Bostik North: Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles pleased to edge out Heybridge Swifts in narrow game

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 April 2018

Elliot Styles of Hornchurch (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

Elliot Styles of Hornchurch (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

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Urchins overcame Swifts thanks to Connor Hogan strike in first half

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles was simply happy to get the win at home to Heybridge Swfits in the Bostik North last weekend.

Connor Hogan’s 33rd-minute strike was the only goal in a 1-0 win for Urchins as they edged closer to the title.

It was a third consecutive 1-0 home win for the Bridge Avenue club in the league, but Styles knows at this stage of the season it is only results, rather than the margin of victory, that matter.

“Once you get past Christmas in a season, it’s all about results, but if you can play well and get wins, it leaves you in a good place,” said the defender.

“Over the past couple of seasons, we’ve developed a mindset that ensures we’re consistent.

“In past seasons, we’ve struggled against teams lower down the table, but it’s been different this year and that shows in us being top.”

Hogan’s goal for Hornchurch against Heybridge has sparked plenty of debate online, with some asking the question whether he meant it.

Out wide on the left, Hogan looked in a position to cross, but his effort looped over Swifts stopper Jake Jessup and into the net.

Styles was non-committal when asked whether he thought Hogan intended to score, but added his Urchins team-mate deserved the goal for his recent efforts.

“Connor did the right thing with the ball as he asked questions of their defence and the keeper,” added the skipper.

“The defence should come and attack the ball to clear it, but Connor has caught them out.

“He has been great since coming into the team. He’s been training well and has taken his chance.

“If we can all follow Connor’s lead from now until the end of the season, we’ll be in a good place.”

The win also saw Hornchurch record a third home clean sheet in a row, but Styles insists it has been a real team effort defensively.

“We’ve always had a good defence, but it is not just about the back four, everyone plays a part,” he said.

Hornchurch were due to visit Cheshunt last Tuesday, but the fixture will now take place on April 24.

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