Styles want to give Hornchurch fans joy of promotion
PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 January 2016
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Urchins skipper hopes to reward supporters after last year's relegation
Hornchurch skipper Elliot Styles believes the team are well placed to reward their supporters with the gift of promotion.
Urchins are right in the title hunt near the top of Ryman North as they look to return to the Premier at the first time of asking.
They are currently third, but are just four points behind league leaders Sudbury, who are their next opponents on January 16.
The mood around the club is brighter than it was this time last year when Urchins were in an
ultimately unsuccessful battle to stay in the higher division.
Despite relegation, the team have kept much of their loyal fan base and Styles believes they must be rewarded for their support with a promotion.
“It’s a great club – one of the best clubs in non-league football. The fans follow us through thick and thin, but last year was a season to forget,” he said.
“This year we are in a good position to be able to repay them and the faith of the board and the manager with a promotion, which is the minimum aim.”
If Hornchurch are to achieve their aim of returning to the Ryman Premier, then January looks set to be a big month.
As well as playing Sudbury, Urchins also have games against fellow promotion rivals Tiilbury and Harlow Town before the start of February.
Styles is fully aware results in January will go a long way to deciding how successful the team will be this season.
But he insists the whole team is excited about the challenge of playing some of the best teams in the division.
“It’s funny how the fixtures have fallen, but you always know that if you want to be the best you have to beat the top teams,” he added.
“We’re relishing the challenge because we know it is the start of what could be a good second half of the season for the club.
“Results in January could see us pull clear of some of our rivals or it could mean our title challenge will go down to the wire.”
And should the latter become a reality late on in the season, Styles knows the team have the relevant experience to get over the line.
“We’ve got players like myself, George Purcell and Sam Mott who have won promotions at various clubs over the years,” he said.
“There’s a good feeling around the club at the minute. Everyone would love to win a trophy.”