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Ramsgate FC boss Lloyd Blackman pleased with the performance against Cray Wanderers

By Steve Tervet

Lloyd Blackman hopes Ramsgate’s luck will turn when they go to Herne Bay on Saturday.

It’s now five defeats on the spin for Rams after they went down 2-1 at home to Bostik South leaders Cray Wanderers last weekend.

Head coach Blackman felt his side wrongly had a goal disallowed for offside and was amazed the referee didn’t award them a penalty at Southwood.

Ramsgate head coach Lloyd Blackman Picture: Chris Davey
Ramsgate head coach Lloyd Blackman Picture: Chris Davey

He said: “The boys gave me everything. When you’re down there, those decisions keep stacking up against you.

“The performance was good in tricky conditions. We know Cray are a decent side so we pressed them high.

“They’re dangerous in attacking areas, especially down the wings. Brandon Scott and Junior Dadson are decent players but we did manage to get into some good areas.

“The first half was even but they managed to nick a couple before half-time. Second half the boys gave me everything and it was a clear penalty in my eyes.

“Everyone else in the ground agreed except the referee.

“At the end, Cray were celebrating like they’d won the league and that goes to show how close we were. We felt we were up against more than 11 players with some of the decisions that were made but that’s part of football.”

Midfielder Connor Hendricks could make his debut on Saturday after joining Ramsgate from Canterbury City.

Blackman said: “He came in and trained with us last week and impressed us.

“He was on the bench against Cray but tweaked his hamstring in the warm-up so we took him out but I don’t think that’s anything too severe.

“The players’ attitude, hard work and endeavour deserves so much more. We’re near the bottom of the form guide but that’s not what our performances suggest.

“Every club we’ve played against has said the same but we’ve got to be ruthless and clinical in both areas of the pitch.

“It’s frustrating because the boys deserve so much more but if we take the performance levels into Herne Bay, the penny will have to drop soon.”

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