December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 6, 2013
Stefan Payne marked his Hornchurch debut with two goals in their 3-2 win over Ryman Premier Division rivals Dulwich on Saturday – and captain Elliot Styles admits he has set himself high standards to follow.
The 22-year-old joined the club late last week to be included in their squad at Champion Hill and got his spell off to a fine start, coming off the bench to strike twice and help Jimmy McFarlane’s side record a memorable away victory.
Having coming up against Payne in the past, Styles believes he can continue to live up to his name for opposition defenders this season.
“I must admit he has set the standard very high for himself,” said Styles. “It’s brilliant for him to come on and make such a contribution straight away and hopefully they can be the first of many.
“His first was a good finish after he nicked the ball off a defender and he got another as well. He is a good weapon to have in the side.
“I came up against him a few years ago when he was at Sutton before he got a move to Fulham. He was always a threat and you can see why he has been higher. He’s come straight in, settled right away.”
But Styles was delighted with the whole team display and believes very few sides will go there this season and replicate the Urchins’ achievements.
“It was a fantastic win for us and shows another side to us where we can use our experience to pick up the three points,” he added.
“Dulwich are a very good team and I don’t think you will see too many other teams go there and pick up the three points.
“We took opportunities when they came and the team spirit was clear to see after the game. It continues our good start and most people would take one defeat in their opening seven. Especially after the disappointing opening-day loss at home to Lewes.”
Michael Dawson is looking forward to facing Arsenal after Tottenham were drawn against the Gunners in the third round of the FA Cup.