Stock: Hawks must help each other in play-off push

Brian Stock.  Picture: Paul Jacobs
Brian Stock. Picture: Paul Jacobs
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Experienced midfielder Brian Stock is convinced the Hawks have what it takes to win through the play-offs.

Stock was a member of the Burnley squad who won automatic promotion to the Premier League last season.

He believes that experience was invaluable and hopes to pass some of it on in the Hawks dressing room.

The Hawks face Boreham Wood at Westleigh Park tomorrow night in the first-leg of the Vanarama Conference South play-off semi-finals.

Lee Bradbury then takes his Hawks squad to Boreham Wood for the second leg on Saturday.

Stock thinks the philosophy of his previous manager, Sean Dyche at Burnley, can be the key to success.

He also believes that it is up to the experienced players to pass on their knowledge to other members of the squad.

Stock said: ‘Sean Dyche used to say to us “legs on fire and heads in the fridge”.

‘He got Burnley into the Premiership using that idea and we have to try and apply it in the play-offs.

‘Every team in the play-offs are there on merit so it is going to be tough.

‘Until our defeat by Whitehawk we had done well against the other play-off rivals and must look to get back to that.

‘They are pressure games but we have enough experienced players in our squad who have been there and done it all before at a higher level.

‘It will be part of their job to help those who have not been in this position before.

‘We have a fantastic squad and there is a great spirit in the camp.

‘Now it is a case of making sure we remain calm but give it everything we have got at the same time.’

Stock has missed the run-in to the end of the season due to suspension, after being sent off three times during the campaign.

He will also miss the first leg of the semi-final tomorrow but will be available for the trip to Boreham Wood.

The same applies to experienced central defender Ed Harris, who also misses the first game.

But Stock is now ready to help his side in any way he can, both mentally and physically following his enforced spell on the sidelines.

‘The most important thing is to keep things tight and make sure you stay in contention for the second leg,’ said Stock.

‘It has been frustrating not being involved but I have kept myself fit 
in case I am needed for the second game.’

Bradbury will be hoping that a number of his players who missed the Whitehawk defeat at the weekend will be fit enough to return.

Experienced full-back Warren Cummings had tonsillitis, Ryan Woodford had a virus and Harry Cornick a toe infection.

It will be a huge boost for the home side if they can have the trio fit and available.

The Hawks already boast a league double over their semi-final opponents but know that will count for little in the two-legged contest.

Bradbury needs to lift his squad after their 2-1 home defeat by play-off rivals Whitehawk.

The Sussex side outplayed them for long periods and the Hawks will have to raise their game to see off second-placed Boreham Wood.