Slimbridge 2

Moneyfields 4

SLIMBRIDGE were robbed of a point by two controversial goals against promotion-chasing Moneyfields, writes Rob Peck.

Moneyfields controversially took the lead on 26 minutes when a through ball found Hutchings five yards out, but he and another visiting player both appeared to be at least yard offside. With only Adams to beat Hutchings kept his cool and slotted home much to the frustration of the home team, who protested vigorously to both the referee and his assistant.

Eight minutes later the Swans found themselves two goals behind, Lloyd Rowlatt was allowed to run through the middle of the Slimbridge defence to pick out Nathan Paxton, who fired home from close range.

Slimbridge failed to give up and pulled a goal back with two minutes of the first-half remaining. King fired home from a narrow angle much to the relief of the home support.

The second-half saw more action for King, latching onto Magee’s chip over the visiting defence only for Mowthorpe to block his shot away for a corner.

Rowlatt pulled off a late clearance under pressure from Richards after Joe Noakes headed past Mowthorpe in the visiting goal as the Swans piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser.

With the Swans having good spells of play they finally got the second goal that they deserved on 71 minutes through King, his challenge on Brett Proate won him the ball and with space down the right to cut in and fired home to the delight of the home side.

With only seven minutes remaining Adams pulled off a point-blank save from Lewis Fennemore after the defence failed to clear.

However, a hammer blow came with four minutes remaining, substitute Joseph Briggs was given space to shoot from 15 yards out past Adams to restore the visitors lead. Deep into stoppage time the Swans conceded a free-kick 25 yards out, which Fennemore took quickly hitting to back of the net while Adams was still marshalling his wall and before the referee had blown his whistle for the kick to be taken. Despite protests from the home camp the goal was allowed to stand.

Slimbridge welcome Bristol City Under-23s to Thornhill Park on Wednesday, 7.45pm in the GFA Senior cup semi-final followed by a crunch relegation six-pointer at home to Mangotsfield United on Saturday, 3pm.

Slimbridge: Adams, Noakes, Waddington (90 Dunbar), Richards, Jackson, C Turner, D Turner, Smith (63 M Turner), Magee, Hawes (66 Martin), King

Unused Subs: Mendes, Pring

Attendance: 88

Supporters' man-of-the-match: Dan King