Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1.
Matthew Bates' interim spell in charge of Hartlepool got off to a losing start as Ebbsfleet claimed a narrow win which did not do their dominance justice.
The visitors started on the front foot and could have had the game won in the opening seven minutes.
Corey Whitely saw a shot rebound off a post in the first minute, Pools goalkeeper Scott Loach tipped a Luke Coulson effort over the crossbar and the same player should have done better when defender Louis Laing slipped.
It was no surprise when Ebsfleet took the lead in the 16th minute, Dean Rance heading home a Coulson cross at the far post.
Whitely went close again, while at the other end midfielder Michael Woods blazed over from 10 yards with the goal gaping.
Hartlepool started the second half brightly, with Jake Cassidy seeing a shot blocked and Devante Rodney firing over when well placed.
Conor Newton's glancing header was saved by Fleet goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore, while visiting striker Danny Kedwell saw a goal ruled out for offside late on.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 2MagnayBooked at 47mins
- 6GeorgeBooked at 64minsSubstituted forHawkinsat 75'minutes
- 21RodneyBooked at 4minsSubstituted forNewtonat 61'minutes
- 25CoulsonSubstituted forShieldsat 73'minutes
- 28WhitelySubstituted forWestonat 89'minutes
- Glen Hart
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Myles Weston replaces Corey Whitely.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Luke George.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Sean Shields replaces Luke Coulson.
Luke George (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Conor Newton replaces Devante Rodney.
Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1.
First Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1.
Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1. Dean Rance (Ebbsfleet United).
Devante Rodney (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.