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City let their intensity slip against Zig Zag

DISAPPOINTED: Issac Darlington (left) battles for possession during Bathurst City’s 7-0 loss to Lithgow Zig Zag on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCHHOCKEY
Nanjing Night Net

AFTER producing what was arguably their best performance in their maiden season a week earlier, Bathurst City took a couple of steps back on Saturday as they suffered a 7-0 men’s Premier League Hockey loss to Lithgow Zig Zag.

Playing at Bob Roach Field, it was a game that City went into with genuine ambitions of victory. It didn’t take too long before reality set in.

City conceded three goals in the first half against Zig Zag, who themselves have battled this season though not to the same extent.

After a brief revival early in the second half, City again fell away towards the end of the game and conceded another four, extending their wait for a maiden win for another week at least.

“It was just one of those days,” City coach Kevin Sherman said.

“We didn’t seem switched on initially, we were lethargic for a while there and just basically weren’t with it for the first 20 minutes or so.

“We probably came good for 10, 15 minutes after half-time and started to look a bit better, but after that we drifted back again.”

Zig Zag put their first goal on the board after 10 minutes and from there dictated the pace of the game.

With a mixture of field goals from broken play and set pieces, the visitors continued to steadily accumulate and took the opportunity to try and build up their for-and-against.

Zig Zag would have also been buoyed by the result from the previous game which saw Dubbo lose to Souths, meaning that a win would put them into fourth.

Accordingly, Zig Zag played out the second half of the match with decent intensity and inflicted further pain on the hosts.

“We were nowhere near as good as we were last week [in a 3-0 loss to Lithgow Panthers] which was disappointing and probably worse than we were against Souths prior to that as well,” Sherman said.

“We did have one or two good contributors, Luke McIntosh at the back was very strong once again and continues to play well, but everyone else was a little bit up and down.

“The important thing is that we still learn from every game, the boys are a bit disappointed in themselves that they didn’t manage to keep to the standard of the last few weeks.”

LITHGOW ZIG ZAG 7 (Luke Shepperd 2, Dan Shepperd, Chris Bennett, Taylor Tattersall, Mick Gant, Will McGrath) defeated BATHURST CITY 0

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