Western League Premier Division: Slimbridge 2 Bishop Sutton 4
1:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in Gloucestershire Sport
A WORRYING fifth league defeat on the bounce to fellow strugglers Bishop Sutton at Wisloe Road has left Slimbridge just above the Western Premier League relegation zone.
In the 15th minute, the Swans took the lead in bizarre circumstances. Adam Mace’s dangerous corner drifted over goalkeeper Lewis Coombes and his defender on the far post to sneak into the top corner of the net.
It only took five minutes for Sutton to strike back – Lance Gingell went on mazy run down the left flank, and his cross found Joe Bishop in acres of space, with his header giving Swans keeper Dave Evans no chance.
As the visitors gained momentum, Mike Purnell went close with a header before a mix-up in the Swans defence allowed Gingell space to latch onto a pass, and dink the ball over Evans to put Sutton ahead on 29 minutes.
Before the break, Slimbridge had two more good chances to get the game back on terms – firstly, with a minute left in the half, Elliott Kennedy steered home a Paul Carter free kick, an effort which was ruled out by referee James Whittington for an alleged handball offence, and Kennedy again should have done better when put through by Carter, but his attempted chip left Coombes with an easy save.
Within ten minutes of the start of the second period, Sutton went another goal in front. Lloyd Mills drilled home from 30 yards with one of the best goals seen at Wisloe all season to put clear distance between the teams.
With 68 minutes on the clock, a skilful run and shot from Mace pulled the Swans back to within a goal.
The game was effectively ended by a superb strike on 78 minutes from Joe Dakwa, after Slimbridge had again failed to properly clear a corner.
Slimbridge travel to Bridport on Saturday (3pm).
Slimbridge: Evans, Hughes, Wellon, Bennett, Halford (Sterling 72), Ward, Turner (Martin 64), Twyman (Harding 60), Kennedy, Carter, Mace.
Star man: Adam Mace.
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