Match ends, Ebbsfleet United 0, Chesterfield 1.
Ebbsfleet United 0-1 Chesterfield
Chesterfield began life in the National League with victory over Ebbsfleet courtesy of Zavon Hines' second-half penalty.
The Spireites dropped out of the Football League for the first time in almost a century after finishing bottom of League Two last season, but they made an ideal start to this campaign.
Ebbsfleet will feel hard done by, however, as Ebou Adams' header clattered the bar in the first half while Danny Kedwell's chipped effort was cleared off the line just after the interval.
But the hosts, who reached the play-off semi-finals last term, fell behind when Hines slotted home from the spot after being brought down in the area moments earlier by Sam Magri.
It proved to be the pivotal moment of the game as Chesterfield kept their goal intact with minimal fuss.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 10DrurySubstituted forPowellat 71'minutes
- 8AdamsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCheekat 59'minutes
- 23WilsonSubstituted forShieldsat 66'minutes
- 9KedwellBooked at 19mins
- 1JalalBooked at 79mins
- 20SmithSubstituted forMaguireat 67'minutes
- 15WeirSubstituted forMuggletonat 82'minutes
- 10UgwuBooked at 52minsSubstituted forFortunéat 54'minutes
- Sam Allison
Second Half ends, Ebbsfleet United 0, Chesterfield 1.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Sam Muggleton replaces Robbie Weir.
Shwan Jalal (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Jack Powell replaces Andy Drury.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Laurence Maguire replaces George Smith.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Sean Shields replaces Lawrie Wilson.
Goal! Ebbsfleet United 0, Chesterfield 1. Zavon Hines (Chesterfield) converts the penalty with a.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Michael Cheek replaces Ebou Adams.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Gozie Ugwu.
Gozie Ugwu (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Ebbsfleet United 0, Chesterfield 0.
First Half ends, Ebbsfleet United 0, Chesterfield 0.
Ebou Adams (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.
Danny Kedwell (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.