Hartlepool United returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory away to York City on Saturday afternoon. Pools were denied the clean sheet late into injury time.
John Askey named four changes to the team that drew with Ebbsfleet United last time out. Kieran Wallace and Callum Cooke made their first starts since recovering from long-term injuries, while Brody Paterson and Jake Hastie were deployed at wing-back.
And despite playing in an unfamiliar role, Hastie got Pools off to the best possible start. He was played through on the right flank and outpaced Paddy McLaughlin before burying his chance into the bottom left corner.
Former Hartlepool midfielder McLaughlin had a chance in the 16th minute, swerving a strike over Joel Dixon's goal.
Pools then went up the other end and made it two. Wallace set Tom Crawford on the edge of the box and, on his 99th appearance for the Club, he drove an effort past George Sykes-Kenworthy.
Crawford could've added another with 22 on the clock. He met Nicky Featherstone's corner but a reflex save from Sykes-Kenworthy, and with help from the foot of the post, Pools were denied.
Mani Dieseruvwe and Cooke had decent chances to make it three for Hartlepool, but the pair sent their efforts wide. At the other end, Ryan Fallowfield drove an inviting ball across the face of goal but Manny Onariase was on hand to make a last-ditch clearance.
After the half-time break, Askey's side got their third. On his 550th career appearance, Featherstone slammed home at close-range following a dangerous Pools counter-attack.
York's best chance of the game fell on the hour mark. Dipo Akinyemi found the ball at his feet inside the six-yard box but a combination of Dixon and Onariase somehow kept the striker out.
A string of chances came Hartlepool's way in the dying minutes. Kieran Burton and Crawford forced strong saves from Sykes-Kenworthy, while Cooke was stopped by Callum Howe's sliding block.
Tyler Cordner scored a consolation in the 94th minute for York. The centre-back powerfully met a corner, guiding his header past Dixon.
After securing their first win in six, Pools now turn their attention to Tuesday night's trip to Kidderminster Harriers.
Pools: Dixon, Johnson, Onariase, Mattock, Hastie (Burton 63), Paterson (Grey 78), Wallace, Featherstone, Crawford, Cooke (Umerah 86), Dieseruvwe
Subs (not used): Jameson, Wreh
Goals: Hastie (7), Crawford (17), Featherstone 51)
York goal: Cordner (90+4)
Attendance: 6265 (1502 away)