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.