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Sub ‘keeper Styles it out

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 March 2015

Elliot Styles in goal for Hornchurch after Sam Mott is sent off (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Elliot Styles in goal for Hornchurch after Sam Mott is sent off (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins skipper comes to rescue

Elliot Styles took over in goal for Hornchurch after Sam Mott was sent off against Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Elliot Styles took over in goal for Hornchurch after Sam Mott was sent off against Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles was the hero in their 2-0 win over Canvey in midweek after donning the gloves following the sending-off of goalkeeper Sam Mott.

Styles had started the match at centre-back, but took over as stopper when Mott saw red for a professional foul in the 34th minute as there was no substitute keeper on the bench.

Defender Elliot Styles in goal for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Defender Elliot Styles in goal for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

It was not the first time Styles had worn the number one jersey for the Bridge Avenue side, but he admits he had not played in in the position before signing for the club.

“I’d never been in goal before joining, but I’ve been called upon a few times in my time here,” said Styles.

“It all stems back to an FA Cup tie with Bromley when I went in goal and did okay. It was not ideal in a crucial match against Canvey, but the side adapted well.

“Our defence and midfield were phenomenal in stopping Canvey from creating any chances. It was a great team performance by us to stop their attack.”

Styles was able to keep a clean sheet despite playing against a Gulls strikeforce including former Leeds and Nigeria forward Enoch Showunmi.

But the emergency goalkeeper believes this was down to the display of his team-mates in closing Canvey down, adding: “It was brilliant to keep Enoch quiet. Credit to everyone on the pitch, after I went in goal Canvey hardly had a chance to talk about.”

Owing to FA rules Mott’s suspension for the Urchins is not set to begin until the match with Margate on March 24.

And Styles is hoping this will give the club time to find a suitable replacement, adding: “I’m sure management are looking at it. I’m sure they would rather someone with experience than me filling in.”

Urchins host Dulwich tomorrow (Saturday) and Styles is hopeful of more success. He said: “They lost to VCD recently and we’ll take confidence from that.”


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