Styles hopes to arrest slump at Police
13:00 10 January 2014
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Hornchurch captain seeks response
Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles insists it’s time to right the wrongs of a frustrating festive period when they travel to Met Police tomorrow (Saturday).
Urchins slipped to defeats against fierce local rivals Billericay on Boxing Day, and followed that up with a loss at Bury Town.
And although Styles felt both games were always going to be tough, a common denominator in both games was a poor first half.
Having lost back-to-back league games for the first time season, Styles knows they have got to end their blip now, having been forced to wait an extra week when their home match with Cray was postponed last weekend.
He said: “It wasn’t the most enjoyable Christmas period for us.
“They were both tough games, one being a local derby and the other against a strong side, but anyone that went to the game will know it was a game of two halves.
“We were sloppy in both first halves and I can’t understand why. Previously we’d started well over the course of the season, but frustratingly we haven’t had the chance to put it right yet.
“Met Police is usually a decent pitch to play on so hopefully the game is on and we can get back on course.
“We need to get on another run and the games will come thick and fast now, so the sooner we start the good run the better.
“There’s still a long way to go this season and hopefully we can turn it around straight away and get back to how we’d been playing before the two defeats.”
If tomorrow’s game beats the weather, it will be their first game in a fortnight and while training has been going ahead as normal, Styles believes it’s only natural that it will take a bit of time to get back in the swing of things.
“It’s been good that when we haven’t had the games we’ve still been able to train and all the boys look and feel fit,” he added.
“It’s surprising how quick the sharpness can go when you aren’t playing regularly, and while training is good, you need to keep your match fitness up.
“Match fitness and regular fitness are two different things and it might take 5-10 minutes to get the touch back, but hopefully we’ll be okay.”
Urchins will try to get their Essex Senior Cup quarter-final tie against League Two Dagenham & Redbridge played on Tuesday, after it was called off in midweek due to a waterlogged Bridge Avenue pitch.