Bostik North: Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles wants to move further clear of rivals with win over Canvey Island
PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 March 2018
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Urchins host Gulls in league after last weekend’s trip to Cheshunt was postponed because of the cold weather
Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles knows Saturday’s clash at home to Canvey Island is the perfect opportunity to pull further away from one of their promotion rivals.
Heading into the weekend, the Bridge Avenue outfit lead the way and are 19 points clear of the Gulls, who are third, though they do have three games in hand over Hornchurch.
A win for Urchins on Saturday would see them take another big step towards promotion, but Styles knows it will be a difficult match for the hosts.
“All games this season have been tough, especially since we’ve been top of the table because every other teams sees you as a scalp,” he said.
“Like ourselves, Canvey are a big non-league club and we both have a great history, so it should be a good game. Hopefully we can get the win and pull further clear from one of our rivals.”
Former Hornchurch forward Martin Tuohy will return to Bridge Avenue this weekend, having joined divisional rivals Canvey last month. And Styles is relishing the prospect of coming up against one of his former team-mates.
“Martin and I have been mates for years and we have a lot of time and respect for each other,” added the Urchins skipper.
“I know he’s had his fair share of injury problems in recent years, but he’s still a dangerous player. Having played with him, I know a lot about him and what he’s capable of. We’ll have a drink after the game, but when we’re playing, I’m sure it will be a good battle.”
After last weekend’s trip to Cheshunt was postponed because of the cold weather, Saturday’s game with Canvey will just be Hornchurch’s second since manager Jimmy McFarlane suffered a stroke.
Styles admits that when the news of McFarlane came through, it was a surprise to the team, but they are keen to win the title for him.
“It was a shock to us all because prior to the stroke, Jim wasn’t unwell,” he said.
“The boys have adapted well to having Colin McBride as manager, and we’re a stronger group now, determined to win the title for Jim.
“Like Colin has said previously, hopefully the wins we pick up will help Jim in his recovery.”
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