Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles disappointed to crash out of the FA Trophy
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 October 2017
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Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles disappointed to crash out of the FA Trophy but praised his side’s work rate.
Two goals in six second-half minutes from Scott Kinch and Tashi-Jay Kwayie were enough to send the Urchins out of the FA trophy in their preliminary round replay against Thamesmead Town at Bridge Avenue.
The Urchins are now winless in four matches after drawing 1-1 away to Thamesmead on Saturday afternoon to four the replay.
“It was a disappointing result and I was disappointed not be part of it on Tuesday,” Styles said.
“I was injured and disappointed not to be able to help the team as when you’re not out on the pitch there’s not a lot you can do.”
Jim McFarlane’s men struggled for 80 minutes and it took a 25-yard belter from Mathias Fanimo to spark Hornchurch into life and produce a nail-biting finale.
But the revival came too late for Hornchurch, who pressed desperately for an equaliser to force extra time but came up short and Styles praised their attempt to fight back.
“I was watching the game and on our team if anyone is injured we always make the effort to watch the boys,” he said.
“It was a very quick match and the boys worked hard to try get back into it, but they came out the blocks sharp in the second-half and got two quick goals, which took the wind out of us.
“Sometimes it’s just not meant to be your night and that was one of them.
“The boys worked hard to try find a way back but couldn’t.”
Styles also believes players like Mathias Fanimo will now be pushing for a place in the starting line-up after putting in two good performances against Thamesmead Town.
“Matty did really well with his goal, like he did on Sunday and I think there will be some boys pushing for starting spots now.
“That’s good for us as competition pushes you on and teams that win things normally have that in their squad.”
Hornchurch will now face Bowers & Pitsea at Bridge Avenue on Saturday before also hosting Chelmsford City in the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday evening.