Styles seeks success on opening day

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 August 2013

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles is set for his 300th appearance for the club (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles is set for his 300th appearance for the club (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch captain set for landmark

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles is hoping his 300th appearance for the club will be a memorable one as they look to kick-off the new 
Ryman Premier campaign with three points against Lewes at Bridge Avenue today (Saturday)

Styles has been with the club for the last six seasons, but the 28-year-old will just settle for a place in the team first and foremost.

He said: “I’ve been told if I’m selected it’d be my 300th game for the club. It does make you take notice and you realise how long you have been about.

“It’ll be nice to make the 300th appearance but for me I can’t get too concerned with stats, I am there to do a job and hopefully we can start the season with three points.

“If you get complacement then you always know there is someone waiting in the wings and I can’t afford to let my performances drop.”

After their season opener with Lewes, Urchins visit another well established side in Margate on Tuesday.

Styles has fond memories of playing against both sides in the past, and hopes they can be matched this time around.

“We played at Lewes a few years ago and I know we are at home on Saturday, but we were the first team to beat them at home that season.

“I remember doing well at Margate on a Tuesday night before as well, so we know what is required. Hopefully we can match our past record against both sides and get off to a good start.”

Having been relegated from Conference South last season, Styles knows the obvious target is to bounce back straight away.

“Promotion is the minimum target for us based on what we have achieved in the past,” he added.

“We’ve tasted that success and it’s only natural to want it again.

“This is a massive club with a good reputation and the expectation and target is to go up. Hopefully it will be automatically because in the play-offs it comes down to how you play on the day.

“It’ll take a couple of months though to know how everyone is shaping up and those that are in the top 
seven then usually stay there. But you have got to take each game as it comes.”

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