Eastbourne Hockey Club’s hopes of ending the year on a high were dashed at the weekend as they went down by six goals to two at Sevenoaks.
The match signalled the half-way point of the hockey season and the last contest of 2012 for David Adelston’s men.
They had headed into the clash on the back of five games without a win but hopeful of finishing the year with a bang.
However, their poor form just continued with two goals from James Caffyn - making him the league’s eighth top scorer - having little impact as Sevenoaks stormed to the comfortable win.
The result leaves Eastbourne third from bottom in the Southern League Premier Division with two wins, three draws and six defeats from their 11 matches played so far.
They now face a lengthly break over Christmas before returning to competitive action against Milton Keynes on January, 12.
Meanwhile, Eastbourne Ladies also suffered a disappointing result against Wanderers.
They had started brightly, scoring first after a penalty corner was expertly converted through Claire Noble.
However, the visitors made an emphatic comeback, eventually winning 4-1.
The Ladies play Wimbledon on Saturday and Lewes II in the Sussex Cup on Sunday.