Featherstone: Hartlepool desperate to get off to winning start in League Two against Morecambe

Nicky Featherstone is desperate to start the season with a win
Nicky Featherstone is desperate to start the season with a win

Hartlepool United are desperate to get off to a winning start this season - and Nicky Featherstone believes they couldn’t have asked for a better opening match.

Pools host Morecambe at Victoria Park tomorrow on the first day of the new League Two season (KO 3pm).

And the 26-year-old midfielder - who has been given a more attacking role - believes the squad has a real chance of success this season.

“Any game in this league is winnable,” said Featherstone, who signed a new deal in the summer.

“A home game is a good way to start the campaign.

“We are looking for a win and a positive result and a positive performance.

“We haven’t talked about targets as a group really.

“But there has been talk among the lads and obviously we all want to be up there come the end of the season.

“In this league if you are organised and can score - which we look like we will be able to do more often this season - then hopefully we can have a good season.

“You can win five on the bounce as easy as losing five.

“As long as you are organised and keep clean sheets you have a real chance in this league,” added Featherstone.

He will start the season in midfield alongside Michael Woods and Carl Magnay in a 3-5-2 formation - and Featherstone is relishing the chance to play alongside Woods, who has just returned from six months out injured.

“I haven’t played many games with Woodsy,” added Featherstone.

“When the manager first came in I wasn’t starting in the side and then I got my opportunity after Woodsy and Batesy [Matthew Bates] got injured. This is the first chance to play alongside him and I am enjoying it. He is similar and wants to keep the ball on the floor and pass.”