Slimbridge moved up to 20th in the Southern League West and crucially moved 10 points ahead of bottom placed Bishops Cleeve win a come from behind victory against Kidlington this evening.
Goals from Luke Payne, Jack Twyman & Henry Birkett sealed the points for the Swans after the visitors had taken a 24th minute lead from the spot.
The match started cagey and tight with neither side able to take any real control of the opening exchanges. Slimbridge had confirmed the signing of no fewer than 7 players on dual registration deals in order to ease the injury crisis that is plaguing the club.
Slimbridge named Steven Jackson at centre back with Korey Pring whilst Longlevens midfielder Myron Turner appeared in the starting XI at Thornhill Park.
When the game did liven up it saw the deadlock broken from 12 yards. After neat play in the middle the ball was played through for winger Duran Martin. Martin broke into the box and touched the ball ahead of the on-rushing Ollie Hall. Hall couldn’t avoid contact and a spot kick was given. Martin sent Hall the wrong way to open the scoring.
The opener had come out of nowhere, as did the equaliser for Slimbridge. Just over 10 minutes left of the first half and Marley Thomas played a ball into the box from the right. The ball rebounded off Myron Turner and full back Luke Payne smashed the ball into the bottom corner. Game on.
Slimbridge took the lead on the stroke of half time. Kidlington struggled to clear their lines and when they did a 25 yard Jack Twyman effort looped up and wide before falling into the bottom corner, leaving keeper Sam Warren helpless for the second time. The majority of the 97 in attendance when into half time in delirium.
The second half began in a similar way to the first with both sides cancelling each other out for long spells. Kidlington took control and saw a string of chances stopped by Ollie Hall or missed the target completely.
Bishops Cleeve manager Stephen Cleal was in attendance ahead of Kidlington’s trip to Kayte Lane on Saturday and he would have seen that Kidlington are beatable, making Saturday’s game massive. The more Kidlington pressed the more open they became with chances for Dean Turner, Jamie Martin and substitute Henry Birkett going close to sealing the points.
It was the latter who would have the final say as Kidlington looked to flood the box only for Slimbridge to break through Marley Thomas. Thomas sped away and closed in on goal from the right hand side, his effort was blocked and Birkett was on hand to fire the ball into the back of the net and confirm the three points for a well deserving Slimbridge.
Slimbridge: Hall, L Payne, Mace, Pring, Jackson, D Turner, Twyman (Birkett 71′), M Turner, Martin (Squires 88′), Wilton (N Payne 62′), Thomas
Subs Not Used: Ward
Kidlington: Warren, E Odhiambo, Castle, Brown, Whitehead, Declan, Martin, Osborne-Ricketts, A Odhiambo (Williams 80′) , Janes, Bell (Browne 68′)
Subs Not Used: Organ
Severn Sport Man Of The Match: Luke Payne (Slimbridge)
We will be back at Thornhill Park this Saturday as Slimbridge host Didcot Town in the Southern League West. More information will be on our Twitter & Facebook pages in the coming days. Kick off 15:00