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Ramsgate FC home form is a concern for boss Lloyd Blackman

By Steve Tervet

Lloyd Blackman fears Ramsgate have a mental block at Southwood after suffering their third home defeat of the season.

Rams were beaten 3-1 by South Park on Saturday, a result which followed losses to Hastings and Phoenix in Bostik South.

They’ve already won twice on their travels so boss Blackman is understandably confused by their struggles at home.

Ramsgate head coach Lloyd Blackman Picture Chris Davey

Ramsgate head coach Lloyd Blackman Picture: Chris Davey

He said: "We were flat and it wasn’t a pleasing game for us.

"We were disappointed with our performance, which is happening too often at home.

"It’s something we’ve got to address. I don’t know if there’s something we’re doing slightly different but we are a different side when we’re playing away from home.

"Tactically, there’s no difference but there’s some sort of psychological issue we can’t overcome.

"We did it last year but we’ve got to relax and get into our game because it’s something we’re not quite doing for whatever reason. It’s a puzzling one but we do know the performances have not been up to scratch.

"We’ll have to review it and deal with it the best we can."

Ramsgate, who visited Ashford United last night (Tuesday), travel to Chelmsford in the FA Cup second qualifying round on Saturday.

The Clarets were top of National League South following the weekend’s results but Blackman believes his side, who won their replay at Egham last Tuesday, can cause an upset.

He said: "Statistically it’s the toughest fixture we could ask for but it’ll be a great occasion and we’ll go there and enjoy it.

"Who knows? It’s what the FA Cup is all about. We’re certainly not going to go there and park the bus. We’re going to express ourselves and try to catch them cold."

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