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

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.