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Bostik North: Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles knows win over Bury Town would be perfect way to start Christmas run

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 December 2017

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles (right) is chasing plenty of points in the Bostik North over Christmas (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles (right) is chasing plenty of points in the Bostik North over Christmas (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles knows a victory at home to Bury Town in the Bostik North on Saturday will be the perfect way to start a hectic festive schedule.

George Purcell scored twice for Hornchurch at Cheshunt last week and will want more goals over the Christmas period (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)George Purcell scored twice for Hornchurch at Cheshunt last week and will want more goals over the Christmas period (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

After hosting the Blues this weekend, Urchins then visit Romford on December 27; travel to Barking on December 30; and host Brentwood Town on New Year’s Day.

With so many games to come in such a short space of time, the Bridge Avenue side will want to pick up plenty of points to cement their place at the top of the table.

And Styles knows that a victory for Hornchurch against Town this weekend will tee Jimmy McFarlane’s men up nicely for the games that follow.

“I’m surprised where Bury are because down the years we have always had tough games against them,” said the Urchins captain.

“Even when we played them earlier in the season, though it was a good win in the end, it was difficult for us before we scored.

“After Saturday, we have three local derbies in quick succession, so if we can beat Bury, it will set us up well for that run.”

Following the Bury match, Hornchurch have three vital games in a short space of time, starting with perhaps the most tantilising of them all.

Urchins make the trip to borough rivals Romford on December 27, with a 7.45pm kick off at Ship Lane.

And Styles is expecting there will be both a good crowd and a good atmosphere when the two local rivals do battle next Wednesday.

“Romford have always had a good fanbase supporting them and they have a great history too,” he added.

“It’s always been a great rivalry, so I’m sure the game next week will be a good one for the neutrals.

“We’ve played them a few times already this season, so I’m sure we’ve both learnt a lot from those earlier games.”

Last weekend saw Hornchurch return to winning ways in the league with a 3-1 win at Cheshunt.

The success means Urchins will top the table come Christmas Day regardless of what happens against Bury, and Styles was pleased to get back on the victory trail.

“We saw Saturday as a chance to put right what went wrong the week before and we took the opportunity. Those who were there enjoyed it,” he said.

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