Hornchurch look to rise out of drop with Easter wins

PUBLISHED: 11:30 04 April 2015

AFC Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

AFC Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles is expecting his team to come up against a physical Tonbridge Angels when they travel to Kent today.

The Urchins will be looking to end a run of four straight defeats against an Angels team that have not win in their last seven.

Despite both sides heading into the game in poor form Styles believes it will be an interesting encounter.

“They’re a very ‘non-league team’. They’re strong at the back, they’ve got a good spine and there is pace up top,” said the Hornchurch skipper.

“We drew with them the last time we played them but we thought we were capable of beating them.

“Recently we’ve been poor after being good...that’s the story of our season. We need to get as many points as we can between now and the end of the season.”

The Bridge Avenue club will have to recover from that potentially bruising clash quickly as they welcome fierce rivals Billericay Town to Hornchurch Stadium on Easter Monday

The Urchins were on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat the last time the sides met in the league on Boxing Day but Styles believes that will have little impact on the upcoming game.

“We never fear teams. The result is what drives you to win matches. Maybe there is a fear of losing, though, especially against people you know and in some cases have played with in the past,” he added.

“It’s not a must-win game, more a must-perform game. If we can perform against Tonbridge on Saturday then that will give us the hunger to go again. That is the beauty of playing fixtures so soon after one another.”

Hornchurch had been due to play Hendon on Monday before the game was called off just hour before it was due to start leaving Styles frustrated.

“When you hear it’s been postponed so close to leaving it, it’s disappointing. You’re psyched up and ready physically and mentally.

“We wanted to rectify the mistakes against Harrow Borough but everything happens for a reason. It gave us more rest for this weekend so we’ll take the positives.”

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