Western League Premier Division: Buckland Athletic 2 Slimbridge 0
2:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Gloucestershire Sport
SLIMBRIDGE have clinched the loan signing of Shortwood’s Adam Mace to help bolster their midfield following a defeat at Buckland.
Mace said: “I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and helping to kick-start the season.”
Undertaking one of their longer trips of the season, the Swans never recovered from conceding a sixth minute goal, with Buckland controlling the game and seeing out a comfortable victory despite an improved second period from the visitors.
Jordan Havlin seized early upon a misplaced pass to put the home side ahead, and although it took until the 74th minute for the hosts to add a second through Dan Griffiths, the scoreline reflected the balance of play at Kingkerswell Road.
Slimbridge gifted their opponents the opener with seven minutes on the clock - an Alex Parrott back-pass ended in no man’s land, and was sized upon by Havlin, who rounded Dave Evans and netted.
Griffths nearly doubled the advantage a couple of minutes later, when he beat Niall Halford, before shooting too high. As Slimbridge struggled to maintain any kind of possession, Griffiths was revelling in the home side’s pressure, bringing a good save from Evans as Buckland continued to attempt to convert their dominance into further scores.
As the game approached half-time, Griffiths and Revell both worked Dave Evans, who was also called upon to make a sharp stop from a Danny Gaze effort.
The Swans suffered another of their seemingly never ending stream of injuries this season, when Niall Halford pulled up with a recurrence of his groin problem, and was replaced by Liam Harding, who has rejoined the club after, most recently, a spell at Cheltenham Saracens. As Buckland continued to press, Evans was again called into action to make a fine diving save from Michael Booth’s goalbound header.
On 65 minutes, Slimbridge nearly notched an equaliser. Jamie Martin latched onto a through ball, rounded Kenny Griffiths in the Buckland goal, but was forced too wide, and only managed to hit the side netting from a very tight angle.
Sean Bennett saw his shot hit the outside of the Buckland post three minutes later.
Griffiths finally got the goal his play had deserved when he broke from midfield and went on a mazy run, slotting easily past Evans to double the home side’s advantage.
Slimbridge: Evans, Hughes, Wellon, Halford (Harding 48), Bennett, Ward, Twyman, Parrott, Martin (Sterling 77), Nash, Njoya.
Star man: Jack Twyman.
- Slimbridge travel to Farnham Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday (3pm). There are still a few spaces available on the free supporters’ coach, which the club are running to the game, leaving Wisloe Road at 11am. Ring Colin Gay on 07702 070229 to reserve a place.
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