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Bostik North: Elliot Styles reveals Hornchurch have reason to remain motivated for trip to Waltham Abbey

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 April 2018

Elliot Styles of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Elliot Styles of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Urchins have already secured title, but have one final aim to achieve

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles revealed the club have reason to remain motivated for their final day clash at Waltham Abbey, despite having already won the Bostik North title.

Urchins know they will return to the Bostik Premier next season after three years away and would be forgiven for enjoying themselves at the Abbots on Saturday.

Instead, the Bridge Avenue club still have one more aim to achieve, which Styles revealed will drive them on to success this weekend.

“We want a win because we’re still hoping to break the points record for the league for a single season,” he said.

“It’s always important to keep going in a season after you achieve your initial aims and it’s good we have something to keep going for.”

The trip to Abbey will see Hornchurch striker Chris Assombalonga come up against his former side.

The striker’s exploits for the Abbots in the 2015-16 season earned him a move to National League outfit Dagenham & Redbridge.

Assombalonga then returned to Abbey at the start of the current term, before impressing again and joining Chelmsford City in the National League South.

The brother of Middlesbrough forward Britt then rejoined the Abbots on loan, before moving permanently to Urchins after netting against them in January.

And Styles believes Assombalonga will want to show why he earned those moves to a higher level on his return to his old stamping ground.

“When you play against your old club, you’re always keen to prove your worth and I’m sure Chris is no different,” added the skipper.

“He’s been a good addition to the squad since he’s come in and he has a fantastic work rate.

“I’m sure he’ll be keen to show Waltham Abbey why when he’s left them permanently in the past, he’s always made a step up.”

As for Styles, the defender is keen to end the season with a win and a clean sheet, with Hornchruch having not kept one in their previous two games.

“It might sound mad, but it always takes the shine of a win for me when we concede,” said the defender.

“We’re there to keep goals out, so hopefully we can end the season with another win and a clean sheet on Saturday.”

If they can achieve both, it will be a great end to the season.

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