Wes up for cup as he takes on world

Fleetwood's Wes Newton with the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium
Fleetwood's Wes Newton with the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium
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Fleetwood darts player Wes Newton is aiming for a sporting double-top....

Tonight he is throwing in the second round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship – and as a Fleetwood Town fan he is hoping that his team throw Blackpool off course in the third round of the FA Cup next month.

And he has already done what the players of Fleetwood and Blackpool are highly unlikely to emulate – to go to Wembley and get his hands on the FA Cup itself.

Newton made the visit in the run-up to tonight’s second round clash with Justin Pipe. He admits that seeing his own football club win in the FA Cup next month and for him to become world champion would be a dream start to 2012.

“It’s awesome to come to Wembley and lift the FA Cup – there’s not many people from Fleetwood that have been able to do that yet!

“For Town to play Blackpool will be massive – it’s the biggest game we’ve ever had and I can’t wait.

“I’ve already got my tickets for the Blackpool game, and it would be fantastic to be able to parade the World Championship trophy in front of the Cod Army on January 7, but I’ve got a few hard games ahead of me first.”

He added: “If I had to choose between Fleetwood beating Blackpool or me winning the World Championship, I’d have to say the World Championship – but it would be amazing for both to happen!”

Newton comes up against one of the sport’s form players in the last 32 at Alexandra Palace, with Pipe having won six of the final ten Players Championships this year in his rise into the world’s top 32.

“Justin’s had a great year and his confidence is really high at the moment,” said Newton. “He’s playing brilliantly at the moment and I know how hard it will be, but I’m ready for him.

“I still don’t think I’ve played my best game on TV yet, and I feel there’s a lot to come from me.

“There’s something special about the World Championship that makes you try harder than you should, but I just try to tell myself that it’s just another game, even though deep down you know it’s not.”