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WDF World Championships: Duff ‘oozing confidence’ at Lakeside

Ballyclare’s Neil Duff (49) has thanked his supporters as he prepares to take on Nick Fullwell in the third round of the 2022 World Darts Federation World Championships.

The fifth-ranked seed won 3-0 in yesterday’s (Tuesday) round two clash with Australian player Justin Thompson at the iconic Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey.

‘The Duff Man’ will take on Nick Fullwell on April 7 after the English player defeated Canadian Rory Hansen 3-0 in the second round.

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Speaking to the Newtownabbey Times today (Wednesday), Neil, who enjoyed an 88.77 average in his win over Thompson, said: “I arrived a couple of days early so I had plenty of time to prepare properly.

Neil Duff.

“I was oozing confidence before the match and I felt very comfortable on stage. The lights made it quite warm up there, but I handled it well and knew I was never losing that game.

“The support has been unreal and having a few guys come over to be in the venue was brilliant, so thank you to every single one who sent texts or posted on social media. It means a lot.”

The 2022 Slovak Masters champion added: “I have a day off today, so I’ll have a practice this afternoon and then take it easy. My management as a treat are taking me to watch the Chelsea v Real Madrid Champions League game tonight.

“My phone will get switched off tomorrow morning and I’ll focus on the next match. Nick (Fullwell) is a mate, but we will battle it out and I’ll be as confident as always.”

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