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ASH­FORD ERITH TOWN Paul Cham­bers re­fused to be too down­hearted by this Macron South­ern Coun­ties League Chal­lenge Cup quar­ter­fi­nal first-leg de­feat at Home­lands on Tues­day night, Aaron Jef­frey’s 47thminute win­ner halted United’s 16-match win­ning run, span­ning four months since los­ing against Lordswood in Septem­ber. Their off-night was capped by de­fender Ben Jor­dan’s send­ing-off in stop­page-time. Boss Cham­bers said: “It was the worst we have played this sea­son and the kick up the back­side we needed. It was a good run-out for the lads and good to get the game on. “It’s half-time in the tie and we have now got to go up there and see what hap­pens. We looked a bit a ring rusty, I don’t think we ever got into our style of play­ing and we also had four or five play­ers miss­ing. “We switched off at the back for their goal but we’ll be all right, we go again on Satur­day.” Cham­bers saved most of his angst for ref­eree Richard Joss, who topped and tailed seven book­ings with Jor­dan’s pair, mean­ing he misses the sec­ond leg at Eltham in two weeks time. He said: “He was the worst ref­eree we have had this sea­son, made the game all about him­self and was an ab­so­lute joke. “It was the same for both sides, I know the Erith man­ager (Mark Tompkins) well and we spoke about him af­ter the game.” Hythe cap­tain Dave Cook was a sur­prise in­clu­sion in the United side, signed on dual reg­is­tra­tion in an ef­fort to get more match prac­tice fol­low­ing in­jury. Gary Mick­el­bor­ough fired against the post, Sam Con­lon headed over and Kieran Byrne shot wide in the first half, while goal­keeper Joe Mant’s fin­ger­tips kept out Rikki Cable’s first-half ef­fort.

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