Slimbridge 2-1 Bideford

A LATE Jack Horrell strike saw Slimbridge make it five wins on the spin, writes Rob Peck.

Earlier, Bideford took the lead on 37 minutes, Sean Downing heading home a cross from the right to leave the home side stunned.

Slimbridge netted parity in first-half added-time. Tuodolo arrowed over a cross and Richards converted.

On 66 minutes Kingston kept the visitors in the game. Tuodolo forced a save with the ball coming back out to Ryan Beckinsale whose follow up shot was saved.

The Swans, now hitting a spell of possession, got their passing game back and it was Dean Turner that sprung the offside trap running in on goal and drawing out keeper Kingston to the right of the box. Turner unselfishly squared to Tuodolo on the left, but he managed to sky the ball over the bar with an empty net in front of him.

On 74 minutes Jack Goodall’s run down the right resulted in a cross to the far post that was cleared out for a Slimbridge corner. From the corner a header in the crowed box was saved on the line by Kingston.

With less than 10 minutes remaining of the game Bideford gained a free-kick and the ball was swung into the box Ryan Turner rose to head towards the top corner with Wright pulling off a fantastic save to tip the goal bound effort over the bar. Wright then did well to punch the corner kick clear.

Against the run of play, Slimbridge broke down the left wing on 83 minutes through Waddington and Myron Turner. Turner played the ball into the feet of substitute Horrell who hit a screamer of a shot into the top of the net from 30 yards leaving Kingston no chance and Slimbridge with another victory.

With Bristol Manor Farm’s FA Cup tie going to a replay this week, the Swans first team have a week off to recover before their Buildbase FA Trophy home game against AFC Totton. However the unbeaten Under 18s side are in action at Tuffley Rovers on Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday evening Slimbridge will host the Reg Davis Cup Final contested between Chalford and King’s Stanley.

Slimbridge: Wright, Goodall, Waddington, M Turner, White, Richards, Spurrier (Dunbar 78), D Turner, Sarson, Beckinsale (Horrell 68), Tuodolo (C Turner 86)

Subs not used: Chambers, Ford

Attendance: 76

Supporter’s man of the match: Joe Wright