Slimbridge 1 Shortwood United 1

SLIMBRIDGE'S encouraging pre-season continued with another strong performance, which could have seem them overcome Southern League opponents Shortwood in front of a crowd of over 100.

The home side made a great start when a chip by Alex Parrot from outside the Shortwood box found the net to put the hosts ahead.

As expected Shortwood retaliated and Slimbridge spent some time under pressure from their higher division opponents, but held firm.

James Singh caused havoc as he first set up Nick Hancock, whose shot rebounded off the post, and then minutes later dribbled through and had a fierce effort was deflected wide.

At the other end, the pace of ex-Shortwood striker Sean Lawson and Paul Fahy was causing the visitors problems, and Lawson twice went close to increasing the lead.

Fahy and Jamie Martin both went close, and the home side went in at the break a goal to the good, and deserved their lead on the balance of play.

The second period was the usual raft of rolling substitutions and the game became very patchy.

Jack Twyman went close for Slimbridge before a Nick Hancock free kick from the edge of the Swans' box drew the visitors level on the hour mark.

Slimbridge continued to exert good pressure though and Jamie Hammond brought a good save from Shortwood keeper Ashton Herbert before the final whistle.

Slimbridge: Evans, Turl, Ryan Thwaite, Rich Thwaite, Robinson, Parrott, Turner, Twyman, Lawson, Martin, Mace. Subs used: Hammond, Preece, Mills, Hoyle, Ward.