Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1.
Hartlepool United 0-1 Ebbsfleet United
Corey Whiteley's second-half strike was enough for Ebbsfleet to earn victory at Hartlepool.
Pools started well, with defender Andrew Davies screwing a volley wide, Jake Cassidy heading inches past the upright, and Luke James not too far away with a well-struck drive.
Chances were at a premium for the remainder of the first half, and the hosts then lost captain Davies to an ankle injury early in the second.
The visitors took the lead against the run of play when Danny Kedwell played the ball through for Corey Whiteley and he slotted past Scott Loach.
Hartlepool levelled almost immediately, but Paddy McLaughlin was denied by Nathan Ashmore.
The home side huffed and puffed, but rarely threatened an equaliser as Ebbsfleet comfortably held on.
Match report supplied by the Press Association
- 2KiosoSubstituted forNewtonat 90'minutes
- 15DaviesSubstituted forLaingat 56'minutes
- 9CassidySubstituted forDinangaat 67'minutes
- 8AdamsSubstituted forWhitelyat 61'minutes
- 9KedwellSubstituted forPayneat 79'minutes
- 14McQueenSubstituted forCheekat 67'minutes
- Marc Edwards
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Conor Newton replaces Peter Kioso.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Jack Payne replaces Danny Kedwell.
Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1. Corey Whitely (Ebbsfleet United).
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Michael Cheek replaces Darren McQueen.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Marcus Dinanga replaces Jake Cassidy.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Corey Whitely replaces Ebou Adams.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Louis Laing replaces Andrew Davies.
Second Half begins Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 0.
First Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 0.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.