By Callum Petterson

Albion Sports maintained their unbeaten start to the NCEL Premier division season after defeating Golcar United 1-0 at the Skye Direct Stadium, thanks to a second half goal from Lewis Waddington.

Golcar had the ball in the back of the net after just seven minutes, however Alfie Wilkinson was deemed to be offside by the linesman from George Doyle’s flick on.

Not long later, the village thought they had scored another goal but this one was ruled out because of a foul committed by Doyle in the build-up.

Going towards the break, the home side were dominating and looked like the only team possessing any real threat in front of goal, Kai Phillip and Danny Naidole both having half chances before the half-time whistle blew.

After the interval, Golcar looked to keep the momentum up, and Doyle had another chance to put his side in the lead, but the keeper got down excellently to stop his effort.

Images by: SEAN DOYLE

However, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock against the run of play. An under-hit back pass from James Hurtley forced goalkeeper Sam Kelly to come sprinting out, but he was beaten to the ball by the Albion attacker, who passed the ball to Lewis Waddington who just had to beat a stranded Kiero Lawrence between the sticks.

With Golcar now trailing, they looked to gain back the momentum by making some changes and keeping control of the ball, but no real chances were created.

It wasn’t until the 90th minute where Golcar would create a genuine goalscoring opportunity but after some scrambling inside the box the keeper somehow managed to stop the ball from crossing the line, ensuring Albion went home with three points.

Captain on the night Danny Naidole said: “I think we deserved at least a draw. One error has cost us the game.”

He added: “We can take positives from the match and move forward to Saturday.”

Golcar United’s next fixture is a trip to Goole on Saturday October 7.