Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles excited for FA Cup clash against Romford

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 September 2017

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles goes in for a tackle on Romford's Jonathan Adebayo (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles goes in for a tackle on Romford's Jonathan Adebayo (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles believe the clash against rivals Romford has all the makings for a great game in the FA Cup this weekend.

The experienced defender and his side travel to Ship Lane on Sunday to face their rivals just six days after beating them 4-1 in the league.

“It’s got all the making for a great game,” Styles said.

“It’s a derby let alone an FA Cup game as well, which definitely adds fire to it.”

Three goals at the start of the second half helped Hornchurch maintain their 100 per cent start to the campaign against Romford on Bank Holiday Monday and Styles believes that counts for nothing now.

“I think Monday was more a dress rehearsal for this match,” he admitted.

“I think both sides showed their strengths to each other, but it’s a completely different game.”

The skipper also praised Romford and the way Paul Martin builds a team with no budget every season.

“Romford are a difficult side all round, every time we play against them they’re stern opponents.

“For a club that openly discusses about having no budget they always put a good side out against us.”

Styles also revealed the Urchins always set themselves a target of trying to make the first round of the FA Cup and admitted how special it is for a player to play in the prestigious competition.

“It’s rewarding for a player to make the first round and that’s always the aim to make that round and get an opportunity to play on TV and have all the media that comes with it,” he admitted.

“For a non-league club it’s also the financial rewards as well as it can set your club up for the season.

“It’s a good opportunity for both sides of the coin in this encounter.”

Although Styles had plenty of praise for their rivals, he says they need to worry about themselves instead of the oppositions, so they can keep progressing in the competition.

“As a player you just want to make that first round and to do that you need to beat whoever is in front of you and that’s what we have to do on Sunday.

“We need to concentrate on ourselves as our season has been going pretty good so far.”

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