Bostik North: Elliot Styles praises emergency stopper Dave Collis after clean sheet for Hornchurch in win over Maldon & Tiptree
PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 December 2017
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Collis came on at half time for starting Urchins keeper Simon Bloch after he was injured against Jammers
Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles lauded stand-in keeper Dave Collis after he kept a clean sheet in the second half a 1-0 win at home to Maldon & Tiptree in the Bostik North on Tuesday.
Collis, who normally plays as a midfielder, came on at half time for Urchins after starting keeper Simon Bloch was forced off with a head injury sustained in the opening period.
Despite his inexperience between the sticks, Collis performed admirably to shut out the Jammers attack.
At the other end, defender Nathan Cooper scored the only goal in the 70th minute as the Bridge Avenue club moved seven points clear at the top of the table.
And Styles, who himself has played as a emergency keeper in the past, praised the display from Collis in the second half.
“When Simon went off, I did think I’d be going in goal and regardless of who did, I thought it was going to be tougher in the second half,” he said.
“Credit to Dave, he was superb in goal and I think he spurred us on to perform even better.
“He was very vocal and led the backline well, and Dave’s performance capped a great night for the club.
“It was probably our best result of the season so far. Everyone knows Maldon can be a threat, but I thought we were excellent throughout.
“We had a few players out, so it shows the strength in depth we have that the boys who came in were able to perform so well.”
The midweek win over Maldon followed another 1-0 home win on Saturday, this time against Sudbury, with Cooper also scoring the winner in the second half of the match.
That success also saw boss Jimmy McFarlane bring up his 460th game in charge of Urchins, a club record.
And Styles paid tribute to the long-serving manager, adding: “There’s not much loyalty left in football, but the length of Jimmy’s tenure shows the faith the board have in him.
“Every year, he does extremely well in producing a team that can compete and every game we have, the opposition know it will be a tough game, which is a reflection on the manager.”