Dubbo’s Ben Myall drives the ball down the pitch during the clash with Lithgow Zig Zag.The Dubbo Crows have missed the opportunity to break clear of Lithgow Zig Zag in the race for the top five of the Premier League Hockey series after suffering a crushing 4-1 loss to the visitors at West Dubbo on Saturday.
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With Lithgow Panthers (36), Bathurst St Pat’s (32), Bloomfield and Parkes United (20) already assured of being in the semi-finals, the final place is up for grabs between Dubbo (14) and Zig Zag (12) with Bathurst Souths last on 10.

A Jake Shirt goal in the 15th minute gave Lithgow the early advantage and the local boys were still in the game at half-time with no further change to the score.

However Lithgow were more determined after the resumption and seized the opportunity with three goals in the space of 14 minutes – a double to Luke Sheppard at the 44th and 46th minutes and their last to Chris Sullivan just before fulltime.

The only success for the Crows’ strikers was a shot from Samuel Mould that hit the target at the 60-minute point.

The most disappointing aspect of the Crows’ performance was that they appeared to lose direction or had no game plan.

Despite the loss Crows goalkeeper Matt Hambrook was solid, especially in the first half while Ben Myhill’s support play and vision in the midfield was also vital to get his side going forward.

The Crows now have just one game against Souths this Saturday at Bathurst to push their claims for the top five, but having the last round bye is not going to help their cause.

In other games this weekend, Zig Zag have the bye while Pat’s host Parkes and Panthers travel to Orange.

From July 31 to August 14 there are three more rounds of hockey when the top five and bottom three teams are split into divisions.

On Saturday August 21 there are two games of preliminary semi-finals before the start of semi-finals on August 28; a final on September 4 and grand final on September 11.

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