We continue our summer series looking at Pools' opponents for 2017/18 and today that study takes us to Kent.
Nickname: The Fleet
Who’s in charge?
Daryl McMahon has been in charge at Ebbsfleet United since April 2015 when he stepped up from Academy Manager to succeed Jamie Day in the Stonebridge Road hotseat.
A former Fleet captain, McMahon had actually left the club to sign for Ebbsleet in January 2015 but made a hasty return once he was offered the top job.
The 33-year-old started his playing career on the books at West Ham United before spending three years at Leyton Orient and then spending time with Stevenage Borough and Cambridge United.
More recently, he was on the books of Farnborough, Boreham Wood, Eastleigh and Dover Athletic before signing for Ebbsfleet in 2013.
How did they get on last season?
An incredible run of 20 games without defeat – a sequence which included 17 wins – saw Ebbsfleet United come mighty close to gaining automatic promotion from Conference South.
Maidenhead United just about held off their advances to claim the title, but The Fleet weren’t deterred and won both legs of their play-off semi-final against Hampton & Richmond before defeating Chelmsford 2-1 in the Final.
It marked the end of a terrific campaign for the Kent outfit, who had missed out on promotion after losing in the Play-Off Final to Maidstone in 2015/16.
When did we last meet?
Ebbsfleet United are another box to tick this season – the two clubs have never before met in competitive action and will therefore do so for the first time during 2017/18.
Where do they play?
Stonebridge Road was built in 1905 and was initially the home of Northfleet FC before their merger with Gravesend in 1946 and is now home to Ebbsfleet United. It has a capacity to hold 4,500 supporters.
When do we play them?
The National League fixtures are due to be released at 1pm on Wednesday 5th July.
Mark Carruthers of NonLeagueDaily.com provides us with some insight on Ebbsfleet United…
“After suffering National League South play-off heartache two years ago, Ebbsfleet United are finally a National League club once again.
“After finishing second to Maidenhead United, the Fleet saw off Chelmsford City to clinch a place in non-league’s top tier and they immediately handed manager Daryl McMahon a new five-year deal.
“Such a long contract is rare in the non-league game but it shows confidence and belief in the manager - and rightly so.
“I believe McMahon can go on to bigger and better things, but he will only be looking at what lies in store for the club this season.
“The majority of the Fleet’s promotion-winning squad have agreed new deals, although there were a couple of surprise departures including experienced defender Mark Phillips.
“The signing of Whitehawk striker Danny Mills is an intriguing one. A cult hero with the Brighton-based club, it will be interesting to see how he steps up with the Fleet.
"The recent addition of former Blackpool and Peterborough midfielder Jack Payne is a notable one and he will be a key player for the club this season.
“I am sure more new faces will follow and if they are the right ones then a comfortable mid-table finish could be achieved.”