Ryman North: Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles wants good home form to continue against Ware

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 December 2016

Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins defender backs squad to fire in absence of forward George Purcell

Elliot Styles has called on Hornchurch to maintain their good home form in the Ryman North with two matches at Bridge Avenue to come this week.

Urchins entertain Ware on Saturday before welcoming Witham Town on Tuesday night.

Jimmy McFarlane’s men have lost just once in 10 home league games this season, and Styles wants it too remain that way after this week’s fixtures.

“The home form has been good recently and it’s something we want to build on over the next week,” said the Hornchurch skipper.

“We’ve only lost once at home in the league all season, so we want to turn the ground into a fortress.

“When you have a good home record, it puts fear into the visiting teams and gives them another thing to worry about.”

If Hornchurch are to maintain their good home form, they will have to do it without all-time top scorer George Purcell, who is facing another spell on the sidelines.

Purcell has only spent much of this season ruled out through injury, but Styles has backed Urchins’ leading man to come back stronger.

“George is made of tough stuff, but the stats don’t lie and what he has achieved with the club in such a short time has been brilliant,” he added.

“He gets you goals, but this season we’ve seen we have other options, like Leon McKenzie who has been superb.

“Ross has been a great addition too and his partnership with Leon is great to watch and also helps us defensively as the further the ball is away from our goal, the better.”

Wall is one of a number of signings McFarlane has made this season, coming in from divisional rivals Thurrock, while a further new arrivals was confirmed this week.

Ben Osman, son of former England international Russell, has joined from Ryman South outfit Chipstead.

And Styles believes the midfielder will prove to be another shrewd addition to the Hornchurch squad.

“Ben has settled in well with us and has been training with the squad for the past month,” he said.

“As with all the players Jimmy has brought in this season, Ben is someone who can help us win promotion.

“We’ve been desperately unlucky with the amount of injuries we’ve had, meaning we’ve had to bring in players, but those who have come in have done well so it will be tough to win the shirts back from them.”

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