It's difficult to know where to start with this report. Events in the week meant that the 2's travelled with a much changed side and - for the first time in a long while - no students. Marlow away is akin to a litmus test - beat them and you can expect to challenge near the top of the League. Lose and the season may be rather less successful.
The line up reflected the fact that Hawks defenders comfortably outnumbered midfielders and attackers so leaking goals appeared to be the least of our worries. Surprisingly events on the pitch proved otherwise.
On two or three days reflection this was a pretty abject performance - turnovers were conceded with alarming frequency, Hawks players routinely ran into flat sticks, some decent chances were fashioned but squandered and our penalty corner routine carried little threat.
As one senior player observed after the game Marlow just waited for Hawks to make errors and we duly obliged. Accordingly the home side were able to plunder 5 goals with some ease and even though Hawks somehow managed to score 4 goals of their own the 2's were constantly chasing the game.
All in all a performance to forget - unless you're prepared to learn from it.
I think you always know that the side has played poorly when the Man of the Match vote produces no obvious candidates - that's how your correspondent felt on Saturday and the feeling has not left him.
However you can always find positives even in a bad performance. Unusually all our match fees were paid in full and we travelled with 16 white shirts and came back with the same number.
Remember - hockey is a passing game. Simple.