Ryman North: Elliot Styles happy to be Hornchurch hero, but says it did not matter who got winner at Waltham Abbey

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 April 2017

Elliot Styles (R) of Hornchurch scores the winning goal at Waltham Abbey and celebrates (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Elliot Styles (R) of Hornchurch scores the winning goal at Waltham Abbey and celebrates (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Urchins skipper scored only goal of game in 85th minute against Abbots

Skipper Elliot Styles was the Hornchurch matchwinner at Waltham Abbey on Saturday, but the defender says it did not matter who got the vital goal in the Ryman North clash.

Styles nodded home the only goal of the game in the 85th minute at Capershotts to keep Urchins third in the table.

It was a header the Hornchurch captain says would have pleased boss Jimmy McFarlane, who himself was a goalscoring defender.

But Styles also knows just how important that goal may be if Urchins are to secure home advantage in the play-off semi-finals.

“Jimmy would have been happy to see a defender score as he was quite good at doing that himself, so I’m sure he got a little pleasure out of it,” said Styles.

“We all need to chip in with goals throughout the season as every goes through dry spells – we’re only human.

“Leon McKenzie has been superb for us all season, but these things happen and at this stage it doesn’t matter who scores, just as long as we do.”

Styles admits there were times on Saturday when he thought Urchins would be held by Abbey, with the match heading for a draw before his goal.

However, Urchins were certainly not helped by conditions at Capershotts, with the match played on a dusty pitch.

Styles notes this made things tough for Hornchurch, but was pleased the Bridge Avenue club came through the other side smiling.

“It was very difficult on Saturday and I know there were two teams on the pitch, but we were not used to the surface, but we coped well,” he added.

“We had a lot of injuries to deal with again and a few players out of position, like Ross Wall on the left wing.

“We got the win and a clean sheet too and I’m sure the boss would take the same in every game from now until the end of the season.”

Styles also paid tribute to Brightlingsea Regent, who were crowned champions after beating Romford on Saturday, but knows the focus is now on the race for the play-offs.

“Credit to Brightlingsea for winning the title, but there is another battle on for the play-offs now,” he said.

“We’re in a good position to get home advantage in the play-offs and that is the aim for the end of the league season.”

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