Robert Thornton made it through to the quarter-finals of the Speedy Services UK Open after winning an incredible match at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday evening.

Thornton won eight consecutive legs to complete a remarkable comeback against Dennis Priestley in Bolton, as he stormed back from 5-1 down to beat ‘The Menace’ 9-5, setting up a quarter-final clash with Wez Newton.

“At 5-1 down I just thought ‘what am I doing?’,” said Thornton, who reached the last eight for the second consecutive year.

“I managed to calm myself down, relax and start playing darts again. I’d worked so hard to get to this match and I didn’t want to throw that away.

“I love this tournament. The atmosphere is brilliant and I can’t wait to be back tomorrow.”

By Chris Murphy