YORK star Ashley Hugill stands just one win away from a first appearance in the World Snooker Championship main draw after an incredible comeback victory.

World number 77 Hugill came from 5-2 down to defeat Martin Gould, ranked at 20, 6-5 in their third round qualifier.

Hugill will now face former Welsh open semi-finalist and world ranked 52 Joe O'Connor tomorrow (11am) in a best of 19 match for a place in the World Champion-ship main draw.

It seemed as if Hugill's Crucible ambitions were over as ex-German Masters champion Gould made the dream start.

He hit three half-century breaks en route to leading 3-0, then 4-1 and 5-2 to put himself on the brink of victory.

Hugill hit back with his first 50-plus break of 68 in the eighth before winning 63-1 in the next frame.

A back-and-forth 10th narrowly went Hugill's way at 76-53 to tee up a decider in which the York talent held his nerve by producing breaks of 53 and 52 to secure the victory.

A win over O'Connor would see Hugill into the main draw of the World Championships after five previous unsuccessful attempts in qualifying.