Beaton on overcoming successive first round defeats before 1996 Lakeside triumph: "I just wanted to get through the first round again"
Steve Beaton claimed victory at the Lakeside in the Embassy World Championship back in 1996 but only after losing twice in the first round before that triumph.
As part of the Golden Arrows Podcast series, Beaton looked back on that and admitted one goal spurred him on for the rest of the week.
"I just wanted to get through the first round again. I was playing well enough, it started to play on my mind a bit. It was such a relief to get through the first round and I just started going on from there," said Beaton.
"That actually fired me on for the rest of the week anyway because I think I was averaging 96 over the week."
On how he slept the night before the final, 'The Bronzed Adonis' said that he didn't sleep much but it is the same even now: "You're obviously just thinking the game through and how you're going to play. I probably got a few hours sleep in the end, even now when you play in matches; sometimes the night before it's hard to sleep. It's hard to put it out of your mind."