By Callum Petterson

Golcar United’s nine-match unbeaten run came to an end after a 2-1 defeat against Handsworth at the Skye Direct Stadium on Saturday.

Both sides missed a penalty in a game where Golcar left themselves too much to do after going 2-0 down.

Aaron Moxam fired the visitors into the lead after just six minutes, after he beat his marker at the near post after some good build up play.

Twenty minutes into the game, Golcar were presented with a golden opportunity to equalise when George Doyle was tripped in the box. Doyle stepped up to take the penalty but his tame effort was saved by Tom Crosby.

Just five minutes after the penalty miss, the Ambers doubled their advantage through Brandon Bagley’s deflected free-kick.

It was 2-0 at the break and Golcar pulled one back through Doyle just before the hour mark when he turned in a loose ball off the post.

Golcar keeper Sam Kelly denied Handsworth a third, saving Shaun Tuton’s effort. Alfie Dodsworth turned in the rebound however the linesman had flagged him offside.

Handsworth had another goal ruled out with just over 10 minutes left. Henry Carne thought he had scored with a diving header but the referee had already blown his whistle for a free-kick.

With nine minutes of normal time remaining, the visitors won themselves a penalty, however Kelly saved Dodsworth’s spotkick, giving Golcar some hope they could get the chance to earn at least a point.

Unfortunately, the village couldn’t create anything clear cut and they fell to their first defeat since the first game of 2024.

Golcar’s next fixture is on Saturday March 30 where they host Hallam at the Skye Direct Stadium (3.00).

Images by: Huddersfield Hub photographer SEAN DOYLE