Samuel Mould chases the ball when the Crows played Bathurst St Pat’s on Saturday.Good sides are always hard to beat and that was certainly the case when the Dubbo Crows were outgunned 6-1 by Bathurst St Pat’s at West Dubbo on Saturday.
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It was round 11 in the Premier League Hockey men’s series and second-placed Pats didn’t come all this way for anything else but a win.

They hit their straps early with a Dunk McPhee conversion in the 12th minute but then opened with four more in a nine-minute stretch that put the home side out of reach.

“That period of play really killed us,” Gavin Weekes said.

“Starting well has always been one of our problems and when you play against an experienced and well-drilled side like St Pat’s they are always going to hurt you if there any weaknesses.

“That period just before half-time was tough work on everyone but you know they are capable of doing that if they half a chance.

“They threw everything at us and we couldn’t hold them out. I would also suggest that we could have been even more down expect for some desperate defence and a bit of luck as well.

“They scored their sixth goal just after the break and it wasn’t until the 48th minute that we broke their defence.

“It was some consolation that they didn’t score from the third minute of the second-half and hopefully we’ll learn from that.”

The Crows went into the game without Matt Waters, Matt Edwards, Phil Coffee and Weekes – all experienced players in the league.

Their absence however gave the younger players like Angus Ray, Stuart McKenzie and Hunter Medcalf added exposure and it is hoped they will take Saturday’s experience on board.

Best and fairest points for the Crows went to Rob Singh in front of Michael Lane and Matt Hambrook while Aaron Sutton and Michael Shuttle also polled from the referees.

After Bloomfield was held to a 2-2 draw by Lithgow Zig Zag and Parkes Tigers were too strong for Bathurst Souths 3-1, it will make it harder for the Crows to make the top four.

They are on 14 points and six out of the four behind Panthers (32), St Pats (28), Bloomfield and Parkes (20).

The Crows will regroup for this Saturday’s game against Lithgow Zig Zag and hope to get the points having the home pitch advantage at West Dubbo.

The game is scheduled for 2.30pm.

Then the Crows are away to Souths and have the bye before the top four going into three rounds of preliminary finals and the bottom three do likewise.

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