UK Championship 2015: Steven Hallworth shrugs off early York exit

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the Barbican Centre, York
Steven Hallworth
Steven Hallworth practised a couple of times with Ronnie O'Sullivan in his first year on tour
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Steven Hallworth admitted he was "not doing himself justice" but remains positive after his first round exit at the UK Championship in York.

Hallworth, 19, from Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire, the 100th seed, lost 6-1 to world number 30 Ben Woollaston.

"I had a lot of confidence coming into the competition, so I'm a little bit disheartened," he told BBC Sport.

"But I am always improving so it is only a matter of time before I start winning games."

Hallworth, who is in the second season of his two-year tour card, has struggled this season.

"I am enjoying playing against all the best players in the world, but I don't think I am doing myself justice at the minute," he said.

"Ben is a good all-round player, who got to a ranking event final last season, so has established himself on the tour. I know I can beat him, but it's doing it on the day. That's a different story.

"Some players do take a bit longer to blossom, but I know I am good enough to be up there, so I have to keep working hard.

"Confidence is definitely number one in this sport and you only get confidence from winning games so it can be a bit of a vicious circle. I know I am progressing it's just doing it on the day."

Woollaston, 28, from Leicester, said he was just happy to progress in the tournament.

"I nicked a poor first frame on the black and played okay after that," he added. "I don't care if I play terribly as long as I get to six. Once I won the first frame I felt comfortable after that."

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