Claydon keen to secure first victory at the Coral UK Open

HIGH HOPES: Brett Claydon is seeking a first ever win at the UK Open

HIGH HOPES: Brett Claydon is seeking a first ever win at the UK Open

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Brett Claydon has insisted he is in top form heading into this weekend’s Coral UK Open at Minehead, writes Liam Apicella.

It will be a third appearance at the event for the Soham thrower, who booked his place at this year’s edition by winning a qualifier in Nottingham.

Claydon is yet to record a victory in his previous two outings in Somerset, but up against Paul Barham in the first round this time around, the 34-year-old is confident he can break his duck.

“I might not have won a game there before, but I am in really good form,” he said.

“This is the best chance I will have of winning a match there and getting on a good run.

“I am playing against good players at the moment and am not giving them a chance — it has not always been like that.

“Hopefully it continues because I am playing well enough.”

When Claydon faced Barham last year, he opened up a 4-1 lead, only to eventually lose the contest 5-4.

However, the Burwell player is adamant he will not be adversely affected by that memory.

“I played really well in that game, but at 4-1 I just could not hit a double,” he added.

“I was hitting the wire and just missing, but still throwing good.

“It will have no bearing on this game.”

Claydon will be sponsored by Ivor Searle, Burwell Ex-Service and Social Club, The Bushel and Greene King this weekend.