A FIRST-HALF onslaught by Lithgow Zig Zag put paid to any hopes Orange Wanderers had of ending the 2014 men's Premier League Hockey season on a high.
Five goals from the visitors in an explosive first 30 minutes destroyed the Orange side's chances on Saturday, with Adam Hurford's 19th minute strike the hosts' only consolation.
The result was meaningless in terms of the make up of the competition ladder, with Wanderers cemented in fifth spot and only Zig Zag buffering them from the wooden spoon.
In light of that fact Wanderers coach Beth Shea said it was a disappointing but understandable way for her side to round out their campaign.
"We played our big game last weekend, so it was always going to be tough for the boys to get back up for this one," Shea said.
"There was nothing to play for in terms of semi-finals or positions on the ladder, so today's result is something that can happen."
Regardless of the game's overall context, the torrent of goals from Lithgow early in the match was impressive.
Luke Sheppard was in the thick of the action, scoring a double himself as well as being the chief architect for strikes from Joe Radburn and MItch Williams.
It was Zig Zag's Mick Kelly who opened the scoring by converted his team's first penalty corner, a feat Hurford matched when his side was already four goals in arrears.
The second period failed to reach any great standard, a point Zig Zag mentor Mark Sheppard confirmed.
"The first half was great. I was really happy with our movement and use of the ball, but after half time we fell away a bit," he said.
Nevertheless, Sheppard was a content man after the full-time siren.
"In many ways it's been a difficult year, with lots of players absences through work and other things," he said.
"So to come here today and end the season like that is very pleasing."
LITHGOW ZIG ZAG 5 (Luke Sheppard 2, Mick Kelly, Joe Radburn, Mitch Williams goals) def ORANGE WANDERERS 1 (Adam Hurford)