Organised Brislington Leave Swans Empty Handed

Despite an improved performance, Slimbridge returned back from Bristol empty handed, going down to a well organised Brislington outfit by 3 goals to one.
The swans started well, Adam mace’s free kick from 20 yards was helped on towards goal by Elliott Kennedy but the ball was deflected round the post for a corner.
Sean Bennett received a long lecture from referee Berry in the 8th minute after an altercation with Niikell Plummer, who proved to be a thorn in Slimbridge’s side all afternoon.
The Swans went behind on 17 minutes when Alex Lambert went past Tom Cole on the right wing and crossed for Luke Meacham to fire low past Dave Evans in the visitors goal.
Cole immediately went off injured and was replaced by Dylan Ford.
Lambert fired inches over the bar for the hosts on 26 minutes and as the game became a little fiery, Sean Bennett found himself in the referee’s notebook for a challenge on Plummer.
The Swans equalised after 33 minutes when the assistant referee signalled for a foul on Elliott Kennedy some 25 yards out from goal, Adam Mace’s fierce swerving free kick flew past
Humphries in the home goal.
Just 7 minutes later the home side had the perfect opportunity to regain the lead when Mace was harshly penalised by the assistant referee after a tussle with Plummer in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot, Mace and Freddy Ward were both cautioned, Mace for the foul and Ward for disputing his decision.
Justice seemed to have been done though as Dave Evans palmed away Mike Rimmer’s spot kick for a corner.
The second period started badly for the swans when on 52 minutes Rimmer’s free kick was hit home first time by Plummer.
Lambert was the next to go close for Brislington but a superb tackle by Mace denied the striker a shot on goal.
As thing hotted up Adam Hughes was the next to be cautioned after a late challenge on Liam Knight.
Manager Leon Sterling brought on Niall Halford in an unaccustomed strikers role in an attempt to muster up an equaliser, Halford replacing Stuart Gates.
The Swans went close on 67 minutes when when Mace’s corner was flicked on by Elliott but the ball was wildly deflected over the bar by Peters for a corner.
Jack Twyman was replaced by Dean Turner after 70 mins.
Brislington went further ahead on 76 mins when a cross from the left eluded Evans and Dean Gifford fired home.
This goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Swans as the hosts comfortably played out the final quarter.
A better performance from Slimbridge who must now look to next Saturday’s home game against fellow strugglers Bishop Sutton.

Team; Evans,Hughes,Cole(Ford 20),Sterling,Bennett,Ward,Twyman (Turner (70),Harding,Kennedy,Gates(Halford 66),Mace.
Sub not used, Parrott.
Supporters man of the match, Stuart Gates.
Attendance 52.