Nicky Featherstone believes Hartlepool’s National League woes of last season have proved the perfect lesson for their current campaign, report the Hartlepool Mail.

The midfielder believes the Pools are 2018/19 are much more ‘streetwise’ than they were at this level last time out. And for that reason it is no shock to see them now grinding out results in games, the Pools of old would probably have come up short.

Ahead of this weekend’s trip to Havant & Waterlooville’s Westleigh Park, Featherstone said: “The problem last year was that we were playing well against the bigger teams but struggling against the smaller ones.

“This year I feel like we can go anywhere and get something. It is about dealing with the challenges better this year.”

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