Another loss, but it wasn't really all that bad a performance by Pools, according to our man Liam Kennedy.
Here's his take on how each player rated in yesterday's defeat.
Pools XI (3-4-2-1)
Scott Loach - All in all a very quiet afternoon for the keeper, well, apart from picking the ball out the net... 6
Carl Magnay - Big responsibility passes to him if Davies should face a spell on sidelines. He's got broad enough shoulders to take it on, mind... 6
Andrew Davies - Injury looks like a real concern. Excellent before that. Almost netted twice from set-pieces... 7
Peter Kioso - A much improved game. Really grew into the responsibility in the centre. Athletic and a quick learner, looks like he will go far. May have been culpable for the goal.. 6
Kenton Richardson - Thrown back in the team and the pick of the bunch for Pools. Good going both ways... 7
Paddy McLaughlin - Did his best to drive the side on after Pools conceded. Got forward well but could not finish when two opportunities presented themselves... 7
Liam Noble - We all know it by now, the heartbeat of this team. Did not quite make things tick as well as usual... 6
Mark Kitching - Plays like a winger in this sytem. Always on option on the left... 6
Niko Muir - Some of his good work was a little too far away from goal, but that doesn't take away from another good performance with and without the ball. At home at this level... 6
Luke James - Pools' most likely threat in front of goal. Was a lot more advanced than in midweek. That first goal is coming... 7
Jake Cassidy - Ran tirelessly but with little reward. Can never fault his workrate. Little service all told... 6
Louis Laing (for Davies 55) - Fitted in with little fuss, until the goal, that is... 5
Marcus Dinanga (for Cassidy 66) - Added some pace to the frontline, little chance to show it... 5
Conor Newton (for Kioso 90) ...N/A
Not used: Ryan Donaldson, Nicky Featherstone, Conor Newton.
Ebbsfleet United XI: Nathan Ashmore, Jack King, Sam Magri, Jack Powell, Ebou Adams (Corey Whitely 61), Danny Kedwell (Jack Payne 79), Andy Drury, Myles Weston, Darren McQueen (Michael Cheek 67), Sean Shields, Chris Bush.
Not used: Jon Miles, Luke Coulson.
Goal(s): Whitely 71
Referee: Marc Edwards - Let the game flow. Players can have few complaints... 7