Bransgore arrows ace Scott Mitchell has been given 12th seed in his fourth bid to become the BDO’s Lakeside World Darts champion.
And Mitchell, known as ‘Scotty Dog’ on the circuit will be making a few changes to his game in an effort to get beyond the first round.
He was beaten by Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney in a nailbiting match in 2010, lost out to Netherland’s Jan Deker who went on to the semis a year later and bowed out to three-times world champion Martin Adams last January.
But Mitchell has learned a lot from his short time on the most famous oche in darts and he has also been keeping an eye on the players who do well.
“This time I am going to take a board and practise in my room, rather than in front of other players in the practice room.
“I notice that the guys who do well at the Lakeside practise in their rooms so I will be doing the same.
“I try to do something different each year. Last year I played a lot of local tournaments before the Lakeside and won them but then lost out so I don’t think I will be doing that.”
Mitchell was not seeded in 2012 and drew Martin Adams but he reckons all the games are as difficult as one another.
“I’m seeded 12 this time but there are players like Tony Eccles who are not seeded,” he added.
“I do not have a preference for who I draw, I would rather think players are hoping not to be drawn against me.”
The Lakeside World Championship will be staged at Frimley Green, Surrey between January 5-16.