams was a stand out performer, with a string of fine saves and two stops in the shootout. Just 24 hours later, the teenager played in the howling wind and rain as Slimbridge U18s defeated their local rivals Tuffley Rovers in the FA Youth Cup.

That win set up a memorable trip to Torquay United in the next round of the cup, where the Young Swans were unfortunately defeated 1-0.

Adams has since made his Southern League debut and also appeared in the FA Trophy for Slimbridge and has run the half marathon, all whilst studying at and playing for Hartpury College.

Another achievement in Adams’ dream season so far, was being named on the bench in the Severn Sport Team Of The Month for September.

Ryan spoke to Adams at Slimbridge U18s’ 2-2 draw with Bishops Cleeve U18s this past week for the Severn Sport Night In on Friday night, you can listen to the interview below.