Hornchurch skipper Styles: We won’t fear Margate

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 January 2015

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

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

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Hornchurch boss and captain preview tomorrow’s trip to Margate.

Hornchurch and Margate may be separated by 20 places in the Ryman Premier table, but skipper Elliot Styles insists there’s no reason to fear their big-spending hosts tomorrow (Saturday), writes Colin Munford.

The Urchins remained in the relegation zone following last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Maidstone, but it was a performance boss Jimmy McFarlane was pleased with.

And despite the gap between the two sides in the division, Styles feels Hornchurch are playing well enough of late to pick up a result at the seaside Kent Club.

“We have got a history of performing better against the bigger sides, and we have usually been up the top ourselves in recent years,” said Styles.

“There is no reason to fear Margate and we more than matched them for most of the game earlier in the season, which we lost 2-0.

“We go there in a good frame of mind and I feel we are in good form. It’s only the Wingate game a few weeks ago where we let ourselves down.

“But we know we are down towards the bottom of the table, and we need to start turning the performances into points.”

Urchins normally find themselves in the play-off hunt at this stage of a season, but Styles believes they will come good and get themselves away from the relegation places this term.

“It’s unchartered territory for everyone here – the staff, players and supporters,” he added.

“None of us are used to this and it is a test for us.

“But I am confident that we will come good, and now is the time to start proving that.”

And Styles’ boss McFarlane insists if they emulate their performance from last weekend then they will give themselves a great chance of picking up a result at Margate tomorrow.

“I will ask the players to play exactly the same way as they did last weekend,” said McFarlane.

“If we can match that effort then I am confident we will give Margate a good game.

“We cannot be as unlucky for a second weekend in succession against a top side.”

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