Lithgow losses have Orange Ex-Services down but not out

Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0412womhock1
GOAL SCORER: Ali Baker. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0412womhock1

DESPITE suffering its second consecutive women’s Premier League Hockey loss in Lithgow, Orange Ex-Services coach Mitch Kennewell said his team isn’t at panic stations yet.

Ex-Services lost out to Lithgow Zig Zag last weekend (3-1) before going down 5-1 on Saturday to undefeated competition leaders Lithgow Panthers.

The loss leaves Ex-Services languishing in the bottom half of the table, but Kennewell said his players are remaining positive.

“We still have some time left in the season,” he said.

“We want to be playing semi-finals hockey, and we can still do that. We will need to start winning soon though.”

Short on troops, Ex-Services opened the scoring in the first half through Ali Baker before Panthers equalised just before half time.

It all went downhill for the Orange side after the break - Panthers piled on four second half goals to take the win.

“They took their opportunities,” Kennewell said.

“Whenever they could they found the back of the net. They’re a very good team.

“I actually thought we performed really well. We were a bit short of cattle, but we competed for a lot of the game.”

Kennewell lauded his side’s first half performance, and said the result could have been very different had they maintained their intensity.

“There was nothing between the two sides in the first half,” he said.

“But fatigue hit a bit in the second half. But really, they just took their opportunities and we didn’t. We did pressure them well throughout the match I thought. The girls played some really good hockey in patches.

“We aren’t too far away from where we need to be.”



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