WITHOUT a shadow of a doubt this was Town's most disappointing performance of the season.
Not the worst, (who will forget the trip to Macclesfield!), but in terms of expectation this was at the bottom of the pile and witnessed by another fantastic following.
What made it worse was that it was against a club languishing eleven points adrift of Football League safety and fielding a side that could easily be changing the Cumbian's club's nickname to `Dad's Army'.
With the likes of Chris Billy, Tom Cowan, Peter Duffield, Kevin Gray and Andy Preece, (the latter an ex-manager!) you would have thought that Town's youngsters would have had a field day.
Not so and towards the end it was the old-timers, Cowan in particular, that finished the strongest.
Needless to say the fans of Phil Senior were quick on the draw after a dreadful error by Paul Rachubka whose one moment of hesitation cost Town dear.
Having said that it's his only mistake in 180 minutes of football but his and indeed Peter Jackson's blushes could be seen glowing in the cold night air.
Even driving to the ground some fans were talking of a big banana skin and so it proved.
Whether it's over- confidence against the teams languishing at the bottom of the Division only the management can answer but mention Macclesfield, Darlington and Carlisle together and surely it can't be a coincidence.
Just one final thought about the game.
Why didn't Jackson and Terry Yorath freshen things up a bit after that mighty battle at Oxford?
Anthony Lloyd, for one, looked jaded and out of touch after his run-around last Saturday - surely Rob Edwards would have been a better bet.
No criticism of the youngster, he's a great prospect, but still very young and learning.
Maybe a few old 'uns will be required for the run in.
Saturday needs to be a lot, lot better and we owe Macclesfield one.