Toolstation Western League Premier Division: Slimbridge 0 Bristol Manor Farm 4
12:10pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Gloucestershire Sport
Jack Twyman (right) on the ball for Slimbridge against Bristol Manor Farm with Alex Parrott in support GLW96H13
FOR the second home league game on the bounce, Slimbridge saw a greatly improved second half performance count for nothing due to to a poor start.
Conceding three goals within the first 17 minutes left the Swans with a mountain to climb, and Manor Farm's fourth in the closing stages of the game just rubbed salt in the wound.
The game started with what may well be the goal of the season at Wisloe Road in the first minute.
A Manor Farm cross was met by a spectacular overhead kick from Liam Farmer, with his back to the goal, and the ball crept into the corner of the net to put the visitors ahead.
As the Swans tried to regroup from this early setback, Adam Philp brought a save from Farm keeper Ashley Clarke.
With 12 minutes on the clock, Farm doubled their advantage - Jordan Metters' shot was well saved by Dave Evans, but the Swans captain was unable to hold onto the ball, and George Brimson was first to the rebound to net the second goal.
Philp continued to plough a lone furrow up front, but again failed to hit the target on the quarter hour before Farm struck again on 17 minutes. Brimson latched onto a through ball to beat Evans easily.
Metters brought another good save from Evans as Farm took total control of the game, and Slimbridge were reduced to long range efforts, although Jamie Martin's 30 yarder drifted just too high with Clarke scrambling back towards his goal.
Philp continued to work hard, and was nearly rewarded when his run and shot brought a good save out of Clarke, but the home side looked in danger every time Farm went forward.
Evans needed to be alert to make a save with his feet from Pete Sheppard.
Two minutes later, Farmer's header from Metters' corner forced another save from the over-worked Swans keeper, as Farm pressed for further goals.
The second period was a more equal affair, although Farm made by far the better start, with Metters again going close in the early stages of the half.
On 74 minutes, a Freddy Ward shot brought a good save from Clarke, but four minutes later, Farm notched their fourth goal of the afternoon - Brimson played in Halstone, who again slid the ball past Evans easily.
Martin had another opportunity before the close, but scuffed his shot with ten minutes left, before Sam Folkes and Metters both went agonisingly close to increasing the score for the visitors.
The Swans' challenging start to the campaign continues when Radstock Town come to Wisloe Road on Saturday (3pm).
Slimbridge: Evans, Hughes, Robinson, Hine (Bennett 55), Wellon, Parrott, (Sterling 78) Twyman, Ward, Martin, Philp, Nash (Bernard 60) Star man: Adam Philp.
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