STEETON went down 4-0 to Golcar on Saturday in a game that didn't reflect the balance of play as Steeton were left to rue a couple of offside decisions.

The home side, who are unbeaten this season, started the game at a quick pace with Callum Meade always a threat. Wayne Mahomet had to deal with a couple of long range efforts but nothing to serious as Golcar looked to make a fast start. Steeton were giving the ball away a bit too cheaply and needed to slow the game down in the early stages so not to let the home side get into a flow.

However, Golcar took the lead after 20 minutes when Ben Burnett broke into the box and shot across goal and, despite Joe Mason getting a foot to the ball, he could only divert it into the net. Andy Briggs went close a minute later as his snap shot was saved at the near post. A Tom Sowerbutts corner caused confusion in the area and both Steve Pearson and Graham Holmes were close but neither could apply the finishing touch.

At the other end, Sam Rooke made a last-ditch challenge to prevent Meade from adding a second goal. Joe Flaherty then went close, the Steeton midfielder dragging his shot wide of the target when he had maybe more time than he realised.

The second half saw Golcar increase their lead. A through ball found Craig Cartwright, who again looked offside, and he rounded Mahomet to double the hosts' advantage. Five minutes later and it was game over as a carbon copy of the second goal saw Meade put the game safely to bed for the home side.

Tim Hird had a shot just over as Steeton looked to claw their way back into the game, but the home side added a fourth on 80 minutes as Meade went through again to coolly slot home.

“We are struggling to get consistency in our play on a regular basis," Steeton boss Roy Mason said after the game.

"It's one of the most frustrating times I have had as a manager as there are areas where we need to strengthen, but the players are just not out there to come in and strengthen us.

"This level of football is difficult as we find that lads don't want to drop down to this level from NWC or NEC, and those playing at a lower level don't seem to want to step up and push themselves.”

Steeton will look to amend their poor start this Saturday, with their next fixture away at Dram.