Football: Slimbridge in danger of being dragged into relegation battle
Updated 9:28am Tuesday 18th March 2014 in Sport
Western League Premier Division
Slimbridge 0 Sherborne Town 1
A SECOND home defeat in seven days dumped Slimbridge back into the fight at the wrong end of the table.
Although still eight points above the bottom two, the Swans need to put a couple of results together shortly to make sure they don't get dragged back into a proper relegation battle.
A Matt Day goal decided the game in favour of the visitors, who leapfrogged the Swans in the process, but in all honestly, a single goal defeat flattered the home side, who put in a disjointed display, and could have experienced a far heavier loss.
The Swans were again reduced to very few efforts, the nearest being a Jack Twyman effort on 78 minutes that would have earned the side a point, which slid agonisingly wide of the post.
Sherborne dominated from start to finish, and with 14 minutes gone, Lewis Morgan's effort was just wide following a very dangerous run and cross from Marc Caines.
The last period of the first half was all Sherborne – Caines dispossessed Liam Harding in midfield, and played in Morgan, who shot wide, before Caines' cross was headed just over by Morgan.
Cochrane's header from Haydon Binding's cross forced Dave Evans into a save, while Caines went close with two efforts which just cleared the Slimbridge bar.
The second half picked up exactly where the first had finished, and eventually, the pressure was rewarded for Sherborne – a scramble in the Swans box following another Evans save saw Day drill the ball home to put the visitors in the lead.
Although Sherborne continue to run the play, they created fewer chances in the second period, and could have paid the price when, 12 minutes from time, Harding's free kick was cleared to Twyman on the edge of the Sherborne box, but his volley was just the wrong side of the post.
As the game closed out, Steve Friend and Morgan again went close, but in the end the teams were separated by just the single goal.
The Swans have to pick themselves as they face an important game at Hengrove Athletic next Saturday (3pm) before another away trip, this time to Melksham Town, on Monday (7.30pm).
Slimbridge: Evans, Ward, Brown, Thornton, Tunnicliffe, Twyman, Harding, Fahy, Chandler (Kinnear 71), Fenner, Mace (Turner 60).
Star man: Paul Fahy.
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