UK Championship: Nigel Bond takes solace in York form

Nigel Bond
Bond reached the 1995 World Championship final and won the 1996 British Open - his only ranking event victory
UK Championship, York Barbican
Dates: 25 November - 7 December
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, Two, Red Button, online, mobiles and BBC Sport app from 29 November.

Nigel Bond has said he will take great confidence from reaching the third round of the UK Championship.

Bond, 49, played some of best snooker in years, fighting back from 5-0 down to beat 2013 World Championship runner-up Barry Hawkins 6-5 in round two.

But the Derbyshire star was unable to hang on to a 4-1 lead in his last-32 match with Anthony McGill and lost 6-5.

"I can be positive as I've played some good snooker but I'm disappointed to lose that way," Bond said.

"It felt like I could have gone on a bit of a run, but it wasn't meant to be. I played with quite a bit more confidence after the Barry Hawkins game than I have all season."

The 1995 World Championship runner-up, who lives in Old Tupton in Derbyshire, beat Stuart Carrington 6-3 in his first-round match.

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