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Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles believes competition is helping his side

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 September 2017

Elliot Styles of Hornchurch and Olu Giwa of Romford battle for possession in their FA Cup tie (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Elliot Styles of Hornchurch and Olu Giwa of Romford battle for possession in their FA Cup tie (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles admits healthy competition is part of the driving force for their early season success.

The Urchins have got off to an unbeaten start to the season and the skipper believes everyone has to fight for pitch time.

“I think for every position there is a minimum of two players competiting for that spot apart from Motty in goal,” Styles said.

“Its healthy competition for us all as it brings out the best in all of us in training and makes us fight to be playing on game days.”

The defensive midfielder revealed it’s a great place for the club to be in as competition brings success.

“If you look at all the best clubs they have good competition throughout the squad and that’s why they do so well,” he said.

“It’s a shirt to lose rather than to keep.

“You’re playing for that shirt right now.

“When you’re winning as well everyone wants to be a part of it and that means everyone plays better and has to get into the team.”

Hornchurch nicked a 1-0 victory against local rivals Romford in the FA Cup on Sunday, but had to wait to find out their opposition as Grays Athletic and Hertford Town drew 2-2 on the weekend.

The sides played a replay with Hertford coming out the surprise 3-2 winners on Wednesday and Styles admits he expects a tough game after keeping a close eye on that match.

“We weren’t too concerned who won the replay but it was surprising result to me and one I really didn’t expect it.

“I think that you must give credit to Hertford as that shows the strengths they have to beat Grays.

“We had a tough game against Grays already this season so we know they’ll be strong side, but on the day in the FA Cup it’s anyone’s just whoever shows up.”

The skipper also revealed his side must just enjoy the occasion as they travel to newly-promoted league rivals for the first time in the FA Cup clash on September, 16.

“It will be a good game for us and a nice new ground for us to go too.

“We’ve got to enjoy the occasion and hopefully we can come away with the win to see us progress into the next round.”


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