Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golding Is Aiming to Sting the Wasps; 'Cut out Errors and We'll Win'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golding Is Aiming to Sting the Wasps; 'Cut out Errors and We'll Win'

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Byline: Nick Purewal

THERE are those who think Sunday's weather was the great leveller, but Newcastle Falcons prop Jon Golding is having none of it.

While some Falcons players will want to forget everything about Sunday's Leeds defeat without delay, Ashington-born Golding actually quite enjoyed himself.

As if the 15-16 defeat was not agonising enough, Golding suffered a nasty black eye and cut nose for his troubles - but even the shocking shiner did not stop him relishing the mudfest.

So while the blizzard reduced the contest to something of a mess, Golding does not believe that excuses Newcastle's defeat, and now he expects the side to do their atoning on the pitch down at Wasps this coming weekend.

Ablaze with every shade of bruise, Golding's battered right eye stands as testament to the strength-sapping shift that still ended in defeat - but the England Saxons man will not accept any loss of morale to go with the result.

That black eye was the result of a clash of heads with Falcons second-row Tim Swinson as the pair tried to take down just one of many marauding Leeds runners.

Rather than worry about the corneal contusions though, Golding is more concerned with the Falcons' indiscipline at crucial times, namely right after scoring points themselves.

Repeat the transgressions at Adams Park on Sunday, said the powerful loosehead, and Newcastle will have no chance of breaking their High Wycombe duck.

"I actually really enjoyed Sunday," said Golding, "it was typical North Eastern weather and it was fun, though some of the Islanders might not concur with that!

"It was cold coming out for that second half but we soon got warm again.

"Everyone had hot water bottles on their hands at half-time but they'll soon get used to it because the weather will stay cold for the next month or two. …

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