Snooker: Positive Joel looks to future

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Teenage potter Joel Walker believes his game is finally rounding into shape despite bowing out of the UK Championship at the first hurdle.

Although the Sheffield potter battled back from five frames to two down against Alan McManus on Wednesday night, he ultimately lost 6-5 to the Scot at the York Barbican Centre.

Nonetheless, the world number 86 has impressed in recent weeks with runs to the quarter-finals and fourth round in the last two PTC events before the UK Championship.

The 19-year-old said: “I gained a lot of experience last year and I think things are just starting to fall into place for me. I am winning frames in one visit a lot more and that is what you have got to do if you want to be a top player.”

Mitchell Travis today faces Marco Fu.