Brian Stock believes Havant & Waterlooville won’t allow the heavy winter pitches to derail their Vanarama National League South title bid.

The Hawks captain insists the squad are capable of adapting their game to overcome the problems. With the heavy rain in the last week the Westleigh Park pitch is likely to pose problems for Wealdstone’s visit on Saturday (3pm).

The pitch cut up badly in the 0-0 Boxing Day draw against Bognor and is certain to be soft underfoot again. Experienced midfielder Stock thinks the Hawks can deal with the difficulties:

“We are heading into the time of the season when pitches generally are heavy,” said Stock. “Our pitch is probably one of the worst.

“It might not look too bad from the sidelines but when you get out there it is tricky.”

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