Sam’s Section: Swans look to extend league unbeaten streak whilst Rovers hope new signings boost winning chances 


A bit of a presumptuous piece this week as the cold weather has knocked off games left, right and centre but none the less, there are some important games to delve into. 

So, where better to start then with a look at a revitalised Slimbridge, who travel to Worcester Raiders on Saturday. 

A win for Adam Coyle and Tom Deakin’s side could see them jump into the playoff positions following an incredible start to 2024. 

The Swans are yet to lose in the Hellenic League Premier since the turn of the year beating the likes Hereford Pegasus, Hereford Lads Club and Cinderford Town. 

Three clean sheets in their last four games must be Coyle and Deakin’s proudest achievements as, they had stated in previous games, the amount of goals they were conceding at certain points in games was killing their season. 

And since my post on the Swans a couple of weeks ago, the race for the Swans golden boot has stepped up another gear.  

Rudi McKinnon reclaimed the clubs top spot with three goals in his last four leaving him with 15 so far whilst George Neill moved into double figures with a brace against Moreton Rangers during the week. 

Can they help the Swans overcome Worcester Raiders and make it four unbeaten in the league for the first time this season? 

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Now up to League Two where Forest Green Rovers hunt down their first league win since October when they make their first ever trip to Gillingham on Saturday. 

The news circulating around the departure of Troy Deeney may add more pressuren as Forest Green look to bounce back after their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Harrogate Town last weekend that ended their unbeaten start to the year. 

Rovers will have some extra boosts this weekend, though, following the signings of Alex Gorrin, from Oxford United, Dominic Thompson, from Blackpool, Tom Simkin, from Stoke City, and Maxi Oyedele, from Manchester United.  

A win for Rovers in Kent could see them move to within four points of safety with two games in hand and off the foot of the table if results elsewhere go their way. 

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