Bostik North: Elliot Styles thrilled to cap superb campaign for Hornchurch by lifting league trophy at home
PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 April 2018
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Urchins presented with trophy following win over Aveley at Bridge Avenue last Friday
Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles was delighted to get his hands on the Bostik North trophy last week.
Having secured the league title earlier this month, Urchins collected the trophy after a 2-1 win at home to Aveley last Friday.
There were wild celebrations as Styles collected the trophy, and the skipper was thrilled to be presented with the league title at the club’s Bridge Avenue ground.
“It was the perfect way for us to finish at home this season with a win and lifting the trophy after the game,” he said.
“It’s been a great season for us and we had a feeling it would be from as early as pre-season training.
“We were always optimistic about having a memorable season and it was nice to be able to get our hands on the trophy.”
With Hornchurch being presented with the title on Friday, they will have been delighted to have added to the party mood with the win over Aveley.
Connor Hogan had put Urchins ahead, before Garrett Kelly equalised for the Millers, but a stoppage-time winner from George Purcell secured a win for the hosts.
It meant the Bridge Avenue side signed off from home for the season with a win, pleasing Styles.
“It was perfect having the derby because there was a bit of added spice and there was a good crowd too,” he added.
“Despite being at the end of the season, it was competitive so it was good to play in and I’m sure it was a good game to watch.
“The late winner from George typifies our season because we’ve netted plenty of late goals to win points.”
Hornchurch then played out a 1-1 draw at Cheshunt on Tuesday, in which Purcell also scored.
Urchins fielded a much-changed team in that game, with some younger members of the squad given a chance.
And Styles says that is because the Bridge Avenue club are already planning for life back in the Bostik Premier.
“When you achieve your aims early in a season, it gives you a chance to think ahead for next season.
“The staff and the manager can take a look at the players in the squad and see who can step up for us next season.”
Even after winning the title and lifting the trophy, it seems there is no let up from Hornchurch as they look to build next season.