Hartlepool got their campaign off and running with a point at Macclesfield's Moss Rose thanks to a Jake Cassidy strike.
But how did they rate in the encounter. Liam Kennedy has his say...
Scott Loach - Made one absolutely world class save before Whitaker's opener... 7
Carl Magnay - A solid shift from the skipper, never put a foot wrong... 7
Louis Laing - Produced the tackle of the match at 1-1 but it came from his own error. Has taken too many chances in the opening two games... 5
Scott Harrison - Does the simple thing well, as ever... 6
Liam Donnelly - Given another tough time by a quick winger. It's been a baptism of fire in the National League... 6
Ryan Donaldson - What a ball for Cassidy's goal. Showed his real touch of class at times out on the right... 7
Conor Newton - Won the ball when needed but took some stick from Loach for his positioning at times... 6
Lewis Hawkins - Gave his all in a number of positions across the midfield. Much more involved... 6
Jack Munns - Redeemed himself in this one. Found space in a more central role. Less impact wide in second half... 6
Jake Cassidy - The star man, without doubt. Grafts, wins it, brings others into play... 8
Padraig Amond - Complemented Cassidy perfectly with his tireless running. The hardest working player on the park... 7
Blair Adams (for Munns 70) - Gave Pools a real outlet on the left. Could be an option at left wing moving forward... 7
Subs not used: Kenton Richardson, Nicky Deverdics, Nicky Featherstone, Michael Woods, Devante Rodney.
Yellow: Donnelly 17, Munns 41
Goal(s): Cassidy 58
Macclesfield XI: Shwan Jalal, David Fitzpatrick, Keith Lowe, George Pilkington (Kieran Kennedy 70), Elliot Durrell (Koby Arthur 81), Tyrone Marsh, Ryan Lloyd, Noe Baba, Adam Yates, Scott Burgess, Danny Whitaker.
Subs not used: Scott Wilson, Courtney Richards, Mitch Hancox.
Yellow: Marsh 36
Goal(s): Whitaker 38
Referee: Joseph Johnson