Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane intrigued by goalscoring battle between defenders Elliot Styles and Nathan Cooper
PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 August 2016
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After drawing opening game of campaign at Romford, Bridge Avenue outfit defeated Haringey Borough 3-2 on Tuesday night
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is looking forward to seeing how many goals Eliot Styles and Nathan Cooper can get this season.
The duo were on target on Tuesday night at home to Haringey Borough and helped Urchins win 3-2.
Although they are usually stopping goals, at Bridge Avenue they were taking the plaudits for finding the net.
Having been a former goalscoring central defender himself, McFarlane was thrilled with the pair.
He said: “I do poke fun at Elliot and Nathan and say they don’t score enough, but I do think Nathan will get 10 goals this year.
“I’ve had a bet with him about that, but he’s one behind Elliot now so has some catching up to do.
“We seldom lose a header in our penalty area and it shouldn’t be any different at the other end so it was great to see them score.
“The way we head the ball, we should be getting on the end of more crosses in the opposition box.
“One of Elliot’s was a tap-in, I think Kenzer Lee’s header was going in anyway, but you have to be sure.”
Styles double and Cooper’s goal ensured Hornchurch picked up three points on Tuesday night.
It puts them seventh in the Ryman North after a goalless draw at local rivals Romford on the opening day of the campaign.
McFarlane was a little bit disappointed with Saturday’s result, but was happy to see off Haringey.
He added: “We missed so many chances against Romford, but I’m satisfied we haven’t been beaten this season.
“I think we should have six points from our first two games, but our finishing wasn’t good enough.
“We had five or six opportunities and they weren’t half chances either so I felt we should have won it.
“I do always say that if we don’t score then let’s make sure we don’t lose the game and pleased we did that.
“A point away to our rivals isn’t a bad way to start the season. Our performance was ok, some had good games and some didn’t turn up.
“We fully deserved to beat Haringey. The scoreline suggests a close game, but one of their goals took a deflection.
“I felt we bossed the match and I’m pleased we got our first home win of the season and I was told it was a good game to watch.”