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Hornchurch skipper Styles - We have quality over quantity

17:23 21 February 2014

Elliot Styles (left) in action for Hornchurch. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Elliot Styles (left) in action for Hornchurch. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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The fixtures should start to come thick and fast now for Hornchurch and although skipper Elliot Styles feels the squad isn’t the biggest, he believes it does have the quality to cope.

Urchins face playing twice a week from now until the beginning of April in the Ryman Premier Division and visit Bognor Regis Town tomorrow (Saturday) before hosting Essex rivals Canvey Island at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday.

And though the squad may lack the quantity of other teams in the promotion hunt, Styles is confident his team’s togetherness can help see them through.

“Our team isn’t the biggest, but we have quality over quantity and I’d rather have it that way,” said Styles.

“At training you get to see that we have a talented group and a lot of people have a good CV in the game. But we are a very good, tight unit and if we can stick 
together, we can achieve what we want to achieve.”

The Bridge Avenue pitch beat the bad weatherlast weekend as Urchins downed Leiston 4-2 thanks to Stefan Payne’s brace and a goal apiece from George Purcell and Leigh Bremner.

The partnership of Payne and Purcell up front brings back fond memories for Styles as he recalls another former Urchins double act up top.

He added: “It’s always pleasing to have people like them in your team that can score goals, and that you are not reliant on just one.

“The club is full of good strikers, with the likes of Martin Tuohy, Carl Rook and Leigh Bremner also around. You need to score to win a game of football and the period we are in now is similar to when we had Simon Parker and Kris Lee at the club.

“If we conceded back then, we knew we had the ability to score two. That’s always a nice quality to have.”

Urchins were back on the pitch just over 48 hours later in a vital game with fellow contenders Wealdstone, but goals from Scott McGleish and Tom Pett sealed a 2-0 win for the Stones.

But while it didn’t go their way on the day, Styles feels there is nothing for Urchins to fear from the Ryman Premier’s top teams.

“People underestimate the difference an extra 24 hours recovery has on you,” said Styles.

“You notice the difference and with a game like that, where a lot is at stake, it’s 
not going to decide the outcome of what happens this season, but it is going to be important.

“That’s just one of the things you have to cope with, though.

“It was a good competitive game with a good atmosphere as well. I didn’t think there was too much in it, but they scored the goals at the crucial times.”

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