Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1.
Gozie Ugwu scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot as Ebbsfleet boosted their survival hopes and ended in-form Hartlepool's winning home run.
The visitors hit the crossbar in the first minute, with Ugwu agonisingly close to opening the scoring with a downward header.
Hartlepool responded, with Luke Molyneux's driven effort saved by Jordan Holmes and Gime Toure drilling a shot inches wide shortly afterwards.
Forward Molyneux thought he had scored on the stroke of half-time but his goal-bound header hit team-mate Aidan Keena and went wide.
Keena almost made amends in the 59th minute but his powerful header from Ryan Donaldson's cross was straight at the goalkeeper.
Molyneux and Toure both tested the keeper, but it was Ebbsfleet who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after Josh Umerah was fouled by Toure and Ugwu scored.
Michael Timlin should have doubled the visitors' lead, while a fierce Donaldson strike cleared the crossbar at the other end.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 1KillipBooked at 56mins
- 14HolohanSubstituted forHawkesat 85'minutes
- 8FeatherstoneBooked at 90mins
- 29SheltonSubstituted forHarkerat 80'minutes
- 23ToureBooked at 80mins
- 12UmerahSubstituted forAdeloyeat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 9UgwuBooked at 80mins
- 20TimlinBooked at 48mins
- 24PayneSubstituted forObileyeat 74'minutes
- 26McGlashanBooked at 90mins
- Aaron Jackson
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1.
Jermaine McGlashan (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.
Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Tomi Adeloye (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Tomi Adeloye replaces Josh Umerah.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Hawkes replaces Gavan Holohan.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rob Harker replaces Mark Shelton.
Gozie Ugwu (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Gime Toure (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Ebbsfleet United 1. Gozie Ugwu (Ebbsfleet United) converts the penalty with a.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Ayo Obileye replaces Josh Payne.
Ben Killip (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Michael Timlin (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
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.