TEENAGE snooker ace Jackson Page says he needs to “touch up on the small mistakes” after losing in the first round of the ManBetX Welsh Open to Zhao Xintong, writes Josh Thomas.

Amateur Page, 17, made headlines at the age of 15, when he reached the third round of the 2017 Welsh Open, only to lose to Judd Trump.

Last year he was beaten by 2017 winner Stuart Bingham in the second round and this week was hoping to claim his fourth win over a professional.

But the Ebbw Vale youngster was beaten 4-1 by Xintong, despite taking the first frame with a break of 104, his sixth century break overall.

China’s world number 67 then took two games with breaks of 106 and 68, before winning the next two to set up an encounter with fellow Chinese player Zhou Yuelong in a game to be played later today.

“I potted a few decent balls but I suppose I need to touch up on the small mistakes,” said Page.

“I started really well. I felt good and early on in the second frame I had a chance, but I missed the yellow and he’s made a frame from it. It all went downhill from there really.

“I had a good chance to keep the pressure on, but I missed a few balls and obviously the balls then go against you if you miss a few, and that’s what happened.

“Last year, I was in most tournaments and it felt great. This is the place to be, you want to be here all the time.

“Mark (Williams) is great with me, he’s been playing with us pretty much every day. He helps me if I’m doing something wrong, he tells me what to do and what not to do. We’ve bonded together and I couldn’t ask for much better.

“It’s great here. When I was a kid I always used to watch it in Newport and I thought that was great for the players, but Cardiff is like a different atmosphere and I love it.”