Reigning men's premier league hockey champions Lithgow Panthers, were pushed to their limits against the Orange Wanderers on Saturday at Orange Hockey Centre.
Nic Milne, Jake Lewis and Greg Nelson scored for the Panthers and according to vice captain Trent MacDonald, his side lead for most of the game.
Luke Skelton scored a brace and Caiden Redden found the back of the net for Wanderers too as they shocked the Panthers in the 3-all deadlock.
"With five minutes to go they [Orange] scored and we couldn't get one back. We didn't control the ball and just made it hard for ourselves.
"It was probably the worst game we have played in two years," MacDonald said.
With the sudden shake up, MacDonald said Panthers would focus on controlling the ball at training this week and also their attitude to the game.
"We have two games left until the semi finals and we're looking good to finish first or second, so we need to keep working hard. We're hopeful of getting the home semi final match," he said.
The Wanderers' results against Panthers alone are a fair indication of their improvement so far in 2019 competition, they were hammered 10-nil in round one after Brandon Horner slotted six goals on his own, before largely keeping pace in a tight defeat the last time around.
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