Huddersfield Giants’ Ashton Golding hopes rival avoids Wembley ban

Ashton Golding.   Picture Bruce RollinsonAshton Golding.   Picture Bruce Rollinson
Ashton Golding. Picture Bruce Rollinson
HUDDERSFIELD Giants full-back Ashton Golding says there was “nothing in” the challenge that saw Salford Red Devils’ Dan Sarginson yellow-carded and hopes his rival does not miss Wembley because of it.

The former England international was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on Golding in the first half of Thursday’s 24-16 win over the West Yorkshire club.

Salford are in their first Challenge Cup final in 51 years next Saturday and full-back Sarginson will be sweating in case the match review panel takes further action on Monday.

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But Golding told The Yorkshire Post: “I hope nothing else happens. There was nothing in it. I said that straight away.

“I understand rules are rules and any pressure on that part of the neck, they look at it.

“But a yellow card was sufficient. As soon as it happened he apologised. It wasn’t intentional and there’s no hard feelings.

“I was fine and I’d hate for him to miss out on Wembley for it so hopefully it doesn’t hinder his chances of doing that.

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“We all play for these big games and I hope he gets to represent Salford. He’s a fantastic player.”

As magnanimous as Golding was about that incident, he was less understanding about how his side threw away the chance of a fourth successive win.

Huddersfield built up an early 12-0 lead but were made to pay for a series of blunders.

Former Leeds Rhinos star Golding said: “In adversity we didn’t respond well enough and we struggled.

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“That’s been addressed in the review today. When they went down to 12 men they actually put two points on us.

“When we had a player sin-binned, they put points on us,” he added.

“But I think when it came down to the last 10 minutes, they wanted it a little bit more which isn’t nice to admit.”

Huddersfield had won all three previous games since Luke Robinson took interim charge following Simon Woolford’s exit and that left them hoping to make the top-four.

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That looks all but impossible now but they will be looking to respond when facing Hull FC at Warrington on Tuesday.

Hull performed well in defeat against Leeds on Thursday having come in at short notice to replace Castleford Tigers.

Golding said: “They have class all over the park; they have middles who are relentless, a half who moves them all around and some firepower on the edges.

“We all need to be giving nine or ten out of ten performances of we are going to get over Hull and that’s the aim.”

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